Got ‘er done in record time. The music selection took longer than the actual slide preparation. We were finished, tho’, by 1700 on Tuesday, and home that night by around midnight. We gave our pastor and family a sneak preview Wednesday night. I have the remainder of the week off, so I’m capitalizing on the time to try and make phone calls, and do things to get ready for September, which is when we will be starting our first meetings. Currently, I’m working on a Flash animation version of our slide presentation, so folks can view the slides in their entirety from the internet. Keep your eyes peeled, because I intend to get that posted on the site today if possible.
The slide presentation is going much more quickly than expected. We had the slides (the pictures) ready when we came, thanks to Anna, and much of the editing to the script done, so we were able to get the slides to the printer and the voice recording done on Monday. Today, we trimmed the whole thing slightly to get it down to 9m58s, and now we’re working on the music. If things continue to progress as well as they have, we should be finished today. Neat!
We’re up to twelve meetings now! I’ve taken this whole week off so we can go down to Chattanooga (BIMI HQ) and get our slide presentation done. We’re working with Jerry Dwire to that end, and should have a finished product in a few days. Very cool. Necessary too, as September is booked up with meetings. I’m going to use the remainder of the week to make as many phone calls and line up as many meetings as I can. My goal is to have 50 by the end of the year. I’d like to make the leap to full-time deputation by then, so we’ll need a lot of meetings in order to make that happen. Pray for us as we continue to seek God’s will…
While at candidate school we realized the importance of setting goals for deputation and seeking to meet them. So we came home and James started a new job. We’d set some goals for setting up meetings but James’ work schedule didn’t really allow him to meet any of those goals.
The last couple of weeks God has really opened up them time for him to make calls to set up meetings. It is exciting to hear from him each time he gets done making calls and see what God has done.
Saturday we found out that the water pump on the van was going out. Thankfully it doesn’t look like anything is messed up in the engine. However, we can’t get it fixed yet. We needed an oil change on the smaller van that James uses for work but needed to save our money to fix the bigger van. James gave the smaller van an oil change. It went smoothly for the most part. He did get the wrong oil filter but was able to go back and get the right one without a problem.
More meetings. I scheduled these sitting in the shade in my van in between calls, using my cellphone. Juggling a full time job and deputation can require creative time management sometimes.
As of Friday, we’re scheduled for meetings at Open Door Baptist Church on November 13th, First Baptist in Grafton, IL on January 26, and Lafayette Bible Baptist for their Missions Conference January 12-16. Thanks to all the Pastors who graciously granted us time to share our vision for Uganda, Africa.
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