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Thanks for visiting our website! Picture of the Month: sharing the word in Pilanqui, Ibarra, Ecuador; a view of part of the crowd, two baptisms. [Click picture to enlarge.]

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Ministry is always a team effort--Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 48+ years! Countless others have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. My favorite breakfast is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of quality coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to serve and share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature in Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!

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Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category

Blessed to be a blessing….

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

In the last several months, Jan and I have enjoyed several opportunities to reflect on life and ministry. We have been invited to return to five congregations in which we ministered full-time. The opportunity to teach and preach in these churches has been a special blessing. These congregations represent 27 years of the time we spent in full-time local ministry. We have reminisced and rejoiced as we shared time with brothers and sisters who are dear to us. We have been blessed by their continued generosity and interest in the ministry and mission we are now pursuing.
In addition, we have reconnected with several special friends from our past, spending time with Ken and Joy Dillman (15th Street, Tulsa) and Bill and Betty Sims (Plymouth, Michigan). Last Sunday we were in Bella Vista, Arkansas for a Mission Emphasis Sunday. While there, we were blessed to spend some time with Lowell and Judith Carmical whom we also knew in Plymouth, Michigan.
We are continually amazed at friendships in Christ that do not end even though time and miles separate us. Heaven will indeed be a wonderful place of glory and grace!

It is easy for us to lose perspective. Sometimes, Jan and I look longingly at those who have lived in the same place for many years and have life-long friends with whom they regularly spend time. We try to imagine what it would be like to have such roots and stability, with friendships that have been continuously nurtured and enjoyed. We are tempted to jealousy, but we are brought back to reality when those very people remind us that we have friends around the world.
Friends around the world! Friends in Christ in most of the states of our nation; brothers and sisters in Christ among the nations of our world. We are bound together by love in Christ, hope for the future, and prayer for one another.

“Dear God, help me never forget that I am blessed to be a blessing. Thank you for the wonderful way you have blessed our lives with friends and spiritual family in Jesus.”

Friends are Friends Forever

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The first part of this week, Jan and I were blessed to spend a couple of days with our long ago friends, Bill and Betty Sims. Our friendship formed over 40 years ago when we were both in Plymouth, Michigan, and our paths have crossed briefly a few times since.
I am reminded that Jan and I are blessed to have friends across the nation and around the world. The four of us reminisced and shared stories that have almost been forgotten. We laughed, we caught up on some of the happenings in one another’s lives, and we hopefully planned to be able to spend more time together in the future.
Only God knows, but I am sure that God is the one who gives us forever friends. I hope you are blessed with such friends!

Dr. Bill Jones: A Tribute

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

With the passing of Dr. Bill Jones, the last of my major professors in my undergraduate studies has gone to be with the Lord. The time spent at the feet of Dr. Raymond Kelcy, Dr. Hugo McCord, and Dr. Bill Jones was rich and rewarding. It is hard to believe that 40+ years have passed. I did not in those years appreciate the quality and depth of those from whose wells I was drinking.

Dr. Bill Jones had a special place in my heart because it was he who opened up to me the rich possibilities of Old Testament study. I took every one of his Old Testament courses. He seemed distant to me during my undergraduate studies, but when my life in ministry took me back to Oklahoma, he became a good friend and Christian brother. He was always ready to talk about the Bible, ideas, applications, challenges, and new understandings. He was a scholar, a gentleman, a teacher and mentor, and a Christian. God blessed countless lives through him. I, as one of those so blessed, am richer today in ways that matter for eternity.

Friends are Friends Forever

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

So says the song–so says our experience!
We were blessed yesterday and today beyond measure to spend a little time with our forever friends, Rod and Lynne Boydstun. The conversation picked up where we left off several years ago, as is the case with friends.
Beautiful memories, shared lives, intertwined and yet distanced geographically, faith and hope and love.
Tell your friends how much you love them as soon as you can–we had waited too long, but tried to make up for it with the hugs and “love you’s”!

Don Vinzant: Celebrating Today

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Today is the funeral for Don Vinzant. Just a week ago, I received the following as a “daily communique” from Emergent Village. When I read this thought, it gave me pause. Today, it seems especially appropriate.

Celebrating Today
I walk down the steep hill through the trees to the creek. Emily, the mother dog is with me. The statue of St. Francis stands on the other side. The sun is shining and it is beautiful. I say a prayer. I will be eighty years old tomorrow and I think … “the day will come, maybe not too long from now, when I would give anything in the world … for it to be … today.”
[submitted to MINemergent by B Kenneth Mcgee]

Don Vinzant: A Tribute

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

This morning’s CaringBridge update brought the news that my friend, colleague, mentor, and brother in Christ, Don Vinzant, has finished his course, fought his last battle, and gone to receive his reward. In a special way, Don was one of a kind. His contagious smile and laughter, his sharp wit, his knowledge of the world and Scripture, and the ability to apply Scripture to life were a blessing.
Jan and I were in Edmond two weeks ago, speaking at the Early Bird class at the Edmond church, keeping an engagement Don had arranged. We were blessed to spend some extended time with Carol during the afternoon (while Don was in dialysis), and then again that evening as we lingered to visit with Don and Carol, laughing, remembering, celebrating the life we shared. Two weeks later, Don is gone.
Today will be different–today will be the same.
Something I learned when my mother suddenly died in a car wreck 17, soon to be 18, years ago: one must decide who God is and what is his nature before the problems come. When tragedy strikes and difficulties come, it is too late to wrestle with the question of whether God is God and whether God is good. I am thankful for the faith that sustains us–the faith that sustained Don. Today we affirm, as we do every day, God is God, God is good. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
To a good friend I say good-bye, and see you soon.

We Are Grateful

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Jan and I are grateful for the response to our announcement of a new phase of our ministry. We have heard from friends and renewed friendships that go back 40+ years.  We are grateful for the love expressed and the desire to reconnect. We are genuinely looking forward to what God will do in and through our lives in coming years.

We are in good health and pray that we have at least another 10 or 15 years to give “full steam ahead” (which is the way I generally operate). One friend noted it was good we moved to Oklahoma since it helped him identify a nickname: “the tornado from Oklahoma”. We don’t know how or when we will be able to fulfill all of the invitations we have received, to walk through the doors God is opening, and to do all of the things Gwe would like to do. What we will do is begin–one invitation, door, or activity at a time.

We would love to hear from you!

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