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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 May, 2009

A Great Sunday!

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

The morning cool didn’t last long today–it was already getting quite warm by the time I met Lupe at 8:15 to ride to church. I had not had the opportunity to worship at Kennedy for several years, and it was a delight to renew friendships and to see the growth of the church. A casual lunch extended well into siesta time, so that it was almost 3:00 by the time I got back to campus.

A little computer time to answer emails and write, and it was time to leave for church again. At 4:30, four of us walked together to La Vega, and shared another wonderful time of worship and praise, study and renewal. I love the Latin American practice of sharing the congregational supper on Sunday evening as well as on Sunday morning. If anything, it is usually more special to me in the evening.

The day is almost over, and God has been good to me today! Perhaps that is what Sundays are all about.

The Day the Lord Has Given Us

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Saturday dawned bright and fresh, the cool breeze and night’s rest speak refreshment and readiness.

I spent Friday evening enjoying friendships, good food, and lingering conversations. As we left the restaurant we met a grouip of 38 people waiting to dine–mostly young people, God’s children who were in Honduras to serve and to help meet the needs of the people. God sends encouragement.

We have two groups on campus this morning–both are going out to work today in area churches. Our students at Baxter will go forth to their weekend assignments. God’s people are preparing for service and for His Day tomorrow. I love Saturdays in Honduras–they also belong to the Lord! This day is not mine, although God gave it to me. He knows that I will do some things to sustain my presence on this planet, but above all, I will show his presence in the world and bring glory to him in all whom I touch and meet.

Remembering this siimple truth seems easier here in Honduras than it is in the U.S. I wish it were not so. My Saturdays are too easily selfishly spent. May God give us wisdom and insight!

Ready for the Weekend

Friday, May 29th, 2009

The first week of this trip to Honduras is almost over.  What a joy to have the daily opportunity to see God’s people in devotion as they begin their work day at the clinic, to see the students and their joy at being able to train to proclaim the good news of the Gospel, to meet the Christians who are part of the many groups that come through Baxter.

I rejoice to be part of an effort that provides a firm base for Latin American missions in Honduras, and will make a difference into the future and into eternity through the graduates already trained (almost 500) and those who are now students and will soon go forth.  (Incidentally, the number of graduates represents those who have completed the resident program, and does not include the hundreds who study at Baxter via correspondence courses.)

Please pray for the work we share.  The day is concluding–we will share the evening with friends and talk about good times and God’s goodness.  God is great, God is good, God is God.  Let us praise him for his magnificence.

Back to Honduras

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The coming two weeks (almost) in Honduras will go along way toward taking some of the pressure off a really busy May-June. Associate minister interviews, Mother’s Day, Senior Graduation activities, small groups, Memorial Day weekend–all have been a part of a grueling church schedule. In the meantime, I managed a week in Honduras during mid-May to teach on the Baxter Seminar, work with the strategic planning initiative I am overseeing for the Association and its works at Baxter and the JMA Clinic, and to assist with the presidential transition.

Now another two weeks of strategic planning and transition oversight are ahead, capped by a couple of days at Quest at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City. The topic for the sessions I will teach is “Current Trends and Directions in Ministry”. Wow! How different is ministry now than it was 40+ years ago when I began. Constantly new skill sets, changing expectations, incredible opportunities, new challenges. New temptations, increased need for accountabilities….some days, the list of things that show up on the ministry plate is unbelievable!

Pray for success in these kingdom undertakings! Thank you for your love and support and encouraging words. May God bless us as we seek kingdom involvement in things that matter for eternity.

A Cool Sunday Morning in Honduras

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Today is the combined worship service that follows the seminario. Guests who were present for seminario but have not yet begun the journey home, along with members of many of the Tegucigalpa area churches, will assemble on the Baxter campus to worship–perhaps as many as 700-800 Christians. The singing is always superb, the prayers heart-felt, the communion a special reflection on God’s gift of salvation and also his gift of relationships between brothers and sisters.

The morning is brisk, and the hearts of Christians sing as the birds have been doing since about 2 a.m. The day will become warm, God will be recognized, respected, and thanked–in prayer and praise, in hearing his word and sharing fellowship. Then we will go home. Some may say nothing has changed, and that those who assemble for worship will go home to the same old problems. But we will know in our heart of hearts that much has changed–because we are empowered in our weakness to reflect his glory.

Seminario Baxter-2009

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Seminario Baxter concludes today. The number of registrants is up almost 50% over last year, the classrooms were overflowing, and the spirit on campus was excellent. I enjoyed seeing many old friends and meeting new ones.

It is easy for us to begin to think (without realizing it) that the work of God to change the world occurs primarily in the world where we live. Everytime I travel to Latin America, I am reminded that God is at work in places and ways I see only infrequently. I am reminded that the gospel is being preached, churches are growing, and souls are recognizing the salvation found only in the Lordship of Jesus.

I urge Christians to pray more diligently for the work of God in the world. Join God’s work in the place where you live, both with your talents and time, and with your financial resources. Thank God for Christians and churches that keep the flame burning brightly in lots of places around the world with their support of mission work.

If you are looking for a good place to put some monetary resources, in a work that is making a difference for eternity, consider Baxter Institute. Student campaigns, student weekend work, and the work of our almost 500 graduates across Latin American results in 100s of conversions each year.

God’s Unlikely Ways of Working

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

The way God works in this world often makes no sense from a human vantage point. He works in the little, out-of-the-way places and through little-known people to bring others into kingdom awareness and blessings. The work of God is not by human power but by his Spirit. To share in the work of God requires perseverance.

Today the guests will start arriving on campus for Baxter Seminario. Every year they come–graduates, ministers, church leaders, Christians. They come to learn about God at work, to revive their spirits, to renew their faith, to restore their enthusiasm. They come to share and to grow. The numbers are not overwhelmingly large–but the Sunday gathering for worship is always special as Christians from across Tegucigalpa and various Central American countires come together to praise God, perhaps 1000 strong.

It is tempting to identify God’s presence and work with the spectacular, the self-serving works and people that call attention to themselves, and the short-cuts that promise immediate results. God’s work is as often in the still small voice that urges us onward daily.

God, use us in your service today, open doors, provide opportunities, and give us wisdom to use the opportunities you place in our way. May we always reflect the presence of your Spirit within us, even when those about us disappoint and fail. May we be faithful servants, both when results are not obvious, and when we can see the “exceedingly abundant” ways you work. Empower us and use us, through Jesus who gives us salvation, relationships, and hope. Amen.

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