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March 2017

I enjoy the different seasons. Spring brings longer days and warmer weather. Summer is filled with outdoor activity. The crisp fall days mean that hunting season is here. And then there is winter. Winter is not my favorite season. Actually it is my least favorite. I am not a fan of the cold and I don’t like the long, dark days. I especially am not a fan of shoveling snow. I do, however, know the importance of winter. Especially in Wyoming and the western states where winter snow brings water for the summer. This makes me appreciate winter, but I will never like it.  The only benefit to winter is that it makes me appreciate summer all the more.

Thankfully, winter is almost over.  I know that the weather outside can’t make up its mind. Nice one day and snow the next. The following couple of months will bring much of the same, but the calendar says that winter is almost over and spring is near. 

The end of winter and the beginning of spring bring newness to life.  I have always enjoyed the freshness that comes with the end to winter.  The sun is out, baseball is starting, and visions of green grass and outdoor activity are on my mind.  My favorite times of the year.

My ministry and in my spiritual life can be like the seasons. There are times that I feel like winter: Cold, gloomy and seeming to last forever. These are the days when I feel empty, tired and ready for something fresh.  We all have these times in our lives. They can be times of struggle, doubt, difficulty, or just times that our spiritual lives are dry. Just like with winter, I don’t particularly enjoy these times, but they can serve a purpose. The good news is that with winter comes spring.  I know that there are times of struggle, but with these will come a time of celebration.  The sun will shine.  God will work, and great things will happen. Then come times like summer and fall, full of excitement and adventure. Times when we feel so close to God and are refreshed in His presence.

  In the midst of winter it is sometimes hard to look ahead to the spring. I am thankful that through all seasons God is at work.  There will be a time when I can look back and see how God has worked, and will appreciate it even more because of the time of struggle.  I appreciate summer because we have winter.  I appreciate God’s goodness, because of my struggles.




February 2017

One of the things that I really appreciate about working with students at Boyd Avenue is the ability we have to participate in mission trips and build partnerships around our world.  It is again time to really emphasize these trips as we put teams together, seek prayer, and raise the money to make these trips possible.  In March a group of college students from Casper and Sheridan Colleges will be heading to Dallas on Spring Break.  In June, several teens, college students, and adults will serve for a week in Haiti.  Finally, in July, a group from Boyd Avenue will take our annual trip to Calgary as we serve with our friends at Southwinds Church.  These trips have become ongoing partnerships in which we are heavily invested.
Cornerstone Baptist Church in Dallas is a church that God is using to truly transform a community. This will be our sixth trip to Dallas where our students have been involved in numerous children’s outreach ministries both around the church and in some of the parks in surrounding communities, ministered to the homeless in their clothes closet and working in the kitchen serving, and gutting and then remodeling homes and apartments that were once used for drugs and prostitution, but are now used for ministry. We are excited to be a part of this life-changing ministry.

This will be our second trip to Haiti.  We are working with Haitian Outreach Ministries where we will spend our week doing children’s ministry, women’s ministry, and some construction and painting.  Our students are busy raising money to help offset the cost of plane tickets, the cost of the project, and for food and lodging while in Haiti. We are very excited about this opportunity. Last year we were hoping for a permanent partnership, where we can send medical, construction, and future teams to work with children. This has become a reality.

Very shortly after returning from Haiti, we will be heading to Canada to continue our partnership with Southwinds Church. Last year God opened doors for a new partnership alongside Southwinds. We did our first basketball camp with a Chinese Church and will be leading that camp again this year. Space does not allow for me to share how we saw God work in putting this camp together and the results of our week there. We will also be doing something different with Southwinds. We began our ministry with them doing soccer camps and for the last several years have done basketball camps. This year we will be assisting with a T-ball camp. I am very thankful for our friendship and partnership with our brothers and sisters from Calgary. We have spent many years serving together, both in Canada and in Wyoming.

These mission experiences give our students the ability to see God at work around our world and then bring back a renewed passion for ministry in our community.  It is important to develop a Kingdom mindset as we carry out the Great Commission.  Join with me in supporting these trips through prayer, encouragement, and if possible, a financial donation. God has used these trips to change lives, both among those who go and in those we minister to.



January 2017

As another year has drawn to a close, I have spent some time reflecting on life and ministry. Life is and always will be an adventure. Just a couple months ago I was sitting in the mountains overlooking a beautiful valley, watching eagles fly overhead, listening to elk bugle in the distance, and marveling at just how great our God is. It was a quiet time where I could just stop and think about all that God has been doing and be humbled that he allows me to participate.

There are many people and events that have shaped who I am. God has blessed me and our church with many amazing students over the years. I am thankful that I get to interact with them on a daily basis. Many of these students have had significant impact on my life as I watch them grow in relationship with God and serve him. Recently, I ran into a former student that I did not recognize. She shared with me the impact that Boyd Avenue had on her life. She credited her time in our ministry with her coming to know Jesus as Savior. Truthfully, my involvement in her life was minimal. Our students’ involvement in her life has made an eternal difference. Students like these continue to be an example to me.

Three times a year I spend a week in a different part of our world. My time in Dallas, Calgary, and Haiti have been influential in my daily walk with Jesus. We have watched as Cornerstone Church in Dallas has been instrumental in transforming their community. They are an example of a church being the light in a dark world. I have learned so much from our ten years travelling to Dallas. Southwinds church in Calgary has become like family. They continue to not only minister in the community that God placed them in, but are constantly looking for opportunity to expand His ministry. They are an example of not being content in ministry but in reaching those around them. My week in Haiti has been life-changing. I am thankful that God orchestrated things to begin a partnership with Haiti Outreach Ministries. The people involved in this ministry have a sincere desire to impact their country with the love of Jesus. In the big picture, my involvement is so little, but does have a purpose. I am a better person and minister because of these experiences.

My life cannot be about me. It must always be about the one who created me. I often pray that I can have His heart, see through His eyes, and love a world with His love. I want that to be true every day with my family, in my ministry at Boyd Avenue and on the Casper   College Campus, and in our partnerships around the world.   I have been called into a relationship with God. That relationship is shown in my love for others. Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to be involved in your ministry.



December 2016

Merry Christmas!!  For me, it is not Christmas season until after we celebrate Thanksgiving. So here we are. December has arrived and it is time to enjoy the Christmas season. There is so much that I love about this time of year.

I love the fact that God came to earth in the person   of Jesus.  The baby born in a manger provides us the    opportunity of eternal life, providing the only reason for real hope.  Not because of the holiday, but because of the promise.  When the angel appeared to Joseph, he said these words located in Matthew 1:21 “And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.”  Jesus came as a baby to save us from our  sins!  For this, we celebrate Christmas!

I always need to be reminded of the importance of worship during this season.  In the midst of all the business of the holiday, I need to take time for worship.  We sing some wonderful Christmas songs that may have become so familiar that we forget the importance of the words we are singing. I need to remind myself to not just sing words, but sing with worship of the God who is worthy of worship. The Christmas story is about the most important event in history.  For that, it deserves our attention, reverence and worship.

This season also reminds me of the importance of reaching out to others.  The Lottie Moon Christmas offering is an important part of my Christmas celebration. There are missionaries all over our world sharing the truth of Jesus, born in a manger to be the Savior of the world. We have the opportunity to be a part of their ministry by giving. One hundred percent of this mission offering goes to the mission field.

We also need to realize that, unfortunately, this is not a happy, merry season for many people.  They don’t experience the joy of the holidays.  Christmas is a great opportunity for believers to reach out into our communities and share the love of Jesus.  I don’t need to take up space listing a bunch of ways to help others.  I just want to challenge us to do it!  If we really believe in the true meaning of Christmas, let us show it by what we do.  If we want people to know that Jesus came to forgive their sins, let us show them that by how we love them.  I am constantly challenged to look beyond myself to others, even more so at Christmas.  There is great joy in serving others.

I truly hope this is a great Christmas season for each one of you and that it is a joyful season.  I pray that these words of the Christmas song “Go, Tell it on the Mountain” apply to your life this season: “Down in a lowly manger the humble Christ was born, and God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn.  Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere; go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!”



November 2016

November is a month of celebration.  We celebrate the great holiday of Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday.  Not only do we eat my favorite foods and watch football, but it is a day to remind us of all that we have to be thankful for.  Sometimes I need that reminder.  I get caught up in all the stuff going on and don’t take time to just say thanks to the God who provides for me.  He provides a place to live, a great family, a wonderful church, resources to share, and most of all, eternity with Him.  For all these reasons, I am thankful.  This Thanksgiving, let us celebrate our thankfulness.

One of the things I am very thankful for this year is the opportunity our church has had to partner with Haiti. In the days following Hurricane Matthew, I had many conversations with my Haitian friends. I am amazed at their faith in troubling and difficult times. I am thankful for Haiti Outreach Ministries and the many ways they have reached into their communities with the love of Jesus. I am humbled to be involved in even a small way with what God is doing there. Pray for Haiti. Give to the special fund that will help with hurricane relief. Pray for Rebecca as she leaves in just couple of weeks to spend time doing women’s education and working in the clinic in Haiti.

I am thankful to be a part of the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention. This November, the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention meeting is in Riverton..  People from all over the state come together for the purpose of fellowship, business, worship and celebration.  God is doing amazing things in our state.  There are ministries in small towns and larger cites, on college campuses and in special areas all across our state.  We get to be a part of this work.  We have reason to celebrate God’s work in our state.

I am so very thankful to minister with Boyd Avenue Baptist Church. Our church truly has a heart for people and ministering in our community. It is easy to be excited about what God is doing in and through our church.

What is God doing in your life that deserves celebration?  Take time not only to give thanks, but celebrate God’s work around you.  We have reason to be excited.  We serve the God of the universe and He chooses to include us in His work.  That’s reason to celebrate.