Today my wife and I celebrated our 55th anniversary. During that time there have been a lot of milestones along the way. There was the birth and growth of our 7 children; and our 21 grandchildren; and our 12 great grandchildren. Then there was the loss of all of our grandparents, parents, and two of my oldest siblings, as well as several uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. God’s call into the ministry, school, pastor of 5 churches, interim pastor of 4 additional churches as well as numerous other ministry positions.
One such venture was the establishing this website on January 1, 2018, just two years ago. Since then there have been 3171 visitors to this site from 52 different countries around the world. I have made 203 post (including this one) and have received 81 comments. I never suspected that it could have such a worldwide reach. Sometimes a response will come from another country and in a language I don’t know but I am able to read it through a translator and even respond in their language. I especially like to hear about the Lord answering their questions and needs through this medium. Occasionally I will receive a word of encouragement or a prayer or a suggestion that only makes this effort better. I only want to be a blessing to others as I have been blessed.
My wife and I were blessed to have spent the past week visiting our daughter and family in Oklahoma over the holidays and while we were there my oldest son and his family joined us there as well. I also had a wonderful meeting with a China missionary and the chairman of Deacons from his church. We were beginning the planning for a Christian Training Center for Eastern Asia to train church leaders in their work. Our vision is to provide the training that is not available in several countries. You will be hearing more on this in future post as to the methodology and means of leading churches to be a blessing to their countries and peoples.
To this point God has provided everything that has been needed including finances, translators, personnel, and opportunities to continue this work. Our greatest need is for individuals to pray for us that we will properly represent the Lord in His work. We are eager to find those whose hearts are open to the Lord and want to see their own part of the world improved. The greatest opportunities imaginable are often in the obscure and unimportant corners of the world. We only want to help.