It was such a joy to receive the Christmas cards, pictures, and love gifts from our churches and loved ones. We are grateful for each of your thoughtful kindnesses.
In spite of the pandemic, God enabled us to travel 13,377 miles, helping 89 churches. I helped the church bus mechanics fix 147 buses, putting 38 buses back on the road that had not been running. One church had a brake-job estimate of $6,000. We were able to fix it for them for only $500.
Last year I had the privilege of preaching 41 times, and we personally saw 31 people trust Jesus as their Saviour. We gave one waitress a tract, and we went back four weeks later. She was our waitress again, and she had read the tract and received Christ. Another time, we gave a tract to the clerk at a vitamin store and asked her if she knew if she would go to Heaven. She said “No, but I would like to know.” We were able to lead her to Christ right there. People are so open to the Gospel in these troubled times.
Last July, our granddaughter Charity, the daughter of our son and daughter-in-law Darrin and Beth Highfill, married Matthew Turpin in the beautiful mountains of Montana. We were able to attend her wedding and be with all of their family. We were also able to visit our son and daughter-in-law, David and Kelley Highfill, and their family in Colorado Springs.
We had a Storm family reunion at Christmastime in the Smokey Mountains of Sevierville, Tennessee. All six families were there. Our daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Gregg Schoof, and their family are on furlough from Uganda, Africa, until April. To top it off, we even had a white Christmas in Tennessee.
72-Year-Old Starts a Bus Route
Retired and wanting to be used of God, Bro. Palmer, who is one of Pastor Darrell Cox’s members, started a new bus route the last of the year. At first, he was the driver and the bus captain. On a Saturday in December when he had been running the route for just a few weeks, he had me preach on his bus. He had 23 riders, and after the message, 6 of them prayed and accepted Jesus as their Saviour. When he took them home that afternoon, I was fixing other buses. The bus kids asked him where I was. If a 72-year-old and a 70-year-old can run a bus route, don’t you think younger folks could too? The bus kids are just hungry for someone to care and to bring them to Jesus.
Churches Helping Churches
In the last few months, we have had the privilege of helping 6 churches in need of a bus to connect with churches that have a bus to sell or give away. I inspect and repair them as needed to make sure they are safe. If you are looking to purchase a bus, please give me a call or text me at 219-689-0011. There are some definite problem buses, which you do not want.
We are grateful for your faithful prayers and support. We appreciate your prayers for our health and safety. Our prayers are with you and your churches and Bus Ministries.
Yours for souls,
Warren & Jary Lynn Storm