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We understand that many people probably have no desire to travel as much as we do, but my wife and I love it, and we’re thinking our son does too. We’ve really enjoyed the rhythm of having a set place to stay between meetings and then traveling out on the weekends and now Wednesday nights. We love seeing people and going to new places as we go to meetings, but then returning to our home away from home in Enola. It’s also nice to have a flexible schedule so we can work together on watching Eliyas and other things. I also like having a quiet place to get work done, particularly lecture preparations. So far, I’m ready for 4 days of teaching this summer, and I’ve begun collecting thoughts for 3 other days. We have one more week in Enola and then we spend a week in Kittanning (western PA).

2018.04.26 EnolaPA (42)

Last weekend we had a very nice time with the people at Independent Bible Church in Duryea, PA. We are very thankful for Pastor Cremard and his people for their strong stand for the Lord in the midst of a world shifting toward compromise.

Then, we enjoyed being with the people of First Baptist in Lebanon, PA, last Wednesday. We always like the fellowship with Pastor Fernett and the dear people there. We also picked up some baby clothes that they were holding for us, which were given by Heritage Baptist in Flemington, NJ. We are thankful for their love and support through the years since we began getting to know them.

We are at the halfway point regarding our meetings–7 done and 6 more to go. Only 2 more weeks on the road. Though we enjoy being in the road, we are looking forward to being home. We miss seeing family and friends in Grand Rapids. We also miss seeing our flowers open up at home. But these are small sacrifices in service for the Lord.

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The Lord has blessed our trip to PA to report to supporting churches and visit new ones. We had good fellowship and ministry with Worthington Baptist Church and Swissvale Baptist Church on Sunday. We were also able to meet up with supporting families over the weekend, and we took the day off on Monday to rest and tour Pittsburgh. The Strip District is definitely a place to return to, since they have specialty foods at good prices.

We headed to the Harrisburg area on Tuesday and were able to meet up with Pastor Jeffers at Calvary Baptist Church in Clymer on the way. He spoke very positively about the possibility of future support. We were also able to connect with a pastor in this area yesterday, and he seems quite interested in a future meeting. We are trying to set up meetings in this area for next fall so we can raise new support for our ministry.

On Sunday Oksana and I will be ministering at Cornerstone Independent Baptist Church in Enola, PA. I’ve presented here before, but not with Oksana. We’ll see how the Lord moves! We will be giving testimonies in SS and then I’ll be preaching in the AM and PM. I’m excited about preaching a new message on Luke 24:32 in the morning. What a fascinating story about Jesus and the two disciples on the way to Emmaus. The Lord could have explained the truths about the Messiah by showing them His wounds and recounting details of His experience, but instead He used what’s available to us–the OT Scriptures, the Spirit of God, and a knowledge of how the OT connects to the events of the gospel. Of course, His knowledge of the Scriptures was perfect, but we can still use our knowledge as we point people to the Messiah.

After spending a few more days in Enola’s mission house, we will begin heading to IL, with a stop-off at the Creation Museum. I look forward to showing Oksana that wealth of information! We will enjoy a few days with friends in the area too.

As I read a trip report by a consultant-in-training with BI, I was struck by what he said about the need for vernacular Scriptures in the area he visited:

The Lord was definitely at work in my heart during this trip. I feel re-energized to continue preparing for this work. Seeing these men, who only have a partial grasp of Spanish hungering for the Word and realizing that Bibles International is really the only hope they have for having the opportunity to read the Old Testament in their own language. I want to help them and others like them across South America to have God’s Word available to
them.

We continue to get these reminders of the need for the ministry of Bibles International, which energize is to keep at the arduous work of Bible translation!

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