For over 25 years Melanie and I had the privilege of hosting work teams both in Sept-Îles and in Quebec City. But last week, we had the opportunity to actually work on a work team during “Nehemiah Work Week at Ironwood.” How refreshing to work alongside others from so many different walks of life and in such a concrete way for a common cause. Getting to know this wonderful ministry located in the heart of the Southern California desert was truly a blessing! Thank you Pastor and Mrs. Craig Evins of Trinity Baptist, Bullhead City, AZ for inviting us to join your gang!
Bible Institute Graduates and their Wives now ministering in Sept-Îles and Québec City
We are attempting to arrange a meeting sometime this Fall of the men who were closely associated with the former Bible Institute in Lennoxville. Please pray that God might use this to foster greater biblical unity among us. Pray for honesty, transparency, humility, and open hearts as we share with one another concerning our past and future cooperation in the harvest field of Québec.
One of our joys since ministering in Québec City is seeing God bring several second-generation believers together to serve Him. Their weddings are a public testimony to the Grace of God in a land where fewer and fewer marry today. Tomorow we expect around 200 people for Guillaume and Sara’s wedding, many of whom will be inside a Bible-preaching church for the first time in their lives. Please pray for the message that will be preached by Pastor Claude Jutras, and that in all things God might be glorified.
Brandon Miller arrived on Sunday evening. He has already begun cataloging Mike’s library with really cool software and a bar code reader. On Sunday morning, he will share his testimony in French, then give a challenge through translation. What a blessing to have him here!
We arrived home late Thursday night from a three-week deputation furlough trip. We spoke/preached in four churches and one Christian school, spent quality time with Mike’s family in North Carolina, our three grandchildren in South Carolina, enjoyed wonderful fellowship at Mike’s 30-year BJU reunion and with the staff of IFM in Greensboro. The short encounter with springtime in the Southeast was refreshing but now we are back to the reality of the North. Do pray for us as we get settled back into a busy spring here in Québec City!
The Lord gave us a good annual business meeting yesterday afternoon. At one point, we were almost overwhelmed when we realized that more members were present at that meeting than what total attendance often was when we first arrived here. In fact, we received two new members yesterday morning. Their testimonies were a blessing to all.
Our departure for the Carolinas was delayed due to an incredible snow storm that is only just now beginning to wane. Lord willing we will depart within the hour. The roads will still be snow covered but less snow is falling and the wind has subsided. We would appreciate prayers for travel. First stop, Reidsville, NC where Mike will be speaking Wednesday evening and we hope to spend quality time with his parents. We plan to be back in Québec City by April 1st. We will be able to check e-mail along the way.
Here’s a picture looking out across our back porch that I just took with the phone.