June - August 2009
Dear Praying Friends,
We have had an exciting and busy summer full of Revival Meetings, Conferences and Camps. It is a blessing to be able to preach the Gospel all around the country and see souls saved and lives changed by the power of God. What a privilege to be a part of the work of God!
We were in several churches for the first time in May; Gospel Light Baptist in Walker, Michigan, Flat Run Baptist in Locust Grove, Virginia and Temple Baptist in Statesville, North Carolina. The Lord blessed in those churches and we made some new friends in places where we had not been before.
It was our privilege to be at Haven Baptist Church in Nepean, Ontario, the first week of June and see how the Lord has used Bro. Greg Johnston to do a great work there near the capitol of Canada. We got to do a little sightseeing while we were there and really enjoyed our time in Nepean.
After leaving Canada, we went to Grace Baptist Church in Oak Harbor, Ohio, with Pastor Rick Bickelhaupt. Liz was able to speak for their "Ladies' Tea" again this year and the ladies all had a wonderful time. I was only there long enough to sing a few songs, but David and I did get to sneak back into the kitchen and indulge in some of the extra food. What a blessing! We had a wonderful revival meeting there at Grace Baptist and had an added blessing when they decided to take us on for monthly support. God is so good!
The next Sunday we were with Pastor Kevin Folger at Cleveland Baptist Church and had a great day. Too many times we see churches that once did a great work for God but over time have either faded away or adopted a worldly philosophy. Cleveland Baptist has stood strong over the years and God is blessing the ministry there.
One of the highlights of our summer is always the annual Bible Conference at Hope Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio. This year was no exception and we were refreshed and encouraged by the preaching, singing and fellowship.
In July we closed out the Wednesday Revival series at Lee's Summit Baptist Temple in Lee's Summit, Missouri, and had a great time with Bro. Allen and the folks there.
We had the blessing of spending Independence Day weekend at First Hispanic-American Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois. Many of you will remember Bro. Roman Gray, Jr. who travelled with me for several months. He is now the Pastor of First Hispanic-American Baptist Church and doing a great job. I preached in English and he translated everything into Spanish. The people were very kind and we were excited to see what is happening there.
The rest of July we were in revival meetings in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Alabama before heading up to Penfield, New York, the first Sunday in August.
This year we were privileged to be at Common Ground Baptist Camp in Butler, Pennsylvania. Pastor Krohn and the camp staff did a great job and it was a pleasure to preach every night to about 300 teenagers. Several young people trusted Christ as Saviour and many made decisions that will change the course of their lives.
I keep saying that I'm going to fire the guy that does my scheduling, but then Liz reminds me that I'm the one who does all of the scheduling! We finished at camp Thursday night and then headed from Butler, Pennsylvania to Colorado Springs, Colorado for Sunday. See? Somebody needs to be fired!
We had a good time at Cornerstone Baptist in Colorado Springs on Sunday night and then caught a flight to Idaho on Monday.
I was able to speak for the Pastor's School at Treasure Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho, this year and Liz got to speak to the ladies one morning. It was an exciting and encouraging meeting for all of the pastors and their wives. For those of you on the East coast, the conference will be held next August at Hope Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio. If you can fit it into your schedule, I know it would be well worth your time.
After we finished the Pastor's School we flew back to Colorado and had a revival meeting at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Pueblo, then we drove to Beulah, North Dakota, for a revival meeting at Cornerstone Baptist Church.
As you can see, it has been a "whirlwind" summer and now we are preparing for fall. Make sure you check out our website to see pictures of where we have been and what we have been doing.
Many of you have asked if we have any special needs. We do not normally mention those kinds of things, but we are going to have to purchase new tires for our truck and our trailer this fall and it is going to be quite an expense. If God puts it on your heart to help with the cost of the tires you can send a check to our Fairbanks address and designate it accordingly.
God bless you,