Letters sent to Dr. Waylon B. Moore at Missions Unlimited in Tampa, Florida
The more than you know refers to my just now completing a journey I began a few weeks ago, prayerfully
reading through EVERY written word provided by your website with a hungry, recently renewed heart. I also listened
to the interview and parts of messages by Bro. Bill and you online, even though my set up somehow required twice as
long for them to be heard....did not hurt me a bit, though, actually caused me to absorb more deeply what was being
shared, gave the Holy Spirit more time to stir my soul below the waterline. YOU'VE just invested many hours in my
life through this online stewardship. THANK YOU!
Praying to consistently have a learner's heart, teachable spirit, pliable will, obedient life, accountable stewardship,
and deeper love for Him. When it rains it pours!
In Him, the best place to be, Lynn McMasters, Texarkana
I love you dear brother. Thanks for your discipleship, mentoring and just being
a good friend now for more than 20 years. I consider myself one of your boys.
Wade Akins, International Mission Board, Pioneer
You are the man my father credits with teaching him how to witness when he was
in high school . . . . He is now . . . working to help start churches across
the USA and Canada. While I was in missiology class at seminary, Dr. Fray
recommended your book
God has used that to teach me and call me to help new Christians mature
healthily . . . . You asked if our church has new Christians. YESSSS!! Two
Sundays ago six were baptized at the ocean . . . . Our church is composed
largely of new Christians or those returning to church after long absences.
It's a joy to see God's Spirit work. It's also a leadership challenge . . . .
Each person who is baptized receives a Barnabas. The
Barnabas is encouraged to help the person through your book,
Ellen O., church staff, Canada
Meeting up with you really changed my life. I'll explain. First at the Baptist
Camp retreat in La Tuna. You know that we spent that day together,
as I showed you around Punta del Leste. I had the desire to rub
souls with you a bit, and we did this, as we sight-saw, ate passion fruit
ice cream, etc. I remember you enjoyed it.
Then In Belo, the same time you were there with Henry Blackaby. (1998??)
You talked about Mentoring to the guys there. You said some things I'll never
forget; God does not have favorites, but he does have intimates. You can
have as much of Him, as you want. You then talked about your mentoring of
other men over the years. I have extensive notes I have used since then, to
help other guys.
You then said that you have an accountability partner (your son Bruce) and
that upon getting back to the USA you would have to call him, and conferss
to him one of your minor slipups.
That seemed (I must confess) ridiculous to me at that time, and I talked
about it with another colleague. He too thought it was a strange idea.
About 2.5 years ago, when our middle son was 13 he began to struggle with
sexual temptation, especially on TV and the internet.
I dealt with him a bit on this, and one day I caught him watching something
on the computer he should not have. Remembering what you had taught there at
Belo, I talked to him about entering into an accountability pact with me. I
told him that these sorts of struggles are commen to most, if not all,
Christian men. I told him of my own weaknesses, and sometimes slipups. We
made a vow to every Monday AM, during our devotional time tell each other if
we had broken the pact of accountability.
IT IS AMAZING. In 2.5 years I have been almost guilt and slipup free. He
ministers to his 45-year-old dad!! The 2-3 times I have felt that I have broken
the pact I have felt convicted of this, and have confessed it to him. He has
then prayed for me. It is humbling to have this happen, so I am very careful
to not slipup.
So what I am saying is this. Thanks for being real, for being vulnerable.
Thanks for telling it like it is.
Now to finish. Last week I went to Brazil and there spent nearly a week
talking about Leadership, and mentoring, with 11 folks (eight guys and three
ladies) at a seminary there. It is a Master's level course. I took three of
the guys I am mentoring with me. We slept in bunk beds all in the same room.
We had a devotional time together each morning, as is our custom.
On the 11-hour drive I asked each of them this question. How many nights
do you think we have slept in the same room, over the years? (Note that
as we travel we sleep on the floors of churches, in camps, etc., all on
matresses and sleeping bags, etc.)
Raul, he and I have been together 12 years, 250 nights we estimate.
Tomas, eight years, 1000 nights. Luis, six years, 80 nights.
I have told them that my ministry is based on the model of Jesus, and
especially what I learned from Mark 3:13-14.
And Jesus chose 12 so that he MIGHT BE WITH THEM, and send them out to
This we have practiced for 12 years on the mission field and the results and
fruit keep pouring in.
In the class we tried to model this, as these guys, who have only been
instructed in our Bible Institute and through discipleship and mentoring,
even gave lectures and their testimonies to these men who were master's level.
Most of the students there have never been mentored nor are mentoring. Only two
of the 11 have accountability partners.
I think the materials that we presented to them, and the life we modeled to
them were revolutionary. Something they have NEVER SEEN. I was asked by
three of the students, two who are denominational leaders, to come back and
teach these same concepts to their leaders. I am prayerfully considering
doing this. . . .
The class goes like this: We meet a week. Then they work on the assignments
I gave them for six months. Then in February we again meet for a week and end
the course. I am using a lot of the materials from your WWW site. I am
endebted to you, for the time you have invested in my life.
I appreciate you brother,
Tim Kunkel, Missionary, Salto, Uruguay, South
My team's web page.
One morning. . . , I went to the Pastor's conference in Knoxville expecting two
things: Hear a speaker whom I knew nothing about, and fellowship with the other
pastors. I received a serendipity at the meeting. I was motivated to memorize
scripture along with the references. What a serendipity that was!! I've
memorized 371 verses with references since hearing you! The Word of God had
never meant so much to me, or affected me at such a deep level. Thanks for
being God's spokesman.
Warm Regards, Jim P.
We have enjoyed receiving Mentoring all these years, and thank you
for the Christian growth it affords us. Imagine 12 years since we met .
. . . Just wanted you to know how much the silent majority out here appreciates
your work. . . .
Since 1970 you have been our mentors! Thank you for the principles that you
have continued to emphasize. We have received the regular MENTORING and
followed its instruction . . . . It has been a blessing to have you as partners
in this venture.
My name is David Reeves, a missionary who attended your MENTORING 2000
conference on my way to Honduras. I just wanted to say thanks
because it has helped me in the following ways:
1. Whenever I meet with someone, I'm going through the 5 P's
(of Mentoring) in my mind. It's a great help to make each meeting with guys
2. I kept my commitment to memorize two verses a week for nine weeks and
have been working on your verses also in
Living God's Word
book (in Spanish).
3. I found your son, Bruce's, talk on his experiences as your child
; absolute gold! I'm trying to remember transparency in my family
relationships, and ask their forgiveness when it's appropriate. Thanks so much
for your investment in my life.
Waylon, Your message was right on target!
Florida Baptist Convention Executive
Since I was first acquainted with you and learned the biblical basics on
mentoring, God led me in a busy pastorate to mentor men. Here is one story from
what the Lord did this past year. Ben was a deacon who showed great hunger for
the Lord. I mentored him for a year once a week.
He then began to mentor Mack, an African-American who had joined our
fellowship. The church, seeing the growth and God's power in Mack's witnessing
for Christ, elected him a deacon. God continued to work in Mack, and called him
to preach. He will be our new mission pastor. Last week Mack baptized four
people he led to Christ. About 16 others have professed faith in Christ through
his ministry. It all began when I made a commitment to give time to mentor Ben.
This . . . spiritual multiplication brings great joy to God's heart, and to
Dr. Craig Price, AR (
used by permission
In 1983 you spoke at Shocco Springs, Ala. That student weekend had a trementous
impact on my life. I made a new commitment, and it turned my life around. I'll
never forget your invitation. You said: Many of you have put a period
mark by your commitment. You need to erase that period and let God lead you
further, now! I did. And God called me to preach; I'm now pastoring.
Rev. Joel Newton
. . . Your message on discipleship may be the best I have heard in many, many
years. You certainly have a heart for mentoring and helping people begin and
complete their journey.
Bill Carmichael, May 2001
Dr. Moore, I've met a number of older pastors who commented on my excitement
for the Word and the Gospel: When you get older you'll get over it, just
like us. And I was so afraid to get old. Then you spoke and your passion
for Christ and the Word came through like fire, and I knew they were wrong.
Thank you for being faithful and giving me hope for the future.
Pastor, May 2001
I will forever be grateful to God for you and your ministry. As a result of
New Testament Follow-Up,
I began to see the imperative nature of conserving evangelistic results.
Consequently, I'm writing my Ph.D. dissertation on [that topic].
Certainly God has had his hand upon you and your ministry. . . . [My wife], the
children, and I are going through
Living God's Word
and are greatly enjoying the study.
Thanks for the 1,000 copies of
Power of a Mentor.
We are giving these out in chapel. A colleague and I are meeting to discuss
further the mentoring groups. Your contribution [in teaching Mentoring
Mandate to our faculty] continues to have impact.
Dr. Daryl Eldridge, Dean, School of Christian
Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
[Re: mentoring in theological education] We have felt a critical need to find
pastor/teachers who will take a student for practical work and let the student
just shadow him everywhere he goes. Most pastors who will accept
students for practical work push them out to . . . take on a ministry he does
not want to be bothered with. We are trying to get all of our church planters
paired in teams (which I think is a more Bibical model than the lone ranger
approach . . . of course even the Lone Ranger had Tonto along didn't he?). The
only place where Paul did not leave a church was Athens, where some
believed, and where he had stayed alone from the rest of the team. We
need practitioners in the classroom as well as publishers.
Missionary, Central America
I would like to say a personal thank you for your support of the
Timothy-Barnabas Pastor's School . . . . Thank you for the material that you
donated to all the pastors . . . . May the Lord continue to bless your ministry.
B. L., pastor, NC (Note: The generosity of our
supporters enabled us to send 100 copies of
Power of a Mentor
as a gift to these younger pastors.)
I am grateful from the bottom of my heart for the mentoring material that [you]
. . . sent to give to the students at my Timothy/Barnabas School. We had 122
students from 20 states, and it was greatly blessed by God.
J.H., pastor, GA
Let me . . . express my deep appreciation of the contribution you made to my
life in affirming the principles of mentoring and discipleship. I serve in
Mission Service Corps, interim pastoring, and still feel a need to continue
R.L., Home Mission Board staff
You are a TEACHER-PAR-EXCELLENCE! A Master Communicator! . . . Your teaching
will result in some radical changes. . . . The staff is grateful for the extra
time you gave them on Friday morning. You fired them up.
Florida Education Minister
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