The Psalmist wrote: "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper" (Psalm 1:3, KJV).
If God is in something He commissions, you can count on God causing it to grow. Jesus talked about sowing and reaping. I don't know about you but I enjoy getting a 100-fold harvest. I saw that with my own eyes when my father purchased a small farm east of Birmingham, Alabama near Clay. We had cleared an acre of land of hardwood and pine trees with a two-man cross cut saw and two double blade axes. We never owned a power chain saw. I am not sure they were making them then. My father and my brother-in-law, R. H. McDuff helped me to cut down the trees and cut them up in links for the fire place and a wood burning stove.
I got my first experience of plowing in new ground with a mule. I learned how to put on the harness, connect the plow to the single tree. It is not fun at all hitting a root and being abruptly stopped and having a root come back to hit me on the shins. I can feel the sting of such a blow to my leg right now as I compose this article. I should have gotten a farmer to disc the land, but what did I know? I was a new farmer and eager to learn. I was 16 years old.
Without any fertilizer, only corn seed which I carefully planted by hand, God gave me a 100-fold return. My neighboring farmer friends were amazed and praised the exceptional harvest of corn. We ate what we wanted, and saved the dried corn to feed our hogs and fatten them up for the fall killing for our meat. My dad knew how to slaughter our hogs, cut them up, salt them down, and preserve the meat for our consumption.
Moving rapidly from the late 40s to the 90s.
Dr. Ronald W. Carpenter, Sr. invited me to succeed Retired Army Chaplain (Colonel) Freeman Mashburn as the director/endorser of Chaplains Ministries, IPHC. God gave me the idea to start a newsletter in the beginning of my administration for our 13 active duty military chaplains who were stationed all across the United States and some in countries overseas. My purpose was to let them know that they were loved, appreciated, and I was praying for them, their families and their ministry. In addition, it was my desire to keep them connected to our church by informing them of the news, and providing stories and inspirational messages to lift their spirits and strengthen their faith in God.
From that small beginning in January of 1997 to 20 years later, God has caused Hugh's News and Commentary to grow exponentially. It has not been like a meteorite--a flash across the sky that burns out quickly but like a star that continues to shine brighter and brighter. From 13 subscribers to over 6,000 readers all across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and in more than 22 countries around the world God has blessed this ministry and not thousands of people read and share Hugh's News with others. It was Dr. Owen Weston who told me in Plano, Texas a number of years ago that Hugh's News has become a household world in the Pentecostal Holiness Church.
I am grateful to Dr. John Hedgepeth, senior pastor of Northwood Temple in Fayetteville, North Carolina, for his support over the years and for his tribute to our 20th Anniversary. John has been a close friend for several decades.
Here is what John Hedgepeth wrote:
Congratulations on 20 years of publishing the news of the IPHC. You have kept us up-to-date on the news that we otherwise would have had to wait for days and weeks. You filled a gap and met a great need in our church. Again congratulations.
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