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July 22, 2008

The “blessings” of Summer continue and they are killing me!

It’s kind of like when I was a kid and it was still ok to go door to door all over town and “trick or treat” until your bag was overflowing with candy and all pockets were full. There was one year that was especially good for those bite size Hershey chocolate bars. Well, I started eating and while no body kept count I know it was close to a world record. The details are foggy but the outcome is memorable and it was not pretty. I learned that night that too much of even a really good thing is not necessarily good. Well that brings me to this Summer. 

The trips to visit family, and hug the grand kids were deceptive. I said to myself, “Self, Summer ain’t bad. A little time here, little time there, a few hugs and an “I love you grandpa” here and there. Now, I can do this! This is easy.” But good Summer stuff didn’t end there.

For the first time in over 6 years I went to camp. It was wonderful! I became a very small part of a week of camp that has been a mainstay of the life of the churches here on the Gulf Coast for many years. The director of the week, Bill Collins (Elder at the Orange Grove Church of Christ) is a pro. He and his terrific staff loved kids, taught kids, played with kids and showed them Jesus. Some of the preacher types who were there were: Mike Bennett my good friend and co-worker here at Long Beach, David Austin an all around great guy and the preacher with the Gulfport Church of Christ, Joey & Callie Peacher who make a great team working with the youth at the Port City Church of Christ in Mobile, Alabama, Trent & Lindsey Bryant great youth leaders with the Ocean Springs Church of Christ and who both bare a striking resemblance to the energizer bunny, then there was Les Ferguson the preacher with the Orange Grove Church of Christ who is a very good friend but is best known as Cole’s dad. Byron Smith “Chachi” who works full time with Gulf Coast Bible Camp has brought a lot of energy to camp improvements and everything else that goes into making this program a success.

After camp there was the excursion to the coastal town of Miramar, south of Colon, in Panama, Central America. I am not a world traveler by any stretch of the imagination. It makes me very nervous to leave the good ole US of A. The only other foreign country I have ever gone to is Texas. The Long Beach Church has been supporting a young man named Jesús Caraballo and his family for several years as well as making trips to encourage and help in this work each year. Our own Kelly Case here at Long Beach always does an excellent job getting me and all the others who attend prepared and ready for the trip. This year was not an exception. We were small in number this year but not in desire and effort. Our group consisted of Kelly Case, Nathan Case, Vada McNally, Savanna Laubmeier, and myself. We were joined by some sisters from the Church of Christ in Colon. One example of our work there; when we pulled up to the small village of Cuango we saw a couple of children but that was deceptive. By the time we found a school teacher who opened a building that had a good size open area and a couple of children were sent to ask their friends to come to the building we had 60+ children in VBS. There were many things about this trip that reminded me that God’s world is very big and that the need to share his gospel is great.

I’m now back home and our Vacation Bible School is in full swing. Wow, what a lot of work. No, no, not by me but by a small group of Christians who have organized, printed, cut out, hung up, created, constructed, moved in, moved out, climbed, cleaned, etc. etc. etc. It is amazing what they have done to convert our church building into a laboratory, a “Power Lab” to be more exact. It’s great to see our ladies, men and youth all working together for the kids. One of the things that Hurricane Katrina did was to make us an older group of Christians. We have struggled to reach the young married with young children. We love kids and VBS is a great effort to let the community know. Sue Eyrich has been the heart and soul of the efforts to get VBS together and she has done wonderfully. Sue along with many others are making this a great week.

You know, when you put it like that,
it’s turning out to be great Summer!
Maybe I just need a nap.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. lesjr permalink
    July 22, 2008 4:01 pm

    If you get a nap, snooze a few minutes extra for me!

    Love you friend!


  2. July 22, 2008 4:50 pm

    Nap doesn’t sound half bad…ahh..maybe tomorrow. Madison did the Power Lab VBS also. I tried to say as far away from the building as I could…to much energy for this old man LOL. Here is a link to let you know what I mean:

  3. July 24, 2008 1:20 pm

    Got the nap and snoozed a little extra just for you Les. Hope you feel better.

    Big Brother
    Thanks for the VBS link. It looks like you guys have had as much fun with this as we have.

    By HIS Grace!

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