Murray Baptist Church

November 18th, 2017

On November 12, 2017 we held meetings at Murray Baptist Church in Murray, Iowa.  Pastor Alex Bauman had a triple heart bypass the week before and needs lots of prayer and rest.  It was good to see him at church that day and doing very well.  Please pray for him as he gets stronger and recovers from heart surgery.  The morning service was full for my message and a quick introduction of my friend Rawley.  I shared with them that I would tell a full story with Rawley that night and everyone was welcome to come back that night.  After the morning service we all headed downstairs for a thanksgiving meal with turkey and all the trimmings.

We spent the afternoon with Timothy Summers and his family just east of Murray.  We got some rest to prepare us for the evening service, played some games and watched the deer run in the open field.  We got back to the church at 6:00 for the service and found it full of people that wanted to see and hear the story with Rawley.  Pastor was encouraged by the response and others commented on the great attendance.  Please pray for this church as they seek to reach Murray, Iowa with the gospel.

Faith Baptist Church

November 10th, 2017

The last week of October, I put our display up for the Missions Conference at Faith Baptist Bible College.  It was challenging to listen to the messages and workshops throughout the week.

Then on November 5, 2017, I filled the pulpit for Faith Baptist Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa who is looking for a senior pastor.  It was encouraging to see friends from Bible college that are active in the ministry serving the Lord.  The church had great attendance for Sunday School and the morning and evening services.  We saw Mike Crawford who serves as a chaplain to our US military.  The secretary Mrs. Shirley Fry served in this church when I held Vacation Bible School in the church back in 1988.  Mrs. Fry had this to say about our ministry on Sunday:

“Word can’t express how your ministry blessed my heart yesterday.  Your messages were so outstanding.  I am only sorry that more were not there to hear you.  I am praising the Lord for his protection upon you and your motorhome under the tree that didn’t fall during the high wind storm in Steven’s Point.  Will be praying for Caleb concerning his future schooling.
Thank you so much for your encouraging ministry.  Shirley”

We appreciated the fact that a local motel let us stay between the services so that we could get some rest and prepare for the evening service.  Please pray for this vibrant church as they seek a new pastor to lead them on in the ministry reaching Fort Dodge for Christ.

Lakeland Baptist Church

November 4th, 2017

Our next stop was in Gilbert, Minnesota at Lakeland Baptist Church with Pastor Nathan Lobb and his wife Donna.  For Wednesday night, October 25, we prayed with the church family and I preached a message from Acts 16 on Lydia and the Philippian Jailer as Paul and Silas had a part in the birth of the church in Macedonia.  Sunday morning, October 29, I presented the story of Jonah and what he learned about God in a whole family Sunday School class.   For the morning service I preached from Mark 5 on The Demoniac of Gadarene.  Because God could calm the storm from without in Mark 4, he could also calm the storm in the life of a man troubled by demons?  Friday evening, we traveled with Pastor Lobb to Perkins in Virginia for a pastor’s fellowship with area pastors in northern Minnesota.  That night on our way back to Gilbert, we stopped at a teen fellowship where I presented a Bible study on what we can be thankful for.

We enjoyed seeing the Lobb family again and friends from northern Minnesota.  During the week I helped pastor work on the motor on a log splitter, measured logs with a eight foot pole to help Nathan as he used his chain saw to cut down trees for our Saturday work day, then on Saturday several men came to the church to cut and split wood for the wood boiler furnace to keep the church warm for the cold winter months.  Please pray for Nathan Lobb and the church family as they prepare to build a new auditorium for this growing church.

Heritage Baptist Church

October 27th, 2017

On October 22, 2017 we held meetings with Pastor Eric Braun in Duluth, Minnesota.  We had a whole family Sunday School and morning service.  After the 11:00 service the church had a carry-in dinner.  It was a great day seeing friends that we have known for years and presenting our ministry to the church family.  Eric Braun is a college friend and hunting partner in northern Minnesota.

During the week Jane and I enjoyed Enger Tower on top of the hill with a great panoramic view of Lake Superior and St. Louis Bay. We also enjoyed the walking trail next to the bay in downtown Duluth and the walk across Ariel Lift Bridge the drawbridge that let ships into the bay from Lake Superior.  Please pray for Heritage Baptist Church as they seek to reach people in the community around the church.

Calvary Baptist Church

October 27th, 2017

On October 15 – 17 we held revival meetings at Calvary Baptist Church in Superior, Wisconsin.  Pastor Allen Schroeder was concerned that the church electricity would not be able to support our motorhome so the church put us up in the Signature Inn.  Everyone enjoyed the ventriloquism and object lessons for the morning Sunday School.  The services were well attended and on Monday and Tuesday we had two area pastors come and visit the church.  The daughter of one of the visiting pastors played a violin special with Mrs. Schroeder.

Jane and I enjoyed the long walk across the bay bridge starting from the Signature Inn.  In downtown Superior we visited a candy store which featured homemade fudge, chocolate confections, and candy including salt water taffy (my favorite).  For lunch one day we had to check out a local restaurant featured in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.  Please pray for this growing church as pastor and his wife seek to reach Northern Wisconsin for Christ.

Calvary Baptist Church

October 6th, 2017

October 1 – 4, 2017 we attended the Northern Plans Baptist Fellowship in Huron, South Dakota at Calvary Baptist Church.  Randy Chovan was the keynote speaker for the week.  Randy was the evangelist that the Lord used to introduce me to COME.  It was a great encouragement to see the pastors that I have known for many years.  As a result of this conference, I will be able to preach in Tulare on Sunday, October 8, 2017 and in Huron on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

After this week in Huron, South Dakota, we are looking forward to a long trip to Superior, Wisconsin.  Please pray for our safety as we travel through South Dakota and Minnesota.

Frontier Baptist Church

October 6th, 2017

For the week of September 17 – 22, 2017, we attended the missions conference at Frontier Baptist Church in Douglas, Wyoming.  Pastor Timothy Ricker allowed me to present our ministry to the church family on Wednesday and Friday night.  We are praying that we might be able to minister in the church in the future.  That week we also met Jerry Collins, a missionary in Mexico, Dan Grings, a 4th generation missionary to Africa, Lu May, a short-term missionary who is going to Thailand.

After the mission’s conference we traveled to Rapid City to help my dad work on his house to help pour concrete, to install permanent stairs and insulation for a study loft.  The house is progressing, yet there is still lots of work before it is all finished.  In Lander, Wyoming, we met Sean Senter and his family; Sean is seeking God’s will for his life and has years of experience in various aspects of construction. During that week he came and helped us tremendously.

Big Horn Independent Baptist Church

September 16th, 2017

Sunday September 10, 2017, we presented our ministry at Big Horn Independent Baptist Church in Worland, Wyoming.  I have known the pastor, Ron Fanning, for many years.  When I was a child, Ron was the pastor in Spearfish, South Dakota just 50 miles from where I grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota.  During our ministry, Ron was the pastor who told me about the F 800 truck that was for sale at the Ford dealership in Spearfish.  The truck “Monstro” kept us on the road for 13 years.  It was good to see Ron and his wife Kit again and meet the church family in Worland.  For Sunday School, I shared with the church my testimony and presented my burden for the ministry of evangelism.  Both Sunday morning and evening I presented the gospel through ventriloquism and object lessons.

Ron worked hard to introduce me to other people in the area.  On Tuesday at 10:30 I spoke to a group of home school families at the city park in Worland.  On Wednesday, I was asked by the pastor in Thermopolis to come and present our ministry to the church family and speak to their youth.  I have known Pastor Harvey Seidel for many years because he was one of the pastors who supported my Dad as a missionary in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Both Pastor Ron Fanning and Pastor Harvey Seidel are praying about having us come back in 2019 or 2020 for Vacation Bible School.

Calvary Baptist Church

September 9th, 2017

On September 3, 2017 I preached in Douglas, Wyoming for Pastor Matthew Roberts.  Pastor Roberts and his wife Amanda just moved to Douglas to pastor this small church west of Casper, Wyoming.  For the past several years we have held a Vacation Bible School and filled the pulpit for Calvary Baptist Church praying that they would soon find a pastor for this growing church.   We thank the Lord for their new pastor and his wife as they seek to reach this community for the Lord.

Being close to Casper, Wyoming we knew about a mechanic shop which did great work for us in the past.  Our Saturn Ion was making sounds in the front when we made turns.  They discovered that a motor mount was broken and both driveshafts needed to be replaced.  Big expense, but God is able to provide as the work is finished and we rejoice that we did not break down on a lonely Wyoming road as many do not have cell service.

Grace Baptist Church

September 9th, 2017

We started August 26 on Saturday night in Cokeville with hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill followed by ventriloquism, an object lesson, and a singspiration. Pastor Hartman and Pastor Sprecher of Thayne are trying to start a new church in Cokeville which is halfway between the two communities.  These pastors are conducting a Bible study each week to grow a group of believers.

Then August 27 – 30 we were at Grace Baptist Church in Kemmerer, Wyoming with Pastor Richard Hartman.  We treated the meetings as a whole family Vacation Bible School and I preached every night using ventriloquism and object lessons.  Each service was well attended by members, visitors and friends from the community.  Please pray for those who heard the gospel but have not responded by faith in Christ.

During the week Jane was able to spend time with quilting friends that live in town.  She finished several quilts with their long arm quilting machine which helps make the job much faster.  Jane even stayed back in Kemmerer as I traveled to Douglas, Wyoming so she could spend a couple more days with friends.