Jacob Berry Ministries

October, 2013 Newsletter


As summer approached there was once again a sense of uneasiness. Our fiery trials only got hotter, but still, God’s eyes were upon us.

Begining to wonder if we were lost on this one lane road when we saw the log cabin almost in the road!Our travels took us to the back woods as we did 3 youth camps in June. The Lord’s main theme for all 3 youth camps was “The Chosen Generation”. Oh God, give us some young people that aren’t afraid to take up the mantle & lead the church into the promise land.

Despite all the great services we’ve been in this year, it seems like we’ve struggled some. Something always seems to pop up unexpectedly. This was especially true during the third annual Camp Meeting on the Mountain in Crossville, TN. I was looking forward to a great reviving week in the Lord, when suddenly I was struck down with an upper respiratory infection. I was scheduled to preach on Thursday night that week. So my mom gave me some Allegra, mistakenly thinking it would clear me up faster, but it only made things worse. On Monday night, Bro. Mike Blanton preached on Psalm 23. After the preaching the Lord spoke to me & said, “The devil has come to afflict you.” At that moment, I started having chest pains & thought I was having a heart attack. As my color turned gray, my parents rushed me to the RV & laid me down as quickly as possible on the couch. My dear preacher friends gathered around me & anointed me with oil & prayed, as many others surrounded the RV in prayer. Immediately my heart stopped hurting & my color returned to normal. In that frightening moment, I just looked up at Bro. Mike McCoy & said, “Brother Mike, the Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness & mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” We took to having church again that night right there in the RV. Following the miraculous event of God restoring life unto me once again, I still suffered with the upper respiratory infection, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I had to give God all I had after what He had done for me. Three nights later, on Thursday, God gave me strength & power from Heaven as I took off my ventilator & preached “We Shall Overcome”. It was as if I wasn’t sick at all as Heaven came down & filled our souls. By the time the shouting & praising had ended, two souls were gloriously saved. Not because of anything that I have done, but all because Jesus is the giver & taker of life. I can still say that I am depending totally upon the One who holds us with His mighty right arm.

As I continued to fight through the respiratory infection, we continued to preach the message of the cross in TN. While setting up for a service, my dad & the pastor began to smell something burning. They first thought it to be the church until the smell kept traveling to wherever I moved. After all we had to deal with after me being sick, we didn’t feel we could bear much more, but sure enough the burning smell was coming from my wheelchair. We didn’t think much of it seeing how it was still functioning fine, or so we thought. So, we traveled on to an old fashioned tent revival in NC. That revival took me back to the old tabernacle in the wilderness as the Shechinah Glory fell, the people started shouting & didn’t know what to do with themselves. An image that will forever stand out in my mind is when one of the preachers got so happy & filled up with the Spirit of God that he started riding his metal folding chair like a bucking bronco. God had certainly continued to strengthen us in our time of weakness. We then traveled south in NC to Monroe & Ellerbe where God’s grace was presented and 6 souls were saved in one week.

I had finally gotten over my upper respiratory infection as we went to the annual Preaching in the Foothills Camp Meeting in Marion, NC. The Lord reminded us that He is still worthy of our praise. The following Sunday, in Rutherford College, NC, we rejoiced as 4 more souls were added to the Kingdom in ONE day.

As we left the state of NC to head to 2 churches in Conway, SC, we realized there was something terribly wrong with our van. The cost for the repairs were covered by gracious, generous people of a church in SC. God supplies all of our needs. As we gathered for revival and Sunday services, God’s people flooded the altars humbling themselves before the Lord. Some finding strength, some rededicating their lives, while others just simply thanked Him & let Him know how much they love Him for what He continues to do in our lives.

My health had continued to improve & with the van repaired, we thought things were finally looking up for us, but unfortunately, we received a tragic phone call. The news wasn’t good as my Nanny Mercer, the grandma that has helped my mom & dad take care of me my whole life, had to have emergency triple bypass heart surgery. I can’t tell you the hurt & wave of emotion that swept over our souls as I held on to my mother & prayed, trying to be strong for her as she wept uncontrollably. As hurt & frightened as we were, we realized that my nanny was in God’s hands, not ours. So, we tried to encourage ourselves in the Lord & bravely traveled on to our last stop for this trip, Elizabethton, TN. With our hearts already heavy, adding to our sorrows, the motors in my wheelchair burnt up and I could no longer drive myself. That night God told me to preach out of Jeremiah Chapter 20, using Dr. Ed Ballew’s, a powerful preacher of the gospel that has gone on to receive his great reward, titled, “I CAN’T QUIT!”. This time as I preached, the Lord used His Word & His people to encourage us to keep fighting the good fight of faith.

God is never early & God is never late, but He is always right on time. He put us where we needed to be at the right time. We were able to stop & get my wheelchair fixed on the way home. We arrived home just in time to help take care of my Nanny Mercer in her hour of need.

Beware, whenever you fight the good fight of faith, the enemy is always going to try to fight back. But we cannot throw in the towel & quit the fight until we receive that crown of life that is awaiting for all them that love His appearing. It’ll be worth it ALL when we see Jesus face to face.


Humbly "Living the Gift,"

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