Our last six months

I just looked and it has been about six months since I have written.  A lot has happened in these months.  We prepared our Wroclaw apartment for our departure and moved for seven months to Richland, Washington.

We hit the ground running as we served at two Columbia Basin Baptist Association camps: girls and youth.  Then we made our families a priority by spending a month with them.  For me this included about two weeks at our cabin with my parent, brother, sister-in-law, and twin 1.5 year old nephews.

Starting in September we went into speaking mode.  Every Sunday we are speaking at a church until just before Christmas.  Also during this time I have represented the IMB in Alaska and Montana, and we attended DiscipleShift 1 training in Post Falls, ID.  I also completed my first Triathlon during this time, it went well.

Our last trip was to share at the Northwest Baptist Convention senior adult retreat meeting at Canon Beach, OR.  We had a great time leading the Bible study times starting at 7:30am and sharing with everyone what the Lord has us doing in Wroclaw, Poland.

A unique activity at the retreat for me was to run five miles barefoot on the beach, the weather was great, and then to change my clothes and get on my mountain bike and ride eight miles on the beach as well.  It was fun, but tiring.  I did both back-to-back because I was concerned the weather would go bad the next day, and it did.

The most exciting thing at the retreat, on top of studying the Great Commission each morning together, was to share our dream of a Multi-National Church Planting Team.  Denise and I are convinced that a team of retirees will be ideal church planters.  At this stage we are sharing the vision.  God has already revealed interest so we will keep sharing and preparing.  More on this in the future.

At the end of our last trip we shared at a Missions Conference in Springfield, OR.  It was a great three days as we shared about Wroclaw and Multi-National Church Planting.

While in Springfield we reconnected with longtime prayer supporters.  It was our joy to learn about one of their new business adventures – Cosmos Creations.  I strongly encourage you to find and buy their puffed corn products wherever you can find them, for example they sell Carmel flavored Cosmos Creations at Costco.

Today we started our next adventure.  We woke at 4am and will arrive in Richmond, VA later today some time.  Tomorrow we start a week long debriefing conference.  We attend these a minimum of every five years, so essentially every time we return to the states.

This meeting, we believe, may have special significance for us and yet we have no idea how.  We are trusting the Lord to continue to lead us according to His will.  It is so liberating to not feel like we have to control our present or future.  God takes care of those if we continue to seek Him and His will.

Is there something you would like me to share more about?  Please let me know any suggestions.