Monday, May 26, 2008

Heading to the Central Coast

This week we are preparing to head north along the California coast to San Louis Obispo to spend a few weeks with our friends, Randall and Julie Shanks, at the Calvary Baptist Church. So this week is full of activity as we get ready to go. We are still weeding out stuff we don't need and getting the garage (trailer) filled with things we need, but the end is in sight and we are looking forward to settling into this new situation. In any case, we appreciate your prayers for our family during this time!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bible Baptist Church - Santa Monica

We had a great time with Pastor Russ Boone and his family last weekend. They also happen to be a close friends with Greg Linscott (btw...I got a lot of dirt, Greg...) . Truly, they are in the heart of one of the most needy mission fields in America (if not the world), and it is such an encouragement to see men plugging away for the Lord in such places.

The church family was a joy and pleasure to meet, and their warm welcome was refreshing. I even discovered that they know Dr. "T" from International Baptist College! We look forward to coming back next year, and we plan on spending some more time with them then. If you are ever in the Los Angeles area, stop in and visit the Bible Baptist Church!

God Provides

We are so glad to report that God has provided a sound system for us, and we have been able to use it in a few meetings already. God enabled us to purchase a Bose L1 system that is amazingly compact and sounds fantastic. Here is a picture of the entire system next to one of my guitars:

That is all there is; speakers, amp, mixer, microphones, and cables! If you have ever used a traditional setup, you will appreciate the compactness of this system, and to top it off, it sounds great. It can be set up, tuned to the room, and ready to go in less than a half hour (that isn't rushing either).

Any way, the best part is how it sounds. One comment a few weeks ago was, "It sounds like you, only louder." That is exactly what we want; everyone should be able to hear clearly and without the distracting ear-splitting volumes that can happen if you sit in the wrong place under normal PA speakers.

While we still need a few minor items, we are thankful that God has provided in this way for our ministry!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Grace Baptist in Sonora

I had a wonderful time with the folks at the Grace Baptist Church in Sonora, and even though my family wasn't able to join me for the trip, it was exciting to see God work. For me, the highlight of Sunday was the evening meeting, where we met in the home of our hosts. They had a large upper room where I set up and we had an impromptu concert and even a little idol-smashing party.

We sang together, and I talked through a few songs (Particularly Jeremiah 3). We even heard from one of the teens in the church who wrote a lovely song of her own. Three hours later we had to part ways, but it was a great time. It will be great to bring my whole family next time!