Archive for September, 2012

Trinity Baptist Church

Thursday, September 20th, 2012


On Sunday, September 16, 2012, we presented our ministry to Trinity Baptist Church in Riverton, Utah, another nearby suburb of Salt Lake City. (so we continued to have our trailer parked in Sandy.)  I introduced Rodney to the church family with a 10 minute story during the Sunday School opening.  For the morning service, I preached emphasizing the search for God and salvation.  We enjoyed meeting Pastor Lloyd Larkin who is a missionary with Baptist Mid-Missions.  Jane’s parents have known Pastor Larkin for many years and it was good to catch up with him.  Jane’s Dad helped lay the brickwork on the church.  We were also able to see Bob and Doreen Hayes who are on medical leave and attending Trinity Baptist Church.

On Saturday September 8, 2012 I was able to go out and knock on doors for a new Bible study that was being started by Pastor Daniel Long in Orem, Utah.  We were able to knock on 80 doors that day with two people who said that they would like to have someone come back in the future.  Please pray for Pastor Daniel Long as he seeks to start this new church in the center of Utah.  We were also able to spend some time with pastor Chuck Brocka for a meal prepared by my wife.  Chuck is working on his house that they are trying to sale so they can move back to the state of Iowa.  They need lots of prayer for the sale of their house and their grand daughter who is very sick with cancer.

Berean Baptist Church

Thursday, September 20th, 2012


During the first week of September, we held meetings at Berean Baptist Church in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City .  Our goal was to reach out to the young people in the area to kick off their Bible Seekers Club for the school year.  We held a youth meeting on Thursday and Friday night from 6:30 to 7:30; on Tuesday of the next week, I spoke for the first night of the Bible Seekers program.  Several came to hear the ventriloquism. 

For that Sunday, I spoke with ventriloquism for the whole family during Sunday School.   On Sunday night, I presented our ministry and preached.  Please pray for Pastor Wayne Mudge and his wife Debbie.  Debbie is caring for her father Pastor Wesley Clem who was the church planter and first pastor of Berean.  Pastor Clem has had numerous physical challenges and currently he has great abdominal pain which makes it difficult for him to sleep. 

We also enjoyed seeing our college friends Eugene and Donna Visher. Eugene works fulltime and leads Bible studies seeking to bring the lost to the Savior. 

“Western Round Up”

Thursday, September 20th, 2012


“Western Round Up” was the theme for our Daily Vacation Bible Schools this summer.  We held four weeks of Bible Camps and six weeks of Vacation Bible Schools.  We spent two weeks at Camp Manitoumi in Lowpoint, Illinois and two weeks at the Minnesota Regular Baptist Camp in Winnebago, Minnesota.  Our first Daily Vacation Bible School was in Blountville, Tennessee; our second, in Sauk Centre, Minnesota at Faith Baptist Church.  We were off to Faith Baptist Church in DeForest, Wisconsin.  Our fourth VBS was in Bussey, Iowa at Community Regular Baptist Church and our fifth was in Ladysmith, Wisconsin at Ladysmith Baptist Church.  After Ladysmith, we held our last week of Bible camp in Lowpoint, Illinois, then we headed out to Wyoming to Douglas for our sixth DVBS.  Finally, we conducted a Family Bible Time in Hulett Wyoming at First Baptist Church just 10 miles from Devil’s Tower National Monument. 

We rejoice in the fruit that we have seen as a result of our ministry this summer.  In the Bible camp ministry, 13 young people said they were interested in being obedient to the Lord in the area of baptism.  Others raised their hands to indicate that they wanted to live for the Lord when they returned home and to witness to their unsaved friends.  As a result of sharing the gospel in our DVBS and camp ministry, 74 trusted Christ as their personal Savior.

Shields Valley Bible Church

Thursday, September 6th, 2012


Just last month, I got a call from a pastor that I knew years ago asking me when I was going to be back in his area.  It just so happened that we were going to be going right past him on our way to Salt Lake City, Utah.  I contacted him by e-mail to let him know of some open dates in August.  It worked out for us to go to Clyde Park, Montana for Sunday August 26, 2012.  He also asked me if I could help him at their church booth for Old Settlers days on Saturday, August 25.  We told him that we would be happy to come and have a part in their efforts to reach Clyde Park with the gospel in Old Settlers’ Days. 

During Old Settlers’ Days, we handed out free water and desserts at the church booth and in the parade.  Later in the day, Rawley helped me tell the story of David and Goliath behind the church table.  Old Settlers’ Day also held a talent show and they allowed me to use Randy to tell the story of Gideon at the local public school.  I have never been in a talent show before, nor have I ever been able to preach in a public school.  Please pray that God’s word will not return void and that through these efforts the people of Clyde Park and the visitors will begin a search to know God and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. 

On Sunday, we put the whole church together for a family Sunday school lesson with Rawley.  He did a great job acting out the part of Jonah as he was swallowed by the great fish.  Everyone enjoyed the object lessons with a surprise ending.  One of the ladies even asked me to do one of the object lessons again, so those who were not there in the morning could see it.  In the morning I preached on Nicodemus.  Five raised their hand asking for prayer that they might have the opportunity to share the gospel with a friend.  Then in the evening service, I presented our ministry with more ventriloquism and a gospel message.  Please pray that this church might take us on for support in the near future.

First Baptist Church

Thursday, September 6th, 2012


On August 19, 2012, I preached at First Baptist Church in Baker, Montana, one of our supporting churches.   We held Sunday School for all ages and Rawley and Randy helped me tell the story of the three Hebrew friends that stood up and did not worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar put up in the plain of Dura.  To illustrate the three men in the burning fiery furnace, I borrowed a white handkerchief from Pastor Levi and set the handkerchief on fire with the lighter in my hand.  All could see that the handkerchief was on fire and I was in trouble with pastor.  After sharing with everyone that the three men walked out of the furnace with no hurt, I showed them that nothing happened to Pastor’s clean white handkerchief either.  What an object lesson with a surprise ending.  We serve a powerful God. 

After Sunday school, I preached in the morning service.  First Baptist Church broadcasts their morning service over the local radio station in town and people in the three state area of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota heard the gospel.  Please pray that soon we can hear of someone respond to the message of salvation through this ministry.  After a quick lunch we had an afternoon service where we were able to update the church on how God has been using us in the ministry of evangelism. 

In the evening Caleb and Jane celebrated his 16th birthday with his first driving lesson. J  They went to the demolition derby that was held in the fairgrounds just outside of town.