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Summer 2002

Fire Season has begun: I arrived home from my latest forest fire assignment last night. It was my third fire already this season. I've been out 18 days so far in May. It looks like another record season. Please pray for the safety of all of us, and the opportunity to share Jesus with many. So far. I've held 2 Chapel services on the fires. I've passed out a dozen New Testaments and shared my testimony with several firefighters and reporters. Your prayers allow me to do fire ministry.

Here's an extra praise. To fight fires I have to pass a physical fitness test each year. The test consists of carrying a 45# pack for 3 miles in less than 45 minutes. Because of my preaching schedule being primarily at lower elevations this spring, I was concerned that I might not be in good enough condition. I passed with flying colors!

Since our last Quarterly Newsletter: I had a good year teaching skiing and sharing Jesus, I finished another seminary class leaving, just 2 more before I start my Doctorate. I spent a week at "Ground Zero" serving fire and police with meals, prayer, counseling and gave away 600 firefighter New Testaments. I had the privilege of leading worship again for a men's retreat at Beaver Creek, led our Fellowship of Christian Athletes outreach at Western State. Bible studies at the ski area and discipled 10 who tool called to ministry.

Since the ski area closed: I preached for a week in Protection, KS and then a week in Greensburg KY. Upon arriving home I was called to a fire for 9 days. Then. Melva and I left to preach for a week in Guthrie, OK. The Lord blessed in each place abundantly. We are sooooo privileged to share. The Lord is answering your prayers! The morning after we returned from OK the phone rang and I was off to another fire. I came back for a day to preach in a wonderful church in Pitkin CO.

Upcoming: Melva and I. will be in San Diego to teach and preach June 22-July 1 at Horizon Christian Fellowship. What a blessing that church is! They are reaching out all over the world. Then it's more of fire season and the chance to share Jesus on the lines.

Family: Melva is now "officially" working 2 hours a day for the ministry, Joy will be heading to England soon to help with Youth With A Mission, Bekah is returning from Central America, Steve is working to earn money for college this fall and writing music as well as helping lead worship, and Tim is earning money for college this fall as well. All are healthy and the Lord is working with each of us.

Finances: After a great start, ministry Income has slowed. We know the Lord will provide.

Prayer Requests: For the anointing of the Holy Spirit to be upon us as we share Jesus. For safety as I travel and fight fires. For our family to love the Lord and each other more each day. For all the churches I preached in to continue in revival

God Bless you! WE LOVE YOU!

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