Friday, April 13, 2012

April 13, 2012

Dear praying friends,

We are very thankful for another new supporting church, Calvary Baptist Church in Union, IA.  We look forward to developing a closer relationship with them over the years, as we minister together for the Gospel.  Our current support is now 55%.  Please pray that, in God's timing, more will come in.

We were involved with Forever Be Sure Ladies Quartet in their Arizona Tour last month with nine concerts in six days.  They received many comments about how the music was a blessing.  If you are interested in their story look at their website:  www.foreverbesure.com.  While there, we made several good contacts for our own future meetings and attended the state fellowship meetings.  I have begun the process of contacting those pastors to schedule our own trip possibly this Fall.

Our original plans were to go from Arizona and drive up to Washington for a visit with family and give an update report to a church we visited in 2010, First Baptist in Soap Lake, WA.  But unfortunately our car's transmission gave us some problems on the way down to Arizona, and we had to make the tough decision not to go up to Washington.  We hope to some time in the near future to be able to visit them again.

This past Wednesday I spoke at the AWANA closing service at a supporting church, Bible Baptist Church in Rantoul, IL.  Please pray that the Gospel message from 1 John 1 will penetrate the hearts of clubbers and parents.

Pray also for our sending church, Evangel Baptist Church in Taylor, MI as they are faced with some tough financial decisions concerning their missions budget.  Their next business meeting is Sunday night, April 15. We love Evangel and are excited about what God is doing in their midst. "Evangel" means "Good News" and they have shared with us their goal to live out the name "Evangel" as a church and be bearers of the good news of the Gospel. Pray for their hearts to be burdened for souls and that evangelism would become second nature to them and that their lives would shine forth the Good News!

Here is our itinerary so you can pray for our upcoming meetings:
4/15 - First Baptist, Austin, MN (new meeting)
4/16-18 - IARBC annual conference - Grimes, IA
4/22 - Hamilton Baptist, Hamilton, MI (new meeting)
4/29 - North Royalton Baptist, North Royalton, OH (new meeting)
5/27 - Ithaca Baptist, Ithaca, MI (new meeting)
6/9-10 - First Baptist, Arlington Heights, IL - (new meeting) missions conference
7/1 - Woodruff Baptist, Woodruff, WI (new meeting)
7/23-28 - Bass Lake Baptist Camp -Senior High Camp missionary speaker
8/12 - Grace Community, Rochester, MN (new meeting)
8/19 - Faith Baptist, Albert Lea, MN (update meeting)
9/11-14 - Launch Seminar at BMM Home Office, Cleveland, OH
10/28 - Bethel Baptist, Oskaloosa, IA (update meeting)
Thank you for praying,

Jim and Sarah