The weather was fantastic—warm enough to hike without a winter jacket but cool enough to keep from overheating. Fall foliage was at its peak. Golden coins fluttered and tentatively fell from various heights above us. The three of us tromped steadily upwards until we hit around 11,000 feet in elevation. We still had about 1,300Continue reading November 2020
I’m sorry, but I just can’t come up with anything profound to say this time around (not to imply that I usually do!), so here is a quick rundown of what is happening:
Who would have thought this pandemic and accompanying restrictions would still be influencing our lives to so great an extent in September!? In this area the discomfort and anxiety is compounded by weather patterns that are equally strange: a persistent wind night after night, almost no rain during our normal monsoonal period, and excessive heat.Continue reading September 2020
Honestly, I am finding it difficult to prepare for classes, to maintain a positive outlook, and to find joy in the mundane routines of life. There is so much uncertainty, so much death, suffering, chaos, rage, injustice, and evil. It is overwhelming! I know you feel it, too. I told the Lord the other dayContinue reading August 2020
As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more and its place acknowledges it no longer. Psalm 103:15,16
What next?! The lostness, restlessness, anger, and despair of our world becomes more and more obvious by the day. How I wish I could make more of a difference in some of those desperate and lonely lives!
Two weeks of classes left and so many questions about the future . . . Is it possible to have a “virtual” recital? What will our celebration Weekend look like? Will we be able to do a virtual Student Ministry Showcase on May 22nd, or maybe even one with a live audience? Will restrictions beContinue reading May 2020
The sun was warm but the breeze still bit with winter fierceness. Dead oak leaves lifted off the ground, swirling madly, and then were unceremoniously laid to rest a few feet from where they started. Meanwhile, delicate green spears raised their heads tentatively above the leaf cover. It seemed as though life and death wereContinue reading April 2020
Have you ever thought about the fact that there are hidden subcultures existing within the more obvious cultures? We had our eyes opened this year at the spring missions conference (Feb. 10-13) when we were exposed to what it would be like to be deaf in a culture that doesn’t consider deaf people to beContinue reading March 2020
The first paper in Introduction to Missions has already been done. All 7 students turned theirs in. We discussed their individual view and understanding of Missions. It is always interesting to hear what their past experience has been. Most approach missions from the viewpoint of the receiver. One of the goals of the class isContinue reading February 2020
January 2020 Blessed New Year to you! I pray your Christmas was filled with the awareness of Christ’s great sacrifice and mercy as He placed Himself in a woman’s womb and experienced human birth.
They always make me smile, those frightened fallen leaves as they scurry in front of me, driven by the cool winds of fall. They remind me of people running from impending doom. But alas, they will not escape. Winter will bury them and they will be forgotten by spring. This year there is another additionContinue reading December 2019
Thank you so much for your prayers for state authorization for IBC. An IBC team spent the day at the State Capitol last week and came back jubilant! IBC has been granted state authorization, contingent upon a few stipulations that need to be met.
Fall in Flagstaff is generally beautiful—with temperatures in the perfect range, bright sunny days and cool nights. The students and Student Life staff can testify to the prevalence of wind as well, as they just returned from four days at Lake Powell for the annual Kick-off Kampout. Thank God for the safe return of allContinue reading October 2019
Greetings, faithful servants of Christ! Thank you all for your prayers and concern regarding the fire. As far as I know, all is quiet behind the mountain. There was still smoke wafting heavenward the last time I climbed up for a look, but the danger to our homes and community is gone.
At first I thought I wasn’t in the danger zone but before long, I started getting alerts on my phone. My stress mounted as the pillar of smoke thickened and rose higher. With dry conditions and hot temperatures, it didn’t take a whole lot to get it started. Thank God there was almost noContinue reading August 2019
Blessed summer to you! I love the longer daylight hours, more time at home, hanging out with work crews at IBC, and interacting with students still living at IBC while they continue working. God has blessed me with opportunity to backpack twice recently. I also have two weeks off right now so am working feverishlyContinue reading July 2019
Thanks be to God for His blessings on IBC! Thank you to those of you who prayed for our many end-of-the-year events. First was the annual Spring Recital. All six piano and voice students did well.
The afternoon sun cast a warm glow through the classroom windows as the five of us interacted around the table. Whenever there was a lag in the discussion I interjected some new thoughts and allowed the students time to respond. Their ability to think and process improved noticeably over the course of the semester. IContinue reading May 2019
Thank you for your prayers for the students as they ministered both on the Navajo Reservation (Shonto area) and in Oklahoma and Texas. The two teams wearily pulled in to IBC on Friday. Many of the students are now home or elsewhere for some rest before resuming classes Monday, April 8. The photos give youContinue reading April 2019
The snow was great, but brought out a feeling of aloneness and helplessness that caught me off guard. Getting the car out of the driveway was a two-day process involving 5 hours of shoveling. But it also provided opportunity to connect with at least one neighbor, who gratefully took me out to dinner last SundayContinue reading March 2019
Thank you so much for your prayers. Spring semester is off to a good start. The Christ and Culture class has been amazing. I am privileged to work with four students from four different Native nations. They have been very thoughtful and appreciative of the opportunity to study what God’s Word says about what itContinue reading February 2019
I just spent some time reviewing my finances for the year and found that, including what I gave away, I had more income than I had expenses. That’s possible because of all your generous extra gifts! Praise God! Thank you so much for being a part of my life and ministry! Seriously. I must shareContinue reading January 2019
In May of this year, I completed 36 years of ministry among Native Americans, 27 of which have been at Indian Bible College. How grateful I am for the lifelong friends God has blessed me with both in Flagstaff and in New Mexico. Those I left behind when I came to teach at Indian BibleContinue reading December 2018
The San Carlos Apache Reservation is not the place a visitor might anticipate God would raise up a Godly leader for His glory. Butted up against the White Mountain Apache Reservation, east of Phoenix and south of Flagstaff, the San Carlos Apache Reservation instead might inspire a sense of despair. According to recent statistics, theContinue reading November 2018