It has been an interesting few months since our last update. December ended with a bang, and January has shown no signs of slowing - not so much with activity (though we did have Christmas programs in Kemmerer and Cokeville), but with snow. In the few weeks since Christmas, the roads have been shut down and a travel ban has been in place twice, with the latest one lasting for three days. Living in the beauty of Wyoming is not for the faint of heart in winter, and we have come to enjoy and embrace the snow! Through what look like terrible storms, God is providing our water for... (Read more)
Fall has arrived, and the aspens are a brilliant yellow against the drab landscape, and the temperature is finally cooling off - for which we are very thankful! The relief of cooler temperatures coincides with the rest we are (finally) getting after a busy season of ministry.
After our Vacation Bible School in July, we started preparing for our mission family's annual conference, which we hosted in Kemmerer this year at the end of September. It was a lot of work, and we are thankful that it's not here every year! James was very busy with coordinating the music, AV,... (Read more)
Thank you so much for your prayers and to those who gave and helped with VBS in Cokeville. God provided the money for a Uhaul trailer, which helped tremendously during the week. We were able to take just one trip over there with everything, and leave the trailer at the park for tear-down and set-up each day (instead of having to drive multiple carloads to and from the church each day). It's definitely something we'll be planning to do again in the future.
We had a small number of children this year, but the ones who came very excited to be there and especially... (Read more)
Things have been very busy for us recently with ministry in Kemmerer and Cokeville, including the funeral of one of our dear folks from Cokeville and Kemmerer. James was privileged to perform the funeral on May 28th and have opportunity to preach the gospel to many who are unsaved.
Ministry in Kemmerer, both in the church and the local jail, has been flourishing. Several in the jail have made professions of faith over the last few months, with many showing signs of spiritual growth. The church body has grown to the point of needing larger facilities, so we have been... (Read more)
As some of you know, our year started with sadness and cross-country travel. Right after Christmas, Elizabeth's father became suddenly ill and was hospitalized shortly afterward. He quickly ended up in the ICU, and passed into glory about 2 weeks later.
We ended up driving cross-country at the very beginning of January to be there for whatever happened. Thankfully, God allowed us to have an appointment already scheduled for Elizabeth in Salt Lake City, which required us to travel down - and thus escape a storm that shut down our entire town and the interstate across... (Read more)
The Christmas season is in full swing, and we are busily preparing for our special Christmas programs in both Kemmerer and Cokeville. We are looking forward to sharing the news of Christ's birth with our communities, and are praying earnestly that God would work in hearts to draw more people to Himself. It is His coming that not only bridged the gulf between us and our God, but is the source of the Good News that we have been called to preach!
We had a special Thanksgiving Pie and Praise fellowship in Cokeville a few weeks ago, and besides a few... (Read more)
We rejoice in the safety and recovery of many who we know who have contracted COVID. And we both mourn and rejoice for those few dear ones whom God has chosen to relieve earthly sufferings and take into His presence - one of whom was Kathy Ehmann, the wife of our mission board director and a source of great help to the mission and encouragement to us all. We are grateful that we both seem to have been spared so far, but we know that it is all in God's hands no matter what!
On the health front, continue to pray for Elizabeth as she fights this Wegener's flareup. She has... (Read more)
To say a lot has happened since our last update would be an understatement. In all things, God has been good to us, showering us with grace and strength!
During the last week of July we had VBS in Cokeville, with the tremendous support of our church family in Kemmerer, who helped provide both necessary supplies and physical help throughout the week. Though we had fewer children this year, with a high attendance of 11, we had multiple children come from the previous three years, and all who came were excited and eager to participate. We praise God for their attendance... (Read more)
Summer has come to Wyoming, and brought 90 degree weather along with it. We are missing the cold, but are thankful for some extra rain over the past month that has helped provide some much-needed moisture for our area.
It has been a challenging two months since our last update. James has been about the same overall, but has also been dealing with an eye ulcer that's fairly painful, especially in the bright summer sun. The eye doctor prescribed two types of drops for him to use, and we are praying for full healing over the next few weeks.
Elizabeth took a turn... (Read more)
He is Risen, He is Risen indeed! We had a good but tiring Easter, with a special Song & Scripture Service in Cokeville. Please continue to pray for those in Cokeville who have heard the Gospel, especially C&J and R&R. Also, pray as the LDS church has begun meeting again and some of our regular attenders have returned to their services at the ward.
Please continue to keep Elizabeth in your prayers as she is still trying to bounce back from the infusions. Her labs are showing good results, but she continues to battle chronic fatigue along with a few other physical... (Read more)