SIBI Retreat

What an incredible thing it is to gather with the faculty and staff of Sunset and spend time praying, singing and being inspired! It's hard to believe that another year of classes is beginning and tomorrow we will be gathering for chapel and getting back in the flow of ministry training. I am so blessed to work with the greatest group of men and women imaginable.

There were about a dozen or so of our SIBI International Division personnel there as well as those from the Residential and External Studies Divisions.  We had a myriad of meetings, but the most amazing thing was the fellowship and devotion. I have included a picture of the group gathered to sing and spend time reflecting on the things of God. It just doesn't get much better than that! 

Moving Out!

It was an amazing experience to see our older son Alan (pictured in red) head off to our alma mater, Lubbock Christian University a couple of years ago. We were proud of Alan and knew he would do well, but we were also a little grateful to have Daniel (in purple) still at home. This weekend the boys are loading their stuff in the back of our van and pickup and hauling it off to the apartment they will share while they go to LCU. It's quite traumatic and thrilling, which is sort of odd since their apartment is only about a mile away from us! It's a small step, but an important step for the family.

There are several great blessings that come to mind at the moment:

1. Having two sons that are faithful Christians is one of the greatest blessings that Brenda and I share.

Grandma & Grandpa Haynes

Well, It's official. We have joined the ever growing group of grandparents. Eden Grace Haynes was born at 5:59 P.M. on July 31st. She weighed in at 5 lbs. 11 ozs. and is 18 inches long. She has already won the hearts of all who have visited, including Nana and Papa. Mom, Dad, and baby are all doing very well. A room full of cousins, aunts, uncles, and various other relatives and friends awaited her arrival.

We are so grateful to so many who have kept Leslie, Matt, and Eden in your prayers. God has truly blessed us yet again!

Proud to be called Papa,


Focusing On Missions

Several of us at Sunset were blessed to be together at the Global Missions Conference in Arlington, Texas. It was a great gathering and many of our mission partners were there. Brenda, along with her mother and her sister Sharla, taught the third through sixth graders who attended the conference and several of us (Truitt, Jay and I) were able to teach classes there.

It was great to be reunited wth several of our graduates, including David and Olivia Nelson who are on their way to Kharkov, Ukraine as a part of a church planting team from SIBI and MRN. They met while Olivia was an AIMer in New Zealand. David had lived there most of his life as part of a mission family and was raised as a 'Kiwi'. David and Olivia graciously offered to come a assist in teaching the third through sixth graders about missions.

Danger! Keep Off!

Mission work is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage, boldness and a faith willing to take a step where most in the world would retreat to safety. Daniel Peters from the Auckland AIM team probably shouldn't be in the hanggliders ramp, but his picture reminds me of the heart that you have to have to choose to leave what is comfortable and be thrown into a new and different world for the cause of Christ.

The Sun Sets On Another Wonderful Mission Journey

This will likely be my last blog entry for this missionary journey. My next one will be from the Global Missions Conference in Arlington, Texas this coming week (make plans to come and attend my class if possible - should be a great time for all). Pictured here is the sun setting over the city of Adelaide, Australia. As I was listening to Ron Bainbridge and Craig Peters speak yesterday (Dwight speaks today), I was reminded all over again that "the sun never sets on the work of Sunset". While we are sleeping in Lubbock, our co-workers are already at work on the other side of the world. In fact, with students in 37 countries around the world, there is likely not an hour of the day when a Bible is not being read or a prayer is not being offered by one of our students around the globe. It's awe-inspiring to be a part of such an effort and I praise God for his providencial care of our work and his continued blessing.

Macquarie Lectureship

Greetings from the Macquarie lectureship! It is exciting to see Christians from all over Australia here in Sydney for the MSOBS lectureship. At the same time, Catholic young people from all over the world are gathering in Sydney to see the Pope and attend Word Youth Day or what is being called in the news as the Catholic Woodstock, children of God are gathering at the Macquarie Church of Christ to sing praises, listen to words from Scripture, encourage one another to be more evangelistic and fellowship with the saints. It's been great to meet our 4 Aussie students and the wonderful Christians in the Sydney area and beyond.

Fishing In A Large Pond

As we overlooked the ocean with the Auckland church planting team, a fisherman walked by us with his tackle box and pole to fish.  It was a reasonably long and sturdy looking pole, but it looked small in comparison to the rocks and the waves. I couldn't imagine what was in the tackle box, but the man seemed resolute, despite the obvious lack of size for such a task. As I watched him walk bravely to the waters edge, I began to see some parallels. We, whether we are discussing the South Pacific or any part of the world, are fisherman facing a giant ocean filled with a variety of incredible fish (or in our case men and women). We cross the rocks of this world and throw what seems to be a small hook from a small pole into the vast sea before us just hoping that someone will react to the incredible gospel that dangles from the hook.

Prayer Reqest for Tamara Cook

Sunday 8:15pm Singapore time

Hello everyone,

Tamara was in surgery for a little longer than 6 hours Saturday (2:00pm to 8:00+pm). It took longer than thought due to extra "repairs" needing to be done, but she is presently recovering in ICU and will be there for a day or two. Then she will be moved to a regular hospital room. Her previous pain has been relieved! Now she is going through whatever recovery pain there is to be found after a back surgery.

Please continue your prayers in her and Charles behalf and I will update you as time goes by. Thank you for your partnership in prayer through this trial for the Cook family.

On a different note.... We just finished up our second weekend of studies with Gerald Paden teaching the Old Testament sacrificial system course and next weekend he will return to include a study of the book of Hebrews. Near 40 students are in regular attendance!

More to come!!!

A servant for Jesus & the billions in Asia,

(From previous emails:

Enjoying Auckland

Greetings from Auckland! After a wonderful day of worship and relaxation with our brothers and sisters on the Auckland church planting team, we went to the beach and a tasty Portuguese restaurant. Jennifer Cherry was not able to be with us due to an illness, but the rest of the team took Dwight and I to the beach and it was a beautiful site to behold. Pictured here (left to right) are Dwight Whitsett, Morgan and Skylar Ely, Elijah and Kristen Peters, Justin Cherry and little Rylee Cherry (a little shy at the moment). This team is doing a great job of assimilating in the community, making preparations for the actual church plant next month, and setting the stage for a church planting movement in this area of the world.



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