Growing

The Lord is blessing and the church is growing. This is to be “expected”, but the truth is, if this church plant was not a part of God’s plan it would fall apart.

I am grateful to our Savior for the many men and women rescued through grace and spared the agony of eternity separated from God. This too, is to be “expected” but if it were not for God’s plan we would ALL remain apart.

I am overjoyed to have a loving wife and amazing children whom the Lord has conferred under my spiritual leadership. Again, this is to be expected, but God is who sustains us, otherwise we’d be hopeless, divided and apart.

I am thankful for the many aspects of life our Lord personally administrates, gives grace for strength and guidance to walk us through our insecurities. All this can sometimes be taken for granted. Let not us just assume, but acknowledge God’s hand, mercy and certainly express our gratitude.

Lord, I am thankful.

Flood UpRising

Manaus is on the verge of its worst flooding in recorded history. Our city is 4 inches shy of the highest level the Amazon River has ever reached. We still have 2 months of river uprising. Many of the downtown Manaus streets are under water. As a result, we have more mosquitoes flying into our home & rats coming up the sewer pipeline. There are also incidents of snakes and other pests invading houses due to rising waters.

Flood waters in downtown Manaus.

Arrived in Brazil

We arrived yesterday afternoon into Manaus, Brazil with no lost luggage. The kids did well during the flight. Thanks for all the prayers as we traveled.

Dad, Michael Samples and I had our first meeting this morning. Tonight, Dad and I met with the leadership team of a new church plant.
It is good to be back.

Pray for me as I have a pinched nerve in my back. My hands have been numb all day as a result. I have an appointment with a chiropractor on Friday.

Raquel is doing well. She has been out all afternoon purchasing food at the market.

Super Hero

#You've gotta be kidding?

Sarah, Laura & Benjamin think I am a superhero! I will have a chance to demonstrate how strong I am. You see, on flights to Brazil, each person is allowed 2 bags up to 70 lbs each. I will carry all of them. Hey, if Elijah was the fastest runner on earth (1 Kings 18.46), why can’t I be the strongest man on earth? Yep, packing bags for a family of five takes on a whole new meaning!

Raquel and I are getting our bags ready. We only have a few more weeks in Lexington, KY.

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Our schedule over the next few weeks:
June 12 – Bible Baptist Church, N.Vernon, IN – Pr. Kevin Ridder
June 13-19 – Emmanuel Baptist Church, Oldtowne, KY – Pr. John Lybrook
June 26 – Emmanuel Baptist Church, Bellbrook, OH – Pr. Darrell Messer
July 1 – Depart from Lexington, driving to Florida.