From Africa to Camp

My sons and I returned from Africa last Saturday. What an excellent visit we had with missionaries in Kenya and Tanzania. I had the privilege of preaching in three services for churches that have been started in the Tanzania–challenged them from Philippians 1:5 on being partners in the Gospel. I am continually amazed at what God has done in these past 10 years. I’ve had the privilege of watching it closely from the ground up and this trip was special due some changes that are imminent. I am so thankful to God that I was able to bring my two youngest with me. It took a long time to save and prepare to do it, but well worth the investment in their lives.
We did an overnight in Amsterdam on the way home and that city really put an ache in my heart–it seems as if the place has sold itself fully into the pursuit of vice. How sad. May God raise up men with a passion to preach the Gospel in places like this too!
It wasn’t my first choice, but the only time we could squeeze the East Africa trip into the calendar was right before our church’s family camp, so on the Monday after we returned we headed off for a few days away with a load of our church family. This week always provides wonderful opportunities to fellowship and I usually preach the morning sessions. This year, however, I am doing the evening sessions and the three other pastors are each doing a morning chapel. It’s going to take me a month to catch up on life when I finally get back to normal (if there is such a thing!), but it is worth it.
Well, that’s to let you know what’s going on and that I didn’t get eaten by lions (although I did see some). Till later!

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