To remember you folks is to be so greatly encouraged. Thanks again for your years of faithful support!
These months have been intense. We’re thankful for what God did “over and above” as we all prayed and worked.
In every area, there’s been unexpected joy as God did what only He could do.
• Granting healing from the balance and memory after-effects of the concussion
• Using the injury to give a fresh, new appreciation of the importance of people over projects
• Encouraging and empowering everyone in my medical class at Hyles-Anderson College
• Sustaining the group of adult students in my evening Bible institute class on Acts and Missions
• Blessing systematic soul-winning visitation in a new area of the south suburbs of Chicago
• Providing wisdom and direction when pastors and missionaries have called with concerns
• Directing me (oddly by way of computer problems!) how to best bring to fruition a concept I’ve called “Missions Essentials,” designed to help missionaries go to the field with a “full toolbox”
When folks ask for a summary of our ministry, we simply say it’s to “serve God by helping missionaries to reach their field and to serve there most effectively.” These months have seen many opportunities to contribute to different aspects of this goal . . . that more would be called to serve, that those called would prepare, and that the prepared would go. There have been some wonderful high points:
• In March, hosting one of the speakers for First Baptist Church’s Missions Conference
• In April, preparing for the 50th anniversary of Hyles-Anderson College and graduation
• In early May, teaching and otherwise contributing to FBMI’s 2022 Candidate School with the new missionary candidates, who are preparing for appointment and their deputation to follow
Here’s a blessing you’ll enjoy. By God’s grace, I was privileged to present the Gospel to two adults, Leslie and Maria. After they both trusted Christ as their Saviour, the Lord led me to spend extra time to explain salvation in the context of God’s Great Commission, that the next step of obedience was baptism, and how important it was to then join the church, to learn and grow spiritually, and to serve God effectively. By God’s grace, both made a public profession in the next service and were baptized!
Please pray for God’s direction and blessing on the following:
1. June trip to Mexico for Missionary Chris Sage’s wedding and to serve a church in Querétaro
2. Late June meeting at Grace Baptist Church in Marion, North Carolina (This is the pastor friend and church group that I worked with in Peru when we served in the Upper Amazon Region.)
3. Missions University for new and veteran missionaries in July
4. The development of Missions Essentials from concept to usefulness