You may have noticed that I took the summer off from writing in my blog.  There is a simple explanation, and one I may have been remiss not to share with you at the outset of the summer.  My wife is a school teacher, and during the school year, she leaves home very, very early, leaving me to my studying – reading, writing, sermonizing.  During the summer however, she doesn’t get up before 5 am, so I can make her breakfast a little later.  Therefore, during this past summer, this blog took backseat to a little extra time with my sweetheart!

That said, I will finish this post with a few excerpts from a letter I recently sent to our church family featuring a few highlights from the summer:

For the year to date in 2010, we have already passed the salvation and baptism totals from the entire previous year, and we are significantly ahead of last year’s pace of those uniting with us by letter or statement of faith.  We can certainly rejoice at the goodness of the Lord!  Our attendance is up significantly over last year in virtually every area, and we have great expectations about what God will continue to do in us, with us, and through us as we faithfully serve Him and follow where He leads.

In three youth camps this summer we saw a host of young people saved, lives impacted, some even surrendering their lives to full time Christian service.  A group of our teens and leaders took a mission trip to the Navajo nation and came back, encouraged and determined, with a new perspective on both missionary work in general  and,  as one expressed, “a new appreciation of just how blessed we really are.”

A group of our men went to Haiti in June to have a part in the rebuilding of churches devastated by the earthquake there.  There is much work to be done there, and two months later we are still hearing about the both the blessings and the needs in Haiti.

August was another wonderful month, with VBS being one of the highlights.  The Lord blessed the hard work of our church staff and many volunteers, and we are still seeing the blessings of families coming, people being saved, baptized and uniting with our church family.  With our children back at school and Labor Day on the horizon, we are preparing for an exciting fall.

So….we begin another season of sharing thoughts and events in the life of a husband, dad, granddad, and Baptist pastor.  Oh…by the way, this is my granddaughter, Melana.