April 1st – No Foolin’! How have the first three months of this year gone by so quickly? For us, lots of travel for ANAM has filled a number of those weeks, along with time in our home-based office.
January began with Faith’s mom returning to her home after a 3 week visit over the holidays. We had some fun days together as a family in Branson and a fairly quiet Christmas. January 9th, due to the necessity of therapy following several falls, Doug’s mom went to a care facility in Rolla, Missouri. She has improved in her mobility and now pain medicine is slowly being decreased. She has a private room and though her preference would be to be in her own apartment, she is doing well with the care she has received. Also, in January we spent time at Calvary University for their Conference on Global Engagement, interacting with students who have a desire to serve the Lord in ministry.
February took us to Albuquerque, New Mexico where we met with a number of people who will have a part in the ANAM Forum later this month. Then we drove on to Phoenix, Arizona for the ANAM Southwest Regional meetings and Elisha Initiative training sessions. We always have a great time visiting with, encouraging, and learning alongside these faithful servants who predominantly serve the Native American population.
We stopped at home for two days, then began our travels east through Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and on to Pennsylvania. We shared the ministry of ANAM with 5 potential members, met with the Appalachian Regional Committee, and Doug spoke in chapel at Appalachian Bible College. We were honored to be chosen as the schools Alumnus of the Year, and Doug was privileged to share an encouraging message with the student body of God’s guidance and provision for us through our 40 years of mission involvement.
Then it was on to Pennsylvania to share in a Missions Weekend at a supporting church and enjoy fellowship in church family homes. Due to snow, the meetings were cut short, but Doug got to shovel lots of snow for my mom. We continued to assist her for several days in downsizing her business and Doug had several other local meetings. March 7th we arrived home.
Following a number of eye doctor appointments, Doug was able to have cataract surgery on March 12th and we are thankful for the recovery he has had. Since that time, office work has been our focus as we prepare for the ANAM Forum meetings. It is amazing the myriad of tiny details that have to be planned for a multi-day event, but we always look forward to these days together as an association with great anticipation.
Please consider the part you can play in making this event special for our attendees. During the ANAM Forum, it is our goal to encourage and thank our attendees for their faithful service to the Lord and those whom they serve. In an effort to keep the costs low for each attendee, each year we have asked for help from our personal friends and supporters. This year, the “Forum Project” will cover the cost of the opening reception at the hotel, breaks and snack items during the week, as well as underwriting the “Ladies Day”. This day is our way of saying THANK YOU to special ladies who so faithfully stand beside and serve with their husbands. As ministry leader’s wives, they are leaders themselves, much like your pastor’s wife! We will visit two unique ministries in Albuquerque as a way of sharing new ideas and resources, share lunch together, along with times of personal interaction, praise and prayer! Please join Faith and I as we together support the “Forum Project”. If you desire to be involved, please send a generous gift to the ANAM Business Office (address below).
Thank you again for the part you have in making it possible for us to serve with ANAM. God is using many of you to supply our needs and uphold us through your prayers! Time may seem to be going by quickly, but may each of us use the time we are given to make an eternal difference.