As I reminisce on this past month of June, I’m reminded how fast time flies. Some days, it seems like we’ve been on the deputation trail for an eternity; while, some days, I blink, and a whole month has passed. Thank you for your support, whether it be financial or prayer. Looking back, the month we’ve just had juxtaposed with the one we’re nearly finished with was simply the calm before the storm. God has been so good to us. Please forgive the lateness of this letter as I bring you up to date on our travels.
In June, we closed out two of the last six meetings we’ll have before we get to the field. We started out the month at Way of Life Baptist Church in Clayton, North Carolina. Pastor Tucker allowed me the chance not only to present our ministry to the adults but to the children as well. We came in at the end of their Vacation Bible School and ended up integrated into their program. Liz and I were able to show them on our little inflatable globe where all the different people groups are coming from that we’ll be preaching to in Toronto. They were a sharp group of kids, who listened intently to the presentation and the Sunday school lesson I was privileged to teach them. I later presented and preached to the adults, who were also a delightful group to preach to. The following Sunday, we presented and preached at Friendship Baptist Church of Stanfield, North Carolina. It was great to be with a church that placed emphasis on prayer the way they did. We took an extensive time before the service ever started to get on our knees before God’s altar and petition Him for His blessing. We had a great meeting.
We ended the month with not so much of a meeting as simply a preaching opportunity at our church, Liberty Baptist Church, in Durham, North Carolina. I felt like I was on home court that night as I preached on “Knowing Him.” Liberty is our home base of operations, and this month, because we are packing and prepping to move, we were there more than usual, which afforded us more opportunities to go out soul winning with our church family. We always enjoy getting to go out with such a large group of fellow laborers who are on the same page about reaching the world for Christ. Liz and I both were able to lead someone to Christ this month during church-wide Saturday soul winning. I was privileged to lead Devin Chapman to Christ. Devin told me that he would soon be heading out for basic training for the Air Force; I rejoice that he heard and accepted the Gospel before going out into what can be a lonely and morally perilous world. Liz led Leroy to Christ the following weekend.
Please pray about these things:
1. Pray that Devin and Leroy, who recently got saved, will get plugged in and discipled.
2. Pray for continued grace in our final preparations before leaving for the field.
3. Pray for our spiritual growth and strength as we head into this new chapter in our lives—the mission field.
Pressing toward the mark,