Philippians 3:10 = That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS, being made conformable unto His death. In II Corinthians the first chapter we are reminded that when we go through tribulations it gives us the ability to understand and sympathize with others who go through similar trials. There is a sense of comradery when we go through trials knowing what Christ went through for us. When I pastored I had witnessing training programs (I baptized the Evangelism Explosion program). It was exciting to go out and share the Gospel with people and then come back to the church and tell what happened. We rejoiced when someone accepted the Lord but we also rejoiced in any opposition we encountered counting it joy that we were worthy to suffer for His sake. Brethern, let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. = Gal. 6:9
October was one of my busiest months so far. I spoke at 3 churches on Sundays, served as chaplain for the Octoberfest races at the LaCrosse speedway for 4 days, attended the WACS convention at the Dells for 2 days, attended 2 pregnancy center board meetings, spoke at 2 hymn sing rallies for the Agape Pregnancy Resource Center, and attended a Baptist fellowship meeting. What a blessing to be used of the Lord in such an enjoyable way.
Many of you are now aware that we had to put my mom in a nursing home. Due to circulation problems an infection in her toe wouldn’t heal and she had to have it amputated. Because of her dementia and her lack of mobility we are no longer able to take care of her. We also found out she has a form of lymphoma in her blood which is a slow working cancer. Nancy and I are at peace about the situation and are now willing to let the Lord take her home. She does have pain issues and her dementia leaves her very confused and anxious.
I have been working on filling up my calendar for 2018. I have everything scheduled until the last 2 weeks in April. If you would like to have me come let me know.
Our annual election for the board of BFLW will take place in February. We need nominations for the board by January 1st. If you are a paid-up member of BFLW (paid your annual membership fee) and are a member of a Baptist church, you are eligible to nominate someone and vote in the election. A formal request for nominations will be forthcoming.
The “Chose Life” license plates are now available. We need at least 500 to keep the opportunity to have them. I have information on my display for how to apply. You don’t have to wait until your plates are up for renewal to get them. I have sent in my request for my vehicles already.
In His Service,
Andrew K. Buhrow