Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Back from our trip to Minnesota and the cabin is all in order and now run by generator power.
Had a opportunity to share about our mission at the Harvest Community Church in Willmar, MN.  The Willmar Church of God was the congregation I grew up in.  
Hoping to soon obtain a storage trailer for the packing of our household.  This is one more step towards the move to Africa.
Aaron is now done with his military training and we are looking for a visit from him soon.
Looking forward to making presentations in Des Moines and Ottumwa in this coming month.  We now have 27% of our start-up funds in the account at Global Missions, Church of God Ministries; and about 20% of our annual budget pledged.  Fund raising has been slow going in this economy but we believe God will provide for what is needed soon.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Back at last!  During the move our computer "crashed" and would not let me return to blog.  We made the move to missionary housing and are still down-sizing.  We hope to obtain a storage trailer and get it packed soon.  During August I traveled to camp meeting from  Iowa’s Inspiration Acres to Wisconsin’s Rock Springs Camp, then on to Minnesota’s Camp Arrowhead and South Dakota’s Lake Poinsett Living Waters Retreat Center provided contact with a substantial portion of the Church of God Ministries in the North Central USA.  I am in the process of writing up a newsletter to tell about it.
As I end my ministry at the Ellis Park Church of God in Cedar Rapids, Iowa It was my privilege to baptize Joe, Kacie and Dayzaray; individuals I have worked with over the years.  In fact, Kacie I dedicated as a baby and now 16 years later has grown in her faith to making this commitment of her life.  This has helped as we say goodbye to those we have ministered to over 17 years.  This weekend will be a reunion of a youth camp I was involved in 10 years ago.  It will be fun to celebrate the accomplishment of the youth who are now youth adults active in many ministries.  Then next week we will be traveling to Minnesota to take more stuff there and make sure it's ready for the winter.