Southern Baptist Convention
Indonesia Missionary Reunion
Shocco Springs, AL
Zwemer Summer Institute
July 19-August 8
Moldova Mission Trip
Vacation in Europe
We rarely see our overseas grandkids on the mission field, but we anticipated retirement would bring frequent occasions to be with those stateside. However, as they have grown older and have lives filled with school, work and social commitments, occasions to be together have not been as often as we anticipated. Of course, our own commitments and travel have contributed to that.
We have been delighted that two separate travel itineraries in the last few weeks have allowed us to spend a few days with our son’s family in the Nashville area where Russell works in corporate media at Lifeway Christian Resources. They live south of Franklin in the Thompson Station and Springhill area. It was a special blessing to worship with a house church group last Sunday led by Russell.
They are a part of Conduit a growing contemporary church that believes the local body of believers exists to be a conduit for fulfilling the Great Commission and reaching the nations. They gathered in home groups on Pentecost Sunday to emulate and pray for the persecuted church around the world.
There has been no lack of mission involvement since they returned from missionary service in East Asia eight years ago. Zachary, who is 17, is pictured in a pretentious pose while on a spring mission trip to Miami. In the last couple of years he has been to Nicaragua, New York and Haiti twice. Joseph, who is 13, spent spring break with his Junior High group on a mission project in inner city Atlanta and accompanied his mother to Israel last year. Russell leaves in a couple of weeks for Guatemala and went to India last summer.
The little princess, as Anna Grace is affectionately called by her father, is 11 and relishes special attention from “Bubob” as Bobbye is called by the grandkids. It is a shortened combination of the Indonesian word for mother, “Ibu” and her name. We are amazed at how each of the kids have grown and matured since we were with them last Christmas. Our time with them in the past was one of reading them stories and playing childhood board games, but now they are consumed with their own interests.
Zachary has his driver’s license, which is scary, has a girl friend and is an avid drummer, playing in the praise band of his youth group where he is also working as an intern. There is no way to carry on a conversation anywhere in the house when he is practicing. Joseph loves reading, plays the saxophone in junior high band and likes to challenge “Papa” to an occasional game of chess.
A strange pattern seems to have developed in how we pray. The bulk of our praying is for ourselves and our needs. Corporate prayer is dominated by intercession for those sick and suffering. Perhaps self-centered praying has always been the default content of our supplications, but one seldom hears passionate pleading for the nations and for kingdom issues.
It is encouraging in the midst of thanking God for the rain, invoking His blessings on the worship service and praying for Aunt Tilly in the hospital that someone will ask God to bless the missionaries. It is commendable that one would be aware of those who have left home and family to take the gospel to remote places around the world …
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Classical Christian writers often focused on the matter of holiness and the Spirit-filled life, but we seldom dwell on the issues of a sanctified life. We tend to relegate it to the theological realm of our salvation. Knowing that we were saved and cleansed by the blood of Christ, spiritually we are “saints” who are holy or “set apart” in the eyes of God. But that theological reality doesn’t necessarily translate into practical attitudes and behavior.
We tend to think of holiness as an unattainable level of perfection, something to …
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We are having a delightful spring of weekend travel mixed with beautiful spring days at home. Last weekend included a visit with friends in Memphis, dinner with my sister-in-law in Tupelo and a missions day in in Okolona, MS. The previous weeks included board meetings at CIU in Columbia, SC and William Carey University in Hattiesburg, and mission weekends at churches in Alabama and Fort Worth, TX.
We have had three round trips to Northeast Mississippi on the beautiful Natchez Trace, a leisure traffic-free parkway by-passing nearby communities through fields and woods. This photo was taken of a old rail fence and colorful field near French Camp Academy where we took a diversion on rural roads looking for abandoned home …
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