Happy October! In this newsletter, I just wanted to take time to thank a few very important people as I could not do the ministry the Lord has called me to without them.
September 27th marked four years that Allison Hodge has been serving as Jordan Ministries’ Administrative Assistant/Schedule Coordinator. How grateful I am for this precious young woman who serves this ministry with both excellence and a sweet servant’s heart. She is organized where I am artsy. She seeks to honor God and everyone with whom we work. The icing on the cake is that she has also become one of my dearest friends. She juggles being a wife and mother of 3 precious little ones (7, 5 & 2) working from her home office. Won’t you take a moment to drop her a note of gratitude or encouragement for all she does to help me manage a very busy ministry? I could not do all that the Lord is allowing without her. Thank you, Allison. I thank God for you and love you dearly, little sister. You don’t work for me, we work together.
When you are in 75 churches/events annually, going on your 33rd year of ministry (what?!), it’s not the lovely hotel rooms, cute cabins, delicious meals or beautiful gift baskets that make it so special. Those are nice and truly appreciated. But it’s the people. Of course I am speaking of the pastors, worship leaders, and staff members of the local churches I serve. But also the self-sacrificing, humble, generous, precious people that work so hard to put amazing ministry events together, that serve as lay leaders in their local churches, simply because they love God and people. How humbled I am to get to meet them, serve alongside them, see God at work, and then leave with new dear friends that I will treasure in this life, and for all eternity. Thank you, dear sisters and brothers, new friends, precious servants of our Lord for working faithfully to provide uplifting and Biblical encouragement to those in your churches and communities. I am deeply grateful to you for allowing me the great privilege and joy to serve with you for Kingdom purposes for the glory of God alone. I love you and thank God for you. #wearefamily
I am so excited I can hardly contain it! My Timeless Hymns II album is being completed as I type this. After almost 2 years since I recorded the keyboards and vocals, my record company president and producer Phillip Sandifer is in the studio adding the rest of the instruments and it is sounding amazing. He just sent me the sneak peeks of “How Great Thou Art” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and I’m loving the mandolin and fiddle, y’all. I can NOT wait for you to hear it! Available mid-November, just in time for Christmas.
Thank you to my beautiful friend and photographer Leigh Essig of Leigh Essig Photography, LLC for the wonderful new headshots/promo pictures! We are currently working on updating our website with them, and can't wait to see them on the new album cover as well. If you are looking for a photographer who loves Jesus, people, and is just a LOT of fun to work with, she is your girl. http://www.essigphotography.com.
On September 26th this precious young man celebrated his 20th birthday. My family and I have had the privilege of sponsoring him over the last several years through Compassion International. Having been a sponsor since 1989, I highly recommend Compassion. Meskelu lives in Ethiopia, attends school, Sunday school and church, receives a hot meal daily, clothing, birthday and Christmas gifts, we exchange letters, and he receives other necessities because of this wonderful organization. Most importantly, He hears how much God loves him. It costs so little and the return is far greater. Won’t you prayerfully consider sponsoring a child today? In the meantime, would you pray for Meskelu, that He would grow to be a mighty man of God? How grateful I am to be a part of his life and faith journey. For more information, visit https://www.compassion.com/
Ministry at a Glance
Whew, September was busy! Probably one of the busiest I have had in a very long time. I traveled every weekend in September, and while it was very demanding, I also feel so privileged and blessed that after 30+ years of ministry the Lord still allows me to share the testimony He has given me and is still using it to touch people's lives and point others to Him. I'm truly humbled and blessed! Kicking off the month I traveled to Bytheville, AR to share with First Baptist Church of Blytheville for their One Big Day @ Church. Dr. Ron Wilcoxson was a gracious host and I am thankful that he asked me to come be a part of their community outreach day. Later that week I traveled to Monroe, NC to speak at the Ladies' conference at Benton Heights Presbyterian Church. What a wonderful night it was and a pleasure to reconnect with my sweet little sister in Christ Melanie Neal. What a darling little mama-to-be she is. Then just 2 days later on that Sunday I traveled to Gillsville Baptist Church in Gillsville, GA to speak/sing for their evening ladies' event. This was their first ladies' night out event, and Sandie Marlow did a fantastic job with everything, from the decorations to the food to the surprising amount of ladies that came. The following weekend it was on to Clayton, GA to Pinnacle Retreat Center to speak/sing/lead worship for Harp's Crossing Baptist Church for their ladies' retreat. It is always so encouraging when a previous host asks me to return, and it was no different this time. I loved being back with Sylvia Pace, Barbara Stevens and the ladies of this church. Closing out the month I loved being at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC for their ladies retreat and morning services on Sunday. I so enjoyed meeting Toni Biddix and seeing the heart she has for the ministry and ladies there. She did a wonderful job putting together their first women's conference, and I feel like I've met a kindred spirit. Thank you for your prayers as I travel, for safety and health, and for the anointing of God. What an incredible month it was, and I must admit I am looking forward to a little bit slower month of October.
Funnies from the Road
Thank you, Averie Bell from Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC for this beautiful drawing of me. I love it! The resemblance is uncanny, don’t you think? Jesus loves the little children and so do I.
On the Homefront
Somebody missed his mommy this weekend (and last weekend, and the weekend before, and the one before that...) So much so that he booted Zoey out of her spot! Mommy only has 2 nights away this month!
This is Malakai, my Denver grand dog, Ross and Brianna’s sweet baby boy. Of course grandma has to send him and them care packages from home. This picture melted my heart when Ross sent it to me after Malakai found not one but two of his favorite Kong balls in the package.
What fun on a typical Tuesday to head over to Mt. Horeb UMC in Lexington to hear one of my besties Yvonne Howard present her wonderful program "Hymn Sing" with her amazing pianist/singer friend Ronda Reed Smith. Since it was their Senior Adult Luncheon, I was delighted to take my precious friend and neighbor Martha Vansant who is 96 years young.
Sunday, November 10th (available a.m.) in Liberty, SC
Sunday, November 17th (available p.m.) Thomasville, NC
Sunday, December 8th (available a.m.) Smithtown, NY
For these dates travel expenses have been covered, and I would simply ask for a love offering to come share in your service. If you are interested in booking one of these Sundays please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Your Christmas Event Today!!! My November and December calendar is almost full, and I only have a few dates left. If you would like to have me share my Christmas concert or message with your ladies group, senior adult banquet, church service, or anything else, please contact me today to secure your date on my calendar. You can email me at email@example.com.
Giving to Jordan Ministries, Inc.
Should you feel led of the Lord to come alongside Jordan Ministries with a one-time gift, or monthly gift, please know that Jordan Ministries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all gifts are tax-deductible.
If you wish to mail a check, please make it payable to Jordan Ministries and mail to
P.O. Box 2846, Irmo, SC 29063.
Here is the link that will take you directly to our online giving option. (Click Here)
You may also scan the QR code to the right for electronic giving.
Thank you for your prayerful support as Allison and I continue to serve God and His people for His glory alone.
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