We are back home in Minnesota after a busy quarter of classes in Brentwood and Rivergate, TN. The Concord Road church hosted two classes each Thursday. This was the first time that the presentation of diplomas immediately followed the baptism of one of the Search for Truth students. Tahj Adams was taught by Joe Wells, a FOM alumnus, who took the class with the stated objective of learning how to teach the class himself. The Rivergate class with six students was probably the smallest ever, but we were encouraged by their hard work. Christian Travis is the son of Brian Travis, an alumnus of the Goodlettsville class of 2008. Brian had set a goal for his son to take the class the next time it was offered in the area. Christian graduated in the Honor Club with 15 Bible studies and 327,000 points!
Good News from Previous Students
One St. Vincent student from early 2015 reported recently that he had asked Developing Interest questions of 14 people in the previous week! Also from St. Vincent came a very generous contribution to our work. We appreciate the sacrifice this represents from Christians on this small island nation. We also got good news from Ames, Oklahoma, Louise’s hometown. Two students from the 2008 class there recently taught a young woman who was baptized into Christ as a result. In our last newsletter we wrote about the soul winning success in the Curry, AL church. The number baptized since the class there in Spring 2015 has now risen to 27 with 7 restorations! Praise God Who gives the increase! We are excited about plans to return to Curry to teach another class in January 2017.
I celebrated my 72nd birthday yesterday. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in early 2013, and my response was: “I’ll do as much as I can as long as I can.” My main difficulty has been with speech. As my voice got weaker, I had to purchase a portable microphone system, which I use in even the smallest classroom now. Recently I have been treated in two emergency rooms, one in Nashville and one in Dallas, for an allergic reaction to medication that caused difficulty breathing. We seem to have put those challenges behind us with a change in blood pressure medication. I am grateful to those who rushed to our aid, especially Carl & Marilyn Haedge, who met us at the ER and smoothed the path there for us. Carl also taught my class while I was in the ER.
More Time in the Northland
The Cordova elders have approved a change in emphasis for our work. I have been teaching from January through June in the South or in St.Vincent and then concentrated on the five state mid-North area in the summer and fall. We plan now to teach in the South the first quarter (January through March) and then work the remainder of the year in the mid-North. Our home congregation in Mankato is growing with an influx of young couples, partially a result of our Vocational Ministry program (VocationalMinistry.com) which will bring young families to this mission area. I want to continue the work that Darrell O’Rourke began, bringing the FOM classes to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota. This will mean more time at home with more driving to a wider area where the congregations are small and the distance between them is great.
Can you help us financially?
Please prayerfully consider our needs. We need $3,259 per month to bring our level of support for salary and travel expenses up to the amount set by the elders of the Cordova church. Funds may be sent to Cordova church of Christ, 7801 Macon Road, Cordova, TN 38018.