It was around this time (July) in 1983 that we came up to Southside in response to a call to come teach at Southside Christian School. That was 30 years ago. Six years later we were on the mission field; first among the Mexican migrant workers in southern Idaho until the end of 1990 and then off to Mexico (1991). In May we completed our 24th year of missionary service and we feel like we’re just getting started. Mixed into those years were 6 years (2005-2011) as the director of Cocolalla Lake Bible Camp. God has remained ever faithful (He cannot be otherwise) and everywhere we go we see His gracious dealings in our lives. But, faithfulness is not limited to God even though one is faithful because He is faithful. Southside Community Church has stayed the course for 50+ years and we are thrilled to be a part of this place we call “home”. When Lynda and I come back from the field, we have no earthly home to come to but we have a family. This (church) family loves us, cares for us and welcomes us with open arms. Who could ask for more?!
Currently, we serve at Puebla Christian School (PueblaChristianSchool.org) and Comunidad Cristiana Mosaico (MosaicoPuebla.org). PCS was founded as a school for missionaries’ children. It is a center, not only for education, but for discipleship as well. I serve as the principle and sometimes-teacher of this 46–year-old school. Mosaico is a 1+ year-old university campus (not on campus, but across the street) church body, the majority of whom are twenty-something college students. These students come from a variety of the nations and again, for Lynda and me, it is a golden discipleship opportunity.
Of course, being in an education ministry means we are on a scholastic calendar. This permits us to be somewhere else for a short time every summer. In place of a “4 years on, one year off the field formula”, we have chosen to spend parts of each summer ministering “off the field”. It is a privilege to “plug in” again, if only for a little while. Men’s ministry, Women’s ministry, Youth group, home bible studies, along with reporting to and preaching at the 8 area churches that are involved on our ministry team, keep us plenty busy.