was good (as always!) to give us a fruitful month in June and some
R&R in July. In June I was privileged to act like a teacher for
11 pastors who are earning their DMin degrees at Maranatha Baptist
University. Three men sat in the media-wired classroom with me, and 8
more joined us via internet from around the world, including
Thailand, Hungary, and the very foreign country of West Virginia. I
taught Evangelism and the Local Church for about 6 hours a day. The
stimulating curriculum included loads of class discussion with a bit
of evangelistic banjo instruction (all things to all men). I think
the class went well--I stayed awake during most of it. It was a
blessing to see the amazing campus at Maranatha and recall days gone
by when I trekked over from Menomonee Falls to take violin lessons
from Dr. Edward Burkhart. God has greatly used Dr. Marriott and his
wife at MBU.
the week of teaching, Claudia and I both taught workshops at the
annual meeting of the Foundations Baptist Fellowship International.
We thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship with preachers, evangelists,
chaplains, and their families and were blessed to “clip a few
coupons”--including seeing a man from our past who had struggled
but is now doing right and a stranger who told me that years ago he
trusted Christ in a meeting I preached in a church that Claudia's
dad, Otis Holmes, planted many more years ago. Keep sowing. We reap
in a different season than we sow!
in June, I took a 5-day investigative mission trip to Antiqua
(pronounced An-teega). This island of over 80,000 people is about 250
miles east of Puerto Rico. It is home to the Caribbean Radio
Lighthouse and about 10 small independent Baptist churches planted
over the years. The burden of Pastor David Murphy (Grace Baptist in
St. John's) is to plant a Bible Institute to train the national
pastors to reach the over 50 million souls in the Caribbean. I have
started working on this project with him. Next year we will spend
several months assisting in the work in Antigua.
July we are resting, enjoying visits from kids and grandkids, and
doing repair and maintenance on our house, truck, and trailer. Since
we will not need our truck and trailer for at least a year, we are
offering them for sale (call within the next 15 seconds for free
next project begins August 1, when we move into a rented apartment in
a Chicago suburb. We will assist Shorewood Baptist Church (Pastor
Nathan Barber) until Christmas. We helped start this church about 5
years ago. They have lost some families who have moved from this
upwardly-mobile suburb and have invited us to help them do fresh
outreach, discipleship, and evangelism training.
Thanks so much for your faithful prayers and support. We do appreciate you!
Dave and Claudia