Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Email Problem Finally Fixed!

You are probably wondering why you haven’t seen an email from us in awhile. Well there were some changes made in our email and we were not able to get to our contact list until recently. But we are back and have a lot to share.

In one of our updates I talked about this area being categorized as “frontier” rather than rural. I should clarify this a bit in that that is true for most of the approximately 20000 square miles that we serve. The city of Pueblo (population approx.105,000) is on the north edge of our ministry area and is the closest town of any size to provide many of the essential needs.

Our ministry area is larger than 9 of the states in our country. This area takes in the counties of Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Custer, Costilla, Huerfano, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers, and part of Pueblo.Some of you asked, after reading my encyclopedic update, “what are some of the challenges to ministry in a “frontier” area?”

One of the very obvious challenges is the distances of travel. That really boils down to amount of time spent traveling and cost to travel. This can make for some long days and as we are all aware the price of fuel is not cheap.
More later.

On June 4th -7th we again were involved in the La Veta Rodeo Bible Camp. Mary was again involved with keeping the campers and staff well fed. I was asked to take on a different role this year as a team leader. This involved bringing devotions 2 times a day, and spending time one on one with a group of young men assigned to me. I also spent time watching them learn their particular events. Most of that watching was done while keeping the cattle moving into the chute for the team ropers. Being with them at their events at times gives insight as to possible individual needs. What a great time as we saw some accept Jesus as their Savior and others move closer in their relationship with Him.

In July we went to Alamogordo to close on our house in Tularosa (again). Thank you so much to all you who have been praying for this!

Kissing Camels at Garden of the Gods

Before we headed back to Colorado we picked up our 11 year old friend Ashton. He would join us for Junior High camp at Homestead Bible Camp. Ashton camped out with us for almost 2 weeks. He had never been to Colorado before so we showed him some sights in our area. He was surprised at all the vehicle time to get to places ( must be that Frontier thing again!)

This year we were blessed to be the Bible speakers at this camp, and spoke on being “Connected to God”. We got to speak to this great group of kids 6 times. Mary and I shared the times and again we saw some accept Jesus as Savior and many others deepen their “connection” with Him.

Prayer and Praise

In the course of a conversation with a recent high school graduate, about her plans for the future, Mary discovered that her reading level was very low. We already knew that another member of her family does not know how to read either. Mary is praying and talking to them about the possibility of letting her teach them.  Would you be praying for this also.  Satan wants to keep people in the darkness.
Also if anyone has taught adult reading please contact us with any helps or suggestions you may have!

Jonathan and Andreas have made it to Panama this past Saturday (Aug 27)  and are making their way back up through the same countries they traveled to get to their destination.   The trip has been awesome for them so far! Thank you for your prayers and please continue!

We are always in need of strong Christians to come along side us.
So many more opportunities for ministry are available, After school  Bible club,  teaching parenting skills, etc. The needs are so great- the opportunities abound- The rewards eternal!