Today and tomorrow, I am traveling with my son Luke to present our ministry to a church in Gilbertsville, KY and then to report back to a supporting church in Poplar Bluff, MO. Following the evening service in Poplar Bluff, we will head back to Georgia in order to escape the Monday eclipse travelers. I always look forward to meeting new people and reconnecting with others as we travel to churches. Thank you for your prayers as we travel.
Please continue to pray also for our fund raising efforts for Camp Rhino. We are only $26,000 short of our $100,000 goal.
A special thanks to Bill Goins and the folks who help with his ministry at Calvary Stand Print Ministry. This ministry sends out our monthly prayer letters, and are also available to help with many other printing needs. Brother Goins sent me this picture of the folks at Lupton Drive Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN helping stuff our prayer letters. We couldn’t do what we do without the helps hands of people from all over.
Last night, one of our supporters, Mt Zion Baptist Church in Danielsville, GA with Pastor Duncan, voted to give $1000 for Camp Rhino. That’s 3 churches since last weekend to give $1000 a piece to help buy property to start this new camp ministry. This gift takes us over $74,000 that has been given or committed. God continues to bless and more and more people are getting involved.
On Saturday, Amy was privileged to teach for a ladies conference hosted by Believers Baptist Church in Griffin, GA, and I was able to preach their Sunday AM service. Pastor Victor Edmonds and his people were a great blessing.
When deciding to start Camp Rhino, I knew there would be an enormous learning curve heading into that area of ministry. Since our arrival to the States, I’ve tried to visit different camps and meet with their directors in order to gain as much knowledge as I could about camp ministry.
Last month, when visiting Wolf Mountain Camp in California, I was privileged to meet Evangelist Mark Herbster who “just happened” to be there as their main speaker. Mark also works at The Wilds Camp in North Carolina during the summers and insisted I come for a visit. This past week Mark arranged for me to visit during their last week of summer camp. He also put me in contact with key people at the Wilds that were a great help. I had one-on-one meetings with their Presidents, their Camps Abroad Director, their Retreat Coordinator, their Food Services Manager, and their Program Director. After two days of being able to meet with their people, attend their services, meal times, games, and activities, I really came away with a wealth of knowledge.
I’m really blown away by the people I’ve been able to come in contact with since deciding to start Camp Rhino. The Lord has placed key individuals in my path that have been overwhelmingly helpful.
Sunday morning I reported back to a faithful supporter, and Sunday evening I presented our ministry in a new church. Both churches surprised me when they each gave $1000 for Camp Rhino.
Calvary Chapel Baptist Church in Minster, OH has faithfully supported my family since 2001. I enjoyed seeing Pastor Robert Warnick, and the Assistant Pastor Cory McGuire and all the great people of Calvary Chapel.
In Eaton, OH, I caught up with some old friends, Andrew and Jaclyn Stensaas. Amy and I met them when we were in college together at Crown many years ago. Pastor Andrew and his family are doing a great good there at First Baptist.
With the $2000 from Sunday, we are now over $73,000 in total for Camp Rhino. Praise the Lord.
Our home church hosted a marriage retreat this past week in Atlanta, GA. They booked a hotel and conference center for the retreat only about 30 minutes away from the church. After all our traveling it was nice to have the retreat so close.
I’m glad to know we have a Pastor and church staff that cares enough about about the our lay and missionaries families enough to invest in our marriages. You can check my blog for divorce attorneys. I was really challenged to care for and be more tender toward my wife. Coincidently, I have been listening to two audio books on marriage that went along very well with this conference. If Only He Knew and From this Day Forward were really helpful. Needless to say, I have a lot of changes I need to make in order to be a better husband. I encourage you, take time to learn how to be a better spouse. I thing I do know despite my many mistakes, I’m married to the most amazing person I have ever known.
Please continue to pray for my meetings. I fly out to Ohio today to present my ministry in a new church and report back to a faithful supporter. When I get back on Monday, I’ll be driving to the Wilds Camp from Atlanta to check out their ministry for a couple of days in preparation for starting Camp Rhino.
On Sunday and Monday of last week, July 23-24, I had an opportunity to preach at the Summer Family Bible School hosted by Liberty Baptist Church in San Jose, California with Pastor Stan Smith. This is the church where my good friends Ross and Sue Pyle now work. They previously were missionaries with us in South Africa. Each night from Sunday to Thursday, the church took up an offering to help with Camp Rhino. By the end of the week, over $5,000 was given to help with the camp. With this incredibly generous offering, we have now broken the $70,000 mark for money donated or committed to purchase property in South Africa next year. It’s hard to believe we’ve come this far. Only $30,000 more to meet our original goal of $100,000. Thanks to everyone for your prayers and support.