From Uniontown, we drove back to Michigan to the city of Saginaw. We got to be a part of Sheridan Road Baptist Church’s Missions Conference. I got to present our work and preach. It was great to see Pastor Jurva, who had been a missionary to Brazil. What a wealth of knowledge this man of God had! I had the privilege of going soul winning with a long-term member of the church and with an old college mate.
Our next stop was Marion, Ohio, at Liberty Baptist Church, a new church plant. I was honored to teach, preach, and present our ministry there. Our fellowship with Pastor Braye was very profitable. He is a hard worker and a wise man of God. On the way home, we experienced our first flat tire while on deputation. We got it easily replaced the next day. The Lord’s really been good to us in our travels.
Our next set of meetings brought us to the Decatur, Illinois, area. Our first meeting there was at First Baptist Church in Gillespie. While fellowshipping with the DePoppes, I found out that Mrs. DePoppe’s father, S.M. Davis, had preached at the Baptist Fellowship Conference in Adelaide, where I surrendered my life to be a missionary! I’ve been wanting to know that for a while now. That same night, I presented and preached at Grace Baptist Church of Decatur. Pastor Smith and GBC were so gracious and generous to allow us to stay in their prophet’s chamber while we were in Illinois. We weren’t able to stay there the whole time, however. My wife Mindy had some abdominal pain, and we had to drive back home to Michigan to get it checked out with her doctor. We praise the Lord it wasn’t appendicitis! She was discharged the next day but was put on bed rest for the weekend. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our next meeting in Macon, Illinois, but the pastor graciously allowed us to reschedule.
The following week, we drove back to Decatur to be with Salem Baptist Church and their Missions Conference. Their theme was Australia! We got to present our work. We were able to help Bearing Precious Seed assemble 5,000 John and Romans that were going to the country of Belize. What an honor! One of the missionaries, Dr. John Nordman, wasn’t able to make it because he had heart surgery that week. Please pray that he would have a speedy recovery. He was a great influence in my life while I was growing up in Australia. At Salem Baptist Church, we met new friends and caught up with old ones, one of whom was the pastor and his wife, Derek and Whitney Bradshaw. What a great couple!
We would like to welcome Rich Creek Baptist Church of Spanishburg, West Virginia; Mercy Baptist Church of North East, Maryland; First Baptist Church of Black River, New York; and Calvary Baptist Church of Paw Paw, Michigan; Bible Baptist Church of Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Open Bible Baptist Church of Bath, Maine; and First Baptist Church of Lewiston, Michigan, as our new supporters this month. Thank you for your sacrifice in supporting us in this great work!
Your servant in Christ,