“When my life was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love.” | Jonah 2:7-8 |
The book of Jonah has been a recurring account for us this month. It is humbling to read about Jonah’s life and realize how much we identify with him, probably more than we would like to admit. It is so easy to seek after things that never satisfy, rather than finding our satisfaction in the steadfast love of the Lord. We are so thankful that we serve a God who relentlessly pursues us in love. He never lets us go.
We are very thankful for a busy month of July! We began the month with a meeting in Faribault, MN. Lisa’s brother is the pastor, and this was our first opportunity to see his ministry. We enjoyed the opportunity to talk about ministry and have good fellowship. We are so thankful for the ability to see family while we are on deputation!
The two weeks to follow were at Bass Lake Camp in Winnebago, MN. Each week, the camp had a regular speaker as well as a missionary speaker. We were able to serve as the missionary speakers for both weeks of camp. In addition to the missionary time, Jeff was able to help with many of the games, and Lisa helped with some of the music organization. We were able to make some good contacts for future meetings, and one pastor has already scheduled us for Mission’s Conference in 2019! This is a specific answer to prayer, and we praise the Lord for granting this request!
After a vacation with Jeff’s family, we ended the month with a meeting at a church plant in Richfield, MN. It was exciting to see the energetic ministry in the church, and we enjoyed being part of this body of believers. The pastors are our former college professors, and it was very refreshing to be able to fellowship with them. They were very encouraging as we talked through church-planting, and we are thankful for the opportunity to learn from them!
Today we are traveling to Colorado, and we plan to arrive on Thursday. We will be part of the Mission’s Conference at Beth Eden Baptist Church, located just outside of Denver. We are so thankful for the opportunity to spend several days with the congregation at Beth Eden. This provides many opportunities to build relationships with the believers there. We will have one more meeting this month in Beckley, WV. Please pray that the Lord would help these meetings to be fruitful!
It is hard to believe that we are already in the month of August. We are so thankful for the many answers to prayer that we have seen. God has given safety in all of our travels, and over all He has given strength and good health. Please continue to pray for these things! We have a lot of miles to cover this month, and we are closer to Lisa’s due date on September 19th. God has also given many opportunities for good fellowship as we have traveled. This does not always happen, so we are always very thankful when we are encouraged through God’s people! We are so thankful for the blessings that God gives! Thank you for the blessing of your faithful prayers for us!
Praise and Prayer:
1. Praise: Time with family during deputation
2. Praise: Contacts made through Bass Lake Camp in MN
3. Praise: Encouraging fellowship
4. Pray: Safety for travel to CO, WV and PA
5. Pray: Fruitful meetings this month