Life Event

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 with it. 

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 perspective.

Japan Mission Trip

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 faith walk.

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 the “connection 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 matter.