October 2010 - January 2011
Dear Praying Friends,
A lot has happened in the last few months and we are more thankful than ever for people around the country that continue to hold us up in prayer. We have had many great meetings since I last wrote, covering every corner of the country and enjoying the blessings of God! There are always challenges along the way but our God is faithful to supply all of our needs.
We were in the Northeast in October with meetings in Maine and Connecticut. Bro. Jason Stoeber has been used by God to plant a church in Westbrook, Maine. That area of the country can be difficult, but God has really blessed the ministry there and it is exciting to see the good spirit among the people.
We went from the Northeast to the Southwest as we headed out to Texas to be with our good friend Bro. Mike Lewis at Faith Baptist Church in Temple. We tried to stay in warm weather for the remainder of November with meetings in Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia, because we knew what was coming in December. I always tell people that you can tell we are in the will of God because we go North in December and nobody in their right mind would do that on purpose!
We had to drive from a meeting in New Paris, Indiana, to Missoula, Montana, so we were able to stop in Bismarck, North Dakota, and have services at Open Door Baptist Church. Pastor Spencer Baker and his family a doing a great job there in Bismarck. The weather was in the sub-zero range, so that got us ready for our Alaska trip.
We were able to spend several days in Pasco, Washington, with Papa Paisley and celebrate an early Christmas there. We also had services at Riverview Baptist and Chinook Baptist in Pasco while we were in the area, then it was off to Alaska for yet another Christmas celebration at Grandma's house and meetings around the state.
We got to spend a few days at our home church, Bible Baptist in Fairbanks, Alaska and it reminded us once again how blessed we are to have such a wonderful church family. It is always a blessing to be able to spend time with family and friends and to "catch up" on what we have missed. We were especially blessed while we were in Fairbanks to get to see Clayton and Robyn McCurdy and their children, missionaries to Moldova, who came home for a few months to visit some of their supporting churches and surprise their parents for Christmas. The McCurdy's were both students of mine in the Christian School in Fairbanks and it is a blessing to see them serving the Lord in Eastern Europe, faithfully preaching the Gospel to the people of Moldova.
Our meetings in Alaska were with good attendance and a good response from the people. It is encouraging to see what the Lord is doing among the churches in the "Last Frontier."
We had a little unexpected excitement the day before we left Alaska. As we were driving back from a meeting at Manna Independent Baptist Church in Palmer, Alaska, we had a meeting with a large moose in the middle of the road! It was very exciting to hit the moose, but it was even more exciting to see the protective hand of God! We lost the mirror from the driver's side of the car we were driving, but everything and everybody else was fine. Many times those incidents end with fatalities, so losing a mirror is certainly the blessing of God!
We finally started heading South again at the end of January, with a revival meeting at Treasure Valley Baptist in Meridian, Idaho. Treasure Valley will be hosting their annual Pastors' School August 9-12 this summer and I would encourage all pastors, their wives and staff to attend if possible. You will be refreshed, encouraged and challenged by the workshops and the preaching.
After we left Idaho, we just kept going South. As we got into southern Nevada we even had to turn on the AC in the truck. I was so excited I could hardly stand it!
We spent the last Sunday of January with Pastor Dave Murphy and the good folks of Gethsemane Baptist Church. It had been several years since we were at Gethsemane and it was a blessing to see the good work that is going on there. We then went up to the mountains and held a family conference at Evergreen Baptist Church in Big Bear, California. Pastor Aaron Richert has led the church to obtain a building right on the "main drag" in Big Bear and good things are happening there.
After leaving Big Bear, we were able to spend a couple of days in Pahrump, Nevada, with my Brother Jim and his wife, Robin. The kids always love to go see Uncle Jim and Aunt Robin and we had a great visit. You can see some of the pictures of our adventures on our website, www.mrogers.com.
On our way back across the country, we stopped to preach a morning service at Gospel Light Baptist in Enid, Oklahoma, and the evening service at Southwest Baptist in Oklahoma City. It was a busy day, but we were encouraged by the spirit in both churches.
We left our house in Kentucky to head North on November 27, 2010 and we finally got back on February 14, 2011. Needless to say, we are all a little tired, but I think we are starting to catch our breath!
It is going to be a busy Spring, so please continue to remember us in prayer as we do our best to preach the Word of God as it is to people as they are.
God bless you,