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It's hard to believe Easter was only 4 weeks ago! And what a wonderful privilege it was to share that day with our church family with an early service, a breakfast, and then a time of worship together. At our Good News Club that week the children had an Easter egg hunt after hearing a special Easter story that clearly presented the gospel. They were full of energy and found the eggs in short order, although they had to work to find some of them. We continue to have good response from the children, but now that the end of school is nearing, some will be involved with sports and other spring activities. In spite of those conflicts, we'll continue until school ends; our last meeting will be May 22.
We were able to attend the IARBC Conference again this year and were blessed and motivated by the theme - America's spiritual beginnings and patriotism. Not only did we hear about the biblical foundation, but we were challenged to be Christians who do our part by actively standing and fighting for our God-given rights. We also were able to see people from supporting churches as well as other pastors, and 2 opportunities were offered to us: participating in a missions conference in Davenport, IA, in June and speaking for the Senior Saints week at the state camp in August. We're really looking forward to both of these events.
While at the conference, we received a call that Cheryl's brother-in-law had collapsed and died while at the Atlanta airport. It was such a shock! They were traveling to see the brother Cheryl visited last month who has cancer. Instead, he drove to Atlanta to be with their sister who was stranded alone there, and helped her make arrange-ments. What a reminder that we never know "what a day may bring forth." We both were able to attend his funeral, and although it was a hard time, we enjoyed seeing some neices we hadn't seen in years and meeting some grand-neices and nephews we'd never met! Cheryl's sister Joyce will face some tough times ahead, but she has already experienced the amazing comfort and encouragement of our heavenly Father.
Because we were out of town for the funeral, we missed seeing John DenBoer, but just yesterday Brad and Joanne Hoff attended our church and we enjoyed spending some time with them in the afternoon. They were a true encouragement to us, and the sweet fellowship was just what we needed.
Yesterday a lady returned for the second time to church. She is going through some difficult times right now and often works on Sunday but has been very receptive to folks at church and the message. Tomorrow we plan to visit with her and find out for certain about her spiritual condition. There is another family whose children have come to church, but although the mother knows she should come, she hasn't yet. Please pray for these 2 people/families and for our 2 church families who are their neighbors and are witnessing to them. Ed has also met his first hospice patient and we're praying for open doors to witness to him and his family.
We also had some visitors at home! These 2 baby squirrels didn't know to be afraid of us and came right up, climbing on our feet and pants legs. So cute!
On May 7, we will be meeting with the town council regarding having a Good News 5 Day Club at the Community Building in June. Please pray that they will approve this. They are concerned it will be in conflict with the community-wide VBS in July. While we and our church people do the main teaching for the Bible School, we are convinced it is necessary for us to have our own outreach and this seems like a great way to start. This is a sensitive subject and one folks are having a hard time understanding.
What a privilege to serve our amazing God! And what a privilege we have to share this work with you. Thank you for being so faithful.