20 June 2017 – Gillette, Wyoming, USA
Dear Friends and Partners,
The Psalmist wrote, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help?” (Psalm 121:1), and then immediately answered his own question, “My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth” (v.2). His “help” did not come from the hills; it came from God, the Creator of the hills.
We are writing you today from the state of Wyoming in the western United States where we are on vacation with friends from England. We have stood on the top of Pike’s Peak in Colorado at 14,115 feet elevation and have driven through the “High Plains” of Wyoming. We have stood and looked at the faces of four famous presidents of the U.S.A. at Mount Rushmore and gazed in amazement at the construction of the “Crazy Horse” Monument in South Dakota. And we are planning to see so much more. Yet, in the midst of all of the beauty and majesty, we have only seen the handiwork of God. He is so much greater than His creation, but we have acknowledged the fact that if He created all that we have seen and will see, He can truly be our “help.”
The truth of His care for all of us, including you, has become so real to us in recent days. God reminded us recently of a song that Eugene sang in the past, entitled “He Knew Me Then,” by Dallas Holm.
He knew me then, He knows me now, and He died for me.
He loved me then, and He loves me now, Oh, how can it be?
He saw my face, He knew the place that I would be today.
He knew me then, He knows me now, And He loves me.
It is with all of this in mind that we find ourselves coming to a new level of trust in the faithfulness of our wonderful Lord.
As we look to the future, we will have a busy few months both here in the U.S.A. and in Europe. We are looking forward to the Apostolic Resource Ministries Annual Conference in Indiana in July and being in Illinois and Iowa at the beginning of August. Later in August we will be traveling to France and Switzerland where we will be ministering in a number of churches as you can see from our schedule. We will also be ministering in meetings sponsored by Soteria, the ministry of Jean-Marc Bigler in Switzerland.
We ask that you pray for us and also for Christians all over this world who are in times of crisis. Recently, one of our churches, Legacy Life in Salem, Indiana, experienced a flood and lost the contents of their building as well as suffering extensive damage to the building itself. The area of the city where they are located had never experienced a flood in the past, so they had only normal insurance but not flood insurance. We thank God that many ministries and individuals have contributed to their restoration. We ask that you pray for them, and if you are led to help them financially, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you in doing so.
As always, you are loved with the love of the Lord. We also want you to know that you are appreciated for who you are in Christ Jesus. Remember what the Apostle Paul said about you, “You are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM. I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE’” (2 Corinthians 6:16).
Eugene & Sherry