Dear Friend, My, how time spreads out families! In just a few days, our fourth grandchild will be leaving for college. That will put one in Texas, one in Indiana, one here in Minnesota and the latest one will be in Florida. As they spread out, our prayer is that each one will walk close with...

Dear Friend, We praise the Lord for His continued blessings on this ministry. God has been so good to us. Even though we have faced some serious financial concerns over the past few months all the bills have been paid on time. We also praise the Lord for His safety to us as we travel. We are so thankful that...

Dear Friend, June has now passed into the archives. It does not seem possible that 2008 is over half completed. Mid-June, we pulled the trailer to Illinois where I had the honor of performing part of the wedding of our niece, a recent graduate of Crown College in Tennessee. We continued eastward to Denver, PA,...

Dear Friend, Praise the Lord for the safe arrival of another grandchild! Hudson (after Hudson Taylor) Thatcher Odell (after my father) Jessup arrived by C-section on Thursday, May 15, at about 5:00PM. He weighed 8 lbs 2 oz and everyone is doing fine. As you know, there was some concern about fluid on the brain during pregnancy, but everything seems...

Dear Friend, May was a busy, but blessed month as we were back on the road. What a blessing it is to present the ministry of Baptist Church Planting Ministry. One hundred twenty five thousand gospels of John and the Book of Romans have been completed and distributed in the three church starts completed this year. These...

Dear Friend, I just returned from the bladder specialist today, and I had another clear checkup with no new cancerous tumors. He told me if I go one more year without new tumors we can increase the period between checks to one year. That would be a great blessing, but we praise the Lord for His goodness to us with...

Dear Friends in Christ, God has been so gracious to meet the needs of the new churches birthed this year. Both the Faithway Baptist Church in Leesburg, VA, and Revival Baptist Church in Reynoldsburg, OH, report God’s blessing on them since they were birthed. By the time that you receive this letter, Community Baptist Church...

Dear Friend, I am a bit late with this letter because we wanted to wait until after we finished working on a church plant in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Reynoldsburg is a suburb of Columbus and the church was reproduced by Newark Baptist Temple in Heath. Several churches helped with the meetings and God blessed. We averaged around sixty-five each evening, with...

Dear Friends in Christ, I can say with confidence, “Spring is almost here!” For the past several weekends we have seen measurable snowfall. We have received from 1-7” each weekend. This past weekend, Virginia, MN, was hit with thirty-two inches of snow. Although cold temps hang on, things are heating up spiritually as churches are birthed. In...

Dear Friend, Thank you so much for praying for our ministry this month and for the issues facing us. Mrs. Steven is doing well with the knee replacement and should be back on her feet in a few weeks. Brother Steven is doing pretty well, but is still tired from all the radiation he has taken. I am doing better...