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It's September in FOCUS...and Still 2020...BUT...

This will be a year to go down in the record books...and, it's certainly not over yet. However, yesterday began the Jewish New Year, as our Jewish friends, and allies, celebrated not only the beginning of Rosh Hoshana (The Feast of Trumpets, also known as, The Days of Awe). Rosh Hoshana reminds us of two things: 1) The prophesied and long awaited "Day of the Lord" is coming (so let's be prepared), and 2) fresh starts and new beginnings are ours to claim, since the mercies of God are new every morning. So, "Shana Tova" (Happy New Year)! With it, our "focus" has become to seek  a "return" to the Lord (personally and all across our country). 

As fitting for a beautiful fall day of a Jewish New Year, Bay and I took a morning away from the home office. We enjoyed taking our kayak out for a lovely morning at Williams Creek Reservoir (see picture above), then lingered over a picnic at the top of the mountain (surprisingly, we found a spot away from hunters), then ended the day with one of our favorite couples, to whom we have become spiritual parents, at their lovely ministry property, fittingly called The Refuge.

It was a day of refueling that certainly re-energized us. 

This Month Highlighting Radio Ministry...

The pictures you see above are each related to the radio ministry that we have been involved with in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. Here's a bit of an explanation. Eddie Anderson (top left) was one of our dorm boys when we served as missionaries at Rift Valley Academy. He is currently working among the various tribes in Northern Kenya, particularly the Dukana people (see village photo bottom left). These are a primitive people, and Eddie serves them in numerous capacities from radio ministry (equipment above top left and outside the station at dusk - top right) to agriculture to mechanics to baking bread (seriously!)...He is currently trying to equip a new radio station for the people to receive better service (see bottom right - this is a photo of the new station in process of being built). What a joy it has been for us to complete and send encouragement in the Word of God via 30-minute messages that go out over the air waves and reach thousands in this primitive and harsh land.  We've had reports of a story shared where someone purposefully climbed to the top of a mountain just to get better cell service in order to report how meaningful the messages they've heard have been! To date, Bay has recorded, and Peg has formatted and sent 35 messages (just over one a week) that reach a potential audience of 400,000+ to Eddie's radio ministry. Bay always said he could never "pastor" a church, because he couldn't keep up with having to write a message a week....BUT GOD...He had other plans! Bay is "pastoring," it just looks different than behind a pulpit! And his congregation doesn't quite fit the American "church" mold... We are so HUMBLY BLESSED!

As an add on: along with the 35 radio messages, Bay has created 30 video blogs on his You Tube channel, and is recording messages regularly going out to different venues (for example, he has one coming up that will be sent to the men's ministry at Calvary Baptist Church near Toronto, Canada). Since her last speaking engagement in March, Peg has written 45 new blogs, recorded 22 podcasts, as well as numerous retreats via video, and too many to count zoom meetings, bible studies, and counseling opportunities. We are staying busy and finding ministry to be abundant.
On the Homefront (picture above was sketched by the daughter of one of our board members, who recently stayed with us - to the right, the back of our house, and Gramma's little house, on the left side).  Because of Covid, we had a lot of ministry cancelled this summer to pastors/wives, supporters, and missionary couples. This is about to pick up this coming week. Beginning Tuesday, we will be hosting a couple from Arizona. They leave on Friday, and we will host another couple who serve in Kenya (a former student of ours from RVA-days, along with her husband), and following them, another couple will join us (retired pastor and district superintendent of the Nazarene Church). It is our prayer, each couple will feel the same refreshment, renewal, and re-energizing we felt just taking a day away in the mountains yesterday! 

As well, Bay has just accepted a speaking engagement to present an evangelistic message here locally at the downtown park along the river, at a "Worship in the Mountains" to be held on the same day as the National and Global Day of Prayer, the night of September 26th. What a joy to do in-person ministry, once again...

AND, as we mentioned, we continue to wait for the Dulce, NM churches to open (on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation), but have connected with the pastors, will be hosting them for a meal at our home, and have gone down to pray over the city (see pictures below), as we prepare to serve the Lord as He leads......however, and in whatever capacity, He chooses. 
We thank the Lord regularly for each of you, friends, prayer warriors, financial supporters, who are our cheerleaders and "team mates." We cannot bring the gospel to the "nations" without you alongside us. You are our Barnabas....each and everyone!
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