Archive for August, 2017

Friendship Baptist Church

Monday, August 21st, 2017

In Thayne, Wyoming at Friendship Baptist Church, we held an evening Vacation Bible School with Pastor Jay Sprecher.  One of the church members had a friend from work bring his son on Monday night for DVBS.  We are praying that he will come to church with the rest of his family.  One of the boys brought his brother to VBS so that he could get double visitor points.  The children enjoyed the ventriloquism each day and worked hard on their Bible verses learning the motions and songs for the daily points.  For an incentive to learn the verses and work on their daily work sheets they would earn an ice cream sundae on Friday night.  They would get one scoop for 1500 points; two scoops for 2500 points; and three scoops for 3500 points.  The one that had the most points for the week would win a bowl heaping full of ice cream with a banana, whipped cream, and a cherry on the top.

During the week people in the church helped me work on our driver side mirror which was falling off the motor home.  The bolts holding the mirror were stripped out and slowly getting very loose.  Being in a secluded area with no one close by to fix my problem, I looked for people in the church who could help me.  Each night after VBS church members helped me remove the mirror and look for solutions to fix the problem.  By Thursday night we got the mirror back up on the motorhome and fully secured.  Thanks to J.D. Fulbright and others in the church we are safe to go back on the road.  Please pray for Friendship Baptist Church as they seek to reach this community for Christ.

Come International Baptist Ministries
Fiftieth Anniversary

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Come International Baptist Ministries is going to celebrate their 50th Anniversary in Pontiac, Illinois on May 20 – 25, 2018.  Please pray for COME as we look forward to celebrating this milestone in the ministry of our mission board.

Grace Bible Church

Friday, August 18th, 2017

August 6 – 11, 2017 we held a Daily Vacation Bible School in Lander, Wyoming.  Pastor Timothy Senter and his wife Chris run a day care center in the back of the church.  Each day we had children from the day care and others that came from town; they worked hard on their memory verses and worksheets after the daily story from God’s Word.  Tickets were given out for rewards after saying verses or bringing friends, their Bible or completed worksheet. For three tickets they picked one prize from the treasure chest.  It was a joy to see them work hard to earn three tickets each day.  Some even had up to 12 tickets in one day.

We did not see any decisions for salvation, but the seed was sown and the dry fields watered with a clear presentation of the gospel.  Please pray for decisions in the future as pastor and the church family continue to seek to reach Lander for the Lord Jesus Christ.  Also pray for their need to replace a laptop that was stolen from the church during the week that we were there.  For a praise, we thank pastor’s son, Sean Senter for helping us repair our stove and a slide out step that covers the entry way in our motorhome.

First Baptist Church

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Because the closing program for Faith Baptist Church in Iowa City was on Sunday, July 23, we started our VBS In Cannon Falls, Minnesota on Tuesday, July 25.  We presented our VBS “On Track for Christ” Tuesday – Sunday.  Each night the children worked hard to memorize the verses using motions and singing the verses which I led while Jane playing the piano.  Each night we started at 6:00 pm and went through to 7:30. We started by singing the theme song and songs that Pastor Brad Berglund had taught the children in the past.  I presented the gospel through ventriloquism and object lessons from 6:10 to 6:40. From 6:40 to 6:50 Jane taught the verses using motions and music to help the children remember the verses to quote them for their teacher.   From 6:50 to 7:15 the children played game time and ate a quick treat of cookies and crackers.  The closing included a big candy grab for each verse that they memorized and info for the next day.

We closed our week of VBS on Sunday night and had parents of the VBS children. Sunday morning, I preached to a full church and saw several new families and friends that we have known for several years. We enjoyed seeing the church family and spending time each day with Pastor Brad and Linda Berglund.  Please pray for this growing church and for the children who heard the gospel and have not trust Christ as Savior.