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."
During 2014 I preached 295 times in 54 churches. That's up from 2013 which was 250 times in 50 churches.
The smallest "crowd" I preached to was three people while the largest was over 1,000. The meetings were well attended and I believe many of God's people got some things straightened out between them and the Lord.
So far this year I've preached in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. By the time you read this I will have spoken with David Gibbs, Paul Chappell and Medal of Honor winners: Woody Williams & Gary Beikirich at the 2015 Capitol Connection in Washington DC.
Our New Motor Home
We prayed long & hard before purchasing another motor home. There were several reasons for our diligence:
1. We are both 64 years old. How many 64 year-olds do you know who relish the idea of getting into major debt at that age?
2. Motor homes last us about 5 years. That means we should be keeping this one until we are about 70. We have been 29 years without a home and, whether you think this is carnal or not, if is emotionally difficult to do that. Another motor home meant another "5 year sentence" on the road.
3. Health for both Kathy & I has become a larger issue than ever before. She has continuing problems with the Shingles virus in her eye & my neck has forced itself into every decision we make. To be honest we both thought the last RV was the last RV!
That being said I speak for Kathy also when I say that neither of us wants to come off the road. We both know when that happens we will look back at these years as the best of our lives. It is just that is has become much more physically and emotionally difficult than ever before.
We shop for 1-2 years before purchasing a new RV. I know you think that all we have to do is pick the one we want and buy it. Actually, in spite of how many different models are available, by the time we're done shopping it comes down to just one that can do what we need it to do. This time it boiled down to a 2015 Charleston by Forest River. Once we established what we were buying we started shopping for the best deal. We drove over 1,000 miles to Dallas, Texas, to one of the largest dealers in the country...but no deal. Then we drove another 1,000 miles to Tampa, Florida, to another huge RV dealer...and drew a blank. With those out of the running I hit the Internet. I finally found one...in Michigan! We sealed the deal & headed from Florida to Michigan. Our expected stay was to be 3 days. It turned into ten. While there we saw temperatures drop to -11 degrees. We stayed at a hotel just 1 mile from the dealership & one day almost couldn't get there because of white-out conditions. When we left to head south it was in that terrible cold front that devastated the nation. It was 9 degrees and blowing badly. By the time we reached Florida the water pump had frozen but fortunately didn't break.
The reason we picked the Charleston is that it had two bunk beds in it. I had those removed and had an office built in. It's 75" x 34". It could be placed on top of most office desks...but it's the first time I've had an office in 29 years & I love it.
Someone is Upset!
Please understand, the Charleston is a good unit. But since we got it we have had the windshield wipers break in the middle of a rain storm. The hot water heater works sporadically. Sometimes we have no hot water for a whole day before it decides to work. There are also some water leaks in the bathroom. It is extremely frustrating!
Beside that I simply cannot tell you the continual harassment we have both received from the devil. Kathy says he's upset that we chose to stay on the road for 5 more years. That may be it. All I know it that we have both been pushed to our limit several times and find the most simple things turned into major struggles. This is why we so covet your prayers!
Jon is buying the construction company he worked for. He builds all over the West. He has a new contract with the military and has done work on Coronado Island where he did his Marine A School and has even done work on the SEAL base in San Diego.
Nathan and his family are doing well also. The church that had only 6 when he took it now runs 55-60. He has covered most of his town door-to-door. When he took the church it didn't have Sunday evening service. He recently instituted one. They had 44 people present for the first one!
Luke has had another promotion at Navy Federal Credit Union. He loves his job and truly does well at it.
I have been pushing to finish the book on driving stories this year. But there is a chance Fight On! and More Fight On! Stories may be picked up by a major publisher. (Still in negotiations.) If this happens I may be required to have a third book in the "Fight On!" series done by this Fall which will ship wreck any schedule I had planned. Please pray for the Lord's will and my productivity.
The prayers you folks put up for us are the most valuable thing we have. Money is nice and friendships are such a blessing but if God's people stopped praying for me today I would be out of the ministry in a week! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your grace & kindness!
In Christ's Service,
Samuel C. Gipp