The Longest…

LyndenIt was the world’s longest (at least they were hoping so).  On Saturday, June 4th, we were at the Lynden, Washington “Farmers Day Parade.”  After the parade, they celebrated by creating the “world’s longest strawberry shortcake” (over three blocks long).

Lynden, Washington (located just south of the Canadian Border) is the picturesque town where Linda grew up. It was recently given the “best main street in America” award for small towns. If you’ve ever been there, you know it’s a treasure.

We were in Lynden on June 4th to celebrate Linda’s mom’s 80th birthday. We were also celebrating our anniversary; we were married in Lynden 33 years ago. At our wedding, we pledged to “serve Christ together as long as we both shall live.”  We sang together that we would “illumine the darkness where His light has not shown.”

Today has been the world’s longest day (at least for us).  We started the day (or was it yesterday?) by attending the early service at Grace Baptist Church, where we were married.  The pastor closed the service by having us all sing, “I have decided to follow Jesus.”  The song brings back memories for both of us of pledges to serve Jesus wherever He may lead.  Today that has led us to Hong Kong – from where we write.  We’ve been up ever since (more than 24 hours) as we await a flight to Bangkok, and then after a few hours sleep (we hope) another flight to Chiang Mai.

Rick will speak at a gathering for Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) staff in Chiang Mai and then at the Global Proclamation Congress with Ramesh Richard in Bangkok.  In both of these areas, we will seek to serve the servants of Christ who are making Christ known.

We would so greatly value your prayers.  As Paul told the believers in Corinth, “you help us by your prayers” (2 Corinthians 1:11). We’ll do our best to keep you posted in the coming weeks.



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