Some of you kind readers have prayed for me over the last few months and have followed my adventures in serving the Lord! I am deeply grateful for your support and thought I would take today’s post to reflect back on some of the Lord’s kindness in using me in various ways.
After my fourteen months of serving as the preaching pastor of Crossroads Fellowship Church in Georgia, the Lord began sending me on trips! I like to travel, but these trips were each God-appointed opportunities to serve Him. In April I went over to Palestine and Israel and visited several refugee camps (as well as saw several of the holy sites). Being detained by Israeli security was an experience, but I’m grateful for God’s expanding my thinking that I can be pro-Israel without being anti-Arab!
I returned from Palestine to do ministry at Cedarcroft Bible Chapel in New Jersey and continue to enjoy an ongoing relationship with the leaders of that church. They invite me up every few months to preach and to consult with the elders. I also get to spend the time with my 92-year-old mother-in-law and catch up on episodes of “Little House on the Prairie.”
In May I got to participate in Emmaus Bible College’s “Iron Sharpens Iron” conference and presented workshops on “Courageous Preaching: The Spirit of God and Today’s Preacher”, “Five Certainties in the Light of Tragic Events”, and “Unlike Jesus: The Lost Art of Being a Friend of Sinners.” It’s always a joy to be with my EBC friends and to participate in that leadership-training time.
In June I spent a week teaching the book of Galatians to the students at Word of Life Bible Institute on Jeju Island, South Korea. That was an amazing experience and I was glad I could be a part of that important ministry.
A mountain vacation in July (thanks to our friend Karen Gay) provided some needed rest before my speaking at Dayspring Bible Camp in St. Louis and my three-week teaching trip to Myanmar in August. I have become an advocate for the needs of South East Asia Bible College in Myanmar and would be pleased to answer any questions you dear readers might have about supporting that good work!
After Myanmar, I got to spend a couple of days ministering to the supporters of Camp Elim in Colorado! I am now back in New Jersey finishing up two Sundays of preaching and collaborating with the elders at Cedarcroft. They are having me back three times in 2019 and I’m looking forward to leading a half-day Saturday seminar each weekend I am there.
Whew. I’m so grateful for the Lord keeping me busy. I’ve also been able to design or redesign two Emmaus theology courses for their online ministry, as well as teach both of them.
We are also thoroughly enjoying spending some time with our seven grandchildren! Please continue to pray for me for the next chapter in whatever opportunities the Lord gives me. I’m looking forward to Linda retiring (hopefully soon!) and going on these ministry trips with me.