From the Diary

Sunday, June 8: After the graduation festivities of the evening before, we had to pack those thousands of instruments and luggage back into the van (well, almost...) and head to Danielson, Connecticut, where we were to be with Pastor Rick Davis and Open Bible Baptist Church. There was some confusion as we tried to locate the pastor's house, but we eventually made our way. We headed from there to the Chase's house (a family from the church) to eat dinner. Everyone was a bit wiped out, but we enjoyed a good meal and the fellowship. As our van was once again having some difficulties (and Dad & Pete had worked on it earlier in the day...for quite a while), the pastor advised us to take the van to a guy he knew. They came back from there with not much hope, but at least the van is still running for now. Dad & Mom stayed for the evening with the Chase family, and the rest of us went to the pastor's house. On this very warm Sunday we sang a bit in Sunday School and then a bit more in Worship service, and Dad preached both services. There seemed to be a good response from the members. We ate with the church family in the basement for lunch and got to know some of them better. There were more visitors out tonight. We sang quite a few songs and Dad preached again. After the P.A. was put away and folks were just standing around, the pastor's wife came in with a shout to tell us that a girl that was being dealt with in the office had asked the Lord to save her soul. What a fitting way to end the day! Monday, June 9--Sunday, June 15: We spent a wild week with the Montoro clan, shopping, eating, talking, shopping, walking, shopping...whew! It really gets tiring when you have to shop so much. (ahem) We enjoyed lots of family time and Julia made her usual fantastic meals. The Montoro clan is growing and maturing. Peter (the oldest at 18) was home from Heartland Bapt. Bible College, and the youngest, Joey (a month old), was adjusting to life with the clan. We even were able to spend some time with Ted & Sharon and the kids. Little Teddy and Emeline are growing up fast. It was nice to have a few down days. The Montoros also had a girl from Kansas in to help in the ministry, and we were thankful to be able to meet Apryl Collins--and what a blessing she was to us. On Friday evening, there was a Ladies meeting with plenty of great food and fellowship. Apryl gave her testimony and Mom brought a challenge. Dad spoke to the men at the Men's Prayer meeting on Saturday. Father's Day was a special time at Open Door Bible Baptist Church in Astoria. Not only did the church honor all of their fathers, but there was a Baby Dedication and a baptism. Dad preached all day and officiated the baby dedication. We sang various times throughout the day. What a joy to see the church growing--attendance was at a record 121! The Montoros continue to impact their area for the Lord.