As I reflect on this past fall and want to report to you on all that took place, it seems most appropriate to do a more general summary of the events, developments, and travels while including some highlights. It was my intent to write two different reports summarizing more in detail the meetings and services in various locations from this fall, but time has flown by and now it is nearly Christmas. In a way, this in itself provides a summary or indication of how full these past few months have been for us!
We continued to see some of the most fruitful, exciting, and powerful things taking place in the churches where we have been privileged to continue and walk with over these past few years. To be quite honest, I am overwhelmed with the way God is working and what Jesus is doing through His Word in the lives of the people. What is most exciting is to see what His moving is doing in these congregations and how that movement of His Spirit is spilling out into the community.
In addition to the travels, you may know that I have continued teaching online Bible classes to High School students through an online school called The Potter’s School. This year I began teaching the Bible Survey course in addition to my other classes, which more than doubled my classload. Each week I have the privilege of interacting with 75 students from all over the world, most of whom are here in North America. I teach five classes each week, each of which lasts for 90 minutes. In addition to the in-class time, each week there is preparation time as well as time needed for grading work. One of the great features of the online classes is that I can teach from anywhere I might be, and this fall I taught classes from Nevada and Maine!
Carey traveled with me much of the time this fall. When we are not traveling, a good portion of our time is involved with the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. We both became members this year and are involved with our local squadron, where Carey continues to gain valuable military knowledge and experience, looking toward a possible future in the military. It is with mixed feelings that I report that he now wears almost the same shoe size as me and can outdo me at pushups! Trina continues her work from home in multiple areas of employment, homeschool teacher, help with LifeMessage International, animal caretaker, and support in just about every area imaginable. It was a special blessing for both of us that she got to come with me to services in Georgia and Tennessee this fall. I have missed having her on the front row! After 26 years of marriage, we continue to be best friends as we grow together in the Lord. I thank God every single day for my family and for what He is doing in our lives. Trina, Chaili, and Carey all have such sensitivity to Jesus Christ and a love for Him. They are the greatest blessing of my life.
The next days and weeks offer a time for us to give thanks for all that the Lord has done for us, all He is to us, where He has placed us, what He is doing in our lives, all that He will do, and for the promise and hope of all He has and is for the future. It has occurred to me in a new way that the “merry” of “Merry Christmas” comes from the thankfulness that we have in our hearts. How can I not be glad if I truly seek Him, see who He is, and thank Him for all of it? I truly pray that, in these weeks, the Father will give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18). May your Christmas and New Year be merry, glad, and full of thanks as we see Jesus for who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do.
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