Sunday, September 25, 2011

Speaking To The First Graders at Middletown Christian School ~

Tom recently preached the mission's conference for Grace Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio. It was a great conference! Dr. Roger Green is the gracious pastor and our spirits were refreshed by the graciousness of the church and staff. Below are a couple of pictures of our time in one of the first grade classes of their Christian School. I was telling the class how they could pray for our soldiers. Little Josiah, the son of the assistant pastor, Bro. Max Fernandez, helped me by wearing some "soldier gear".


A ministry to the U.S. military has its highs and lows. One of the lows is constantly having to say goodbye to people you love and in whom you have invested part of your life. We have seen thousands of soldiers and their families pass through Rhein River Baptist church in the twenty years we have been here. And in twenty years it has never gotten easier to say goodbye to families. But on the other hand one of the highs is seeing fruit that remains. There are couples serving the Lord all over the world who came to know the Lord and to find His will for their lives at Rhein River Baptist Church. We hear from our "children in the Lord" quite often, but it is rare that we get to see them often. But God has blessed us in the past three weeks to be able to see three couples who were saved and/or found direction for thier lives at RRBC.

John and Ulrika Coulliete were both saved at RRBC. John was a single soldier who was dating Ulrika, a German girl. The first Sunday they visited they were both saved. Uli had never been in a Baptist church before. They went on to Bible College and he is now an assistant pastor in Oregon. John and Uli and their two children were recently back in Germany to visit her mother and he preached for us twice. It was hard to hold back the tears of joy and thankfulness for how God has worked in their lives.

Larry and Kay Ferguson are missionaries to the U.S. military in South Korea. Larry came to know the Lord at RRBC. What a blessing they were to us in the early days of our ministry in Germany. When Larry retired from the army he and Kay went to Bible College and have now been doing a tremendous work in South Korea. Tom preaches for him almost every year and he just returned from preaching a conference for him.

David and Michelle Parker were a fine young couple who were part of RRBC when we first went to Germany. They were both saved, but struggling with God's will for their lives. It was at RRBC that they found direction. They got out of the army, went to Bible College and David is now the vice-president of the Biblical School of World Evangelism in Milford, Ohio. They came over while we were in the mission's conference in Middletown, OH. Their girls who were just tiny little things when they were in Germany are all grown up now. What a blessing to see them again.

These three couples are precious children in the Lord and we thank God for the opportunity to invest in their lives. They have certainly brought a lot of joy into our lives. FRUIT THAT of the blessings of ministry!!!

Larry and Kay Ferguson, missionaries to the U.S. military in South Korea. Larry was saved and called to the mission field at Rhein River Baptist Church. Kay did much of her growing at RRBC.

John Coulliete preached twice while they were back in Germany to visit Ulrika's mother.

David and Michelle Parker and their girls met us at Cracker Barrel for a lunch/reunion.

Our first building in Bobenheim-Roxheim, Germany. This is the building where all three of the couples above found the Lord or found direction in their life. We took John and Ulrika by the building when they were with us. Hundreds of soldiers and their families found new life in this building. Strangely enough, it is now a funeral home.