26 August 2011
Dear Friends and Partners,
The month of August was to be primarily a month of vacation for us. However, the month has been filled with surprising events that totally changed our course. The first was the sudden death of one of our spiritual sons, Steve Stephens, pastor of Word of Life Church, Rock Island, Illinois. The second was the death of one of Sherry’s younger brothers, Charles Stone. Both of these deaths happened in successive weeks and, to say the least, we have been busy traveling the nation attending to these matters. The one thing that has kept our hearts lifted during this time has been the words of Paul, “…thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV).
Steve and his wife, Rachel, have been a part of our spiritual family for many years and that relationship has been one of great importance to us. We first ministered with them nearly thirty years ago when they were establishing the church and we have built a very strong relationship over the years.
Sherry’s brother, Charles, was also very special to us and was a strong Christian and very open about his faith. His death was not totally unexpected, due to ill health, but he will be greatly missed. The most important thing that we can say about him is that we know that he is with the Lord and we will be with him in eternity.
As we look toward the month of September, Eugene plans to return to Colombia for several series’ of meetings. Colombia is a very fertile field for the work of the Lord and it has been our pleasure for many years to plant the seed of the Word of God in that nation.
Every year we conduct a “One Day Conference” at New Beginning Miracle Fellowship in Morrisville, Vermont to coincide with Columbus Day in the United States and Thanksgiving Day in Canada. This year that day will be the 10th of October. We invite you to join us as we minister on the subject “Pursuing The Holy Spirit.” For more information please call the church: 802-888-4730. We will be sending a special letter to those of you who live in the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada with additional information.
We want to thank you again for your love and determination to stand in faith with us as we continue to travel to the nations. God has used so many of you to encourage us and we appreciate you. It is also our desire to encourage you in the faith be reminding you that you are “blessed and highly favored” of the Lord. He said about you, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV).
Eugene & Sherry