As I write this update, I am looking at the calendar for the next couple of months and thinking, "Ready or not, here we come!" Bill Burrows and I plan to cover some ground this spring as friends are helping us get the word out about our mission work and the Play. Story. Eat. methodology. At the bottom of this email, I will list some of the places we have on the travel docket. Most are in Kansas and Nebraska, but there is one Guatemala trip squeezed in there as well.
Before I share that, I must say that we have already been traveling some. The week before Easter we were with family and friends in Oklahoma, spending time with Larry and Carmi Davis (my brother- and sister-in-law) near Sallisaw at Victory Baptist, a church they are helping restart. On that same trip, Bill and I spoke on a Sunday night at Hansen Baptist with pastor Bob Pittman and his congregation. And then the next day we did a short PSE introduction to some folks at First Baptist of Muldrow with Rick Deason, longtime Kansas City friend and new pastor at FBC Muldrow.
This past weekend, Nola and I were in Benbrook, Texas, for a quick visit with my "Aunt" Betty and "Uncle" Charles Alexander. While not blood relatives, Charles and Betty are like family to us, because they were part of my missionary family when my parents were missionaries to Peru back in the 1970's. We were supposed to have visited them the week before going to Oklahoma, but Betty fell and hurt her hip and spent a couple of weeks in a rehab hospital. Thankfully she has had a faster than predicted recovery, and she insisted we come after she got out.
Betty and Charles wanted us to come meet friends of theirs from First Baptist of Benbrook to recruit some of them for some upcoming mission trips. And we had a great time doing that.
One quick note I have to mention about Betty. She LOVES puppet ministry! In retirement, she has continued to make puppets and write scripts in both English and Spanish, and her puppets have gone all over the world.
In addition, she has been a prayer warrior for many missionaries--myself included. For years she has forwarded my updates to 50 or more of her friends and has collected money, Bibles, and Spanish materials to take to Guatemala. All I can say is, "Aunt Betty, may your tribe increase!"
KANSAS and NEBRASKA!
For the rest of April, we will be in Kansas and Nebraska as we are slated to be a part of the regional Kansas/Nebraska Church Leadership Conferences, in Topeka, North Platte, and Dodge City. For the conferences, we will be doing breakout sessions on our PSE methodology and hope to recruit some folks to participate with us on various projects. Beyond that, we will be seeing as many of our Nebraska friends as possible.
Coming to a town near you!
- April 14 Topeka, Kansas...Regional Kansas Church Leadership Conference
- April 21 North Platte, Nebraska...Nebraska Church Leadership Conference
- April 22 Farnham, Nebraska...Lonestar Cowboy Church
- April 23-27...somewhere in Nebraska!
- April 28...Ord, Nebraska...PSE training @ Ord Christian Church
- April 29...Sand Hills Baptist Association meeting in North Loup, Nebraska
- May 3-10...Guatemala...Steve
- May 5...Dodge City, Kansas...Regional Kansas/Nebraska Church Leadership Conference...Bill
- May 19...Belton, MO...The PSE Experience @ LifeQuest Church
10:02 PRAYER (LUKE 10:2)
Pray for Bill and me as we travel, share, and recruit. Also continue to pray that Betty will be walking soon without her walker.
Special thanks go to several who gave above and beyond to help us this month. We appreciate all you do to help us respond to the increasing opportunities to partner in missions with more and more people.
Please let your friends in Nebraska know we are coming! And keep those cards and letters coming. We love hearing what God is doing in your neck of the woods.
Talk to you soon!