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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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Blessed to be a Blessing

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

The midpoint of 2016–reviewing the past, anticipating the future. The halfway point of the year is a good time to look back; it is natural to look forward. Every effort made in the name of God demands evaluation, so that mistakes are not repeated and so that successes provide the foundation for the future. Prayerful planning is essential to the coordination and maximum use of time and opportunities.

LOOKING BACK. God has been good to me! I am amazed at what God continues to do among his people through his humble servants in many places around the world. I am blessed because God uses me in his kingdom. I give thanks for countless friends in Christ, especially for those who help make this work possible with finances and prayers.
2016 in review includes mission meetings in several states and time spent among God’s people in U.S. churches (English-speaking): Broken Arrow (OK), Fort Gibson (OK), Rolla (MO), Northwest, Houston (TX), and Park Plaza, Tulsa (OK). Jan and I were blessed to spend a few weekends with the church in Rolla, MO in an interim role. I am always honored and blessed to teach in my home congregation at Park Plaza. Immediately after I finished my spring term adult Bible class (“Letters from an Old Man”) I presented the introductory lesson for the summer series.
The work in Honduras took me to Talanga, Tegucigalpa, Baxter Institute, and San Pedro Sula.
The work in the U.S. found me at Iglesia de Cristo-Park Plaza in Tulsa with my Pedro Sanchez, my “socio” from Chile, and at Iglesia de Cristo-Crieve Hall in Nashville with brother Jacobo Chalco.
In Peru, I spent time at the Interamericano Bible Institute and two local churches in Lima, spoke at the national conference of ministers and church leaders, and then traveled to Trujillo, Viru, and Huamachuco to work with the local churches.

LOOKING FORWARD. The work accelerates in the next six months. Mission trips and destinations that will finish out 2016 include the following–
July, Kentucky (Iglesia de Cristo)
July-August, Michigan (English-speaking churches)
August, Tennessee (Iglesia de Cristo and national conference of Hispanic preachers)
August, Ecuador
August, Colombia
September, El Salvador
September-October, Dominican Republic
October-November, Uruguay
November, Chile

If you want more information on this work, either past or future, mission reports are available on my website: Mission Reports. The most recent report is available at this link: June 2016 Mission Report.

Finishing up the Honduras trip

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Greetings from San Pedro Sula, Honduras! All the talk on the streets this morning is about the US-Honduras soccer game to be played here in San Pedro Sula this afternoon. It promises to be a hot day–it was about 33 degrees yesterday (92 Fahrenheit).

On this last day in Honduras, I will meet with various members and leaders of the local church. Tonight is the normal midweek Bible study. Here in SPS, we had three persons saved and added to the church by baptism. During barely two days in Omoa, we met with the church with one reconciliation and one baptism, along with numerous visits and contacts.
I spent a couple of days at Baxter Institute in Tegucigalpa before the trip to SPS. It was good to get to know Steve and Dianna Teel better, and it was a joy to participate in the inauguration of the fifth president of Baxter.
Before that, I spent about a week in Catacamas, Olancho. There I met with preachers from eight congregations for three days of seminars focused on teaching and preaching God’s word. I preached in five churches. The schedule averaged about four hours of teaching and preaching each day, plus numerous visits and contacts to encourage and strengthen the churches.

It’s Sunday Again: San Pedro Sula

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Another Sunday: I will worship with another part of God’s family. I anticipate that today will be a special day as the spiritual family assembles to worship God in Barrio Cabañas–two baptisms yesterday, new members, a new elder to be installed today. In multiplied places around the world, God’s people continue faithfully in the midst of a challenging world.
Pray for God’s people around the world today as they worship him, often in difficult circumstances!

Honduras Update: First Day of Classes at Baxter

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

I returned to campus yesterday in preparation for today’s activities. It will be my privilege to present Steve Teel as the new president of Baxter. The entire campus community will be assembled and I look forward to a very special time.
Yesterday evening I visited with several of the students and spirits are high as the new school year begins. Of course, the fourth year students who are doing their Missionary Internships are missed, but it is an opportunity to introduce the new students to Baxter and for the student body to bond.
I ask you to pray today for Baxter as we begin our 50th year and as Steve begins his service.

Olancho Summary

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Today is travel day as I return to Tegucigalpa by bus in preparation for First Day Ceremonies at Baxter tomorrow. It seems incredible that the bus trip to Tegucigalpa takes more time than the air trip from Tulsa to Tegucigalpa!

The four days in Olancho have been filled with activities–leader and preacher training each morning (except Sunday) along with daily teaching and preaching. The churches are generally small. Yesterday morning we traveled about 20 minutes by car outside of Catacamas where I preached at Colonia Agricola. We met under a newly constructed shelter–four posts and a roof. On the third Sunday in the new location, we had about 80 present–45 adults and 35 children. A new brother in Christ, baptized during the week, was present with his family. The vision is to establish a chain or network of churches so that new churches have the support of established congregations fairly near. In the case of Colonia Agricola, the church will meet one month in the new location, then a month in the location of the “sister” church. In this way, the gospel spreads rapidly in two locations, and the new church quickly gets a foothold in the community.
Yesterday afternoon, I preached at Hormiguero (ant hill). On the way, about a 30 minute trip by car, I noticed a sign that gave us the option of going to “ant hill” or to “snake pit.” What interesting names! At Hormiguero we had about 30 adults and 10 children present. During the return trip we stopped to visit a brother who is ill with heart problems and unable to attend church. Not long after we completed the visit, we received a phone call from his aged mother asking if the church could have its midweek Bible class at her house. She had been cold and unreceptive previously–our prayer is gratitude that doors are opening and for God’s guidance and power as the relationships strengthen and the gospel is shared.

These churches are growing in number and in spirit. There were leaders present from six congregations during the morning teaching sessions and I spoke in five congregations. Soft hearts are ready to hear the gospel, and a great need is to encourage the members to help in that process. It is always a joy to sow the seed and to see the fields ripening unto the harvest.
I am grateful to Dwight and Joanne Tomkins for opening their home. I am grateful to David and Suyapa Chacon for their encouragement and for maintaining the vision for planting and strengthening churches.

Hungering and Thirsting

Friday, January 25th, 2013

A lot has been written about the physical needs that exist in the Honduran population. Indeed, there are a lot of problems and a lot of needs. There is also a great spiritual need which surpasses the physical needs.

For two days, I have met with a group of Christians who are hungering and thirsting for the Word of God. The questions keep coming, even after we have officially ended our study. These Christians are leaders in area churches and they are excited to be able to share what they are learning. I saw that same hunger and thirst for a word from God in the congregation where I preached and taught yesterday late afternoon. I expect to see the same thing this afternoon when I teach and preach at another congregation.

Lots of people are doing a lot of good things and meeting a lot of physical needs. But while many focus on meeting physical and emotional and social needs, the fields are ripe unto harvest. Many are waiting, receptive to God’s Word. Many are seeking God’s will and way. Many are waiting for someone to notice and minister to their spiritual needs. God instructs us to pray for workers. In the context it is obvious that the workers are reapers. Pray that God will send reapers for the harvest.

A New Morning in Honduras–Again

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Yesterday’s travel to Honduras was without incident, and the afternoon easily filled with greetings, conversations, and meetings. Some of the new students are already arriving. This is the first time I have been on campus at Baxter in January. Excitement is high, spirits refreshed in anticipation of the new school year. It reminds me of move-in day and first week activities in the university.
Last evening I was sitting in the mall (at Sarita’s, an ice cream store) waiting for others to finish WalMart shopping. I was contemplating how unusual that I was sitting in the mall and had not seen anyone I knew. Then I happened to see David Chacon coming my way. What a surprise! He was in Teguc in the midst of some other travels. We will reconnect at the end of the week, but our chance encounter was a pleasant surprise.

Today I travel to Catacamas. I will spend about a week in preaching, teaching, and meetings with church leaders and ministers. Then I will return to Baxter for first day of school, the inauguration of Steve Teel as the next president of Baxter, and a couple of days of interaction with the campus community. I especially look forward to meeting the new students.

I ask your prayers for these activities and opportunities to serve, but even more I encourage prayers for the people of Honduras, those who can be strengthened in the faith and those who have yet to hear the Good news of Jesus!

[I have more activities scheduled in Honduras in early February, but I will turn to those details later.]

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