Tuesday, August 7, 2007

O Canada

A couple of men from the camp took Prof Lauter and me up to the Candian border today during our afternoon down time. There is a little park there between the border crossings called the "Peace Arch Park". There is a huge white arch there commemorating the friendship between the U.S. and Canada. The rest of the park is a garden of amazing flowers.

Camp is going pretty well. I lead the congregational singing and sing a solo in every evening service (and three services on Sunday), and the Bible study I am teaching is during the morning session at 10am. We are two lessons into the Bible study, and it seems to be going well. The people are interested, and we are having a good time looking at the compound forms of the name Yahweh in Scripture. Scroll down below to see some of the beautiful flowers we saw up at the border park:

Thursday, August 2, 2007

On the Road Again

I (Matt) will be headed out early tomorrow morning to the Northwest Washington Holiness Association Camp Meeting in Ferndale, WA. It's 20 miles from the Canadian border. Prof Lauter is the evangelist for the camp, and I am the song evangelist and Bible teacher. Prof volunteered me for this, so if I throw up all over my shoes, I'm blaming it on him.

This will be the farthest west I've ever been, and I'm interested to see another part of the country. It's supposed to be 95 degrees all week in Kentucky, and I'm not sad about leaving that behind. Interestingly enough, with all my missions travels, I have only flown twice within the U.S. not attached to an international flight - both of them were to Washington, D.C. Now I make my third completely domestic flight, and it is to Washington state. Coincidence? Perhaps I am developing an obsessive compulsion.

Anyway, I would appreciate prayers, particularly for the Bible study that I'm leading. I've never done anything like it before (except Wed. night Bible study at church, but I won't be in High Bridge anymore, Toto), and I'm feeling a little apprehensive. There are five sessions, Monday-Friday of next week, and we'll be looking at the compound or hyphenated forms of the name Yahweh (Yahweh Yireh, Yahweh Shalom, Yahweh Rapha, etc.). I hope these folks know what they got themselves into inviting these two hillbillies from Eastern Kentucky out to minister to them. (I wonder if they'll let me bring my snakes on the plane? Wasn't that a movie....)