Genesis 6.4 There were giants in the earth in those days
Yes, David really did fight a giant named Goliath. David’s great grandmother was a lady named Ruth. Goliath’s great grandmother was a lady named Orpah. Both David and Goliath had great grandmothers from Moab. When Naomi returned to Israel after the sojourn in Moab, Ruth came also. Orpah returned to Moab and her great grandson eventually challenged Israel and Saul’s armies to a contest. David defeated Goliath in the famous battle, and was crowned the giant slayer by the minstrels of Israel.
Today I want to introduce you to a giant I have personally met, and know quite well. He lives among us. Many of you will know him and be acquainted with him. I wanted to point out his stature today.
His has been an amazing life. His father was also a member of the giants. Men of stature, height, expanse in multiply ways. Men that affect and change an entire generation by their presence and exploits. Men who have been undefeated in spiritual combat. Champions without peer. Acknowledged, acclaimed, and revered by their peers and their future generations. Men who leave behind a trail that others may follow and find bliss.
This giant I know has….
- Preached for 50 years
- Been married to the same wife for 45 years
- Pastored for 30 years
- Has preached 910 revivals
- Has preached 329 conferences
- Has preached 61 camp meetings
- Has 5 children, all serve the Lord
- Has 12 grandchildren, all filled with the Holy Ghost (except those under 4)
- Has one son who pastors a church of about 1000
- Has another son who started a church that now has about 500
- Has a son-in-law who pastors a growing church
11 years ago tomorrow, this giant resigned his church and started traveling across America preaching the Gospel.
Personally I do not know of any living man who has achieved more for the kingdom of God than this giant of a man among us!
50 years ago he preached his first sermon outside his home church in Shelbyville Indiana, for Elder Cavenous.
The trail he has blazed is well marked and easily followed.
Today, I stop and salute a true Giant of Pentecost!
Martyn Ballestero Sr
Thank you for an unbelievable life Elder!