Thanks for all the emails inquiring of the effect of the hurricane on us and our family. We had lots of rain but no issues. No flooding, no electricity lost, no trees down. We actually left the day before the rain started and headed to appointments in Washington DC. We are indeed thankful for God protecting us and our family! Thank you for your prayers!

It is a different story east of us. As North Carolina is recovering from the destruction caused by Florence, the devastation left behind cannot be understated. Over 400 roads are still closed. Rivers are still rising. Billions of dollars lost in the destruction. Many have lost all they have, some even their very own lives. Some are returning now to see what has happened to their homes, businesses and churches. It has been great to see how people, organizations are giving aid to those who need it so much.


The swearing in ceremony for the new Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy.

Grace and I as well as my brother, Joe and his wife, Kay, were invited to the swearing in ceremony for Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy. He was the Ambassador to Ethiopia at two different times as well as in other countries of Africa. We got to know him and his wife, Jane, during the communist days in Ethiopia. Grace would cut Jane’s hair and Jane would pay her with cans of Campbells mushroom soup straight from the US Commissary. That was a BIG deal!  Both love the Lord Jesus and attended and served at the International Evangelical Church in Addis.

Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, gave a great tribute to Tibor and his family to a crowd of about two hundred ambassadors, diplomats and friends from Tibor’s 35 years of service in the diplomatic corp.

What a great reunion with Tibor and Jane!  So honored to be invited to this grand and important occasion! Please pray for Tibor and Jane as they take on this immense responsibility. Pray too for their triplets, now married and serving in different places around the world
The Ethiopian Ambassador to the US,  the tall one, and Deputy Chief of Mission, invited the four of us to dinner that evening eating injera b’wut, the national dish, at an upscale Ethiopian restaurant. YUMMMM!!!  A great connection with lots of mutual respect!  What does the Lord have for each of us next?

Pease pray for the busy days of ministry ahead this fall to publicly proclaim the power of the gospel and share the privilege of serving Him.

  • October 11-15, Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, near Philadelphia.We were the first missionaries sent from this local congregation years ago.
  • October 17-21 Grace Church in Sarasota and the Juice Plus Conference in Tampa.
  • October 26-29 First Baptist Church of Kenova, West Virginia

November 3-16 Off to Ethiopia with a dear friend, Steve Olin, to speak at the Sidama regional conference, minister at the Muslim Background Believers Training Center in Butajira, teach at the Harding Bible School in Yirgacheffe where we lived for years and celebrate what Christ has done through us in a remote local church there.