Archive for September, 2020

Calvary Baptist Church

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

On September 6, because of a cancellation, I attend the services at Calvary Baptist Church in Forest City, Iowa.  Calvary Baptist is one of our supporting churches and it was their 125th anniversary.  As one of their missionaries, I was recognized with a lapel rose. It was a privilege to see friends that have been praying for us.  Each speaker all day Sunday have grown up in the church and are now in the ministry.   It was encouraging to see how God has blessed the church over the years and how the church is still making disciples. 

For the last event in the 125th anniversary, they scheduled a breakfast for Monday morning.  With lots of children in attendance, Pastor Farrell asked me to use Rawley to tell a Bible story for the service.  Children and the adults enjoyed the story of Jonah and the Big Fish and a challenge to keep reaching the lost in Forest City.  On Wednesday night I was able to preach and present our ministry in evangelism.  Please pray for the church and their need for a new air conditioner.

Altoona Regular Baptist Church

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

For the last week in August, I left South Dakota and headed East to Des Moines, Iowa.  I had a doctor’s appointment on August 25th to see a cardiologist for a one-year checkup.  The doctor had some concerns; he changed some medication and told me he would like to see me again next August.  Being in Iowa, I was able to schedule our sending church for Sunday night, August 30th, 2020.  I preached a message on the Parable of the Sower from Mark 4 giving them a challenge to listen and obey God’s Word.  I closed the message with an update on our ministry in evangelism.

Sunday night after the service, I spend the evening with Pastor Josh Robinson and his family for some fellowship.  We thank the Lord for Pastor Robinson and his love for the people in Altoona.  The church is growing, and God is using Altoona Regular Baptist Church to reach the lost with the gospel.  Please pray for ARBC and their spiritual growth and for Jane as she has now finished all her education and is working full time as a CNA in Arizona.

Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

For the Sundays August 16 & 23, 2020, I traveled from Iowa back to the Black Hills of South Dakota.  I preached at Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church just East of Rapid City for the morning and evening services.  During the week I was able to spend some time with my dad after his heart surgery.  Dad is doing much better walking and getting around the house with his three bypasses in his heart.  I was able to drive him around town to finish some errands and pick up supplies.

At the end of the week, we hired a friend from Wyoming to come and put some soffits in on the roof of the house to keep the squirrels and birds out of the attic.  Please pray for my dad as he continues to recover his strength and for the church to soon find a pastor.

Leon Bible Church

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

During the week of August 9 – 14, 2020, I held my last Vacation Bible School for the Summer at Leon Bible Church in Leon, Iowa.  The church is looking for a pastor; so I was able to stay in the parsonage next to the church during the week.  I preached an evangelistic message in the morning encouraging the Saints to reach out to those they meet every day.  Sunday night we started our Vacation Bible School “Racing to the Finish”.  The backdrop for the week looked like a stadium full of spectators eager for the races to begin and lined up in the front where old tires decorating the pit.  Each day we had the Bible story presented by my friends and three object lessons with a surprise ending to explain the gospel.  For their treats they ate things like head lights and traffic lights made with grapes, pineapples, and cheese curls.  For the crafts everyone went downstairs to the shop to build their pinewood derby car for the races on Friday nights closing program.  For the last 10 minutes I told a missionary story with flannelgraph presented on PowerPoint. 

The attendance was very good with children coming back each day and bringing visitors to enjoy the fun-filled week.  On Friday night I pulled Rawley out so the adults could meet one of my friends and to illustrate the gospel with one more object lesson. It was encouraging to see many of the adults come for the closing program and watch the pinewood derby.  Awards were given for the team that won for the week and several for the car race in the fellowship hall.  Please pray for the Lord to work in hearts of the lost and that Leon Bible Church will soon find a pastor.