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Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

On Friday May 1, 2020, I flew on Allegiant Airline from Mesa, Arizona to Rapid City, South Dakota. I was picking up some furniture that I have had at my Dad’s house.  I spent all day Saturday moving two desks, two dressers and our waterbed frame to the front room to prepare to load on a moving truck on Monday.  On Sunday, May 3, I was asked to preach at Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church in Rapid City for the Sunday School hour and Morning Service.  I was able to encourage the Saints with the inspired truth that God is our rock and not a mirage.

It was good to see my Dad and my sister Shirley who drove up from Greeley, Colorado. They both helped me move the furniture into the moving truck destined for Arizona.  And friends from the church, a neighbor across the street and our friends Skip & Raquel Rice from Lead, South Dakota came to help me in this heavy adventure.

I left on Tuesday morning and arrived in Florence, Arizona on Thursday evening. Jane & I were able to move the object lessons, tables, and chairs. On Friday a friend and his grandson with a doily moved the heavy furniture.  

Please pray for our schedule as most of our meetings have been canceled.

Grace Baptist Church

Friday, April 17th, 2020

For Easter Sunday we left Kingman, Arizona at 5:00 am and traveled 250 miles to Washington, Utah to live stream Sunday School and Easter morning service for Grace Baptist Church.  Driving through Las Vegas was a different experience with no traffic and open roads all the way.  We had a few people in the auditorium including two visitors just for the Easter Sunday experience and 100 computers logged into the live stream.  You can see the service by logging in at and clicking the message link that will take you to their Facebook account. The morning service included a special by the church family and a message from I Corinthians 15. 

After finishing the service, we all gathered in the fellowship hall for a sit-down meal of a roasted turkey and all the trimmings. The tables were arranged so we could maintain social distancing. Please pray for Grace and our situation with the Coronavirus.

Calvary Baptist Church

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

We are quarantined in our motorhome, because of the threat of the Covid 19.  This last week we have been in Kingman, Arizona behind Calvary Baptist Church.  They are still looking for a pastor and seeking people that can fill the pulpit for them each Sunday.  We have had the joy of spending time in Kingman and helping the church by recording four services for them during this epidemic.  I preached for Sunday, March 29, 2020 and for Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 and for Easter Sunday, April 12.  The last recording was for Sunday, April 12, 2020.  For each service Jane and I sang hymns and choruses encouraging the listeners to follow along at home.  I inserted the announcements and Bible reading between the singing. We have missed seeing our friends but have enjoyed the opportunity to share the Word and update the church with our ministry.

During the two weeks that we parked at the church we were able to travel and see the local sights.  One day we traveled north to see the Hoover Dam (it was closed) and the large mountain ranges along the route.  The next week we traveled down south and saw Lake Havasu.  The trip took us along the riverbank down to Parker Strip and back up North to Needles, California, then back to Kingman, Arizona.  The picture above is one of the many mountains we enjoyed on the way.  Please pray for us as we consider our schedule for the future, because of Corona Virus and for the church in Kingman, Arizona as they look for a Pastor.

Open Door Baptist Church

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

For the Sunday March 22, 2020, we headed north from Tucson to Open Door Baptist Church in Prescott Valley, Arizona.  Pastor Thomas Petro and I graduated the same year from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa.  For Sunday School they had a lesson from Evangelism Explosion taught by one of the church members.  For the morning service I preached a message on the Deity of Christ and how we should have a clear view of who Jesus is as our risen Savior.

For Sunday night I preached from the gospel of Mark on the Gospel Sower.  Today we see so many hearts that are hardened, Crowded, and choked out from hearing and responding to the good news of the gospel.  Pray for Jane as she speaks to the Ladies Bible study on Tuesday morning.  Next week we are heading north to Kingman, Arizona for Sunday, March 29, 2020.  They are praying for the Lord’s leading in finding a Senior Pastor. 

Sahuaro Baptist Church

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

On March 15, 2020 we ministered at Sahuaro Baptist Church on Old Spanish Trail in Tucson, Arizona.  Pastor James Kester and the deacons informed the church that if they were not feeling well and had symptoms of a cold that they should stay home.  With lots of hand sanitation at the door and orders not to shake hands, we held Sunday School, and Morning and evening services.  Friends that we have known for years all came out to hear an update on our ministry in evangelism and about my aortic heart valve replacement.  We also had visitors that day that said that they had just found their church home and that they would be back.

We enjoyed our extra time that we were able to spend with Pastor James and Lisa Kester.  Pastor Kester grew up as a missionary kid on the mission field and has been a great encouragement to me and Jane.  Please pray for Sahuaro Baptist Church as they work through the concerns of the Coronavirus and their future ministry.  Jane was able to sing with the choir and share a song for the morning special.  Jane is still working through her eye erosion but starting to see much better.  Thanks for your prayers for our ministry and future decisions for upcoming meetings.

Southeast Valley Bible Church

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

For the two Sundays of March 1 and 8, we had the privilege to attend the services at Southeast Valley Bible Church with Pastor Joel Tetreau and Pastor Gary Davis.  We had the opportunity to present our ministry during the announcements Sunday Morning and attend home Bible studies during the week.  From March 4 – 6, 2020, Pastor Gary and I attended a Pastors’ Conference in Los Angeles.  The preaching was informative and the fellowship driving back and forth was encouraging for the two of us.  Please pray for Southeast Bible Church as they look forward to a building program as they add to the auditorium for some well needed extra space.  We thank the church for their prayers for our ministry in evangelism and the financial support from the church and members that support us personally.

On Sunday night March 8, I served at East Mesa Baptist Church and told three Bible stories with my four friends.  Pastor Fidel Hughes asked me to speak for their Sunday night service to their church family.  Sunday night they have a food ministry where they provide food to needy families in their community.  Local grocery stores give food to the church to help the homeless and needy families in the Mesa area.  We rejoice in the two that trusted Christ as their personal Savior.  Pray for this couple that they will start going to church and that they will be faithful in their new walk with Christ.   

Valley Baptist Church

Friday, February 28th, 2020
Valley Baptist Church

For Sunday, February 23, we drove west from Albuquerque, New Mexico and headed to Winslow, Arizona.  Pastor John and his wife Diane are missionaries with Baptist Mid-Missions and have served the Lord for several years reaching the Navajo for the Savior.  We confirmed the details for Bible Camp this summer at Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp south of Gallup, New Mexico.  I preached for all three services on Sunday with a whole family Sunday School and morning and evening services.  For lunch we all meet at their other building across town and had a fellowship dinner.  Sunday night they requested to see my friend Rosie.  So, Rosie came out and helped me tell the story of Ruth and her desire to serve the Lord. 

During our stay in Winslow, we took some time to drive the 40 miles to Holbrook to see our dear friends Pastor Richard and Annarae Zehrung.  Pastor Richard is fighting skin cancer and is doing very well with his recovery.  Because of the chemo, he is developing cataracts in both eyes.  He hopes to get those removed so he can travel to Phoenix to complete his needed treatments.   Please pray for Pastor Zehrung in Holbrook and John and Diana Woods in Winslow as they serve the Lord reaching the lost in Northern Arizona.

Charity & Desert Hills Baptist Church

Friday, February 21st, 2020

February 7 – 20 we held meetings in two churches in Albuquerque, New Mexico.   We parked at Desert Hills Baptist Church and preached for their active Word of Life youth group on two Wednesday night services.  Then we traveled to Charity Baptist Church 40 minutes away in Rio Rancho.  We drove up to Charity on Friday to set up for Sunday morning whole family Sunday School and to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with Pastor Skaggs and other friends from the church.  Saturday morning, I drove back to Rio Rancho for a Men’s Prayer Breakfast – we enjoyed breakfast burritos seasoned with New Mexican green chiles.  Then we had a great Bible study from the Word of God. 

On Sunday morning February 16, 2020 pastor Skaggs was sick and not able to attend.  The Lord worked it all out for him to have a special speaker for this Unplanned circumstance.  It was a joy to be back in the pulpit in Rio Rancho and challenge these dear Saints from the Word of God.  We missed the pastor, but where blessed by his wife who had special music with two other ladies in the church.  After the morning service we stayed with Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cline in their home near the church.  After the evening service we fellowshipped with more couples in a local restaurant.  Please pray for Charity and Desert Hills Baptist Church as they continue to reach the lost in the Albuquerque area.    

Hillcrest Baptist Church

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Jane is going to stay with her family in Pierceton, Indian to spend time with her mom after cancer surgery.  She is also staying because of her right eye that has suffered an eye infection.  She has a recurring cornea erosion that is rough with lots of scarring.  The Ulcer is closed in and the infection is gone but still very sore and she is not able yet to see out of it.  Please pray for Jane as I move on south for warmer conditions for our motorhome and upcoming meetings.

We visited with Jane’s family in Pierceton, Indiana for Christmas and New Year’s.  After leaving there, I headed South to Richmond, Indiana to preach at Hillcrest Baptist Church and record two messages for a PBS TV program called “Glory Bound”.  I was able to present two stories that will be broadcasted on the local channel in Richmond, Indiana.  For the first half hour program I used Randy to help me tell the story of Samson and what he learned about sin.  Because of time I was only able to present two of my object lessons that I use to illustrate the gospel.  For the second half hour program I was able to invite some children to be on the set to help me with my object lessons and listen to the story.  Rodney came out and helped me tell the story of Noah and the “Great Boat Float”.  Starting off a new year I thought that it would be appropriate to tell a story from the book of beginnings.  Please pray for the people who hear and see these messages on TV that they will head the message of the cross of Calvary.

On Sunday I was able to speak to the children in Children’s Church.  Randy came out and we presented the Gospel and encouraged the Children to live a life of obedience.  One of the children responded to pray with a counselor for help to obey her parents and those in authority over her.  Two others responded for Salvation as the invitation was given at the end of the service.  Please pray for those who responded during the service and for those who still have not trusted Christ as Savior. 

The Greatest of Treasures “Christmas Program”

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

To help churches in December, we designed a Christmas program. Rawley and Randy help me tell the Christmas story and Jane sings several solos. I, then, speak using a Christmas package as my unifying points: The present in the package is Jesus. The Box reminds me of the Blood that Jesus shed for me; the wrapping Paper, of Propitiation; the Ribbon, of Redemption; the Bow, that he is coming Back; the Nametag, that the gift is offered to each person by Name.

We have used our program at Norwoodville Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa and at First Baptist Church in Pierceton, Indiana. Next Sunday, we will be presenting it at Bethel Baptist Church, also in Pierceton, Indiana. Bethel Baptist Church is where Jane’s brother Jim pastors.