Greeting faithful prayer partners,
From March to June, we parked our house
on wheels at the Arnold Baptist Tabernacle in Arnold (St. Louis), MO.
Pastor Sam Robinson and his people were gracious and generous to us
vagabonds as we lent a helping hand to the baby Ambassador Baptist
Church in nearby Fenton (Pastor Tracy Nix). We thoroughly enjoyed the
folks at Ambassador who heartily participated as we lead
congregational singing, played the piano, violin, guitar, banjo, and
even sang my Duct Tape Love Song
(not available in stores), for a Sunday night kickball
crowd --who were too full of hot dogs to appreciate classical
Not only did I get to teach the Laws of
the Harvest to the adult Bible study class, but I had the joy of
seeing several souls come to Christ, including a manager at Discount
Tire. Claudia spoke at a baby shower and introduced her new puppet
Butch as she taught the kids' SS class. In March, a new trailer jack
and stovetop upgrade were skillfully installed by Claudia's old
puppet, Dave (not pictured).
During Easter week, Ambassador Baptist
hosted their second community egg hunt. Several hundred attended, and
gospel contacts were made. With mixed emotions the church sent
Caitlyn Nix off for the summer to serve in a Jewish ministry in
preparation for her freshman year at West Coast Baptist College.
Nobody prepares Dad and Mom for the pain of saying goodbye to their
first college freshman/person.
We also attempted to share the pain of
Claudia's sister and husband, Mary Ellen and Drew Conley, whose son
Matthew died on April 6. Please join us as we constantly pray for
peace for the bereaved parents and Matt's brother Andrew. Reunion
In April, Claudia spoke at a ladies'
retreat at Forest Glen Bible Camp (Jeff and Jayne Reason) in Nova
Scotia. The ladies of Canada came hungry for blessings, and God
worked by bringing a lady to Christ at the close of the first
service. To God be the glory! Go for souls. We also enjoyed attending
the Indiana Baptist Fellowship at our home church and mission board,
Burge Terrace Baptist in Indianapolis. I preached to fellow church
members that we rarely see, and Claudia taught the unsung heroes of
the ministry--pastors' wives.
We have much on our plate for the month
of June. Please pray for fruit from teaching, preaching, encouraging
church planters and pastors--and checking out some possible open
doors for exciting future ministry. If you've never read Share
Jesus Without Fear by William Fay, make it a summer project.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support. We depend on you to
hold up our feeble hands as we serve our powerful God.
Dave and Claudia