July – October 2014
Dear Praying Friends,
Summer has come and gone and autumn is upon us.
Our meetings in July and August on the West Coast went very well. We were able to be in several new works that are just getting started and we were encouraged to see the excitement and growth in each of them.
Pastor Rick Owens started Victory Baptist Church in Fresno five years ago and God has richly blessed the ministry there. We had a great revival meeting at Victory and saw many decisions made.
The next week we were in Vancouver, Washington, at Majesty Baptist Church with Pastor Virl Stalnacker. The Stalnackers started in Vancouver just two years ago and they have done a great job. We had visitors every service and a real spirit of excitement among the people.
Following the meeting in Vancouver, we went up to Shelton, Washington, for a Thursday night service at Freedom Baptist Church. Freedom Baptist is also a brand new church meeting in a rented facility, but we had a great service that night and were encouraged by the excellent attendance and by Pastor Sprenger’s vision for the future.
Praise the Lord for men with the vision to plant new churches!
In August we had meetings in Washington, California, Idaho and Oregon.
While in Long Beach, California, at Gethsemane Baptist Church, I had some health issues that came to the forefront and kept me from preaching the morning service, but by Sunday night all was well and we had a blessed time. Special thanks to Pastor Dave Murphy and the good folks there at Gethsemane for all of their help.
We are still trying to find the cause of the problem, so we ask that you would pray with us about my health issues and we will keep you posted if we get some definitive information. No doubt, the Lord has a purpose and it is all in His control!
In the meantime, we ask that you bear with us as we attempt to modify our schedule to try to cut down on some of the physical wear and tear. For the past eighteen years we have travelled 52 weeks every year and enjoyed every minute of it, however, it appears that we will need to start scheduling a little bit of “down time” in the future so that we can make it through the next eighteen!
After finishing our meetings in the west, we headed east and stopped for the last Sunday in August at Lee’s Summit Baptist Temple in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Pastor Fred Allen has been a good friend for many years and it was a blessing to be with them again and see the response of the congregation.
Liz had the opportunity to speak for a Ladies meeting the first Friday and Saturday of September at Calvary Baptist Church in Ashland, Ohio, and all the feedback from the ladies was very positive. The Lord has really used her to be a blessing to ladies all over the country. Praise the Lord for a godly wife!
We started a revival meeting there on Sunday and had a great week together. Pastor Strachan and folks at Calvary Baptist really go out of their way to do things first class.
The next week we were with Pastor Mike Aylestock at Community Baptist Church in Chantilly, Virginia. While we were in Chantilly, Liz began to experience problems with a tooth. Her face began to swell and she was in a lot of pain, so when we got back to Kentucky she went to the dentist and he sent her right over to the endodontist for a root canal.
$1,200.00 later, all was well and she was feeling good again.
In September we also had to put new tires on the truck and the van. One of the things you don’t think about when you buy a dual wheel truck is how much it will cost to put tires on it!
$1,700.00 later, we were on the road again.
The first week of October we had a cancellation that allowed us the opportunity to spend a couple of days at the house, (what a blessing!) and gave me the time to fly to Alaska. While in Alaska I was able to spend a few days with my mother and also to be at my home church for the “kick-off” of our Fall Missions Revival. Missions Revival is the most exciting time of year at Bible Baptist Church in Fairbanks. I was privileged to be there all day on Sunday and it was a tremendous blessing. Praise the Lord for a good church!
We are grateful for your continued prayer support.
With all that goes along with being “on the road,” health problems, financial burdens, etc., we understand more every day how important it is to have people asking the Lord to intervene on our behalf.
God bless you,