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July 2019

Updated: Sep 10, 2019

As many of you know, we recently took a mission trip to Great Falls, Montana. While we were there, we worked with the children and youth of Big Sky Baptist Church. Each day, we had the privilege of eating lunch with the youth group and spending the better part of the afternoon with them. One day, we did community outreach with them. Two days, we did service projects with them. Two days, we did fun things (mini-golf & a water park) with them. The youth ministry at Big Sky isn’t very large, but they have some great kids, and there’s a lot of potential. Each evening, we worked with the children during VBS. We did the same theme we did at our church back in June, and it was a wonderful experience for all involved. Big Sky is a small church, and they really needed all the help they could get. I’m thankful for those that were able to make the trip, and I’m thankful for those of you who gave so generously and prayed for us while we were gone. One child prayed to receive Christ as Savior during VBS, and one received Christ the Sunday after VBS. Please continue to pray for Big Sky, as they seek to be faithful in reaching people with the love of Christ in Great Falls. And don’t ever forget the words of Psalm 127:3: “Children are a gift from the Lord” (NLT). As I type this newsletter article for you, our church is in the midst of Summer Music Camp. We have 60 children enrolled this year, and we thank you for your prayers and support. Please make every effort to be here Friday night at 5:30 for our children’s performance of “The Storytellin’ Man.”

Besides working directly with the youth and children at Big Sky, our mission team got to experience some other wonderful things; we were privileged to take in some of the wonders of God’s creation. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” They’ve had a wetter spring and summer than usual in that part of the country, and we saw more rainbows than we’d ever seen in such a short period of time. When we went to Dana and Nancy Rossmiller’s house in Sand Coulee, MT, for a campfire, we beheld a full double rainbow. It was breathtaking, and we were all reminded of God’ faithfulness in keeping his promises. Personally, I’d never traveled west. In fact, the furthest west I’d ever driven was Brownwood! But, on the way home, the Dabbs family came back through some of the most beautiful areas I’d ever seen, and I came home with a renewed appreciation for the splendor and majesty of God, declared by his creation. At the same time, I came back with a renewed appreciation for the beauty of central Texas, especially of Hamilton. Sure, this is a pretty place with the combination of open spaces, hills, and trees. But it’s also home. This is where God has planted us, and I can’t imagine living among and serving people any better than the people we have right here at First Baptist Church.

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of being your pastor. I love you all.

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