I just read a monthly newsletter from some missionary friends in Alabama. They call their letter “ The View From the Porch” and had a picture from their chairs looking out thru the Alabama pines and manicured yard. I couldn’t get a picture like it but from where I sit to type this I’ll insert a view FROM my porch and then this one of my porch:
The Christensen’s who gave Eleanor and I the use of their bunkhouse last summer offered it to us again. But this summer they are vacationing in Alaska for a month and asked if I’d stay in their house while they are gone. This is the most beautiful log home I have ever seen and to be able to stay here is a great privilege! God keeps His promises! “There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.” *Luke 18:29-30
God has given me the privilege of preaching in Idaho and Oregon this month. For the next four Lord’s Days I will be preaching in our McEwen Bible Fellowship here in Sumpter.
This is my ‘home away from home’ church and such a great fellowship of God’s people. Pastor Dan & Julie Martin will be taking a mini-sabbatical and using this time for his own study as well as making some repairs on his home. The Lord has impressed me to preach a series from the Book of Joshua: “Stacking Stones”. Our Sumpter valley has rock piles over 8 miles long. These “tailings” are from the gold dredge that took over $180,000,000 out of the valley in 40 years of operation.
Eleanor has been busy at home in Georgia this summer. I miss her and look forward to being back together after Labor Day. Please pray that we will both be faithful witnesses and have fruitful ministries this summer.