Dr. Gipp is a former pastor, an evangelist, teacher, author and Bible conference speaker. He has the unique ability to digest large amounts of information and then present it in an analytical, understandable, format. His humerous, informative and forceful preaching style make him popular with all ages and keeps him in demand as a Revivalist and Bible conference speaker.
Brother Gipp was apart of a panel of defenders of the King James Bible on the "John Ankerberg Show." Also, his life's story was featured on the national radio program, "Unshackled."
Since our last letter I have preached in: Idaho, Connecticut, Washington, Ohio, four churches in Australia and three in Canada. The meetings have again been exceptional with lost folks coming to Christ and many Christians getting some things straight between them and the Lord. The fellowship with God's people and God's preachers has been fresh and rewarding.
The Move West
On Sunday, September 4, I preached all day at Treasure Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho. During the invitation in the evening service Kathy & I presented ourselves and were accepted as members. Four days later, on the 8th, I began teaching three classes; Acts, Bible History & Preparation & Delivery of Sermons, in the Bible Institute there.
We are still traveling and rather than being lighter the pace has increased. Example: here are three consecutive meetings in September; Sunday the 11th, Sheldon, WA; September 18-20, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada & September 25-28, Tacoma, WA. These meetings are separated by not more than 150-200 miles. Ordinarily on Monday September 12 we would park in a campground till Saturday & I would spend the week working on books etc. But, instead on Monday the 12th we drove 700 miles back to Meridian so I could teach on Thursday. Then the next day we drove 650 miles to Nanaimo. We left there early Wednesday morning, caught the ferry back to the States and drove 650 back to Meridian arriving about Midnight. I taught my classes on Thursday. Friday morning we had breakfast with some missionary friends and then directly left for the 500 miles to Tacoma. After the closing service Wednesday in Tacoma we drove 500 miles back to Meridian. All of this driving was in our GMC truck, not the motor home, which is parked in Meridian with a "For Sale" sign on it.
Under the old system we would have finished each of these meetings and then, since the next one was close by, camped for the few days in between and rest & work. This pace is a bit more intense. Once Fall is passed we will be flying each week because the driving distance is too great to return to Meridian in time to teach. I only say this in response to the, "Glad to hear you'll be traveling less." well-meant but misplaced statements.
The classes have been going very well. This year my Bible History class has 43 and, I believe, they're enjoying it. I know I am! I love to teach and had been asking God for several years how I could do more for Him. That led to the "Evangelism PLUS Teaching" schedule. It is a bit more running around but it is very rewarding to be allowed by the Lord to be a part of the lives of His young people.
My book, For His Pleasure has been out of print for awhile. There were some things I wanted to add to it so I have rewritten it. It has been proof-read and I am currently correcting it. It will be republished larger, reformatted and under a different title. I'll keep you posted. We now have the "What's the Big Deal About the KJV" videos on a single DVD for purchase. Included on the disc are the seven production videos plus two bonus videos: one rebutting the lame charges against the series by James White and an added video concerning the errant teachings of heretic Steven Anderson. The DVD costs 10.00.
Also, a kind pastor has editted a number of my messages to a 30 minute format to be used for radio broadcasts. Each broadcast has blank space provided for the name of the sponsoring church or individual. One disc has enough programs for a year's worth of radio programs. This CD is also $10.00.
I have at least two production video projects in the embryo stage. The biggest holdup is me finding time to get them done. I will not disclose the subject matter but, since we have covered the King James issue well with the first set they will deal with a different subject/s.
Age and the pace at which we move are very trying. I am a "pusher" but not suicidal or martyrish about it. I try to schedule rest time for Kathy & I because we need it if we're going to continue on in this ministry.
That said, here's our status. Kathy has seen eighteen eye doctors around the world for her eye condition but her main doctor is in Boise. She had a visit with him recently and he said her cornea is actually in better shape that it has been. He believes it is due to prayer! That means...please continue to pray for her!
I get no good news on my neck so I quit asking doctors anything about it. We are looking at two more potential surgeries neither of which I'm in a hurry to get done. I will continue on until there is no other choice.
I simply cannot tell you the value your prayers hold for us. We appreciate every single prayer that goes up and ask that you continue to uphold us to the Lord.
In Christ's Service,
Samuel C. Gipp