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Here is our summer newsletter giving you an update on our very busy summer full of VBS and camp ministry.
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We have been praying for months about the possibility of getting a bigger rig to use as we minister in churches. The one we had was very cramped for our family of seven. Even though it was classified to sleep nine, it only had a double bed and three bunks (the top bunk where Blake slept was so close to the ceiling he couldn’t turn over without hitting his shoulders on the ceiling). It was also hard to move around in, especially when Shawna was trying to cook in the kitchen area. This spring we decided to put it up for sale and see if the Lord would provide a buyer. Meanwhile, we researched what travel trailer would be a better fit for our family. We had many inquiries about the travel trailer we were trying to sell, and the Lord sold it nine days after it was put on the market for a better price than we really thought we would be able to get out of it. We knew the Lord was in it, and had settled on a model we felt would be a good fit, but the price was five thousand dollars more than the sale of our travel trailer. We continued to pray for God’s direction and His provision.
God provided every penny needed, including having the sellers of the model we were looking at drop their price $2,000. It is awesome to see God work. This past week we made the four and a half hour trip to southeast PA to make the purchase. The new to us travel trailer is just what we were looking for. It is a lite, so it can be pulled with our Chevy Suburban, is five feet longer, has a nice slide-out, four bunks, and a few other perks like an oven for Shawna. God is so good!
On our way back from picking up the travel trailer, we stopped by Hershey’s Chocolate World and took the kids on their tour (a free tour and we all got a free Hershey’s chocolate bar to boot 🙂 ).
Check out our spring newsletter for an update on our ministry happenings.
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For a recent update on our ministry happenings and things we are working on, check out our winter newsletter below.
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We praise You, O Lord, for Your greatness. Your might is beyond comprehension, and You reign over all the universe, yet You care about the daily needs of our family.
We praise You for granting us health and pray that we will use the strength You give us always to serve you.
We thank You for creating our unique personalities, granting us unique talents, and giving us opportunities to use them. We are grateful to You for opportunities to be creative – planning, writing, acting, singing, cooking, building, teaching, preaching. Our efforts are a tiny reflection of Your mighty creative acts, yet You use us for Your glory.
Daily we thank You for home and food. You control the rain and the sun, and this summer You chose to withhold the rain, yet miraculously You still blessed us with an abundant harvest. Our best efforts in the garden are useless apart from Your blessing, and we humbly thank You for fruitful seasons that fill our hearts with food and gladness.
We thank you for work and for play, for children’s laughter and for grandparents’ stories, for heaven and the joyous expectation of seeing loved ones again so that we do not have to sorrow as those with no hope.
We thank You for the peace that comes from knowing that Your will is always best, even when it isn’t easiest, and treasure Your promise to give us all the resources we need to live for You.
You are our strength, our sustainment, our joy, our peace, our guide, and our Savior. For all of these we praise and worship You.
After a couple weeks of camp, we were able to take a week of vacation to rest and be refreshed before we hit back at a few more full weeks. We were able to relax and enjoy the water. It was so warm some of the days that we really wanted to be in the water. Waterskiing is one of my favorite things to do and I was able to waterski at least once each day while we were there. Actually, everyone in the family got to go waterskiing at least once during the week.
Of course, it wasn’t all just sitting around relaxing. I got a few pictures for some new inspirational backgrounds to add to the website, and I also preached on Sunday in the chapel on the lake. The chapel was pretty full, with around 167 in attendance from several different provinces in Canada, a bunch of different States, as well as a couple from Singapore. It was a great time of worshipping the Lord together in His beautiful creation. I was also encouraged to hear reports of individuals taking on the challenge from God’s Word in the message to put their priorities in proper order, with Christ being first place.
It was fifteen years ago that I got down on my knee with a diamond ring and proposed to Shawna there on the shores of Aylen Lake. The spot where I proposed hasn’t changed much, but our lives have changed and our family has grown through the years as you can see from the picture below taken in the spot where Shawna and I were engaged. We have five wonderful children.
We have been trying to get some communication items taken care of as well as some final details on the next couple weeks done here these past two days. Then tomorrow, Sunday, August 7th, we will be ministering at Maple Avenue Baptist Church in Elmira, NY, followed by assisting with another week of camp on Monday through Saturday. On August 14th we will be ministering at one of our supporting churches, North Eulalia Baptist Church in Coudersport, PA, then we will head to First Baptist Church of Belmont, NY, for August 15-19 to run a VBS. Please continue to pray with us that God will work in hearts and draw many to Himself.