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Tuesday
Jun262018

July 2018

I was sitting on a rooftop in Haiti listening to the sounds of the night and reflecting on life and ministry. It was one of the few times this summer that I had opportunity to just sit and be still. This time of reflection was much needed.

Two specific memories of our time in Haiti came to mind as I was sitting there that last night. The first occurred on our last day of work. Lunch was finished and I had returned to work. Three of our team members were playing a game with some of the boys and laughter could be heard from a distance away. Honestly, I was getting a little stressed over finishing the work and was wanting them to get back to their projects. The other part of me knew the importance of spending time with these children. The second situation occurred at the beach on our last day in Haiti. A few of us had taken some snorkels and enjoyed the beauty of God’s underwater creation. Two of our interpreters and one of our drivers were in the water and I offered them the snorkels. It was like a hot potato between them. None had ever used one and they were very unsure. After getting them each a snorkel and then some water shoes on their feet, they went to a spot to see some pretty amazing fish. They were like little boys as their faces lit up at this new experience. One commented, “I have only seen things like that in a book.”

Neither of these experiences directly related to the work we were doing, but had a profound impact on me. I am a results driven person. Getting a job done correctly is important to me. But equally important are the people. For those boys, the game was not important. Our three team members spending time with them was. For those Haitian men, being with them as they gained a new experience was as important as any of the work that we did. Sometimes people just need our time.

Time. Something that we all have. Something that we can all give. All around us are people who just need someone to take some time and spend with them. As I listened that night, I heard the sounds of the busyness of Port-au-Prince all around me. In my heart, I heard the voices of those that need a person to care about them as individuals. Not to meet some needs, but just to be there, to laugh, and to listen.

 

Monday
May212018

June 2018

June is a time of transition for our high school seniors.  These students have finished last minute papers, finals are done and their high school career has come to an end.  One chapter of their life is over and another is beginning.  Their future is wide open with many possibilities.

I am thankful for the students that God has entrusted to us over the years.  The seniors are now preparing for graduation and the next step in their future.  We have watched them grow, some from the time they were very little.  They have participated in the children’s ministry, Christmas programs, led in worship, been involved in VBS, participated in the youth ministry, and gone on mission trips.  These students have been a vital part of our church life.

As they move from youth to “young adults” let’s not forget our responsibility to these students.  Graduation day is approaching.  Remember to pray for the seniors as they transition in life.  Some are choosing colleges, looking at careers or joining the military.  God is opening new opportunities and these students deserve our prayer. 

Whether they stay in Casper and continue to be involved in our church or move on to new places, let’s encourage them to stay involved in God’s Kingdom ministry.

Statistics show up to 90% of students graduating from high school are leaving the church. We need to help them continue to grow in their relationship with Christ.  God entrusted them to us throughout their childhood and that doesn’t end at graduation.  We still have a responsibility to these students. 

Let’s celebrate this exciting time in these students’ lives.  Let’s be excited as they face new adventures and challenges.  Let’s come along side them as they face new challenges and questions.  Let’s be faithful to these students as they transition in life.

Seniors, congratulations!  You have reached a milestone in life.  Your future is wide open.  Our prayer is that you follow God as He opens new doors for you.

In Him,                                                                                           

Ed

 

 

Tuesday
May012018

May 2018

One of my favorite things about the summer ministry is working with our interns.  Over the years we have had many college students work with us to assist in our summer programs. This has been a very successful ministry with many of these students going on to become pastors, missionaries, music leaders, and Sunday school teachers.  Most are actively serving our God in many different professions as they participate in the ministry of their local churches.  It has been exciting to see how God has used these students for His glory.

We are excited to have three interns with us this summer. Alyssa has grown up in our church and interned with us both last summer and during the school year as well. She will be entering her final year of college in the fall where she will graduate with a degree in elementary education. Cody and Olivia will be coming to us from Indiana State University.  They are both involved with the BCM there, serving on the leadership team and are very excited to work with us this summer. These interns will be heavily involved in ministry this summer. They will be helping with VBS, going to Canada on our mission trip, going to Children’s camp and Summit as sponsors along with many other ministries.

I am thankful for the involvement of our church family in the lives of these students.  Our willingness to bring these students on as interns gives them a safe, encouraging environment to develop their skills and gifts in ministry.  Not every church is willing to put in the resources and time to invest in students like this.  I often talk to former interns and listen to them share about how valuable this experience was for them as they gained experience and developed skills for ministry.

For this ministry to be as successful as possible, it is important for our church family to take the time to get to know these students. They are more than hired help for the summer, but are a valuable part of our church. Take them to lunch or have them over to your home for a visit.  Pray for them and encourage them in their ministry.  Help make this summer an experience that will have lasting impact on not only their lives, but the lives of those they minister to.

 

Tuesday
Mar272018

April 2018

Walking through our church on Wednesday nights I am humbled as I observed teachers and children interacting. These teachers spend time preparing and then devote themselves to teaching the children. I began to think of how nights like these would leave a lasting impact on those children.

I remember when I was a young boy, sitting in Sunday School, learning the stories of the Bible.  We learned about Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Moses leading the people out of Egypt, Jonah and the great fish, Joshua and the battle of Jericho, the stories of Jesus and His miracles, and the journeys of Paul.   When I was a little older we would spend time doing Bible drills and memorizing scripture.  I can’t recall the names or sometimes even the faces of those who taught me, but I remember learning these important stories and practices of the faith.  Years later, when I went through a period of struggle and eventually returned to my faith, these lessons stuck with me.  I thank God for the men and women who took the time to teach and train me as a child.

As a teenager, God put a couple of Godly men in my life to give me advice and guidance.  Unfortunately, at the time, I ignored much of their advice.  Still, their words remained with me and eventually they played an important role in my life.  These men took the time to spend with me when they saw no immediate results.

In college, God again placed great men and women in my life to teach and train me for what He was calling me to do.  People who gave of themselves for the purpose of helping another.  I have learned so much from these people.  Some of them have no idea the impact they have had on my life.  God used pastors, teachers, deacons, and just some God-fearing individuals to help mold me into the person I am today.

Most of the people who impacted my life have no idea of the important role they played.  They were just doing what God had called them to do as they served in the ministries that were set before them.  They were obedient to teach and love the students that God entrusted them with.  The results of that were in God’s hands.

Let me say thank you to all of you who take the time to invest in our students. There are so many of you that there is no way I can thank you all by name. You teach, share, give, and pray for the children, youth, and college students. Hopefully we see some of the result of our work, but if not, know that God has entrusted us with children and youth to teach and to love.  We have no idea how God may use some of them in the future.  We are to be obedient and give them the tools for a successful life as a Christian.   Each of us has a part to play.  God has given us the opportunity to impact the lives of children and youth.  Join with me in praying for and ministering to the students that God brings across our path.

 

Tuesday
Feb272018

March 2018

It is the time for my annual newsletter article promoting our summer camps.

We are looking forward to another great year on Casper Mountain as we participate in Summit and Children’s Camp.  If you are not going to camp, please don’t stop reading.  This is a tremendous ministry that really does involve a church wide effort to be successful.

This is our second year of having two weeks of Summit. We had over three hundred participants last summer. Our church will participate in the first week and we have about 50 spots reserved.  This camp takes place July 16-21 and the cost is $165.  This camp is open to those that are completing sixth through twelfth grades.  July 1st is our deadline to sign up for Summit.

We also have Children’s Camp July 9-13.  This camp is open for students finishing third through sixth grade.  The cost of this camp is $85.  Children’s Camp is a very popular camp and we need to get our registration in early.

These camps play a strategic role in our youth and children’s ministry.  Not only are these highlights of the summer but are used as platforms for further ministry.  Every year, we see students become Christians, grow in their relationship with Christ, and deal with issues in their lives.  I am very thankful that we have Mountain Top Baptist Assembly and these camps as resources in our state.

As a church, there are ways to be involved.  It is essential that we pray for these camps.  Pray for those that are going, both students and sponsors.  Pray that God will work in the lives of these that are going.  Pray for those that are preparing and leading these camps.  We also have a need for sponsors to go with our students to camp.  Maybe God would have you spend a week on top of wonderful Casper Mountain with a group of teenagers or children.  There is also a financial need.  Many students can’t afford the cost of camp.  Every year, we provide scholarships for several students so that they can attend one of these camps.  I am so very thankful that I can tell students and their families that we will be able to help them.  There has never been a student in my time at Boyd Avenue who has not attended camp because they could not afford it.

I am already excited about what God will do this summer.  Thank you for participating in Camp with us.  As part of the body of Christ, this is a ministry we do together.