On the day after Memorial Day we headed west for a time of vacation and ministry in the western states. Pastor Charles and Sharon Amell, missionaries to the Sioux Indians provided overnight accommodations for us in Ravina, South Dakota on Tuesday night. Wednesday we drove to Sinclair, Wyoming where Baptist Youth Mission is located. We spent all day Thursday at BYM doing work projects which included cleaning for Carole and carpentry for me.
Baptist Youth Mission is a ministry supported by our church (Calvary Baptist in Watertown). It is the ministry of Mike and Sandi Holmes and is located in the historic Pasco Inn of Sinclair, WY. While we were there a number of young men were in training for VBS ministries all over the US. While their focus is the West, some of their VBS evangelists come to Wisconsin for ministry. They also provide ministry for churches in day rallies, youth evangelism, and even assisting church planting efforts.
Friday, June 2nd we drove to Casper, Wyoming where Carole’s mother and family live. We spent the weekend with them enjoying a time of fellowship and fun together. On Sunday we attended Lighthouse Baptist Church in Casper where Jim Horton is the pastor. Pastor asked me to speak in the evening service, and so I was able to preach while on vacation (busman’s holiday).
Tuesday June 6th we drove to Denver, Colorado to attend the New Testament Association annual meeting June 6-8. The NTA is a national fellowship of church similar to the WFBC only on a national scale. While attending the conference we stayed with my sister-in-law in Westminster. The conference was held at Calvary Baptist Church in Golden, Colorado. Pastor Ted Sutherland is the pastor and he formerly pastored in Wisconsin. I preached for one of the morning sessions on Wednesday about the ministry of the servant. We returned home on Friday having travelled over 3100 miles in 11 days. We were glad to be back in Wisconsin.