First Baptist Church

October 30th, 2018

Our next meeting was just a few miles down the valley in Thermopolis, Wyoming at First Baptist Church with Pastor Harvey Seidel.  When I was a child, my parents where supported as missionaries from the church in Cody, Wyoming when Pastor Seidel was in Cody.  Now that he is in Thermopolis, it was a joy to see him again and catch up with him and his ministry.  We introduced our ministry with a whole family Sunday School and more ventriloquism in the morning service and a clear gospel message.  We rejoice that a young man in his 30’s trusted in Christ as his Savior that morning.

In the evening service I shared with the church family another story with ventriloquism and a message from the New Testament.  I presented the gospel through the life of the demoniac of Gadara out of the book of Mark.   Please pray for Pastor and his family as they reach this community for Christ and as they pray about having us come for a Daily Vacation Bible School in the summer of 2020.

Big Horn Independent Baptist Church

October 30th, 2018

The Sunday of October 21, 2018, we ministered at Big Horn Independent Baptist Church in Worland, Wyoming.  We enjoyed our fellowship with Pastor Ron & Kit Fanning and the church family as we presented our ministry in evangelism in a whole family Sunday School and Morning Service.  For Sunday night we answered questions about our ministry and presented our mission board.

On Wednesday morning Pastor Fanning organized a meeting in the community center for me to speak to the home school group in Worland.  It was a great opportunity to speak to over 30 people who came to listen to Rawley tell the story of Jonah and the Great Fish and what Jonah learned about God in the Mediterranean Institute. Please pray for those who do not know the Savior to trust in Him soon.  Please pray for Big Horn Independent Baptist Church as they seek to reach this community for Christ and pray as we return for a Daily Vacation Bible School the Summer of 2020.

During our stay in Worland, Wyoming, we had a chance to drive through Yellowstone National Park.  I also helped Pastor Ron build a roof over a parked camper to keep snow off the roof and I helped Pastor Ron and Kit process an elk that one of the church members harvested for meat for his family.

Grace Bible Church

October 17th, 2018

After attending the Northern Plains Pastors Conference, October 7 – 10, 2018 we headed to our next meeting at Grace Bible Church in Lander, Wyoming.  Pastor Timothy Senter and his wife Chris have served the Lord here in Lander for 10 years seeking to reach this area with the gospel of Christ.  After arriving in Lander on Friday, we rode with Pastor and his wife to Rock Springs three hours south for fellowship and to resolve an issue with the borders of the church property.  We had to find a former church member and a notary to witness the signing of some papers. With help from some friends of ours and wonderful timing God brought it all to a successful ending.

On our way back from Rock Springs we were welcomed with a snowstorm topping the mountain pass just south of Lander.  This storm meant that the only people in church on Sunday was the pastor’s family and the traveling evangelist and his wife.  I still preached the message that God laid on my heart to a sparse auditorium.  On the pulpit though was pastor’s phone broadcasting the service live on Facebook for all to hear.  Please pray for this growing church and for God’s Word to keep working in lost hearts.

Frontier Baptist Church

October 16th, 2018

On September 30th we had the privilege to return to Frontier Baptist Church to present our ministry to this thriving church. On the west side of their building in Douglas, Wyoming they have a 50 amp plug for RVs and a water spigot for our comfort and quick hook-ups.  I spoke for a whole family Sunday School; Pastor Ricker preached for the morning service; and on Sunday night, I preached from the Gospel of Luke and presented our ministry in missionary evangelism.

During the week I was able to help some of the church members and the pastor as they worked on a new garage door and prepared a future church sign for the front of the building.  Please pray for Pastor Ricker and the church family as we look at our future schedule for Vacation Bible School in the summer of 2020.

Grace Baptist Church

September 29th, 2018

Jane’s Aunt Ethel died in Great Falls, Montana on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.  So, on Thursday evening Jane left Berean in Sandy, Utah to spend time with her Uncle Jim and her Dad and Mom who also traveled to Montana.

Meanwhile, I left Utah on Friday for Grace Baptist Church in Kemmerer, Wyoming where I spoke on Sunday, September 23, 2018.  It was good to see our friends again and preach at the church for a whole family Sunday School.  In the morning service I preached an evangelistic message to a full auditorium.  Jane has some long-term quilting friends who live in Kemmerer when we come there, they forego their normal church service and attend Grace. This year R. is hosting two exchange students and they came and may have heard the gospel for the first time.  One was from Egypt and the other boy was from Germany.  Please pray for those who heard the gospel but have not responded to the Savior.

During the week, I helped a man in the church finish a sand blasting job for a local business in the next town. Jane returned on Monday evening and during the week she worked on quilting projects with her friends. This coming Friday, she will be attending a Hunter’s Widow Quilting Retreat with her friend L. and the pastor’s wife from Kemmerer Jenny Hartman.

Berean Bible Church

September 20th, 2018

Our next stop was in Sandy, Utah at Berean Bible Church with Pastor Wayne Mudge and his wife Debbie.  It was good to see college friends and new church members for the two services we held on Sunday morning.  For Sunday School Randy helped me present the story of Samson and what he learned about sin in the servant’s heart.  Then for the morning service, I preached on Phillip the evangelist as he led a revival in Samaria and reached out to the Ethiopia Eunuch.

During the week, we spent time with Pastor Mudge and his family with food and fellowship.  Their daughter Elizabeth is now married, and their son Josh is learning how to drive and enjoying his new job programming computers. Jane prepared for our next stop and her trip to Montana to be with family as her Aunt Ethel graduated to heaven on Wednesday morning.  Please pray for Berean Bible Church as they seek to reach Sandy, Utah with the truth of God’s Word.

Grand Canyon

September 20th, 2018

On September 12, we left Las Vegas, Nevada enroute to our next meeting in Sandy, Utah.  By leaving early, we stopped in Washington, Utah and parked at Grace Baptist Church to meet their new pastor and fellowship with them at their Wednesday night prayer meeting.   Pastor Josh Beutler asked me to present our ministry in ventriloquism and preach a short message before praying together with the church family.  I also enjoyed becoming reacquainted with Pastor Josh’s wife Anna whom I knew back in South Dakota. Please pray for Pastor Beutler and his wife as they seek to reach Washington, Utah with the gospel.

On Thursday, we left our motorhome in Washington, Utah and traveled the 130 miles to the northern rim of the Grand Canyon.  After seeing the southern rim several times, I can say that the northern rim is worth the drive.  The Northern Rim puts the Grand in the Canyon.

Bible Baptist Church

September 17th, 2018

After leaving the state of California, we headed to Bible Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Pastor Mitch Serviss invited us to come and preach on Sunday morning and evening on September 9, 2018.  What a joy to see friends and others who are now attending faithfully and serving the Lord in Las Vegas. For Sunday School I introduced our summer ministry through ventriloquism and object lessons.  For Sunday morning I presented our ministry with COME and preached an evangelistic message of Philip reaching the Ethiopian Eunuch for Christ.  Sunday night I presented five methods of evangelism found in Scripture.  With this challenge that we all can do the work of an evangelist, eight people responded to the invitation to pray for courage and opportunities to reach out to friends for Christ.

Before leaving for our next meeting in Utah, we spent time with friends sightseeing in Las Vegas and spending time in the desert to target practice.  Please pray for Pastor Serviss as he works with doctors looking for answers for his migraines and back pain.  Several friends told us that Las Vegas is showing evidence that the city is becoming more wicked and more public in its rebelliousness. Prayers for the church as they seek to reach Las Vegas for Christ is greatly appreciated.

First Baptist Church

September 9th, 2018

Pastor Carey Barnett at First Baptist Church in Beaumont, California invited us to speak for a Friend’s Day on September 2, 2018.  For Sunday morning we had a whole family Sunday School with Rawley helping me tell the account of David and how he prospered in his walk with God.  Before the morning service Rodney came out to present the account of Daniel and how he shared with the world that his God is alive and that we can trust Him.  For the evening service I presented our ministry to the church family and preached from Mark 5 on a living portfolio.  We stayed through Wednesday so that I could speak for their opening service for their AWANA program.  We are rejoicing because several visitors came out to the meetings.  Please pray for pastor and the church family as they reach out to these families.

Because the church did not have a place for us to park our motorhome, we stayed with Nancy Howe who lives just 5 miles away in Cherry Valley. We stayed in her guest room.  We parked our trailer across the street in a neighbor’s driveway.

Western Avenue Baptist Church

August 28th, 2018

Our next meeting was held in Brawley, California just 25 miles from the Mexico border.  On Saturday, August 25, 2018, the church held a Family Fun Night: they grilled hamburgers and hot dogs; the adults played table games; and the kids slid down an inflated water slide and jumped in the bouncy house. Around 114 children from the church and community enjoyed the fun. After we ate, I pulled Randy out of his Bungalow to help me tell the story of Samson and his battle with the Philistines.  After sharing the gospel using one of my object lessons, everyone headed outside for the water slide to cool off after a hot day.

That Sunday, August 26, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., we started with a whole family Sunday School class with Rawley helping me with the story of Jonah and his trip to Nineveh.  For the morning service the children entered the auditorium to see Rodney and the story of Daniel and his confrontation with the Presidents and Princes of the Medes and the Persians.  Then, the children left for Children’s Church and I preached from John 3 with a clear invitation for salvation and to Christians to reach their lost friends.  For Sunday night Rosie “came” to talk about Hannah and how God answers prayer.  After presenting our ministry with the church, I preached from the gospel of Mark.  Please pray for Western Avenue Baptist Church as they seek for a pastor and to reach Brawley with the gospel.