This is the way a 21′st century circuit rider gets around. This motorhome makes it possible for us to travel across the nation and offer Christ to others. You can imagine what it would be like if we had to load and unload suitcases when we are on the road over 200 days each year. Not to mention the task of trying to sleep on dozens of different beds.
Monohans, TX, is a community I’ve driven past on I-20 on my way to El Paso. It’s a small community win the middle of the
I’ve been in Andrews TX several times over the years of our ministry. We’ve fallen in love with the church and with the community. We’ve watched as the town has grown and the church’s ministry has expanded. We’ve got friends here in Andrews who have prayed for our ministry for years. So, in some ways it was a reunion to be back in town.
After a LOOOONG drive across country, Felicia and I arrived in Fort Valley, GA. We were greeted with a crew to help us unload and shown to our parking place behind the church, complete with welcome sign, basket of fruit and a welcome and pot plants.
This church exemplified the phrase, “southern hospitality”. We felt like part of the family from the moment we arrived.
It was a delight being in Covington,LA. It is a beautiful town! A gorgeous part of the country! But more importantly, it is where my brother, Byron Putnam, and his sweet family reside. It was so good to be able to spend time with them and work together for this time of renewal. As an added bonus, we got to see one of our nieces play the role of Cosette in a production of Les Mis. She did an absolutely amazing job.
We had a great time in Silsbee, TX. This was a return visit to this community and one of many times of working with our good friend, Rev. Dan Darby. I first worked with Dan in the 80′s, when he was in his first church in East Texas. We’ve been friends with him and his family ever since.
The meeting in Silsbee went very well.
Rev. Mike Mayhugh grew up in the church we attended in Bedford, TX. For a while he was an intern under the ministry of my brother, Jerry Putnam, who now pastors in Garland, TX. So, we go way back. It’s been fun to watch his ministry grow and blossom across those years. The hand of God has been on him and his wife, Lisa. I love what is happening here at Christ UMC in Sugarland, and Felicia and I were thrilled to be a part of this faith community this week.
Many think that in an urban church where people have to deal with rush hour traffic and tight schedules, there would not be a chance they would come out for renewal services in the evenings. But they proved that axiom wrong this week. We had wonderful participation from children, youth, and adults alike! The staff had done an AMAZING job of preparation. They prayed and prepared carefully for this event. They even sent out a mailing to over 26,000 households in their immediate area! God honored their efforts with an amazing week.