Happy Fall! Both Kemmerer and Cokeville are starting to slow down from all the tourists and temporary workers that we had during the summer. Fall is in full swing here with brilliant golden aspens and deep red bushes. It is also time for our own preparations for winter, with snowfall already happening in the higher elevations around us and hopefully in our area soon. We are certainly enjoying the cooler weather after a long, hot summer!
We are giving thanks to God that Elizabeth's reconstruction surgery went well. Beyond fixing the structural issues, the surgical... (Read more)
We are so thankful for your prayers and continued support! In July, we had a one-day Vacation Bible School in Cokeville. We had to move it to July 14th, since the Pioneer Day Junior Rodeo was taking place on our original date. Pioneer Day is an important regional holiday out here in the Mountain West, especially in the heavily Mormon areas, that celebrates the LDS "pioneers" who came west. It is an especially big holiday in Cokeville with Rodeo and Junior Rodeo, plus many family reunions and other town celebrations. In fact, with all the visitors and extended family coming... (Read more)
The year is moving fast, and so is the melting snow (finally!). This past winter saw record-breaking amounts of snowfall, which caused many days and early mornings of snow shoveling and plowing. However, amongst all that work, we are very thankful for the abundant water supply for our coming summer and fall. Yet as the weather warms, there is a high chance of flooding in our area due to such rapid snowmelt. Please pray that our snow will melt in a way that fills our regional reservoirs and doesn't cause any major flooding.
We are thankful for the... (Read more)
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)