Saturday, June 27, 2009

Things have been going well here in Germany. I have been staying busy running errands and doing my best to help Bro. Green. We pretty much have everything packed up here for the Greens. We just have a few loose ends to tie up and then they'll be moving back to Frankfurt for the short time they are still here. Stephen and I will be flying back to the States on the 6th of July! I can say that I have enjoyed the visit here in Germany immensely but I love the U.S. and look forward to getting back! :)

I have been trying to get into a little better shape while I am here and part of that is jogging. Yesterday Jacob and I went on a three mile run (that's running, no walking breaks). If you have not done that it'll do something for you! I am slightly sore, but it was well worth it! Been running almost every day so hopefully It'll help me out a little!

I recently was able to get the Hooker Family's newest CD. They are from First Baptist Church in Hammond, IN and they are a real blessing. Their newest CD, Through The Storm has been a real blessing to me. Thought you might enjoy a couple of their latest songs. Enjoy!

Yes, I have been blessed! As time goes on and I get older I realize how small I am in comparison to HIM.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ok, had to post something to let everyone know I was still alive! I've been pretty busy helping the Green family pack up their stuff and ship it back to the States. Monday morning we packed up their shipping container and sent it off on its way to the States. Yesterday we ran some errands in the morning and loaded up a rental van/truck with church equipment and took off for Frankfurt where we unloaded it this morning at a church there. Just got back from there now. We will take another load of stuff to Frankfurt this evening (I'm not sure I will be going on that one) and the rest of this week will be busy getting the house here ready to move out of.

God's been good, and I'm looking forward to getting back to the States in less than two weeks!

Sorry I don't have any pics at the moment. I am hoping to get a camera sometime soon!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Wow, time is flying by extremely fast! I can't believe it's been more than a month that I've been in Germany.

Not too much new and crazy going on with us! We did have a chance to fly up to Nykoping (Pronounced Ny-sho-ping) Sweden and spend a little more than 24 hours there. We booked the tickets on Ryanair and paid 16 Euros apiece round trip!!! Sweden was cool and it was the farthest north I have ever been! Daylight lasted about 19 hours! The neatest thing I think I liked about Sweden, (besides the flight up, I absolutely love flying! I'm working on my pilots license!) was the chance we had to witness on the main street in Nykoping. Bro. Green, Stephen and I stood around the street and sang about 10 hymns and the people were very receptive! We had a great opportunity to witness to people, albeit it was hard because we did not speak Swedish!

We have been busy helping the Green family pack up and get ready to go back to the States on an extended furlough. Pray that they would get encouragement and direction when they return.

I had the opportunity to preach the Wednesday service at the church here! I have been blessed with opportunities to preach in the recent days! I am always grateful for the pastors that allow young men the opportunity to preach and learn.

Well, I have to go and run and errand for Bro. Green! Until next time, LGBM! Let God Be Magnified!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Sorry for taking so long to update this blog! Yes, I am still alive! Since my last post, I have stayed fairly busy here doing things like running errands with Bro. Green and doing whatever I can to help with the ministry here. Believe it or not they have had Stephen and I sing every service! :O [We were able to locate a guitar so that helps a lot :) ] Stephen preached a wonderful message on Wednesday night. It is hard for the Greens to make the transition back to the States and I pray that we are being a blessing to them!

The mystery of Air France Flight 447: Pray for the families of those that were killed aboard the ill fated flight! It has been interesting to follow the investigation, especially since one of the men of the church here is a maintenance crew chief on a military version of a Boeing 707! He knows a lot about those jets and he was very surprised to hear of that type of plane going down. I'm sure we will know more as time progresses!

I have been thinking lately about Matthew 9:36-38
Mat 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
Mat 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Mat 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Being in Europe has opened my eyes on how desperate the world is in need of missionaries. The city of Berlin has a population of 3.4 million people and not Independent Baptist missionary that we are aware of! You can drive through town after town in Germany and not have any Baptist churches anywhere around! The list goes on and on! And then I think of the nations that don't have any missionaries whatsoever! When I think of this my mind goes to two things.

1. We are, for lack of better words, big babies in America! If a church nearby doesn't exactly agree with us, we will make a big huge deal and make them our primary target! Now don't get me wrong, I think we should stand up for what we believe in, but let God be first! There are missionaries in Germany just like the Greens that are starving for Christian fellowship of any kind! People are starving for the gospel!

2. Where are the volunteers! I think if I wasn't surrendered to God in the area of missions already, being on the mission field here in Germany would make me want to surrender. The need is so great! "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest." I think the more we pray for the Lord to send people, the more we will surrender ourselves and work as soulwinners for Him!

Anyway, that's just a smidgen of my thoughts this week. God is definitely good! This weekend we will do a lot of work getting the Greens ready to move out of their house, and next week will be flying out to Stockholm, Sweden for a day! :) LGBM! (Let God Be Magnified!)