When we moved our ministry from Kingsville to Georgetown, it was easily the hardest move that we have ever made. Words are inadequate to express the grace and kindness we had experienced at First Baptist Church in Kingsville. With their help and generosity, we owned a nice home upon which we had no mortgage. We were in our early forties. Our son was in the fifth grade and our daughters in college. We had to leave the eldest behind to attend Texas A and M Kingsville. Georgetown housing was much more expensive, and our pay was considerably less. Suffice it to say we were stretched to the limit with the need to adjust to a new area. There was real culture shock if you can believe it. We had become South Texans during our ten year stay there and our church was loving and joyful.
Here we are spending our nineteenth Thanksgiving in Georgetown, and the changes are breathtaking. Crestview has become one of the best known churches in the state. I would not say that, but people from everywhere tell me so. I will never forget a Baptist missionary in Yangon telling me that our church was known all over that city of 5 million people for the work we have done there. So I guess we are not unknown around the world.
I am deeply thankful for what the Lord has brought to pass. I am thankful for our wonderful people and our wonderful staff. I am thankful for the Lord’s numerous blessings on my family. I am so blessed with the wife and wonderful family the Lord has given me. In particular, I have noticed that the same loving joyful attitude that was so hard to give up in Kingsville now pervades the fellowship of Crestview. You sense it in our worship. You sense it in our ministries. You sense it in the warmth of our interactions with one another. I am thankful for the people God has placed in my life. I will close with a favorite passage that expresses my heart.
“I thank my God upon my every remembrance of you, always, in every prayer of mine for you all. I always pray with joy when I think of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Christ. It is only right for me to feel this way about you for I have you in my heart.” Philippians 1:3-7