We were at Lifegate Baptist Church in Ellisville, MO last night. I have no idea what great thing God was attempting to do last night, but the Devil was surely fighting us. What a day! None of the kids took naps, which meant neither did we. They all had to be spanked, and were all crabby and hard to deal with before we left. Plus, there was a lot of last minute stuff that almost made us late to church. It felt like walking into the wind all day until we got there. Like I said before we left "Well, we must be going the right way, because the Devil sure is fighting us." The meeting went well. Pastor Squires and his wife Marion were very gracious, and everyone was very helpful. They gave us a very generous love offering, which is very important in these weeks remaining before I quit my job. I'm going to be leaving my job a week earlier than planned, because Anna's grandfather is doing worse. We'll be taking a meeting up in Scott's Bluff, Nebraska on January 2, then spending the rest of the week with the Brush's in South Dakota. I think God is motivating these churches to be generous to us because he planned all along for it to be this way, and wanted to reassure us that everything is in His control, and that we will be provided for. We have a conference in Philadelphia, MO next weekend (Philadelphia Baptist Church, Roger Stevens), so be praying for us as we drive, and attend the conference. I am going to have to take a half-day off on Friday, and again on Monday so we can crash when we come home Sunday night (it's a four-hour drive from here). Also, I have to give my boss the news of my looming resignation soon, and I dread it a bit, because I hate to leave a good job where people are depending on me. And yet I must.
Here’s the picture I took before we got the windshield replaced. I guess God still has plans for me, eh? God has provided 200 dollars for the windshield, which has been replaced now. Thank you all for your prayers.
Just FYI. Somebody came forward to help us with the cost of the windshield! Praise the LORD! So, for those of you who were praying….
It's been an interesting few days.
Yesterday, I discovered after being pulled over for having expired plates that some thief had scraped the tags off my plates (no ticket, sorry traffic cop).
Then, we had placed an ad on EBay to sell some craft items my wife made, and was unable to sell after two craft fairs, when, get this, the server I was hosting the pictures on crashed. So, both websites were down all day yesterday, and our email with them. If anybody tried to email us yesterday and couldn't get through, that's why.
Then, today, as I'm driving home from a job down in Arnold, MO, some punk drops a 3 inch lag bolt off an overpass and nearly through my windshield. At first I thought I'd been shot, until I saw the bolt sticking out of the glass. It's still there, because we don't have the money to get the stupid thing fixed. So, I guess I'll be driving our huge white passenger van to work for awhile. We were going to sell the blue van next year anyway, but I kind of needed it 'til then….
Sometimes, you wish they'd bring back public floggings, you know?
Anyway, thought you'd like to know so you could be praying.
Finally got our first prayer letter put together and mailed out, and our first email update. Man, those prayer letters are a lot of work. And the postage!! And we're just getting started! Crikey! Finally got the Christmas lights up as well, standing on my rickety, demon-possessed ladder that plots to kill me every time I use it. The kids love this stuff. I try not to think about how the number of Christmases left in this house is diminishing. Makes the trouble of decorating worth it, considering the memories we're building for 'em.
Our meeting at Mission Hill Baptist Church in Palmyra, MO (9 miles outside Hannibal) went well. There was a good crowd, and I really felt like what we had to say resonated with the people. I always enjoy any opportunity to minister to folks, and it encourages me to be used of God to help people grow and serve the LORD more effectively. They gave us a very generous love offering, which was very timely, because we were needing to buy a few more items for the kids for Christmas, but weren't sure how we were going to obtain the money. Plus, it appears they're going to take us on for support as well. Praise the LORD! It amazes me how God works.
Be praying about January. Much hinges on when the churches I've been to already send in their support, if any. If they get it in this month, then we'll be alright, and will receive it the first of January. If they wait 'til January, we won't get anything 'til February, which could make January very tight. I'm working the first week of January, and then no more after that, so these kind of things are rather important.
Grace Baptist Missions of Uganda
James and Anna Huckabee
P.O. Box 1830
Grace Baptist Missions
Pastor Ken Spilger
11642 Riverview Dr.
Saint Louis, MO 63138
Central Missionary Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 219228
Houston, Texas 77218-9228