This past Sunday morning, I had the amazing privilege of baptizing our son Silas and niece Sahari. Praise the Lord! Also, our dear friend Preston Thompson got to baptize his daughter, Charli. You can watch the testimonies and baptisms below (or skip ahead to any particular one by clicking HERE and following the linked notes from the video)…
Rather than writing a weekly blog post this week, I recorded a weekly blog video in order to share my personal convictions about an issue that has, unfortunately, become far too political. No, I am not trying to convince you to wear a mask but rather to consider your motivations for doing so (or not doing so). In preparation for my Sunday morning message in our Walk Humbly sermon series, I want to challenge you to be prepared for God’s just judgment (as I’ll preach, Lord willing, from Micah 6) by responding to Him and others with humility and not with pride.
Well, this has certainly been a unique spring season. While we obviously pray for a quick end to this pandemic, we praise God for the time we have been able to spend together as a family. He has been gracious to us, so we are grateful for His love and provision, our health, our family, our church family, and much more.
Here are some picture highlights from the past couple of months, followed by a video the kids did in reflecting on our adoption of Micah three years ago…
During our mission trip to Guatemala June 1-8, we expected to be an encouragement and blessing to the children of Casa De Mi Padre, an orphanage and ministry of Child Rescue. Well, we might have been somewhat of a blessing, but it truly was the orphans who were a blessing to us. This was the common sentiment among our team of 17 who went on the trip. Praise the Lord for how he has delivered these children from some horrifying situations and placed them into a Christian home with people who love them, care for them and disciple them in Christ!
This past Sunday, Noah shared a brief testimony during our morning worship service, explaining some of the highlights from our trip. You can listen to the testimony HERE (best sound quality) or watch the video below.
Are you interested in going on a mission trip to Guatemala June 1-8, 2019? If so, you will have the amazing privilege of ministering to orphans, doing evangelistic outreach in public schools and the local community, worshiping and serving alongside a local church, and growing in your faith in Jesus Christ. Contact Richland Baptist Church for more information.
The fun begins!
Silas got the first push.
Then, it was Levi’s turn.
Noah was ready for me to push him.
Finally, Zoe was ready for ice flying.
We have never doubted Noah and Levi’s creativity. Today, along with Silas, they proved their creative zeal yet again. I walked outside to find them going in circles with their tractor/trike train. Thankfully, they continued long enough for me to run back inside to get my phone and shoot this video.
Noah has yet to fail in making people laugh with his self-labeled “Robotty” voice. Here he recites the Pledge of Allegiance in this hilarious voice.
Yesterday at the Relay for Life in Marshalltown, Iowa, my dad was the honorary speaker and gave a great speech about his battle with cancer, courage, faith and the need to put the “team” first. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Sorry, though, for the quality of the video, as the wind was blowing hard last night here in Marshalltown.
This is what happens when the Drake boys
are left unsupervised in the living room…
Noah learned this from his Ronnie Amca.