The past few weeks have been exciting as we look to our future ministry with Tentmakers Bible Mission.
During our TBM board meeting at the beginning of May, I was surprised by a request from the board. They asked me to step into the position of Assistant Director with the intention of transitioning into the role of Executive Director in three years. That will allow me to finish the training resources I am working on now. I am also excited to see how God will grow and develop me during this time, preparing me for this next step in ministry.
Connie and I strongly feel God’s leading to accept the board’s proposal for me to become Assistant Director. We are humbled that a group of men we so deeply respect would see potential for me to take such a role in the mission.
Connie and I are so grateful for this opportunity and will seek to walk worthy of His calling. Please pray with us as we plan and prepare for this new task before us!
Hello from Windy Wyoming. So much has happened already in 2018. Here is a quick rundown of what is going on and (more importantly) ways you can pray for us.
Frontier School of the Bible
Life at Frontier rarely slows down. It is always exciting. In February we had our Spring Mission Conference. Since then, I’ve been meeting with various students who are participating in Spring Break Mission trips. My New Testament Survey class has gone really well. I am very impressed with this group of Freshman students. We’ve had fun looking at New Testament literature and geography. We’ve also spent a lot of time singing. This year I have three songs: the Chronology of Acts (to the tune of Gilligan’s Island), the Number of Chapters in each book (to the tune of the Addam’s Family), and the NT Book Summaries (to the tune of Happy Days). Needless to say, I’ve had fun.
Connie has also been busy. She had the opportunity to speak at the student wives meeting. She also leads a weekly prayer group and meets with students numerous times during the week, working with students who have specifically approached her for discipleship.
LaGrange Bible Church
This past month we became members of LaGrange Bible Church. Being a part of this fellowship has been a blessing to our whole family. We’ve had the privilege of leading worship and I am currently working on redesigning their website (please pray that I can wrap it up soon).
Homeschool and Family Life
Much of Connie’s day is spent teaching. This past year she has been teaching a weekly reading and English class for many of the homeschool kids in town. There are about 14 young people, ages 11-15. They call themselves the “Inklings” in honor of the influential authors (including C.S. Lewis and Tolkien) who gathered under the same name.
Connie, Anjali and Asha also had the opportunity to take a field trip to Gilette, Wyoming where they attended a speech and debate competition for the NCFCA. This time they were observers. Next year they will hopefully participate.
We also had the joy of having Connie’s Uncle Larry and Aunt Joy with us for a few days. The video of Larry singing the Super Chicken theme song is a taste of how much fun we had.
Tentmakers Bible Mission
Most of my time has been spent working on our Tentmakers International Bible Training project. It is incredibly exciting, and a bit overwhelming. If you want to know more about the project you can check out our newly updated website TrainingChurchPlanters.com.
The picture is of my office. The flags are of the five countries (on five continents) where we want to start church planter training programs.
This past year I had the joy of spending time with the Harris family, missionaries with Tentmakers Bible Mission. Here’s a short video I put together that introduces you to this wonderful family and the ministry they have training Kenyan pastors.
Recently, as I was going through old cds I came across our first ministry video we make after the first six months on the field. While our production quality has improved many of the truths in the video are still true today. Please continue to pray for India and those ministering in India.
Can’t believe the summer is over and classes have started at Frontier School of the Bible. This semester I am teaching Old Testament Survey. I am thankful for years of sitting under Dr. Royce Short’s teaching! This morning we went through Old Testament history (with actions!)
I remember when each of the kids were young, barely able to speak. When we would be out at night Connie would point to the moon and ask the kids, “Who made the moon?” I can still hear each of them reply in their own unique, little voices, “God made the moon!”
Yesterday we had a chance to see an incredible display of God’s creativity. Since LaGrange was (just barely) outside the line of totality we ventured about 20 minutes north to a rural church in Nebraska where we got to see the complete eclipse.
The last few months have been incredibly busy! On Tuesday we got back from speaking at Bethany Church Camp in Kansas. Tomorrow we leave for Colorado where I will be speaking for two weeks at Twin Peaks Bible Camp.
Our time in Kansas was a great blessing. Getting there was part of the adventure. Camp started Tuesday afternoon so we set out on Monday with a camper in tow. About an hour from LaGrange a tire on the camper blew and took much of the underside of the camper. We limped back to LaGrange. Arrangements were made for us to stay in rooms at the camp. Early the next morning we left for Kansas in our Suburban. About an hour away the transmission went out. We drove back to LaGrange in 2nd gear!
At this point we weren’t sure how we would make it to Kansas. Many were praying and FSB offered for us to take one of the schools vans. We set out again from LaGrange and made it to the camp in Kansas with a few minutes to get ready for the first chapel message.
Through it all, it was a wonderful blessing to see God provide for us. He is always faithful.
We will post more about our time at Bethany Church Camp soon. It was a privilege to serve alongside some wonderful people.
Pray for us as we travel to Colorado. We are praying that this trip would be much more uneventful than the last. Pray also for us as we minister to the 7th and 8th graders this week and high schoolers the next.
By the way, you may be wondering where we are at with our home. Remodeling our new house has taken a lot of our attention. We hope to be completely finished with our home before FSB starts in August. We will share an update on that soon.
Here we go! We have started remodeling work on our new home. We will live in this mobile home for a year or two until we are able to construct a new home on the property. Already we have seen God provide. We wanted to share some of the praises along the way.
We are excited to get busy. There’s a lot of work, but we’ve made a lot of progress in this last week.
We found wood laminate at the ReStore in Cheyenne and our local thrift store, King’s Closet. This means we have all the flooring we need for the house and for less than $200!
We will have to pay a startup fee of about $2,000 for our utilities. Within less than a week from finding this out God has already provided this through a special gift!
Pray with us (for strength and wisdom)! We will have weekly updates and videos for this next adventure as we get closer to home.