November - December 2001
As I write today, December 31st, I am in a meeting with Missionary Brian Fickes in Valdez, Alaska. It is hard to believe that in just a few hours another year will be behind us. I have barely gotten used to writing "2001."
It has been a year full of blessings with great meetings all around the country. The last two months of the year have been particularly exciting. I started out November in Ohio and it was great to be back at Harvest Baptist Temple in Clyde, Ohio again. Pastor James Lewis and his family have served faithfully there for many years, and God has blessed greatly. While there at Harvest, I was able to do some promotional spots for their radio ministry, WHVT, as well.
We had a tremendous revival meeting in Dayton, Ohio, at Cornerstone Baptist Temple. What a blessing to see a church with such a great history moving on to what I'm sure will be an even greater future under the leadership of Pastor Jerry Siler.
After leaving Ohio, I headed out West for meetings in Washington. I was able to be with Brother Greg Boyle at Faith Baptist Church in Spokane before going out to Seattle to meet my Mother at the airport. She was able to fly out to join me in Washington for Thanksgiving. We had a special Thanksgiving banquet and service at Bible Baptist Church in Puyallup on Tuesday night and were surprised to have some former students from Alaska come to the service.
On Wednesday we went over to Pasco to have services at Riverview Baptist Church and spend Thanksgiving there with the Paisley family. It was a lot of fun and a special blessing to be able to have my Mother spend that week with me.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving I was privileged to have services at Yakima Bible Baptist and Calvary Baptist in Yakima before going over to Montana for a revival meeting at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Missoula. Brother Tom Lemmons is doing a great job there and the Lord blessed us with a tremendous meeting that week.
When I left Montana it seemed that Winter had finally hit and I was in pretty heavy snow storms while at Berean Baptist Church in Ashton, Idaho. We had regular services on Wednesday night and then a special Christmas concert on Thursday night. With all of the snow it was certainly conducive to singing Christmas music and we had a wonderful time. It was good to be back in Canon City, Colorado, once again with Pastor McDonald and the folks at Calvary Baptist Church. We had a great revival meeting there.
The next Sunday I was able to be in Mesa, Arizona, to preach for the dedication of the new auditorium at East Mesa Baptist Church. We had a great day and saw the Lord work in an exciting way. Pastor Fidel Hughes has lead this church through all the hazards of a successful building program and I'm sure he is glad to have it complete!
The next day I flew back to Pasco, Washington, and proposed to Miss Elizabeth Paisley. Yes, you read that correctly. She accepted, so we are planning to be married in July there at Riverview Baptist in Pasco. Of course, everyone is welcome to join us for the wedding. I'm sure you will want to check out the picture on the web site. We plan to travel together and continue serving the Lord in the ministry of evangelism. I believe Liz will be a real blessing to the churches we visit.
After the whirlwind trip to Pasco I headed back to Alaska to spend Christmas with my family. I will be in meetings around Alaska throughout the month of January and will have the opportunity to be with several missionaries.
It has been a very eventful year, and a very rewarding year. I am always amazed at how the Lord works. What a privilege to see people trust Christ as Saviour and see lives changed through the power of the Word of God. I have said it many times before but I can never really stress enough the importance of having people be faithful to pray for this ministry. The fruit will abound to your account.
Let's look forward to an even greater year ahead of us and increase our efforts on every front to spread the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ!
We now have a written choral arrangement of the song "Always Enough" available in Octavo form. Brother Tim Ruegg has put together a wonderful arrangement that I'm sure will be a blessing to you and your choir. We plan to have more titles in the future.
God bless you,