Christmas Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Fall is here and winter is quickly approaching and with it Thanksgiving and Christmas time. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on all that Christ has done and is doing for us. We are so blessed. Not only are we “in Christ” (1 Cor. 1:20; 8:6), but He is in us and is our “hope of glory” (Col. 2:7)! How could we ever ask for more? We have been blessed with all spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3), and that is not all. Romans 8:30 tells us nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Let us rejoice with thanksgiving and praise for Jesus Christ and be about our calling to share this Good News with others. We are His ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20)!
What a wonderful joy and privilege it is to serve our Savior. This has been an exciting year and we can only give thanks and praise to our Lord for His faithfulness to us in travel and ministry. We started the year in Florida with Teen Missions International – “Florida Free Bible Institute.” Lee taught Church History for a semester and Darlene taught Pedagogy (Teaching). It was a thrill and even more so as we were able to go back to Florida in June for Boot Camp and watch these young people in action. One young gentleman excitedly told us that he had led seven of his campers to Christ!
Then it was off to Generation Next Youth Conference in Missouri where we had another exciting time in fellowship with single men and women from across the country and the Grace Movement. And, of course, we had a wonderful time at the Cowboy Lee Cowboy Camps. There were two in Livonia, Missouri and one in Bangor, Michigan. Then we went to Mineral Point, Wisconsin for another “Cowboy Church and Cowboy Camp” (Vacation Bible School). All in all, it was a tremendous summer with only one break down when a spring broke on the trailer. But, the Lord took care of us and we were back on the road the next morning. We give Him all the praise and glory.
Lee is anticipating back surgery in the near future (January 2016). Our travels will be cut back but he would be available to do pulpit supply in Michigan after a six-week recovery time. In the meantime, we are concentrating on the Back to the Future Project having CD’s made from reel-to-reel tapes and cassette tapes of pastors that are now with the Lord. This is a major undertaking and is slowly getting done. As of now we have over 1,000 CD’s completed and our volunteer staffs of 20 friends are working on more. Pray for this project!
Now it is Christmas time, another great time to reflect and praise our Savior. The angels announced to the Shepherds on the night of Christ’s birth: “Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people…” (Lk. 2:10-11). It was a day of good tidings, indeed! This reminded me of another story in 2 Kings Chapter 7. It was a time of famine in Israel and these lepers were outside the gate. They knew they were going to perish where they were or even if they went into the city, so they decided to go into the Syrian Camp. The Lord had caused the Syrian army to flee, leaving everything where it was. So when the lepers found all that had been left and they had their fill they said, “We do not well, this day is a day of good tidings and we hold our peace” (vs.7). They made the right decision to go back to the city and inform them of the good tidings. The Lord had provided. Now we must ask ourselves, what will we do with the “good tidings” as announced by the angels? Let us not have to say, “We do not well” but, rather, willingly share the good tidings of salvation to others. Let us all make the right choice and that is to share the Good Tidings of the Gospel – the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We trust you will have a blessed Christmas and tell someone what Christ has done for you.
Winning, Working and Waiting,