Dear Family and Friends,
It’s been a long uphill summer, but the Lord brought me through it all. I had three different sinus infections, next pneumonia with a hospital stay, followed by fluid on the lungs. I was trying to get through Boot Camp and the summer. The doctor said usually anyone in your condition is sent straight to the hospital, but he knew we had Boot Camp running, so he said to try some pills. After three days if it was not better, I would have to go to the hospital. The pills worked and I lost 13 lbs in four days, 20 pounds in 10 days. I am fine now.
Later in the summer, I enjoyed a trip to Ohio to speak at Waverly Bible Christian Church, which I attended as a child. I was also able to visit Huntington Chapel, Alma Methodist Church and Mt. Tabor (Bernie’s home church). I took time to attend the Bland and Alma homecoming reunions. I ran the crawdad race at Alma – I enjoyed that the most.
Hurricane Irma visited Florida during this time and I was unable to get a flight back to Florida for several days. The base suffered a good bit. The Old Testament Tabernacle was flattened. Howard Vanderpool removed the Tabernacle furniture before Irma hit so that part was spared. The walls will be repaired this winter and set back up. There are many trees down and limbs blown off. Many things need to be cleaned and repaired. We hope and pray for winter volunteers to help.
At my house we had two rooms that flooded. We cut the carpet out and are running a dehumidifier to dry them out so they don’t mold. Our large tree at the entrance was taken out, roots and all. My remaining citrus trees were damaged. The wind killed the leaves which are brown now. I hope they come back. Irma also took down my back and side wooden fences. They will have to wait until Christmas break to get fixed.
Meanwhile overseas the work has gone well. There are now:
•28 BIBLE, MISSIONARY & WORK Training Centers (BMW) running with xxxxx students.
•201 Motorcycle Sunday Schools
•8 Matron’s Units
•38 Boot Camps
Most of our staff are back from overseas or deputation and six new BMW students are in.
We are now loading two 20-ft. containers with 22 tons of clothes, blankets, medical and school supplies to ship to our 30 AIDS Orphans Rescue Units in Malawi and Zambia, Africa.
We are in the process of setting up next year’s teams and writing brochure copy, along with an insert telling of Irma repairs. Volunteers are needed.
The exploding ministries in our overseas bases have won many to Christ. The 20 teen teams this last summer also added many decisions for Christ.
The enemy does oppose, so your prayers are greatly needed. Thank you for caring, it makes a difference.