Barba Press On! News – August 2017 

Dear friends,

God was good (as always!) to give us a fruitful month in June and some R&R in July. In June I was privileged to act like a teacher for 11 pastors who are earning their DMin degrees at Maranatha Baptist University. Three men sat in the media-wired classroom with me, and 8 more joined us via internet from around the world, including Thailand, Hungary, and the very foreign country of West Virginia. I taught Evangelism and the Local Church for about 6 hours a day. The stimulating curriculum included loads of class discussion with a bit of evangelistic banjo instruction (all things to all men). I think the class went well--I stayed awake during most of it. It was a blessing to see the amazing campus at Maranatha and recall days gone by when I trekked over from Menomonee Falls to take violin lessons from Dr. Edward Burkhart. God has greatly used Dr. Marriott and his wife at MBU.

Following the week of teaching, Claudia and I both taught workshops at the annual meeting of the Foundations Baptist Fellowship International. We thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship with preachers, evangelists, chaplains, and their families and were blessed to “clip a few coupons”--including seeing a man from our past who had struggled but is now doing right and a stranger who told me that years ago he trusted Christ in a meeting I preached in a church that Claudia's dad, Otis Holmes, planted many more years ago. Keep sowing. We reap in a different season than we sow!

Also in June, I took a 5-day investigative mission trip to Antiqua (pronounced An-teega). This island of over 80,000 people is about 250 miles east of Puerto Rico. It is home to the Caribbean Radio Lighthouse and about 10 small independent Baptist churches planted over the years. The burden of Pastor David Murphy (Grace Baptist in St. John's) is to plant a Bible Institute to train the national pastors to reach the over 50 million souls in the Caribbean. I have started working on this project with him. Next year we will spend several months assisting in the work in Antigua. 

During July we are resting, enjoying visits from kids and grandkids, and doing repair and maintenance on our house, truck, and trailer. Since we will not need our truck and trailer for at least a year, we are offering them for sale (call within the next 15 seconds for free shipping).

Our next project begins August 1, when we move into a rented apartment in a Chicago suburb. We will assist Shorewood Baptist Church (Pastor Nathan Barber) until Christmas. We helped start this church about 5 years ago. They have lost some families who have moved from this upwardly-mobile suburb and have invited us to help them do fresh outreach, discipleship, and evangelism training.

Thanks so much for your faithful prayers and support. We do appreciate you! 

Press on!

Dave and Claudia

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1

I was 9 years old when I discovered my Dad's Kodak Duex camera in his bedroom closet. Capable of taking 16 pictures on size 620 film, it was a "miniature camera that makes album-size pictures." I shot a roll of film and had it developed at the corner drugstore. I was hooked. Though I enrolled in college to become a cinematographer, God changed my direction (and my heart). God's goodness has allowed me to remain a camera bug during all my years of ministry . . . so I will occasionally post a photo or two here for your perusal. Enjoy . . . and reflect on the Maker of all things.
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