Pastor John Merritt

A modern~day adventurer trapped in a pastor's body


Back to Argentina

Back to Argentina


Posted By on Feb 11, 2016 | 2 comments

Before kids, married two years, half way through seminary, only 24 years old, and wondering what God wanted me to do with the rest of my life—an opportunity crossed my path to spend a year in Argentina to work with a group of missionaries in the NW part of the country. I was sensing that God might be calling us to serve on the mission field, but Debbie was not sure about that notion at all. This short term commitment seemed the perfect way to see if we were cut out for work in the third world.

We made a very important discovery—that we were better suited for doing missionary work in our own culture and country. While our year in the Southern Hemisphere was valuable, it was also difficult for two misfits trying to make a contribution while knowing this work was not in our futures. Never did I think I’d return to that part of the world…

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PISMO BEACH

PISMO BEACH


Posted By on Jan 26, 2016 | 4 comments

Ever been to Pismo? Quirky little beach town with a fabulous beach lined with rocky cliffs to the North and sand dunes to the South. A perfect setting to unwind and feel the sand between your toes. Debbie and I did just that in between sessions I was leading for a group of pastors and their spouses addressing how to stay healthy physically, emotionally, spiritually and relationally.

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I have found that there is little power behind the good intentions of New Year’s resolutions. But I know that there is power in prayer. I’ve often said that had it not been people praying for me, I wouldn’t have survived being a pastor for nearly 40 years. Prayer matters, even if we do not see the results. God honors the faith behind our prayers. I believe there is nothing more important in 2016 than to pray.

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