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BLOG # 33: NOVEMBER 17, 2017
In September of 1965 Bess and I accepted a call to pastor the First Nazarene Church at Abernathy, Texas. It was a major move for us, moving from the mid-south and away from families to the high plains of west Texas, and to a small town of 2,500 near Lubbock. The church was the most beautiful in town, and filled with tremendous dedicated laymen including the Spruills, Halfords, Patersons, Ingrams and many more. They had worked hard to pay off the debt of the beautiful church building and the lovely parsonage. They really loved our family, and spoiled our young children, Chuck at 3 and Micki at 13 months. They told me something no other church has ever told me. They said if I saw a financial need or challenge to just let them know and they would take care of it. Several times I put those big cotton and grain farmers to a test, and they always responded to the challenge I presented.
The big challenge of my ministry there was to reach the younger generation. I knocked on almost every door in town to reach new people. Instead of a bus ministry I challenged the congregation to have a car parade to Sunday School every Sunday morning. It was an exciting time for all the people to see many brand new people coming on Sundays for the first time in years. It was a challenge every Saturday morning to be out knocking on doors to line up people to fill the cars for the Sunday School parade the next morning. Some dedicated ladies would decorate the cars early on Sunday mornings with bright colored streamers for the parade. It really was a sight to see!
After two years in Abernathy, Dr. A. Milton Smith, District Superintendent of the South Arkansas District, called me to consider a call to pastor the Little Rock Cedar Lane Church. In my blog next week I will tell you about my response.
God is continuing to lead Bess and me all the way!
BLOG # 33: NOVEMBER 17, 2017
We left the mountains yesterday on our trek to wonderful Central Florida, the land of beaches and sunshine. For many years Charles called it, Paradise. Well now, he has a 2nd Paradise, the land of Smoky Mountains.
We stayed long enough at our mountain view cabin this time to witness the remains of Spring, the entire Summer, and Autumn...thru the peak of colors and the falling of leaves. The peak was later this year; it came in early November.
And WOW, what a WONDER GOD is! As I looked out the big window one morning, I was moved with the incredible beauty and the richness of the colors. It was as if God put a big, sky-consuming rainbow of rich colors in front of us. And, as we drove on the Foothills Parkway, it near moved us to tears of joy and thanksgiving at God’s gift of nature.
Every season has its beauty and blessing of God. In the midst of all the Spring, Summer, and Fall beauty of these mountains, we have been (or maybe I should say, “I have been…”) like nomads, like pilgrims on a journey, wandering in the wilderness, like trying to find our way. And we continue that journey as we relocate to Florida for a few months.
Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! May God help us. And I can testify to God’s faithfulness. He’s true to His Word. He will never leave or forsake us.
At this stage and age of our lives, we have begun the final climb to the top of God’s mountain. We pray it will be a safe journey, a beautiful journey, and an extended journey. May God be praised with our living.
We’ll soon be at our Florida dwelling; ready to greet each day’s joys and challenges. Thank you, Jesus, for safe travels. Make us a blessing to someone today, sweet Jesus.
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