Operation Christmas Child

Hey, everybody!

Just a heads-up regarding our Caleb Zone involvement in Operation Christmas Child here. Hopefully you’ve already heard about this in your Lifegroup, but just in case, here goes. We’re encouraging folks in our Lifegroups to pack a box of useful items to contribute to Operation Christmas Child, which is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Here’s the website so you can learn all about it.


Keith and Laura Wilhite, who are Caleb Lifegroup Leaders, were given lots and lots of boot boxes to be used for this purpose. This coming Sunday, Oct. 12, they will have a trailer full of empty boxes parked right behind our ACC Office Building (Fort Street side). If you’d like to participate in Operation Christmas Child, please come and get a box or two and follow the instructions on the website above.

Lots of needy kiddos all over the world are going to get blessed BIG TIME this Christmas as we participate in this outreach. So come get some boxes and go for it!



You Gotta Check This Out….

Hi there, Caleb Zoners! 

A few months ago, I referred to a blog and website that many of you would be very interested in, and I wanted to re-up on that.  It’s called “Not On Our Watch”.  Just go to this link:  http://www.christiangrandparenting.net/  and you’ll find lots of parenting/grandparenting articles and information.  If you go to the bottom of that page, you can sign up for their weekly newsletter which will come to your email automatically every Sunday.  I think it’s great stuff, and even if YOU don’t need the information and support, I’ll bet you know somebody who does!

And by the way, you can subscribe to this Caleb Zone blog, too, if you haven’t already.  Look up to the top right corner of this article, and you’ll see where you can join this blog, which means that every time I post something on it, you’ll get an email with the new article on it. 

By the way, how are you guys doing?  I see so many of you at church, and others I’ve not seen for a while.  Just know that God is constantly looking for ways to encourage you and support you as you walk through life with Him. 

Huge Blessings on you,





Peggy’s Appeal To Caleb Zone

So many choices in life aren’t “EITHER/OR”, but are “BOTH/AND”.  And here’s another such example.  We’ve been talking at church lately about learning to minister to those in our “spheres of influence”…in other words, being a discipler/missionary right where we are.  Vitally important.  At the same time, one of the things ACC is really focused on is planting churches all over the world.  So which is it…focus on the people around us, or go to some location clear across the globe to share Jesus with those people?  It’s BOTH/AND, not EITHER/OR.

In this blog posting we’re going to hear from a lady from the Caleb Zone who has followed the Lord to do BOTH/AND…most recently the clear-across-the-globe stuff.  Come on, Peggy Stratton!!!


Peggy’s Appeal To Caleb Zone

I just returned from being in Uganda for four years and four months. God is so good. I know I have grown in so many ways…physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I want to declare that the blessings I received far outweighed any challenges I faced. I lived my first six months in a shipping container, had creatures of all kinds (bats/rats, etc.) as roommates, was surrounded by 100 acres of burning land and walked  in the Nile River. I could go on and on. The experience was amazing and I am so humbled that God allowed me to be used by Him to further His Kingdom.

For those of you who do not know me I am 62 years old and retired after working for 32 years with the Veterans Medical Center.  I was a nurse manager but in Uganda I made bricks, threshed beans, cooked over a charcoal fire and learned many new life skills. But the greatest gifting from God I which I got to share was just to love the people and walk with them in daily life.

I wanted to share this snippet with you, the Caleb Zone, because I’d love to see many of you enjoying and experiencing more of God by serving Him cross-culturally. I think many times Satan has lied to our generation telling us we are too old or that we have nothing to offer. THAT IS A LIE. I do not care who you are or what you have done in your life…you can be used by God!  Your life experiences, the basic teachings from our childhood, problem-solving skills and maybe something from your profession are more valuable than you know  The thing that ministers most to the hurting and unchurched of the world is knowing that someone cares about them and feels they have value and worth . I know there are challenges to our flesh but again I declare as Paul shared, “ His grace is sufficient”. So no matter what you may experience in uncomfortable sleeping, strange foods and/ or roommates…God’s grace is sufficient to help us overcome!

Please ask God if He would have you become a “goer”.   I would love to share with any of you who have questions, concerns or ideas about going to the field. I can be contacted at peggy@quikmail. org

The Call of the Road

Some of you know what I’m talking about when I say “The Call of the Road”.  Others of you can’t identify with that at all.  And do you know what?  It really doesn’t matter…it’s GOD’S call that matters, not the road’s, right?  But I chose that title for this blog posting because my guess is that some of you have been thinking/feeling for a good while now that God had an adventure for you up ahead…in a situation where YOU are really needed.  Now, I don’t actually know who’s reading this…maybe nobody…and I realize that you may not even be a “Caleb Zone-er”.  But if you DO happen to be, say, over 45…and you love to serve Jesus…and you’re one of those who’s been feeling an urge lately to take on something new, then there’s somebody looking for you…and his name is Jake…

Some of you may know Jake and Abigail Griffin.  Jake is the brother of our son-in-law, Jady Griffin.  And he and Abigail are in our 24/14 Church Planting school this year.  They have been led by the Lord to take a church planting team from Antioch, Waco, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to plant a church.  And they want/need some “gray heads” to be a part of their team.  I mean, you have NO idea how much Jake would love to talk to you, even if you’re not very interested or if you’re allergic to crawfish or something.

You can get hold of Jake by calling him at 254-214-3134.  Or if you’d rather contact me about it, then you can do that, too.  Just email me at danny-mulkey@aminternational.org

How cool would it be for God to put his hand on somebody or some couple and say, “Listen up…Danny’s talking about YOU.”

Blessings, and Happy New Year to you all.  I’ll be blogging again next week to tell you about something that you and your kids/grandkids will love.


Not On Our Watch

I want to let you guys know about a really good website called Christian Grandparenting Network.  The director of this network puts out some real good articles called “Not On Our Watch”.  And the website has some real good stories and resources. 

So let me encourage you to take a look at it.  Here’s the link:  http://www.christiangrandparenting.net/

Let’s all stay as informed, challenged, and encouraged as we can…and as we do, we’ll…..





Want To Feel the Cool Breeze from the Holy Spirit? Read “The Grace Outpouring”

Well, if you’re anything like me, you’re getting pretty tired of the 100+ degree temperatures day after day.  I’m pretty sure Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo would feel right at home in Waco these days.

I want to tell you about a book I just read…a book which at least for me was like a cool breeze from the Holy Spirit.  My heart just sort of said, “Ahhh”, like you might say if you were to slip into a pool of cool water on a day like today.  The book is called “The Grace Outpouring”, by Roy Godwin and Dave Roberts.  In the 1990’s Roy was a pastor in England.  His wife is Welsh (for those of you who are geographically challenged, Welsh people are from Wales, which is part of the UK…on the western side of England).  About 12 years ago or so, the Lord led Roy and his wife to become the directors of a Christian retreat center out in the boonies of Wales.  They had a strong desire to lead people to Jesus and couldn’t figure out why God would put them out in the middle of nowhere to run a retreat center for folks who were already Christians.

They were in for the surprise of their lives when God began to bring all sorts of people to the center…most of them just sort of wandered in, not knowing why they were drawn there.  Roy would just lead them to the chapel, speak a brief blessing over them and leave them alone.  And God would show up.  I mean, REALLY show up.  Healing, saving, delivering…whatever the need.  The presence of God was so powerful that countless lives were radically changed over the period of several years.  The retreat center has become a real House of Prayer, and now is influencing congregations of people all over the world. 

That’s the story in a nutshell.  It’s a great and moving illustration of the ability of God to touch people’s lives with His Presence, even when they’re not asking Him to.  Do you need to live and walk in a deeper awareness of God’s power, love, and presence?  Man, I do.  And when I read what God is doing in other places and other people, it builds and strengthens my faith, and my hunger for God intensifies. 

You can order the book online from various booksellers.  We may decide to carry it in our own bookstore here at ACC, too. 

May God’s blessings on us be so great that they lap over onto everyone around us!



Some Things Never Change…

Wow…that title sounds a little fatalistic!  But hang on a minute and hear me out, OK?  I’m going to give you a little report here on our Caleb Zone Mission Trip to Ireland, but in doing so, I want us to also think a little bit about the callings of God.  So here we go!!!!

Sheep...lots of sheep...

This was our 10th summer mission trip to Ireland.  We work in County Mayo, way up in northwest corner of the island.  It is, to many Irish people, the “Nazareth” of Ireland…perhaps the LEAST likely to succeed of all the Irish counties.  But this is where God has led us to plant our feet for the time being, and to declare in any/every way possible that God is even now setting things up for a profound revival in Ireland…so profound that the churches and the very social structure of the nation will be transformed by the love of Christ.  Once again, Ireland will become a launching pad for the Gospel to the nations of the world.

and cows...lots of cows...

I say “once again” because God’s calling on this nation IS to be wholehearted “lovers” of Jesus, and radical “launchers” of people to the nations with the Gospel, making disciples and planting churches.  Lovers and Launchers… This is what the Irish people became through the ministry of Patrick in the 5th century, and his discipleship/church planting movement powerfully affected the world for centuries!  This small, island nation led the entire world in the sending of disciple-making missionaries for CENTURIES!!!  The calling was clear.  And some things never change…like the callings of God, for example.  This is the “trumpet” we blow everywhere we go in Ireland.  Even though for the most part the Irish have now turned away from their zeal for God and for His calling on their lives, we know that God’s plans have not changed.  The Irish  just don’t know it yet!  We go there to remind them of who Jesus really is, and who they really are.

Danny with "Brother Thomas" at Holy Hill...a Catholic hermitage which is a prayer center for Ireland.

On our trips, we spend about half of our time praying in churches and other locations for God to send His blessing and the refreshing of His Spirit to the nation.  Then the other half of our time is spent meeting with and praying for pastors, priests, and lay-people whom God has sent our way.  Sometimes this is done as we share in churches or small groups.  Sometimes we visit their homes, or host them for dinner and a ministry time.  Every one on our team plays a significant role in hearing from God and praying His word over people’s lives.  This is was our daily activity on this trip …praying in churches and praying with people, always “blowing the trumpet” of God’s love for Ireland and his unchanged calling on the nation.

Our team with the pastor (and his wife) of a church where our team shared

This year, there were 8 of us on the team(Danny & Kathy Mulkey, Dennis & Jan Johnston, Teresa Rambo, Bill Curtiss, Mike Herron, Leslie Youngblood)…5 of whom are Caleb Zoners.  Our Ireland mission teams are an outflow of our Ireland Prayer group which meets weekly throughout the year, praying for revival in Ireland, and for individuals who send us prayer requests.  Over the years, as we’ve prayed for more and more people there, we’ve developed quite a network of friends who know that we’re praying for them.  And so they let us know when there are specific needs for us to cover in our prayer times. 

OK, that’s our mission trip in a nutshell…but I’ve just GOT to say one more thing here…I’m just wondering if perhaps God has a calling on YOUR life, too.  Could there be a parallel here?  Is there a calling  that God is  wanting to stir up once again in your own heart?Maybe life has gotten either “too good” and you’ve gotten distracted, or it’s become “too bad”, and you think you’ve been turned out to pasture.  May I just blow this trumpet in your ear, too?  God has not forgotten you, nor has he forgotten what he created you for and called you to do.  Ask him about it and see what he says…

Some things never change…thank God.




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