The Saints At Steelton

J. D. Conley
April 10, 2016

This past Thursday night I finished a wonderful gospel meeting with the saints at Steelton, in New Martinsville, WV. This was the second meeting I have been privileged to conduct for this good church and I've been invited back for a third one in April of 2019. The flock there is guided by three godly shepherds, Merle Lemasters, Rollie Bohrer and Lloyd King. Her good preacher is Ed Melott.

The meeting was very well attended throughout the week averaging around 130 each night. Many surrounding congregations supported the meeting with their presence and the singing was outstanding. It was wonderful to see many friends at the meeting as well as getting to know the members there better. Although there were no visible results the lessons were well received and the comments made were encouraging.

Although the eight round trips of 94 miles each were long and tiring, the effort made was well worth it. Being around good brethren is always a joy and an encouragement to gospel preachers, (Philippians 1:2-3).

A change in scenery and pace is always nice and refreshing but it also helps remind us of how extremely blessed we are to be part of a great home congregation such as Harmar Hill. For nearly twelve years Denise and I have been blessed beyond measure to work with and alongside, the good brethren here. It is a blessing we never take for granted and one for which we daily thank our loving Father in Heaven. Sometimes years spent at the same place dull love and appreciation. But our years spent with this good church has only enhanced our love and appreciation for each one of you.

Truly, I have been blessed with two worlds. One in which I can labor with my precious brethren at home, and another where I can work with brothers and sisters in Christ elsewhere, as in gospel meetings and lectureships, etc.

The past week, the saints at Steelton encouraged me as a gospel preacher. But my brethren here not only encourage me, you sustain me and support me in my work, and for that I will be eternally grateful. With that said, I echo Paul when he wrote these gracious words, "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy" (Philippians 1:3-4).