19 October 2009

California and Colorado

Time's flying!We've already had three meetings this month, and we're looking forward to a missions conference later this week.

Our first opportunity to present our ministry was Sunday evening, 4-Oct. We got into California a day or two earlier than we needed to be there, so we decided to visit our friends in Bakersfield. The afternoon we arrived in Bakersfield, Phil Elie, one of my contemporaries in seminary, happened to be doing a bit of caulking work on the house they recently purchased. So I decided to offer my help in exchange for some valuable on-the-job training. Caulk is cheap.Together, we got all the windows sealed quite quickly.

The next morning we were challenged by Pastor Mark as he continued a series he is doing on the gospel. That morning's message was from 2 Thessalonians 1, where Pastor Mark made the point that the destiny of the unsaved is the wrath of God, being separated from his glorious presence and from every good thing he brings into our lives. We were challenged to take to our neighbors the only message of hope available, the gospel of Christ.

Santa Clarita Baptist ChurchThat evening we traveled closer to Los Angeles to present our work to Santa Clarita Baptist Church. I was pleasantly surprised to find some friends from Northland there; it's always nice to see familiar faces. The church was very attentive to our ministry presentation, and I was able to discuss a number of good questions with members both during the presentation and after the evening service.

Pear Park Baptist ChurchWe got off to a late start Tuesday morning, and we had a long drive ahead of us. We didn't arrive in Grand Junction until the early morning hours, but when we got there, we were greeted by a beautiful guest home directly adjacent to Pear Park Baptist Church. That night we were glad for the chance to take part in their prayer meeting. It was strikingly centered on praying for efforts to reach out to various unsaved friends and family of members.

We went through our first snow of the season on our way to Denver the next day. My parents had arrived in Denver the day before we got there. It was neat to have a chance to spend a bit of time with everyone. I also took the opportunity to spend some time studying at a local seminary library.Mountain Snow
That Sunday we attended Highlands Baptist Church. They support some friends from seminary who are also currently on deputation. Two passionate commitments stood out as we visited this church: expository preaching and focused evangelistic training for the church membership. Though we had no previous personal connection with this church, I immediately felt the kinship we had in these common commitments.

I have been having computer problems lately; I'm currently typing from a public library computer while my laptop sits in the shop. That's why I have not been able to make the progress on the newsletter that I intended. Before the end of the week, I hope to be able to send out print copies of the Autumn newsletter and upload the requested lite version of the newsletter for easier download. I will update this space when I am able to complete those objectives.
Please remember us in prayer through the next two months. Autumn is typically a season for missions conferences; and missions conferences are typically our best opportunity to find ministry partners. Each new partner is a step toward ministry in Kenya.

God has been good to keep us safe and healthy, especially during this particularly vicious flu season. That's always a concern with little, little ones like Jonas. Thank you so much for praying.

02 October 2009

2009 Autumn Newsletter

The autumn newsletter is ready for download. Print versions will be going out to our churches in the next week.