Summer Ministry Update 2021

            “This is an answer to prayer.”  These are such encouraging words, especially when you have been directly involved in whatever is the answer to prayer.  Unbeknownst to you, God uses you to meet a need and you become the answer to someone’s prayer.  It is always a blessing to be used of the Lord.  There are special times that God allows us to directly know He is working through us to meet other’s needs, both spiritually and physically.  The fact is, whether we see it or not, God is always working in and through us as we walk with Him.  Sometimes He reminds us of His working by allowing us to hear encouraging words.  “You have been an answer to prayer.”

            This has been a busy summer for us with multiple things happening.  God has been working in the churches.  We reported two churches have new pastors in the last update.  We can also report that as of July, Lincoln Park Baptist Church in Wenatchee WA has a new pastor.  We praise the Lord for how He is working.  We spent a couple of weekends with the church in June.  What a blessing to have a pastor there now.  Please pray for the transition to work smoothly.

            I have been in two different camps lately.  The men’s retreat in Grandview Camp in April and family camp at Camp Utibaca in Utah, the first of July.  We are doing the men’s backpacking already and have one more trip the first week of August with the group from AZ.  It was nice to spend a Sunday with Grace Baptist Church in Pendleton OR in June.  These are examples of what we have been doing along with ministry at our home church when able.

Special Prayer Request –

            After going through the first stages of working with JourneyForth to publish my next study, the management there decided not to do any more new adult studies acquisitions.  They are focusing on their school curriculum for K-12.  This means I am seeking God’s direction on what to do next with the new study.  I will add the introduction to this letter.  Please pray for God’s direction as the study is complete and we need to know the next step steps the Lord would have for us.

Upcoming Ministry Opportunities –

            I will be doing a special Bible Study series at a nearby church here in Idaho in August.  This fall, I will be doing a missions conference in CO, speaking in a couple of churches in Alaska, going to Kansas City to speak at Olivet Baptist Church and for the MARBC meetings, then going to AZ for a few weeks.  We continue to seek God’s direction for our lives and ministry.  He is working.  Thank you for your prayers and support of what He is doing in and through us.  Again, He is working!  Praise and glory to our Lord for all He is doing and will do.

Our Health –

            Jeneen and I have had some skin issues taken care of recently.  She had two spots of basal cell removed; the most serious was on her nose, requiring many stitches.  I had a squamous cell removed under my eye.  We are both healing from those procedures.

            Other than getting older, we are doing well.  My annual tests and physical looked good.  I’m ready to do more backpacking next week, with layers and layers of sunscreen.

            We are going to try to get away for a week, just the two of us for our anniversary.  It will be 47 years this August.  Both of our moms are doing okay at this moment.  Jeneen enjoys caring for her mom when needs arise but sometimes it keeps her closer to home.

Thank you for your prayers and support.  God continues to answer prayer. 

Ministry Update – April 2021

Dear Friends,

I have started this letter several times.  Where do we start?  God is still good.  No matter the events of life, we are dependent upon the Lord to give wisdom and strength.  There are days when it is so obvious He is working.  Then there are times when we wonder what is happening.  It is during those times that we lay hold of the truth and not allow our emotions, concerns, and thoughts to direct our lives.  We are rejoicing with those who are rejoicing but we are also weeping with those who are weeping.  Through it all, the Lord is still giving comfort and grace.

We are certainly thankful this year is not in locked down like last year.  Life has changed but we are moving forward.  The Lord continues to keep us busy.  We have meetings scheduled.  We look forward to them along with the men’s backpacking camps.

Churches –

We are thankful that Calvary Baptist Church in Kingman AZ has called a pastor, Robert Kelley.  He and his wife plan to arrive in Kingman the last part of May.  We are praying for the transition to work smoothly.

Ron Sondergaard is the new pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Sonoma CA.  The church voted to call him in February.  We are excited for this work as there is a need for a good church in the area.  Please pray for God to work mightily in and through this church to reach their area.

Lincoln Park Baptist Church in Wenatchee WA is looking for a pastor.  I was able to spend time with them, preaching two Sundays and midweek too.  It was good to look over the situation there and talk with the people.  There is a need for the church to continue.  They have a good base for a revitalization work.  Please pray the Lord sends the right person to pastor this church.

Update on Pastor Jeff Estes –

Many of you know that Pastor Jeff is the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, our home church.  He was in a serious car accident the last Saturday in February.  He spent time in ICU, the hospital, and rehab with serious injuries.  After just over a month, he finally was able to go home.  He is healing but it will be a long road to full recovery.  This week he had some other issues show up from the accident.   He is still in a lot of pain.  Please continue to pray for him and his recovery.  He surprised everyone at church when he made an appearance at church on Resurrection Sunday.  It was a major undertaking which push him to the limits of his strength to be there for just a few minutes.  It was so good for the church family to see him.  We gave him a standing ovation as he transitioned from his wheel chair to stand with his walker.  After he was done speaking for a few minutes he sat back down in his wheelchair and was wheel out of the church to go back home.  What a joy it was to see him, if only for a few minutes. 

What are we up to? –

When we are home, I am helping at the church with the preaching and teaching.  With Pastor Jeff being unable, this has increased to some extent.  Jeneen and I head to AZ for ministry in Grand View Camp for their men’s retreat the 15th – 17th of April.  I look forward to the opportunity to speak at the retreat.  While in AZ we will see many pastors and friends.  I will be speaking at Calvary Baptist Church in Kingman.  The months ahead, we have some meetings, camps, and men’s backpacking camps scheduled. 

Please Pray –

Please pray for the churches and pastors who are faithfully serving the Lord.  These are trying times for many with all the issues of the day.  Many believers are focused on the issues and have lost sight of the big picture.  How easily we are turned from doing the will of God to carrying an agenda for societal concepts.  Covid-19 and the issues surrounding it brought much difficulty for many churches.  In some believers, spirituality is now defined by whether you wear a mask or not, get the vaccine or not.  Spirituality has and always will be by walking in the Spirit, controlled by the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit evident in the lives of believers.  Please pray for Spirit controlled believers in the churches. Wherever we land on the issues of the day, be godly in your actions and reactions.  Our unity doesn’t come from where we stand on issues which are variable but on the truth of God’s Word and our life in Christ, who never changes.

We pray for the churches.  The attack on the church has always been from the outside but when it comes from within the body, it hurts even greater.  But God is still working.  People are still getting saved.  Discipleship is happening.  We hope and pray you are seeing God work mightily in you all and through you all as you walk with Him.  Thank you for praying for us.

Your friends in Christ,

Monte & Jeneen Leavell

Ministry Update – January 2021

God has been putting some amazing things together for people, ministry and churches.  The middle of January found me in California for a wedding.  It was a privilege to officiate the wedding for Ron Sondergaard and Sarah Bodaly.  Many amazing things happened to bring it together.  We have known both Ron and Sarah from different venues and were pleasantly surprised when the Lord brought them together.  The wedding was beautiful with nice weather as it was outside.  While there, I saw many friends and met some new ones.

While in California, I had the honor of leading the memorial service for Pastor Timothy Brower.  He and his wife, Rachel have been in Sonoma at Grace Baptist Church.  He had suffered with health issues for several years.  I first met Tim at Bible college.  He and Rachel have been keeping Grace Baptist open these past years.  It was an honor to be there for the memorial service.  Please pray for Rachel and their daughter Rebekah as they seek God’s will for their future. 

Pastor Tim has been working with Ron Sondergaard at Grace Baptist Church.  Ron is seeking God’s will concerning taking the pastorate at Grace.  Please pray for the church and for Ron for the decisions needed to in the future.

The 24th, I start meetings in Delta Utah at Grace Baptist Church where Bob Oswald has been pastoring.  I am looking forward to being with the church family there.

In February, I will be in Wenatchee WA for a while at Lincoln Park Baptist Church.  They are without a pastor.  I look forward to seeing what God is doing and will do in the future there.

Jeneen and I had COVID in December.  We have recovered.  I am doing well but Jeneen has a lingering cough and lung irritation.  Jeneen’s mom had it too but has recovered.  She is at her place in the assisted living center.  She still has other health issues.  This is why Jeneen has been staying close to home.  Thanks for your prayers.

Christmas Letter 2020

Merry Christmas 2020

Dear Friends and Family,

            In this year’s Christmas letter, we first want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  All of us are dealing with the effects of COVID and the worldwide reaction to it.  As I write this letter, Jeneen’s mom is in the hospital with COVID.  This morning, I wrote a sympathy card for a wife who has lost her husband to COVID.  They are good friends.  We had the privilege of ministering together years ago.  These are not easy times for many dealing with COVID.

            Along with health in our world, we have the political and economic issues.  Some have lost jobs and are struggling to find hope in the future.  With the instability in the political realm, people are unable to plan, not knowing what will be.  These are times of uncertainty.

            So, how do you write a Merry Christmas letter?  I am reminded of Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 4.  Troubled but not distressed, perplexed but not in despair, persecuted but not forsaken, cast down but not destroyed.  It is true that we go through many emotions because of the issues we face.  But where do we find strength and hope.  It is in the blessed Savior whose birth we celebrate this month.  Without Christ, there is no hope but with Him, we have a blessed hope, both now and for eternity.  So with hope in Christ, I will write a Christmas letter.

            Jeneen and I are doing okay with all that has been going on.  We did have some meetings this fall and the Lord blessed greatly.  The two of us have been in pretty good health.  We have been busy in ministering to churches and in our home church.  We have things scheduled in January and throughout the spring.  I finished the next Bible study and it is with the publisher to be evaluated and published.  We continued doing what the Lord sets before us each day.

            Our family is doing okay in spite of circumstances.  We continue to pray for God’s protection and guidance in their lives.  It is a blessing to have family close and to be close to family, no matter where they are. 

            The greatest gift we have is our Lord.  He comforts, gives grace, encourages, strengthens, and is our refuge.  We know the truth of being absent from this body is to be present with Him because we have personally accepted the gift of Christ as our Savior.  Therein we find our peace, joy, and contentment, no matter the circumstances of life.  It is our wish that you may know and experience life in Christ even greater and to the fullest.  May you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Leavell’s Update – October 2020

Dear Friends,

            The Lord has been working greatly.  We have several answers to recent prayers.  We know God is working even when we do not see things happening, but a renewed excitement comes when you see direct answers to prayer.

            First, I went to WY for meetings at Central Baptist Church where Scott Clem is pastor.  The church hosted the Northern Plains Fellowship meetings this fall.  I spoke at the church on Sunday and then for each evening of the meetings.  It was a joy to see old friends and make some new ones.  The next Sunday I went to Upton WY to be at First Baptist Church where Randy Fowler is pastor.

            Secondly, after a few years of work, I finally finished the next Bible study.  I sent it to the publisher this week.  Now we go through the process of getting it published.  It may take about six months.  We will let everyone know when it available.  I’m looking forward to hearing how the Lord uses the material.

            Thirdly, Jeneen has been having trouble with her eyes and back.  She is doing better.  Also, she has been taking her mom to doctor appointments but she has not been able to go into the assisted living to help her due to Covid19.  She really wanted to be able to go in and spend time with her mom.  Well, the Lord answered prayer as she received permission to go in this week.  We are glad that the Lord has worked it out for Jeneen to help her mom.  Please pray for her mom as she has been physically struggling lately.

            Fourthly, I will be traveling to the Kansas City area for meetings starting November 1st at Olivet Baptist Church where Bruce Anderson is pastor.  It will be a busy week as they are the home of Shawnee Mission Christian School.  I am thankful to have the privilege of speaking in some of the chapels for school too.  I will be stopping by some friends on the way to and from Kansas.  I have Sunday, the 8th open for Iowa or Nebraska.

            As you can see, we have much to thank the Lord for answered prayer.  Thank you for your prayer support.  God is working.  Jeneen and I look forward to what the Lord has for us in the coming months.  January looks busy already.  The Lord will guide us into 2021.  As we all hope and pray, may it not turn out like 2020 has so far.

            Thank you all.  May God continue to work greatly in and through all of us for His glory.

Summer Update – 2020

Dear Friends,

We have faith in our God and His promises; faith for salvation and faith for life in Christ.  Faith makes the things hoped for substantial or solidly real, even though there is no visible proof.  Yes, I have been studying and teaching on faith.  Faith is hope based on the promises of God.  Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

During these times with Covid-19, BLM, Antifa, and all the personal issues we each are facing, faith in the promises of God must be our steadfast hope.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  His provision for daily living is ours.  His grace will always be sufficient.  He is our all in all.

These have been difficult times in the ministry of missionary evangelism just as they have been difficult times for the churches all around the world.  God is still working His plan but it certainly means changes for all of us.  I am glad for technology that has allowed us to continue ministering.  We certainly hope to be traveling to the churches soon.  We are glad for the various types of things God has done through us over the years.  It means even when we are not traveling, we are busy every day.

Ministry –

While we have been in quarantine, we have been busy with ministry.  It has involved studying, writing, counseling, teaching, preaching, working with churches, talking with pastors, and doing whatever God puts in front of us daily.

When we are not busy in other churches, we are busy in our home church.  Several of you have mentioned that you heard me in the livestream and on Zoom.  I am thankful for the opportunities that God gives us.  In June, we were able to minister in First Baptist Church in Notus, ID.  It was good to be with these folks again.  The camps we were to be in this summer were all canceled.  We were able to do the Men’s Backpacking Camp in July.  Our home church has a camp in August that we will be able to attend.

We had 11 men in our backpacking camp in July.  The Lord was really working in the hearts of those present.  We studied the mindset of the mature believer from the book of Philippians.  It is a great study.  We did catch some fish, hike over some ridges, and checked out several lakes.  It was a good time of soul refreshing in God’s creation.

Writing Ministry –

I am still working on the Bible Study.  There is a little more to finish.  It has been encouraging to see that some of the articles I have recently written have been read by many people.  One was viewed in 20 different countries by close to 1500 people.  I want to write more articles in the coming days.

While backpacking, several of the men involved in the computer and software field challenged me to consider doing podcasts and maybe a YouTube channel with teaching and articles.  Some of them even offered to help me get started.  This could be another way of reaching people with the gospel and encouraging believers.  Please pray as we consider adding this avenue of ministry.

What’s Ahead?  –

We look forward to getting back on the road as soon as the Lord allows.  We would love to get back to a normal schedule and ministry in the churches.  As of now, we do not have much scheduled.  If we can, we hope to start traveling in September.  Only the Lord knows.  We have definitely been seeking His direction for the days ahead.  We must continue to live by faith in His promises.  While we are still here on the earth, He has ministry for us.  We want to be faithful in what God has for us.

Thank you all for your continued encouragement and support of the ministry God puts before us.

May God continue to work in our churches for His glory.  May He be glorified as He works in and through each of us.

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Our April 2020 Update

Dear Friends,

One month ago, we were still in AZ, still traveling in ministry. That has changed with the lockdown. We made it home just as restaurants were changing their dining-in policies. Now, Jeneen and I are staying close to home, ministering using the phone, emails, messaging, and doing ministry at our home church. On Resurrection Sunday, I had the privilege of teaching an adult Sunday school class from my study at home. I certainly appreciate the technology we are being forced to learn along with many other pastors and churches are too.

Who would have thought we would experience such a drastic change to our lives in such a short time? I purposely have waited to update because of the rapid changes every day. We are all going through the upheaval of life and routine. We hope and pray you are doing okay. Some say our country is overreacting while others say we are not doing enough. It is different when it hits close to home. My brother tested positive for Covid-19. His family has been sick too but thankfully, they had quarantined themselves. Our niece was pretty sick, developing pneumonia with it. She and their family are doing better now. We have heard of people dying from the virus who are extended friends. The Lord knows and our lives are in His hands. There is no better place to be, but that doesn’t mean we should be foolish with our lives, but can we go too far to protect and when do we cross that line? These are the questions so many are wrestling with these days.

How long will this last? Only the Lord knows. In the meantime, Jeneen and I have been keeping ourselves busy. We completed the process required for us to sign up for Medicare. There is one more phase to go through but as we both turn sixty five this year, we face new chapters in our lives.

MINISTRY –
We were glad to be able to go to AZ Just before the lockdown. While there we were able to stay with Joe and Rebekah. It is always a joy when we can combine ministry with seeing family. I think Grandma needed some grandchildren time, so did Grandad. We enjoy all our family.

We spent the weekends with Calvary Baptist Church in Kingman AZ. They are still searching for a pastor. The events around the world have not helped them but they are hanging in there. Please continue to pray for this wonderful church family. Also while in AZ, I was able to go to a pastor’s fellowship that met at Tri City Baptist. It was good to see many old friends, renew acquaintances and meet some new pastors. We are thankful for the opportunities God gives.

Of course, our schedule has been affected by the quarantine. We missed the men’s retreat at Grand View Camp in AZ, the Northern Plains Fellowship in WY, along with meetings in a couple of churches. We do not know how the summer will work but we do have two different camps on the schedule along with the men’s backpacking camp. Right now, the mountains seem like a good place to be away from the virus. No one should be within fifty feet of me when I am trying to cast my fly, flaying the air with my fly rod. I think they call that, fishing distancing.

WRITING –
We do look to the Lord for how He will put together life and ministry after this world situation is over. I have been able to do more writing. I should have the next Bible study done soon. I have been working on it for a long time. The editors I am using for this project have been very encouraging about the content. It is a study of the practical walk with God and what it looks like in the life of a believer. I will include the first three paragraphs from the introduction at the end of this letter. Please pray for the finishing of this project. It has taken a lifetime to get to this point.

THANK YOU –
Jeneen and I want to thank you for your prayers and continued support of what God is doing in and through our lives. You are a blessing to us. We certainly want to be a blessing to you. If there is anything we can do even though we are limited, let us know. Yes, we do have enough TP for now. Thank you for your prayers and concern.

Continue to pray as we minister. Just yesterday I had a conversation with our neighbor. He commented about me being a man of faith, opening the door for further talks about the Lord. He has never been open like that till now. God is working. Use the opportunities He gives.

May God comfort and keep you all through this time. May you experience His grace every day as He works in and through you.

Yours Friends in Christ,
Monte and Jeneen
First three paragraphs of the new Bible study introduction –

One stressful evening as a seventeen-year-old, I went running to work off my frustrations. Fourteen miles later, with stars emerging in the sky, darkness creeping across the landscape, I took a path through a large vacant lot on the outskirts of town. Weariness replaced my tensions. I sat down on the trail and gazed upon the vast expanse of the heavens, the innumerable stars, the surrounding mountain peaks outlined by the starlight. I was done, worn out, my thoughts from two hours of running finally coming to a focal point. “God, I know you are there. You’re bigger than all I see. I guess you can handle my problems and my life.”

I had accepted Christ as my Savior when I was a young child. Being taught how I should live and act, I tried to be a good Christian. That night in the middle of a field, sitting on the trail, looking at the enormity of the heavens, I began seeking more than just being a Christian – I wanted to walk with God, to experience all He had for me.

Running was one way of coping and thinking. I must have been quite upset that evening, because before that time I had never run fourteen miles. The experience of that night began a journey of learning about, walking with, and growing in my relationship with God. A drive arose in my soul and has never been satisfied. I want more. I want all God has for me. How does God and life work together? Over time, I found that we simply need to walk with God, living in His will, which produces contentment in life, with anticipation of all the Lord has for each day. God is building our lives as we walk with and depend upon Him. This study is about how we experience God after we are saved.

2019 Annual Report for the Leavells

2019 Report – Leavell’s Annual Report

Dear Friends,

As we finishing living through the year of 2019, we will soon be able to look back and say that the Lord did not return yet. Maybe the Lord will return in 2020. It is always good to be looking for His return and to love His appearing.
2019 was another good ministry year with a milepost of 25 years in this ministry. After 11 years of pastoring, we started the itinerant work among the churches. Although we are not results orientated, we do look to the Lord to bring forth fruit from our labors. This year we saw much fruit. Some was in direct result of the meetings and other fruit was made know to use later. Praise the Lord for His increase. Along with meetings in churches, we ministered at camps, backpacking retreats, two men’s retreats, seminars, and various other events. We thank the Lord for putting us into the ministry.
We are eagerly anticipating the Lord’s direction in 2020. We still have some open dates and seek the Lord’s direction for meetings, seminars, and Sundays. We are praying about the possibility of a trip to India and going back to South Africa. The Lord is opening more doors. We are also working with churches looking a pastor. As the Lord gives opportunities we help as we can.
The discipleship book, “Steadfast and Stable,” continues to be used in the U.S. and other countries. I am encouraged because sales are increasing as more people find the value of the study. I continue to work on the next study. We will let you know about it as we walk through the process.
Our health continues to let us know we are getting older. We have been able to keep a good schedule and look forward to as long as the Lord gives us strength for the day. Jeneen has been doing better and has traveled more with me this year. Both of our moms have been doing okay for now. We are glad of that. Jeneen’s mom is 90 now and my mom is busy with business, church, and family. Our family is very busy with life. Tonya graduated from Boise State this month. Peter, Kade, and Philip graduate next may with their respective degrees. We praise the Lord for each of our family members.
Thank you for your friendship and encouragement throughout the year. We hope to see many of you this year and if the rapture happens, we will see you all in the air. Thank you and may God continue to work in and through you as you walk with Him.

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Christmas Greetings – 2019

Merry Christmas 2019

Dear Friends and Family,

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We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As we head into the year 2020, we are mindful of the changes coming. God has given a good year for 2019. We have seen many people saved and believer’s lives changed. Along with much fruit has come some issues. We have friends who are been dealing with issues in health, churches, ministries, and life in general. We sorrow with those who sorrow, weep with those who weep, laugh with those who laugh, rejoice with those who rejoice; we went through many and varied emotions throughout the year.

Jeneen and I have been feeling the years of wear and tear on our bodies. We’ve been in good health for the most part, Jeneen, dealing with the issues that have plagued her for years and me, discovering worn out joints and muscles not so young any more. But we are able to continue in ministry with the Lord setting much before us.

Ministry this year has included much variety; retreats, camps, meetings, helping churches without pastors, and whatever else the Lord set before us. Jeneen has been able to travel a bit more this year than in the past few because her mom is doing better. Along with turning 90 in July, her mom’s health has been fairly good. We are thankful for her mom’s ability to do what she does and for Jeneen’s ability to be there for her in times of need. My mom is doing well, keeping busy with her many activities with family, church, and business.

Peter looks forward to graduating from BSU in May of 2020 with a Master’s degree. Tonya graduated this month and continues her graduate work in January. They have both been teaching in Boise Classical Academy while they finish their classes at Boise State. Our grandchildren, Kade and Philip are graduating high school next May too. Michelle and the kids are in Meridian with her teaching piano lessons for many students. We are always amazed at how much Scott is growing. He will be a tall boy. Joe and Rebekah are still in Phoenix with their 4 children. We were able to do a wonderful trip with them this summer. Our grandchildren keep getting taller and older. It makes us realize we must be getting older too.

Jeneen and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas as you spend time with family and friends. We are thankful for and realize more and more, the preciousness of each of you. May you see the goodness of our God as you walk with Him.

Ministry Update – October 2019

Dear Friends,
Fall is my favorite time of the year. The air is clean, cool, and crisp. The trees and flowers are giving their last efforts of growth before going dormant or dying. The leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground. We enjoy the beauty of the mountains, the animals, and the lowering of the snow levels. This month, I will be in Alaska beholding the beauty of the vastness in the scenery. God’s revelation through creation is a wonder to behold. As our son Chris said, “To be a worshipper of an unfathomable God is to continually be amazed.”

Where we have been –
I spent three weeks as the camp speaker for the camps at Victory Ranch in Southern CA. During the weekends, I was able to speak in three different churches, one of them twice, Wilmington, Santa Monica, and Beaumont. The camp recently sent out a newsletter with statistics of the camps. They recorded 19 decisions for salvation and other decisions too. It was a blessing to be a part of the camp and work with the fine people there.

Backpacking Camp went well. The men who went were very experienced in the mountains making a special week. Also, their interest in spiritual things was a joy as we had many deep discussions. These camps are always soul refreshing. We were able to explore a basin with no trail that I have always wanted to see. The benefits of the camps far exceed the pains of physical exertion. As the years go by, I am not sure how long I will physically be able to do the camps the way we have been doing them. I am thankful for each trip and the memories of the mountain trails and fellowship with good men.

September plans changed as I did not go to Alaska for the church graduation. We heard it went well but the event was scaled down from the original plans. Jeneen and I were able to go to a youth retreat/ladies retreat held in WA being held at the same time on the same campground. I spoke for the youth and Jeneen attended the ladies retreat. It was a joy for both of us. From there, we went to Kent where we were a part of the Sunday services at Galilee Baptist Church. We were able to see Pastor Hicks and his wife when they stayed with us while on vacation. It was a blessing to be with the fine people of Galilee.

God has been working greatly in the meetings. Some blessings we see but others we hear about later. God is faithful and we must be faithful too.

What is ahead –
I am heading to Alaska for meetings. First I will be speaking at Higher Ground Baptist Camp for a men’s retreat. It will be nice to work with the director, Eric Locker. From there, I will be at Immanuel Baptist Church in Palmer from Sunday through Saturday. Saturday will be a men’s meeting where I will be speaking three times. It will be good to be with Pastor Burtch and the church family. From there, I will be going to Pioneer Peak Baptist Church in the Butte area of Palmer for a Sunday through Wednesday meeting. Pastor Aron Schrepfer has been having some physical issues. Please be in prayer for him. It will be nice to be in Alaska again.

We will be in First Baptist Church of Wilmington CA on the first Sunday of November. Please be in prayer for them as the church does not have a pastor. We are also going to be ministering in Calvary Baptist Church in Kingman AZ in the future. Please pray for them. Pastor Morris left as a result of some family medical issues, regrettably leaving the church family without a pastor. We really appreciate the people there and would love to see someone come and stay long term as their pastor.

We are scheduling 2020. The Lord is opening doors and we anticipate good things. Please be in prayer for us as we schedule. Our desire in ministry has always been to be where God wants us, when He wants us there, doing what He wants us to do.

Thank you all –
We appreciate you praying for us. God’s hand has been easily evidenced in the meetings and ministry. We often do not know what He is doing in us and through us but when we look back, it is easily seen that God is working. Praise the Lord.

Writing –
I have not been doing the blog for a while but I hope to take it up soon. I have been working on the next Bible study book. It is coming together and I am working with Peter in the editing of it. The more I work, the more excited I get about the outcome. I hope and pray God does great things with it. Please pray as we try to get this project finished in the coming months. I do enjoy writing but it is a huge undertaking to get things done.

May God be glorified in and through us all as we walk with Him. May we be found faithful. Thank you for your prayers.