Plowing In Hope

This summer has been quite an interesting ride to be sure. We began the year with a full calendar, which has now been wiped clean. My work with our three schools of preaching in Africa has looked a bit different than we had planned. There is still no indication as to when we might be able to return to Africa in person, but thanks be to God for His bountiful blessings, the amazing tools that our modern age has provided have allowed us to stay in constant contact with the brethren there and to provide resources, encouragement, and support from afar.

Bible classes and worship services here in Itasca have returned to some semblance of normal, although we are still missing several of the saints who are in the high risk demographic for COVID-19. There have been a number of unique evangelistic opportunities that have arisen in the midst of, and perhaps even because of, the difficulties that now beset our country.

At home, I have been practicing what we preach in Africa. Our straw bale garden has been yielding a handsome harvest and we have been sharing with neighbors and canning what we can’t eat. Our chickens are starting to lay eggs. Our meat rabbits have been doing what rabbits do. Our pigs and turkey are getting nice and fat.

Within the next week or so I will be pulling our second honey harvest of the summer. Our bees have been busy!
One bright spot for the family has been the West Texas Summer Youth Series, which has continued as normal, but with a few extra precautions in place. The time of fellowship and worship has been refreshing. I am looking forward to the opportunity to share with you all the wonderful things that God has been doing in the midst of these unique times. Thank you for your continued fellowship, prayers, and support.

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