Summer of ’15

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I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever!  Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.  Your unfailing love will last forever.  Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.

Psalms 89:1-2

That about sums it up, doesn’t it.  In the light of all the bad news we’ve had from the media this year, we have a choice.  We can dwell on all that bad news, or we can focus on the Good News of God’s unfailing love.  With the reality of all the violence and darkness around us, we can choose to cower in a corner or we can be the light we were created to be.  I remember years ago when our family went to Carlsbad Caverns.  There was a spot on the tour when all the lights were turned off.  I’ve never seen darkness so absolute.  The tour guide then lit a single match.  The contrast was immense.  It seemed much brighter than any match I had ever seen.  It showed me that it is in times of greatest darkness when the light can’t be missed!

So, with the Psalmist, I make it my task to shine.  You see, darkness is only the absence of light. So if we let God’s love shine through us, darkness has to leave.

This summer we’ve had the privilege of shining His light into the lives of young and old in camps and churches.  The Lord has used the power of music and story as His match and He has drawn them to Himself.  I have posted a few pictures of some of the Summer altar responses.

We are looking at a busy Fall and are excited about what adventures lie ahead.  No matter what the Supreme Court decides, Jesus is still Lord.  No matter how antagonistic the culture is towards people of faith, His love still wins.  The ultimate victory is already decided.  He has won.

Enjoy these pics of some of the summer ministry and harvest and pray for our ministry as we go forward.  Pray about giving a generous gift to help us keep going.

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Ministry at Ceta Canyon Elementary One-Way camp Been going here since 1979!

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High memory campers win the BibleQuest gold medals!

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The altar call is a powerful time at Ceta Canyon.

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We were back for our second year at Sacramento Methodist Assembly with the elementary camp. Awesome time!

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The morning devotions on the hillside were breath taking!

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Each night, the children came forward to pray. Sweet time of ministry. 

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It was a delight to work with the kids in Denver City, TX. They worked hard for their medals!

 

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I wish you could have been here on this night. The time of prayer and commitment was powerful!

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This was a great place of ministry in Marked Tree, AR. A small town and a small church, but a big heart and hunger for God.

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You just shine the light, and God draws people to Himself. Light dispels darkness.

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The children in Siloam Springs had a blast in BibleQuest!

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Check out the medal winners! The pastor told me that children who were with me when I was there 7 years ago, still knew the books of the Bible!

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My brother, Jerry Putnam, is pastor of the St. Philips UMC in Garland, TX

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We sang together as children. Now, he joins me in a song during a concert in his church. There are 4 of the 10 siblings who are in ministry.

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The kids sang all the books of the Bible for the congregation on Sunday morning here at St. Phillips UMC.

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It was a joy to bring the story of Gideon to the “over 55″ group at their monthly luncheon at Whites Chapel UMC in Southlake, TX. Felicia and I attend here when we’re not on the road.

 

 



Christian camping can make a BIG difference in a child’s life.

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I love church camp.  I can’t help it.  It is one of my favorite things to do.  This year is my 37th year as a storyteller for elementary church camps.  I’ve worked at Ceta Canyon Camp and Retreat Center, Butman Methodist Camp, and Sacramento Camp and Retreat Center.  I’ve had the joy across those years of speaking  to thousands of boys and girls and seeing God do some pretty remarkable things.