Reasons Every Church Needs Senior Saints in Ministry, My Tribute to Charles and Joan McCargish


We honored two Saints yesterday! Charles and Joan McCargish! Birthday celebration for them both! They model Jesus for us all! Their lives preach Jesus! Much fruit produced by both! FBC in Reserve! My happy place!

It was nine years ago this December that Pastor Garland Moore of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grants/Milan, New Mexico called me and asked me if I could go to Reserve, New Mexico and preach the Christmas Eve service. Garland had me call Cowboy Deacon Charles McCargish and that started our precious friendship. I love Charles and his lovely bride Joan (what a precious photo from yesterday) I came and preached and have served on and off for almost 9 years, sometimes every week, sometimes twice a week, sometimes a longer layoff, right now I fill in for Pastor Sheldon Wolf from time to time. God showed me Sheldon was to be the Pastor and this young man answered the call of GOD! PTL!

What I learned for these two precocious saints, Charles and Joan, is hard for me to write and speak. It runs deep into my soul. I can never repay them for what they have taught me. Yesterday we celebrated both of their birthdays, they both turned 39! YOUNG AND HEART AND SPIRIT! I have had long talks with both, one Sunday when I was preaching in Quemado, me and my Pastor buddy Ricky Gordon (who passed away last month, I am so sad) drove to Reserve and met up with Charles and Joan after Church. We sat in their home outside of Reserve and talked for hours! Ricky and I learned so much about God and life. They shared about losing two of their kids, and how their faith remained strong. They shared so much of their history, Church history, their travels to different countries…and on and on we went!!! My love for these two goes so very deep. Knowing Charles and Joan and gaining knowledge from them has made me a better man of God for sure! I am 65, I feel old in this world, I feel at times my preaching is old fashion and does not fit this world we live in. BUT!!! We are not to be of this world!!! Charles and Joan have always affirmed that to me!

The seminary school of Charles and Joan is priceless!!!! Over my years serving at FBC in Reserve I have seen them invite so many to Church! I have seen them come to the aid of so very many folks. PRICELESS! They are what Church is to be! When I look at them I see JESUS! AMEN!

The Lord has blessed me and Sharon with so many friends that have taught us much! More importantly, they model it everyday!!!!

As our supporter John Belew of Santa Fe, New Mexico says, “Dewey, Reserve is your happy place.” SO TRUE!!! SO MANY DEAR FRIENDS!!! THANK YOU LORD!!!

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people  Ephesians 1:18

This is a great read….

Reasons Every Church Needs Senior Saints Ministry – And IN Ministry

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