You may have been wondering why I
haven’t written more on my blog in the past few weeks so here is the answer. Life gets in
the way sometimes and we have things that we have to do that messes up our
schedule. I know that sounds like an
excuse but in this case it is reality and my preferences have nothing to do
My wife had a knee that was not only
quite painful but was just wore out. She
was past the cartilage and well into the bone and it would fail her at
times. On Friday of last week she had a
knee replacement operation to correct the problem. The operation was successful and she was up
walking immediately after recovery from the surgery. They have had her doing therapy twice a day and a busy regiment of
ice, exercise, compression socks,
compression equipment and pain medication that requires a lot of time on my
part to assist her in her recovery. I
must be close to her to fetch things that she needs and assist her in things
that she cannot do yet, like showering, dressing herself, and getting in and
out of bed. But even with that she is
continually surprising me with things that she can do now that she couldn’t do
just 4 days ago.
She is doing very well and even was
able to go out on a short trip to Walmart to pick up a couple items that we
needed. She is diligent in her doing
what she is instructed to do as we have known some who have neglected this part
of recovery and have had problems that affected them a very long time. I think that because she had so much pain
with her knee that she is not suffering as much as some do who will not do the
exercise because of the pain.
I marvel at the fact that she was on
her feet just a couple hours after having knee replacement. As I see her walk now I marvel that her leg
is now straight and she can walk on it so well.
I thank the Lord that we live in a time and place that all of this is
possible. I think of how great our God
is and that He is the one who has made all of this possible. It causes me to praise God from whom all
blessing flow. Sure it interferes with
my schedule and I have to make a number of adjustments; but just look at what
He is doing. I will gladly go through
these events to get my eyes off of what I am doing to see what God is
doing. It can really adjust your
We have returned from our mission
trip to Japan and I am so blessed to have been a part of such a great
event. There were six nations
represented at the Olive Conference. It
was presented in three languages over 4 days.
There were 64 attendees (mostly church leaders and pastors) in addition
to speakers, worship leaders, and host.
It was such a joyous spirit of love and fellowship and unity that differences
had little meaning. Evidence of Christ’s
presence abounded and many new bonds were made.
The theme of the conference was “Walking
By Faith” and First Baptist Church of Keller was invited to teach the training
classes (6) that was followed by a discussion time for each day. It was amazing how the participants could
almost quote what was said in each class and had real insight of its
meaning. I have rarely witnessed such
commitment to learning and applying the material to everyday experience.
The team from First Baptist Church of
Keller, Tx consisted of four: Mission
Pastor, Lawrence Duhon; Mission Committee Chairman, Bob Vigoren; Mission Committee member, Michael Faubel; and
Mission Committee member, Vernon Ball.
Beside teaching the six classes, the team participated in personal
counseling, joint worship where the music was sang in three languages, each in
turn, and participating in the group discussion time.
There was some time allowed for
personal devotions and relaxation. On a
couple of these times I went for a walk in the forested mountainous setting on one of the trails and found a number of
spider webs that crossed the trail. To
keep from walking into them we waived a stick up and down to clear the webs
from the trail. It reminded me of the snares of the
devil. Sure enough, Satan tried to trick
a key person in the conference into leaving the conference, but the Lord
stepped in and that member was rescued from making a life changing error in her
We saw a number of such victories in
several different situations. It was a
great blessing to see the Lord magnified among us in so many ways. I received a note from Pastor T saying that
with the local leaders and pastors are now more committed. Next month I’ll
visit some cities there.” There is
speculation of another conference next year.
Please be in prayer that we will remain in step with the Lord in this