Time that we spend in the US is always very busy but not always very exciting to relate. That is why we have gone almost two months with a SteffeScope but we wish you to rest assured we remain busy in the tasks to which we have been assigned.
On October 8, Bruce celebrated his 60th birthday. Friends loaned us their beautiful beach house in Wrightsville Beach. Bruce’s folks came from Michigan. Michelle flew from California and Bruce’s son drove down from Raleigh. Only Bethany was unable to come but we had a good night together a few days later. We enjoyed the water and the peace and quiet. It was a special weekend. Still hard to believe that one of us is so superannuated….
Last weekend, Bruce was asked to substitute as the plenary speaker at the Grace Church’s missionary conference. It was in Roanoke, Virginia and he spoke four times in 24 hours. They had planned for a speaker over two years ago, but he suddenly had to back out. A few weeks ago, Dr. Sam Williams, a friend who attends that church and who we know from multiple short-term mission trips, asked us to consider coming to speak. Our schedule was free that weekend and it was clearly God’s idea and not ours, so we accepted. It was a very pleasant weekend and we gained some new friends, brothers and sisters in the Lord.
The next weekend, November 4 and 5, Bruce will fly to a hotel near O’Hare airport in Chicago and will attend the Fall PAACS Commission meeting. It will be an intense day and a half before flying back Saturday night. He and his administrative team have been spending untold hours preparing for this meeting. The very next morning, he will present PAACS to one of the Senior Sunday School classes here.
One of the tasks to be accomplished at the business meeting is to undergo Bruce’s first-ever annual evaluation as CEO and he wanted to do some succession planning as well (see the first paragraph about the big 6-0). Fortunately, his friends know how to properly gauge things and have sent this Dilbert cartoon that deflates any erroneous idea of self-importance.
Bruce will also be flying to Zambia to participate in the oral examinations and annual general meeting of the College of Surgery of East, Central and Southern Africa. He will leave on November 30th and arrive back in the US on December 9th. He is already planning his detailed itinerary for the first four months of 2012, but we will share that schedule in the next newsletter.
Music Video: Michelle’s award-wining short-film, “The Interview”, has been sent to the committee deciding the Oscar nominations. Another project of hers, a music video about a song by Kenny Foster which talks about the response of the townspeople to the tornado that wiped out Joplin, Missouri is now on YouTube. She needs you to watch it to get the numbers up to promote its playing on the Country Music channel. Please enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx2aHbDWzhg&feature=player_embedded. It can be purchased from iTunes with all profits going to rebuilding of the town.
Praise and Prayer Requests:
- Please continue to keep Bruce’s daughter Bethany in your prayers.
- Praise for the healing of Paul Gray and Rich Davis, both of whom are back to work and in good health. God also provided the funds they needed.
- Pray for the upcoming meetings in Chicago and in Louisville. Pray for wisdom and for the Spirit to work in the hearts of all those who are coming to Louisville to seek His guidance for their lives.
- The economy affects all missionaries and faith-based organizations that rely on charitable donations. PAACS is being severely affected and we are being less severely affected. Pray that we will put our trust in Him in this matter as well as all the rest.
Carrying on, trying to keep the main thing the main thing,
Bruce, Micky and Sean