Red Jeep Journal
April 13, 2017
Oneida Baptist Institute
This week I drove into the mountains of eastern Kentucky to speak at Oneida Baptist Institute for their annual Spiritual Emphasis Week. From Natural Bridge to Oneida the road follows the South Fork Kentucky River. The dogwoods were opening in the woods and the redbuds were showing off their purple blossoms all along the winding way. I walked to and from meals and speaking times across a swinging bridge over Goose Creek. It was a wonderful way to welcome spring into my soul.
My dear friend Sam Judd led the worship. The young men and women listened and responded well. Each night students came at the close of the messages to pray at the altar. I preached messages on what to do when life doesn’t make sense, what to do when life hurts, what to do when you feel unloved, and what to do when you are crushed by guilt. Oneida is a boarding school with students from around the world. The final night a young lady from Tanzania gave her life to Christ.
After chapel that night Dr. David Price, Sam Judd, and I prayed and said our goodbyes. As Sam and I stood and talked into the night a full moon rose over the mountains in the east. I will return to the area to speak at the Kentucky Mountain Mission in June for teen camp and to Oneida to speak at a pastor’s conference in July.
Our new ministry as an itinerant preacher has begun. Easter Sunday I will preach in Bremen, Indiana and Sunday, April 23rd I will preach in the morning service at Gilead Baptist Church in Taylor, Michigan.
Lois and I are so grateful for those of you where were able to send gifts to support our ministry. This is our full-time work. To be able to go wherever we are invited we depend on the monthly support of friends who believe in what we are doing. Thank you so much. Contact us at [email protected] or 734-626-9810 for instructions on how to give.
April 13, 2017
We are thankful for you Pastor. God has used you to bless our lives throughout the past seven years. We enjoy the Red Jeep Journal entries and following where God leads you.
May you be blessed as we reflect on our Saviors death and what it means to everyone who will ponder it and also as we celebrate His resurrection, the greatest gift to mankind.
Happy Resurrection Day,
Tom and Diane
Diane and Tom!
Thanks for following the journey and being a part of the team… I wish you could have seen the mountains in springtime and the chapel packed with students from around the world. I wish you could have heard them sing. Bless you both.
So nice to be able to see where God is leading you. You have made a difference in me an my families lives. Its “great”to see a 3rd generation preacher make such a difference in so many peoples lives. You have been such a good influence on our lives, your always so positive an motivational it makes me want to live a better life for God an my family. You have really made a impact on my life. I pray God’s blessing’s and favor upon you and your family and that he will give all of you traveling mercies (including George). I prays that God’s shining light of protection and his angels will surround all of you and keep you all safe and in his love and care. God bless the entire Piston family!!! 🙂
Bless you. Thank you for your friendship and prayers.