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Of course, July started off with a Fourth-of-July-BANG! The kids were all home (minus two of the grandsons), and we began our wonderful fun-filled-seven days with Bay preaching at Centerpoint Church in Pagosa Springs, and our girls plus grandson, Hayden, leading worship.
The siblings remembered to get a picture at the Fourth of July parade (Adam, Steph, Mandy, and Lori)...and, we got one of the grands...but never were able to nail down an entire family picture (Of course, Nana Peg chose that time to come down with shingles, even after having had the vax; so, she was out of pocket some little bit).
Favorite thing when we are all together: family worship!

July's FOCUS...and a little bit of August

The last six weeks have flown by, as we filled every day with ministry opportunities that were varied and kept us on our toes!  You just saw pictures of our wonderful family gathering over the Fourth of July...

As soon as we said good-bye to the kids, we filled the next several weeks with ministry get-aways. During July we sprinkled in a pastor and his wife from a Cowboy church north of Dallas/Ft Worth, a missionary couple who serve in Turkmenistan/Turkey, a family of seven passing through town, a mom and daughter moving across country into a new season of following Jesus into next steps, and a "women's retreat" for five of Peg's college friends. All these getaways are filled with spiritual refreshment and renewal, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, shooting, ax throwing, kayaking, zip-lining, and simply sitting and enjoying the sweet silence in God's creation (see various pictures below)...

On Saturday, July 30th we flew to New York to serve at Camp of the Woods in New York. For almost 30 years, we've ministered at this camp in the Adirondaks involved in a wide variety of areas: youth ministry, basketball camp, staff chapel, and at the girls camp on Tapawingo Island in the middle of Lake Pleasant. It has been a joy to serve in this incredible place where the presence of the Lord is truly felt. Over the years, we have seen many come to know Jesus, as He has made Himself known in each of those areas I've just defined. It seemed the Lord made it clear over the week we were onsite that this would probably be our last year at the summer camp (Bay has been asked to come back and do a large men's retreat in the fall of 2023). So, it was bittersweet to have a week of "lasts" as we went about each of our ministry opportunities. Once more, the Lord moved, and as Bay shared the gospel at the basketball camp, we saw between 8-10 salvations. Considering most of these kiddos have come to camp for the last 5-7 years, we were thrilled at how many of them responded to the gospel! It was also a blessing to have our grandson, AJ, with us to help with the basketball camp!
Peg speaking out at Tapawingo Island in the middle of Lake Pleasant. 
.From Camp of the Woods, we headed to New Hampshire, where we spoke at the cutest and quaintest little New England church! It still boasts an outhouse and has no running water. The people of Walnut Grove welcomed us and made us feel right at home! Of course, we had to wander into Maine to have some fish and chips since we were so close... (smile). See pictures below...the fourth one is Bay with our close friend, Brian Gower (who is interim pastor at Walnut Grove), and Ken (who we met the last time we were in Concord and spoke at the New Hampshire State Prison)...

On Monday (two days ago), we were warmly received by Chaplain Jim and Chaplain Bill into the New Hampshire State Prison (men's maximum security). We held two "conferences" - one from 8 AM to 3 PM; and the second from 3 PM to 8 PM. Bay spoke for a total of 6 hours to just under 200 men (divided between the two sessions)...Peg also shared some of her story, as well, and we saw between 60-70 men give their lives to the Lord (sorry only one picture from the "outside")...
Picture on right: our new friend, Amy, from Walnut Grove. She was excited to get a poster of Bay to put up in her room...and to share it on Facebook. (smile)
Both of us shared parts of our story with the church on Sunday morning. The picture on the right is of our dear friend, Brian Gower, who is the interim pastor at Walnut Grove, and our friend, Ken. We met Ken the first time we ever spoke at New Hampshire State Prison. He was a resident there, leading worship at chapel. Miraculously he got out this spring and is doing really well! 
This picture was taken just as we were leaving the prison Monday evening. A huge shout out to those involved with Prison Fellowship, who hosted us, and our friends, Brian and Judy Gower, who spend a lot of Wednesday nights encouraging and bringing truth into this prison (in fact, they are spending tonight, their 49th anniversary inside this facility with nearly 100 residents). 
Coming up: 

Peg will be heading to Denver on Saturday and Sunday for the celebration-of-life service for a friend, whom she got to know closely through ministering to missionary women overseas. 

On the 21st, she heads to Arizona to be "entertainment nana" for five of the grands, before speaking in Tucson at Hope Community Church women's gathering (August 27-28).

While Peg's away, Bay will be hosting a supporter for a little R & R...and, then a pastor from Northern Colorado, who will enjoy a few days with Bay, then preach on that Sunday down in Dulce at the church where we've been serving on the Jicarilla Apache Rez.

Sept 3-6 we'll host a couple's ministry get-away; and, head out 
Sept 9-11 to Fowler, CO where we'll be speaking at a women's conference, an FCA event, and a church service on Sunday morning. 

Sept 16-20 we host another couple's ministry get-away for a pastoral couple from California, then head toward Montana for several ministry events around Absorke, MT
Sept 26-Oct 4

As always, we wish we could hug all your necks and say THANK YOU for keeping us in FOCUS!!!

With love, Bay and Peg
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