My return home from Southeast Asia was at midnight, May 31. At eight the next morning I had a doctor appointment (scheduled before the trip—no problem). Immediately after that, Deena and I packed the car and headed for St. Louis. A couple thousand church leaders from around the world were meeting there and I needed to talk with some of them. More about that in another post.
By this time I had been traveling and working for over three months straight without a break. So, we actually took a week off and visited family in Kansas and Arkansas. What a refreshing interlude! Thank you, Family.
Driving back to serious business in Lexington, Kentucky, where thousands of pastors and their families converged for four days and nights of inspiration and fun. It’s amazing how much networking still needs to be done after retirement, and how much more fun it is now.
This gathering was over just in time to drive to Maryland for Deena to tie up the work she had been doing during every stop.
From there, our diesel Jetta rolled away the miles to Union Springs, New York. Church members from across the state are meeting for camp meeting for ten days. It’s all good. But my reason for being there was to escort my friend, Saw Bu Bu to the stage for his ordination to pastoral ministry. Before leaving New York, I mentored Saw Bu Bu on some of his pastoral skills. He came to New York as a refugee from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and is being used by God to lead his people to Jesus. Congratulations my friend, and God bless you.
During this month, I heard two things over and over. The first is, “I thought you were retired.” The second is, “I’ve been reading your posts, and I’ve been praying for you.” Now I know why this whole trip has been such a success. So many of you have been praying daily. I am gratified beyond words. God has responded to your prayer intervention for this venture from beginning to end. I am indebted to all of you. My hat is off to you, and I thank God for your prayer ministry for this work and for me