I know it has been awhile since I last posted. I was doing pretty well keeping up with the website, but my Father went home to be with the Lord in April of this year. The last 4 months I have been focused on helping my mother make the adjustment. My plan is start back again with the updates in September. Until then, keep plugging away – God is doing some great things in rural ministry and I think the future is bright.
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I cannot help but applaud the actions of a young wrestler at the Iowa State Wrestling Championship 2011. Joel Northrup a young man from Marion Iowa refused to wrestle a girl and showed up at the mat and gave up the match by default to her. He showed a tremendous amount of poise, character, and graciousness. He did not make a spectacle of himself but quietly honored his personal convictions. It turns out that he was home schooled and his father is a Pastor. I cannot help but imagine the impact this one teenager will have in his community. I think it is a great reminder that the world is watching what we do, even if we are a minority in a very large world.
RHMA is an organization that I have followed for a number of years. They have a genuine burden for small church ministries. Each year they hold a conference for small churches. I have been wanting to attend one of the conferences for the last 4 years and looks like this year I will finally get to attend. The topic is a very relevant one for our world at the time – “Winds of Change in Rural America”. As a disclaimer, I get nothing for mentioning this and am attending purely as an attendee. I will let you know what I learn. If you want more information, here is the link. Winds of Change Conference
It is April 4-6 in Illinois with Mark Dever as the featured speaker.