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Thanks for visiting our website! This month’s picture is from the August 2018 retreat of Colombian preachers in Santa Marta. I was honored to be asked to participate. [Click picture to enlarge.]

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Ministry and mission work is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 49+ years! Countless people 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. One of my favorite breakfasts is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of rich Colombian coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and to 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 as disciples of Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!


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A Letter to My Readers

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Dear Reader,
I am both amazed and pleased as I consider the impact of this site. For over 40 years I preached and taught weekly. I spent 25 years in full-time local ministry–20 of those years in two churches. Those two churches grew in marvelous ways with God’s blessing, one reaching a regular attendance of about 300 and the other a regular attendance of almost 400.
Following my years in full-time church work, my ministry turned toward Christian higher education where I spent about a dozen years working in undergraduate, and then graduate, ministry training. Along the way, I kept preaching and teaching, mostly in interim roles in churches that were “between ministers”.

When I reconstructed my website and added a blog a little over two years ago, I had no idea what would occur. I really thought I was writing for myself, archiving some of the materials I had written, and providing a place for the things I would write in the future. With God’s blessing, the extent of this ministry has reached around the world. In the last days of 2010, visits to the website over the last 2+ years passed 200,000. The number of page views during the same time was 558,000. I believe the impact is even larger because some of you write and say that you are using these materials in church bulletins and your own teaching and preaching.

Your interest motivates me and encourages me as I continue writing and posting. For the most part, I do not know who you are. You remain anonymous, and we are as the poet’s “ships passing in the night.” I pray for you insights and wisdom. I pray for you the ability to find God’s unique niche for you, and his will and way in your life, as we attempt to understand how he wants us to respond to his great love evidenced in the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross for our salvation.

I hope you know I stand ready to assist with that task as I can. I invite your comments and letters.

In the love of Christ, and in the Greatest Cause,
Bob Young

A “Thank You”, a Request, and a Blessing

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

The “thank you” is first!  In the third full month of taking the new website and blog public, we have surpassed 4000 monthly visits!  Through 30 days of August, visitors to the site represent 61 countries.  I say “Thank You” to every visitor and regular reader for the encouragement you provide.  By your visits and involvement, you say that this is worth doing!

My request is that you share feedback and reactions and let other readers know what you think.

May God bless you today and may you know his presence in your life as we seek to fulfill his will for us.

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