First of all, let me apologize for the tardiness of the prayer letter. It has been a glorious and interesting time since the last letter we sent. The Lord has proved himself to be in full control even though and He is worthy of all glory and praise for what He has done!
The summer was as close to normal, and NOT the “New Normal”, as one might expect. Our time at Silver State Baptist Youth camp was filled with great preaching and singing with many decisions made. We saw 86 come to know Christ. There were 38 who surrender to for whatever God would have in their life. Seven rededicated their life while 20 surrendered to fulltime service. This was out 29th year to serve at SSBYC and it seems to be as sweet now as it was when we started. We praise the way the Lord blessed with a great time at camp once again.
The last week of camp, Junior Camp, I began to feel a little strange. To make a very long story short I came down with what our pastor calls, “The Junk.” It wasn’t till the next week I was officially diagnosed. Mary also tested positive, but outside of a bit of coughing and sniffles she remained fairly normal. I on the other hand was hit pretty hard and was down a good portion of the next 5 weeks. I did sing after camp a couple of times and it was a struggle. My voice held but breathing had become so difficult and fatigue was an extreme problem. We decided to leave Colorado and go to our daughter’s place in El Dorado, Kansas to try and regain some strength. Not only are two of our grandchildren there but also our home church, Temple Baptist Church. I was a treat to be regular church member and even sing in our choir.
As we closed out our September we were able to attend a wonderful pastor’s meeting in the church I was saved in, Hillcrest Baptist in El Paso, TX. I was allowed to even sing in the choir there for the whole meeting. As of this letter we are staring a delayed trip, a year late, we had planned for our 40th Anniversary. We will be singing and sharing the Gospel along the way and ending back up in Kansas by the first part of November. Please pray the Lord will use us as we share the Gospel through song. PLEASE, PLEASE pray my strength continues to return.