Sunday, November 28, 2010
A Glimpse Into A Preacher's Heart (Tony Workman's Story)
I have lived in Warner Robins my whole life and there has been some good memories. It is here where I have forged memories with my Mother and my Father who mean the world to me. I graduated from High School at CFCA and those were some great times. I went to College and originally was going to be a History teacher and a football coach. However, God called me to the ministry, and I left Valdosta State to pursue ministry because I most definitely heard from Almighty God concerning the call to preach the Word. Opportunities started to come my way thanks to Brother Tim Millwood and the Association setting up to opportunity for me to preach at Shady Grove Baptist Church. From the moment I stood behind that pulpit I knew that indeed God had called me. The feeling that a minister gets standing behind the pulpit cannot be explained. I then after much prayer decided to move to Rossville, Georgia which is about fifteen minutes away from Chattanooga. I went to seminary, and learned so much about how to operate a ministry. I learned that pastoral ministry is so much more than just preaching. Preaching is important and I love to preach with all my heart. In fact, preaching the Word of God is my passion. I could preach every day, every week and never grow weary. While I was in Chattanooga I met some wonderful people at Dry Valley Baptist Church and they took me in and treated me like family. They allowed me to use my gifts and they allowed me to preach quite frequently. Well, I left Rossville and moved back to Warner Robins. Since I have been back to town I have gotten some preaching opportunities but not as much as I would have liked. I left the opportunity to make a good salary teaching because I heard a Word from God. Since I have been back in town (and that has been a little over a year), I have to admit things have not been easy. In fact, for a long time I was depressed and often questioned why I was not getting many opportunities. Well about four to five months ago things seemed to change. A man noticed me on facebook and gave me a call and asked me to be on his television show. I could not believe it. So I went and through that I met a young man named Jeremiah Knipe who works at a television station in Columbus. I got to be on the show God's Word Today and God used that to really open up doors in the Columbus, Georgia area. I now have a TV show called Reviving Your Day and I pray that it really has an impact. I have preached at Providence Church in Columbus which I loved, and have also preached here in town at a church called Mount Sinai Fellowship. I want you to know and I want people to know that I love Jesus and that He is everything to me. I also know that the Devil attacks God's servants. The Devil is attacking me, and sometimes it is hard in ministry because you have to live from day to day and do not know sometimes how you are going to financially make it. It is funny how most of my ministry opportunities are so far away. I praise God for the opportunities. I just wish that I could preach more in the country, and be able to financially support my needs. I do not ask for much. I am not money motivated. Please pray for me, and pray that God would lay it on some pastor's heart in this community where I live and give me more opportunities to minister and to preach. I believe that the Word of God is inerrant. I believe that the Word is authoritative and sufficient. I believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven! I just want others to see my passion, I just want opportunities to preach the Word. I have a fire shut up in these bones! Please be in prayer!