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Ministry is always a team effort -- Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 48+ years! Countless others have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. My favorite breakfast is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of quality coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to serve and share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature in Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!

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January 2018

Check this out!! "bits from bob" is back!

Upcoming 2018 Mission and Ministry Schedule

  • [Note: The customary "down time" at the end of the year and the beginning of a new year is being extended this year. This will allow more time for seminar preparations, audio and video production, and writing projects. However, the primary reason for not scheduling mission trips in January and February is the need for cataract surgery to try to resolve some troublesome vision problems.]

  • February 20 - March 6: Mission Trip to Chile [Santiago, La Serena, Chillan]
  • March-April-May: Wednesday night adult Bible class, Park Plaza, Tulsa, OK
  • April 12-24: Mission Trip to Ecuador (Ibarra and surrounding churches) and Colombia (Preacher-Leader Conference in Túquerres)
  • May 31 - June 12: Mission Trip to Peru [dates tentative]
  • The 2018 Calendar is available online. I hope you can attend an event when I am in your area. Contact me for details or to schedule an event. With limited dates remaining on the 2018 and the 2019 calendars, I am currently booking 2020.

    2017 Report: Evaluating Missions, Seeking Eternal Results

    I'm sorry. I apologize in advance! For raising unspeakable questions -- questions no one wants to hear, much less answer. Have I not heard the saying, "One soul is worth all the money in the world"? Yes, but my sense of stewardship and honesty says the questions must be asked. How is the mission effort in your local church doing? How many new disciples are being won for Christ? How many new churches are being planted? How many disciples are being equipped as active workers in the kingdom? God's purpose is eternal. What are the eternal results?

    I pray that we can improve our mission efforts. A first step is to evlauate our missions so we can understand where we are, seeing both strengths and weaknesses. A second step is to increase accountability. A missions' deacon in another state told me, "Our elders have their favorite mission works and the missions committee cannot ask for accountability from those mission points." Sad. Those involved in mission work should be held accountable for the eternal results. Those who oversee mission programs in local churches are accountable to God for the results. Church leaders are accountable for results. Missionaries are accountable; those who participate in short-term mission trips are accountable. When money given to the Lord is used for "mission work," all of those involved are accountable.

    I am not manufacturing a problem where none exists. I write about real situations, not imaginary. I read numerous mission reports each month. Last month, a mission report caught my eye. The report was from a church (not my home church), summarizing the mission activities of the past year. The report said that the "efforts of the local church are making disciples all over the world." The evidence given was that the church provided support for a certain number of full-time missionaries, and that a certain number of members of the local church had gone on mission trips. There is the problem. We are measuring the process and feeling pretty good about it. Look at the number of missionaries, look at the number of members on mission trips. Brothers and sisters, those are not the results, those are the process. If the goal is disciples and the claim is for disciples, should it not be possible to measure and mention also the number of disciples?

    Missionaries...mission trips...but what were the results? How many disciples? How many new disciples? How many stronger disciples? Does anyone know? The book of Acts includes numbers in the early chapters -- 3000, 5000; then it seems that the numbers became too large for counting -- the number multiplied, many more were added.... Let's be honest. We do not mention disciples because the results are meager. We do not count and demand accountability because it would be embarrassing.

    I believe in evaluating the past and planning the future. I want you to hold me accountable. Here is a quick summary of my 2017 -- 30+ churches visited; contact with leaders from 70+ churches; evangelism training, campaigns, seminars, leadership development; the churches I work with are evangelistic; a conservative number is at least 1000 baptisms in the churches and church plantings during 2017. Brothers and sisters, the fields are white unto harvest, pray for laborers who will reap the harvest!

    God's purpose is eternal. God is at work among his people empowering eternal results. I cherish you who are prayer partners and financial partners in this ministry. You make possible the work -- eight international trips, ten US trips, publishing and production of materials. Here are seven of the places you have made an impact in 2017.

  • Chile, assistance with church planting and evangelism
  • Peru, preacher training, church planting, discipleship training, evangelism
  • Ecuador, participate in church planting and discipleship training, assist with church buildings
  • Colombia, church planting, church buildings, and evangelism
  • Venezuela, assistance in evangelism and helping meet the needs of the churches during difficult times
  • Honduras, support for preacher and missionary training, training in marriage and family
  • Honduras and El Salvador, preacher training, church planting
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    The complete article can be accessed and downloaded at: 2017 Mission Summary: Participating in God's Eternal Purpose.

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