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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 June, 2012

Family

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

The quote in memorable; I do not know when I first heard it, but I have long remembered it. Robert Frost wrote, “Home is the place, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”
My version is shorter, “Family is where they have to take you in.” Unfortunately, in today’s world, there are more and more exceptions–families that reject some family members, homeless children in the sprawling cities of our world, broken families with broken hearts.
The person is blessed who has an accepting family. The person with an extended family that celebrates being family is doubly blessed. Blessed is that person who understands, appreciates, and enjoys family.

This weekend Jan and I are enjoying a reunion of our extended family on my side of the tree. Every two years, we get together, not all of us, but many of us. My mother was one of nine siblings, we were eventually 21 first cousins. Only one of the generation I call aunts and uncles is still living. The 21 first cousins are now 19. But subsequent generations keep coming–second cousins and third cousins and….

Families are the basic structure of every society. Family is important, special, significant. Family helps us know who we are. Family gives us orientation. Family gives us roots, and wings.
This weekend would be a good time to celebrate your family. If there are disconnections, this weekend would be a wonderful time to write that letter or email, or make that phone call, and strengthen the family.

Stars to Steer By: Learning

Friday, June 29th, 2012

“Half of learning is learning–the other half is unlearning!”

Psalm 5: A Morning Prayer

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Psalm 5 is known as a morning prayer, perhaps associated with the morning sacrifice in Israel, but also a call for God’s help in the face of false rumors and accusations, implications and innuendos.

A part of the Psalm says, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (5:3)
Consider the custom of the psalmist. In the mornings, God hears his voice. Morning prayer is a normal part of his routine. Morning prayer is not “hit and miss.” He confidently affirms that his voice is heard in the morning.
Consider the content of the morning prayers. The psalmist includes God in his plans for the day. The morning prayers include requests of various kinds–for protection, goodness, humility, and truth. The psalmist requests guidance, mercy, and anticipates daily worship. The God who blesses and shields the righteous will provide refuge, protection, and joy.
Consider the confidence of the psalmist. He waits in expectation. Including God in all of our life changes everything. The requests we share we confidently expect to see fulfilled. The presence we request we expectantly anticipate.

Something to meditate on….
Does God hear my voice every morning?
Do I each day include God in my day?
Do I wait in expectation, knowing the promise of God’s presence and power?

Baxter Campaign

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

As students at Baxter Institute study the Bible, ministry and missions, and related subjects, they spend a lot of time in the classroom and in doing homework. They earn almost 200 semester hours of credits over four years of residential studies. (A semester hour generally includes about 15 hours of classroom seat time and 15-30 hours of homework and study.)
Baxter students also spend a lot of time in practical application of their biblical and ministry studies. Each academic term, students receive an assignment to work weekends with area churches where they receive mentoring and hands-on experience. Fourth year students do a six-month Missionary Apprentice Program.
A highlight of the practical ministry experience is the annual campaign in which Baxter students spend an intensive week in making personal contacts and in evangelism. The June campaign has concluded and the third term at Baxter is about to begin. Good News! This year the Baxter campaign resulted in 20 restorations of Christians who had become weak and fallen away from active Christian involvement, along with nine baptisms.

Greetings in the Lord!

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

On a recent trip to Honduras, while I was with a group in the Tegucigalpa airport I saw and greeted about a dozen people I have known through my years of work and visits to Honduras. One of the group members expressed her surprise that I could be in an airport in a major city outside the US and know so many people!
Yesterday when I got off the plane in Tegucigalpa, I was greeted almost immediately by Christian brothers from Siguatepeque–I had no idea they would be at the airport. “Greetings in the Lord. Blessings in the Lord.” Eventually I found the group I was expecting to connect with, but as we shared greetings in the Lord, I thought of the wonderful nature of God’s family.

[Epilogue: I was also interested in hearing the “airport music” playing in the background at the Tegucigalpa airport–instrumental versions of “God’s Family” and “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder.” Perhaps I noticed it because it has been a long time since one heard instrumentals of Christian music playing as background elevator music in malls, stores, or airports in the US!]

Mission Honduras: Final Report

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Today is Day 8–travel day to the US. After a full and productive week in Honduras, this is a day of anticipation as we look forward to returning home to routines and family, but also a day of sadness as we leave people we have learned to love in the Lord.
The day we arrived in Honduras, we visited the Los Pinos congregation on Thursday evening, then spent two intense work days at the church building working on a variety of projects, including the installation of a new zinc laminate roof on Saturday. Sunday at Los Pinos was especially meaningful with a bi-lingual worship experience and about 300 people present, many seated inside but also with dozens standing outside. On Monday, with the help of several members at Los Pinos, we built a house for one of the families. Tuesday was a work day on campus with the continuing construction of the security wall around the married students apartments. Wednesday, our last full day in Honduras was spent visiting two children’s homes and worshiping with the La Vega church.
This was a trip designed to encourage a local church, help them with projects they could not complete by themselves, and help them with the tools to continue evangelistic outreach. The church is growing numerically, developing leaders, and continuing to spread the message of Christ in the colonia. The evangelism will continue, along with the Sunday feeding of 100+ children, and more and more visitors from family and friends and neighbors.

Mission Honduras: June 2012

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

The mission group I am with has been here five days. We arrived last Thursday and attended mid-week Bible study at Los Pinos that evening. The building was comfortably filled. Friday and Saturday were work days at the church building, including lots of fix-up, clean-up, repainting metal windows and doors and also repainting the structure that supports the roof. With a long day of work on Saturday, the new roof was completely installed and ready for Sunday.
On Sunday the Los Pinos church members, 100-125 children, another US mission group of about 100, and our small group added together to an attendance of somewhere near 300+! It was a special day for the church, memorable. The church building was overflowing and there were people standing outside and listening through the windows. The church hopes to eventually add more space by building upward with second stories for classrooms and activities.
Yesterday, the group, assisted by several members from Los Pinos, constructed a house in 5-6 hours. It was an exciting project, concluded by a special prayer for the family (husband, wife, and children) who will live in the house. Today will include multiple campus work projects as we spend our final work day in Honduras. Tomorrow we visit two children’s homes, and Thursday is the day of our departure.
We ask your continued prayers for the work we are doing, and especially for the Los Pinos church.

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