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Friday 4-30-10

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Hello everyone,

Well, we have arrived in Yakima, Washington. We arrived around 3:30 this afternoon Pacific Time (5:30 Central). We have a good spot in an RV park and they gave us a good monthly rate rental, far less than just a daily rate at most RV parks. It is just a few blocks from the interstate that we will take going back to Sunnyside for our work with them this next week and just about four or five miles from the meeting place in Yakima where we will be working for two weeks following Sunnyside. We are looking forward to meeting more of our spiritual family and pray the Lord will bless our efforts to teach His word in this part of our great nation. Churches are not nearly as plentiful in this part of the country as they are in some other areas such as in parts of the South. Hopefully we can encourage and strengthen the Christians here and help them in their efforts to save the lost. If I understand correctly, I am scheduled to preach three times on Sunday and also on Wednesday evening for the church in Sunnyside as well as the one in Yakima.

As some of you may already know, I created a problem during our drive up here. We stopped at a service station so I could get some power steering fluid to put in the Jeep as well as the RV and when I put it in the Jeep, I started it up and turned the wheels back and forth checking out the power steering and when I turned off the engine, I forgot to leave the key position so the steering wheel would not lock. So, basically I "drug" the Jeep around 20-30 miles over the Blue Mountains and ruined the two new tires I had put on the Jeep before we left. That $285 lesson will not soon be forgotten; at least I hope it won't. So, other than the problem I caused, our trip from Blackfoot went very smoothly except being blown all over the road (not literally) by the incessant wind. We did have the opportunity to go see an interpretive center regarding the Oregon Trail when we camped at Baker City, OR on Thursday evening. Basically the MH and Jeep have been performing very well, if they just had a driver that knew what he was doing. Oh, well, I guess you can't have everything. Anyway, we are enjoying our travels seeing a lot of this country we haven't seen before. But most of all worshipping with other Christians and doing what we can to help in the Lord's work. It is our prayer that the work we are doing is of benefit to His cause and Kingdom and to Him be the glory for all that may be accomplished by our feeble efforts.

Thanks to you all for your prayers and support in the work we are trying to

do in the vineyard of the Lord.

Yours in service to the Master,

 

Jerry

 

Tuesday 4-27-10

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Hello Everyone,

It has been several days since I posted anything to this blog, so I thought I would update everyone. I suspect that almost everyone who reads this is also on Facebook and reads Dottie's post there. However, there may be some who read these lines who are not on Facebook, (I don't think everyone in the world is on Facebook yet, I know I'm not). The lady that Tome and his wife have been studying with allowed other thing to hinder her from coming to the assembly this past Sunday like she has since we arrived. I encouraged them to continue to be patient with her and keep studying with her privately and one day, hopefully, she will become convicted and will act on those convictions. We have been doing more visiting with one of the younger families here and also some who left the work here more than eight years ago. There were a few who pulled away due to differences regarding the preacher who was here then among some other issues. We visited with some of those this past Sunday and encouraged them to get together and try to work out their differences. Due to the death of at least two and possibly three of those who left as well as some moving from the area there are only four that are still meeting together in the home of one of the families. The church here in Blackfoot withdrew from them and the feeling of the group that left is that they left peaceably and were just trying to start another congregation, first meeting in Idaho Falls and trying to start a faithful church there and that they should not have been withdrawn from. However, it seems that there may be at this time a possibility of a reconciliation, at least they indicated that they would be willing to meet together and try to work out differences. I told them there was a strong possibility we would be back here in Blackfoot in July and they indicated that they would like for me to meet with them in this effort to work out differences. This, along with the very warm and cordial reception of the church here as well as the potential for growth and development of some of the younger folks here has been a great encouragement to Dottie and me. We will sorely miss those we have grown to love and appreciate so much in the past few weeks. It is amazing how close you can become with members of your spiritual family in just a few weeks.

We will be leaving Blackfoot Thursday morning (4-29-10) and plan if it is the Lord's will to be in Sunnyside, WA to preach all three services Sunday and also on Wednesday night. Then the next two weeks in Yakima, WA. We leave Blackfoot with some very strong mixed emotions. The church here needs a faithful man to move here and work with them full-time. They have ask me (not formally, but several in the church) to move here and work with them. Dottie and I will have to do some thinking and praying about that opportunity.

We are looking forward to, with the Lord's blessings, meeting many more brethren in various places in the Pacific Northwest and working with them in the next few months. We appreciate all the prayers and the support that so many are offering in the work we are trying to do. It is our fervent prayer that we are being of some benefit in the great work of spreading the Gospel of Christ to a lost and dying world.

Yours in service to the Master,

 

Jerry

 

April 18th

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Hello everyone,

Well, it is Sunday morning when most folks are getting ready to go to services, but not here in Blackfoot, ID. We meet at 1:30 pm on Sunday afternoon, so we have some time to study and do some reading this morning. The Lord has truly blessed us since we left home. We have had no major problems or sickness and for this we are truly thankful. We appreciate the prayers and support of all those who read these lines.

I haven't posted to the "blog" for a few days, so I thought I would let you know what is going on in our world at present. We visited with one of the young couples last evening and had dinner with them. They both migrated here from the Austin, TX area because they wanted to be in the mountains and in a cooler climate. They live and work in Pocatello, ID. He is a computer programmer and she works in the public schools, she is a teacher, but is not teaching now. They came to Blackfoot because of error being taught in the church in Pocatello regarding marriage, divorce and remarriage as is the case for some of the other young couples here. They are one of about five young couples in the church here. There is another family moving here who should have gotten here late yesterday evening. He is going to work for Tom Mitchell in his business here in Blackfoot. There was supposed to be another study this past Friday with the lady Tom and Kate Mitchell have been studying with, but she cancelled for some reason. The church here is going to be putting some articles in the Newspaper and ask me if I had some material they could use for such. So, I have been busy preparing some articles and putting them on a cd for them to use in this work.

We took a couple of days this past week and did a little sight-seeing. We went to the Craters of the Moon state park just West of Blackfoot on Thursday. The best way I can describe that is weird or strange. You can "google" it and read all about it. Then on Friday we drove over to Grand Teton National Park to see the scenery and to see the highest peak in the Teton range (over 13,000 feet). We saw some Elk and Buffalo and one Mule Deer. When we returned we came over the high pass (our gps said 8,440 feet). Dottie had to have some air turned on her to help her get enough at that altitude. The scenery was great.

Our schedule has changed some. We are now going to Sunnyside, WA in May instead of July. We will be leaving Blackfoot, ID during the week of April 25, probably on the 29th so we can be in Sunnyside, WA for the first Sunday in May, then we will be in Yakima, WA the next two Sundays (9 &16). From there we will head to Medford, OR where we will be for the last Sunday in May and the first Sunday in June. Then we will be in Albany, OR June 13-20 for a Sunday through Sunday meeting. After that, unless something else develops we have nothing scheduled in July, so we may come back to Blackfoot during July. We begin meetings in Canada in August and finish up in Calgary the first week of September and then head back South and eventually back to Alabama sometime around the last of September or the first of October.

I will write more later as things continue to develop.

Yours in service to our Master

 

Jerry

 

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Hello all,

It has been a few days since I posted anything. I was waiting until the meeting was over and had planned to post something then, but we had a very busy day Saturday. We were invited to go with some of the families here to the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo. The young son of one of the families here was going to be in the "Mutton Busting" (he was going to ride a sheep, which did.) However, as soon as he came out of the chute he promptly turned loose and just laid down on the sheep's back and rode till he rolled off. We all enjoyed the day out and all went to eat together afterwards. After we had eaten we went to the hospital to see Tom Mitchell's mother, but Tom's brother had just taken her home and she was able to be at services today.

We had a good meeting with good attendance,we averaged 22 each service. Sunday we had 24 for Bible study and 28 for worship service (the church here in Blackfoot only meets once on Sunday afternoon from 1:30 till about 4:00). Most of the members were able to be at every service. Some were not able to be there due to sickness and others missed one night because of work. However, to my knowledge none missed due to negligence. We had several visitors from Pocatella, with one older couple being there two nights. We had a number of visitors who were relatives of the members here. I did a series of lessons on fellowship and they seemed to be well received by all. We had several requests for CD's of the lessons as well as requests for the printed outlines. We have a little over three weeks left here before we head further West to Medford, OR. We will be visiting with two of the younger couples this week that live in Pocatella (a larger town about twenty miles south of Blackfoot). The lady that Tom Mitchell and his wife have been studying with did not attend the meeting even though she said she would. However, her work is sitting with older and disabled individuals and she possibly could not get someone to stay with them so she could attend services. We will probably visit with her sometime this week and hopefully be able to study with her some.

Stay tuned, there should be more to come.

 

Jerry

 

Tuesday 4-6-10

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Hello all,

This morning I am looking out at between 4 and 6 inches of snow. The temperature is somewhere around 31/32 and is supposed to get into the high 30's to low 40's. The weather is supposed to moderate tomorrow and be nice for most of the week. This is the third snow we have had since we got here, but they have not stayed on the ground even all day except in shady places, so the weather has not hindered us in any way.

We had good attendance at services on Sunday, even though some were out due to sickness and travel. We had 28 in attendance Sunday. One of the families had family members who visited. Last night we had 22 with some of the members out due to sickness, but we had several visitors who drove from Pocatella and indicated they would be back some during the week. Everyone seems to appreciate the lessons I am doing on fellowship. We are going to visit with a lady that Tom Mitchel and his wife have been studying with who had said she was going to be at services some during the meeting, but has not been yet. Hopefully we can encourage her to attend some during the meeting. She has indicated that she knows she needs to be baptized, but has not made the decision to do so yet. We are hoping she will soon.

We enjoyed a pot-luck dinner at the Mitchel's home Sunday evening after services. Tom and Kate Mitchel are very fine folks and we are enjoying getting to know them and their family better.

I will be sending reports out to the churches that are helping in my support as soon as the meeting is over.

God is richly blessing us in our travels thus far and we are so very truly thankful for those blessings and pray that He will continue to bless us as we continue in His work of preaching the Gospel.

Will write more later.

Yours in the service of our Master

 

Jerry

 


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