The Widow’s Mite Today

And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I […]
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The Arctic Wooly Bear and Village Missions

I recently watched a program on Animal Planet about springtime in the artic. One creature that they referred to as the Wooly Worm (Banded Wooly Worm or Banded Wooly Bear) particularly caught my attention. The Wooly Worm, similar in appearance to the Wooly Worms I’ve often seen in the country, freezes solid in the winter and […]
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The Shortest Distance Between Two Points

I like using a GPS. Being a location-challenged person, with all our travels its nice having that girl (we call her Flo) in the box tell me where to go!Sometimes it’s an adventure. My older model GPS will pick out the shortest route distance wise between two points, which is sometimes not the quickest route. […]
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Pictures of Village Missions Events and Churches

It has been quite some time since I posted links to the places and events that Carole and I have visited over the last several months. This is your chance to take an armchair visit to some of our fields. What Could Possibly Happen in Kendrick, CO? Visit to a New Field in Arizona The […]
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Village Missions Changes Health Care Coverage

Summary: Village Missions has chosen to suspend its self-funded health plan and purchase a fully-insured group plan from Regence BlueCross History of Self-Funded Plan: Nearly two decades ago, because of rising health insurance costs, Village Missions decided to develop a self-funded health plan.  This plan succeeded in providing adequate coverage for our missionaries serving in […]
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Church Revitalization and Our Cherry Tree

We bought a cherry tree about five years ago.  We only have a small lot but we love cherries and I like to grow things.  We waited until the fall when the few rejected trees at Rite Aid were on sale. Our poor tree struggled to survive.  Deer ate most of its branches and leaves […]
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Are You Afraid When Writing Your Will?

Carole and I did something over these past few weeks that we’ve been meaning to do for a long time—we redid our wills. Our daughter Sarah, concerned about our frequent travels, wanted us to have our affairs in order in case something happened to us. I had also seen first hand the importance of a […]
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Black Friday and Christmas

Philippians 2:5-8 I started thinking about these verses when I heard some of the news reports involving “Black Friday.” I heard the story of one woman who “pepper-sprayed” several others, in her rush to get a good deal. In other locations, several were trampled, many were arrested, and people pushed and shoved to get the […]
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Celebrating Becoming a Self-Supporting Church

This summer, Carole and I traveled to North Lansing, NY to help Faith Bible Church celebrate becoming self-supporting. This means that the church is now able to cover our self-funded health insurance premium as well as the base salary of $1700 per month. Faith Bible Church reached this level in April 2011 and we joined […]
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The Very Best

Recently we held our Fall 2011 Candidate School in Dallas, Oregon. We accepted eight outstanding couples. They came from coast to coast and ranged from their twenties to their sixties. Some had some pastoral experience, either in a senior or assistant role, but some did not. Both husband and wife believed firmly that God was […]
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Visit to Upper Midwest Fields Served by Village Missions

Carole and I particularly enjoy visiting the missionaries and fields served by Village Missions. We observe how God is using Village Missions and the dedication of those who serve with us. We were able to visit several fields on our recent trip to Balsam, MN to be the speaker for the mini-conference. We visited so […]
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Flooding in the Northeast: Please Pray for Village Missions’ Fields and Village Missionaries

We are starting to get reports of flooding damage in communities served by Village Missions in the Northeast.  Many of these communities are isolated and lacking in infrastructure.  Often, the topography is such that the damage will be extensive.  Pray for wisdom and strength as the Village Missionaries will often be called upon to minister in […]
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