Up, Up, and Away

Up, Up, and Away

Once again it is time for me to head off to the mission field.  I fly out of Orlando today at 2:30 pm headed for Mangalore, India.  The trip will take me to Atlanta, Amsterdam, and Mumbai, India.   That will take approximately 24 hours.   I will be overnight and then fly one hour to Mangalore arriving around 2 am Friday, eastern standard time.  This is my ninth or tenth trip to India.
One of the key things that allows me to go is that Chapel Baptist Church is willing for me to go.  There is a great need for teaching national pastors.  However, not all churches understand the need or are willing to do their part to help meet the need.    The speaker at our annual Missions Conference was Pastor Doug Wood from Harvesters Baptist Church in Delaware, Ontario, Canada.   While here, we were talking and Pastor Wood said, “Churches have good years and bad years”.  He also said, “Families have good years and bad years”.   You have heard of the term “Politically Correct”.   Well, Pastor Wood’s statements are not “Spiritually Correct”.    We know that churches and Christians go through difficulties.  However, it is simply not spiritually correct to suggest that the difficulties could last for a whole year!    For many, a few minutes of difficulty is a sign of “problems”.   We find it difficult to admit that sometimes we face a lot of difficulties and those difficulties can last a long time.   Often, there is nothing we can do to “fix” them.   We are simply commanded to keep our eyes on the Lord and let Him accomplish His purposes in and through us.   There are not “one, two, three step” answers to many of the challenges of life.   We all know that is true, but, we don’t want to say it.

God has blessed our church in recent months.   He has brought in some new people.   We have had a few people get saved.   We have many people involved in serving the Lord.   There are those whose service is very public.  There are others whose service is only known by a few.   God uses the efforts of everyone in a church to create a Christlike atmosphere where people can grow in the Lord and be encouraged in their Christian life.   We thank God for the good spirit that has developed over the last six months or so and the commitment to allow the Lord to mold the church into what He wants it to be.
We continue to thank God for leading Pastor and Mrs. Boots to our church.   On March 28th they will have been here for six months.  The time has flown by.  They have been a blessing to us personally and to our church.  Both Joe and Laura have servant attitudes.  Their love for each other, the Lord, and the church is evident to all.   We praise God for answering our prayer by sending this wonderful, godly young couple to serve with us.
A few prayer requests:
Pray for Pastor Joe as he takes on a heavy preaching load and the responsibility for the oversight of the church.   This is in addition to his work at the South Lake Hospital.
Pray for the Boots as they are anticipating the birth of their second son, Timotheus, on or about March 31.
Pray for Nancy as she juggles many things in order to keep the wheels all turning in the right direction.
Pray or safe flights and smooth connections.
I will keep you posted on the trip.
Pastor Luppino

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