Sunday, April 28, 2013

Our West and Northwest Trip ~

In March and April we were in mission's conferences and military emphasis Sundays in California and the Northwest.  We saw God do some marvelous things in the meetings as folks were challenged about mission's in general and in particular the need for military missions and missionaries to take the gospel to our troops stationed around the world.  We saw two older teenage girls saved in a church in Mousula, Montana and an Enterprise Car Rental agent saved in Canoga Park, CA.  I regret I didn't make pictures at every church we were in, but below are a few.  In addition to the churches mentioned below we were also at Grandview Baptist Church in Beaver Creek, Or, Greater Portland Baptist Church in Portland, OR, Galilee Baptist Church in Stevensville, MO, Lighthouse Baptist Church in Mousula, MO, Liberty Baptist Church, Republic, WA,  Harvest Baptist Church, Moses Lake, WA and Faith Baptist Church, Spokane, WA
 Our friends, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Keen, were also at the mission's conference at Faith Baptist Church,  Canoga Park, CA

Our new mission board

The pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Canoga Park, CA, Bro. Tim Rasmussen, one of the kindest and most thoughtful people in the world.

We spent four days on campus of Lancaster Baptist Church and West Coast Baptist College March 12-15.  Tom spoke in chapel at the college on Friday and we were able to spend some time with some of our RRBC kids and some missionary kids from Germany during the four days.

We stayed at the mission's house at Lancaster Baptist Church and invited over all the kids at West Coast Baptist College who had come through Rhein River Baptist Church during our 20 years there, plus a couple of missionary kids from Germany.  It was a very special time for us!

Pastor Rick Donley, his wife, Debbie, and their boys.  We had a great meeting at their church, Willamette Valley Baptist Church, Aumsville, OR

These two girls were saved in the meeting at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Mousula, WA.  They were visitors in the service but responded immediately to the invitation.

An extra blessing on this trip was beinable to see some of the most beautiful and slendous scenery God ever made.




I was recently challenged in a message about sharing our personal testimonies wherever we go.  I posted my testimony on my blog several years ago, but I am reposting it.  I never want to forget the place from which the Lord brought me and how good He has been to me down through these years.  I am reminded of the little chorus I learned as a teenager:

"Thank you Lord for saving my soul.   Thank you Lord for making me whole.

Thank you Lord for giving to me, Thy great salvation so rich and free."  AMEN!

My Testimony

When I was fourteen years old a dear Pastor, who was to become one of the major influences in my life, knocked on the door to our apartment in Memphis, TN and gave me the first clear presentation of the gospel that I had ever heard. I listened and prayed, but I did not truly received Christ as my Saviour that day. The events that led to that day are a story of God's amazing grace. From as far back as I can remember as a child there was violence and turmoil in our home. My mother was a preacher's daughter who married an unsaved man and paid the consequences of that wrong choice for seventeen abusive years. She was a loving mother who did her best to make a home for my younger brother and me, but my father, who was a drunkard, kept our home in constant turmoil. With the exception of only a few, every weekend that I can remember my dad would leave us on Friday night for a weekend of drinking and carousing. And as far back as I can remember every Sunday night was filled with fear knowing that when he came home he would become violent. As the years went by his violence was directed not only at my mother, but to my brother and me as well.

God brought into my life a best friend who came from a Catholic home, but lived across the street from a little Bible-believing church. Because her family were not strong, practicing Catholics they allowed her to visit the little church across the street. She invited me to go with her and to my amazement my dad allowed me to go. It was there that I met the Pastor who later visited me in our apartment, and his precious wife. The two of them were to make the greatest impact on my life of any others. I visited the church on the weekends that I would spend the night with my friend. Pastor and Mrs. Comfort (isn't that a wonderful name for a Pastor?) reached out in love to a young teenager whose life was filled with fear and turmoil. The love of Christ was so evident in their lives. In the wonderful and amazing providence of God my family moved into an apartment right next door to the little church. My dad's drunkeness was escalating to the point that he was drinking during the week and missing work. My sweet mother had to work to keep food on our table. Home was becoming more and more tumultuous. But in the midst of all this turmoil a Pastor and his wife kept reaching out in love to me and my family. My girlfriend and I would spend the night with the Pastor's wife when he had to be away. I never had felt such serenity and love in a home. I knew that they had something that I wanted desperately. An evangelist came to our church when I was sixteen years old and I was so arrested by the gospel that I went forward and gave my life to the Lord. Shortly after that my dad left us and I was to see him only one other time before he died in 1969. My mother rededicated her life to Christ, my younger brother was saved and our house became a home. The little church next door became our life. When I graduated from high school I went away from the Lord for a while. It was during that time that I met Tom and we were married. God was so good to draw me back to him and to save my husband. For so many years the words that best described my life and my home were "NO PEACE". But when I came to know the Lord He gave me the peace that passes all understanding and I took as a life verse Romans 5:1 - "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."