December 2015 Update

We had a nice ten-day visit from daughter Shannon a couple weeks ago, what a great time we had.

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This week, son Chris with his daughter Lexi are here.  They will be joined soon by Stephanie who had to wrap up work duties in Virginia.

We look back over the past year and are very thankful for the way God has worked in so many ways.  The new year is just before us and as we think about 2016, it’s amazing to realize that it marks …

* 36 full-time years of ministry in Open Air Campaigners

* 40 years of marriage for us

* 27 years of living in the Nazareth Pennsylvania

* 94 years of life for Mom Bebout living here with us now

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As we take count of all these years and all our blessings, we thank you for your partnership and friendship.  We appreciate you.

We pray God’s best for you in the coming new year.

November 2015 Update

HOME UPDATE
Daughter Shannon will be flying in from Utah on December 1 for a nice ten day visit and boy are we excited.  Her husband Paul just landed a new job at a television station in San Diego so he won’t be able to make it this time as they make preparations to move.  Christopher, Stephanie and Lexi plan a whirlwind Christmas visit in December but Chad will be nowhere to be found – out on the submarine at sea for three months!!!

Our routine here at home has changed quite a bit for me as Mom Cutlip passed away last month but we are all adjusting well.  Sue’s mom, Mae is doing well but continues to battle with ever-increasing vision challenges as her sight is diminishing.  Still, she is active with Tuesday Bible study group and helping out at Wednesday night dinners at church and attending local church activities on the weekend.  In between these events she helps out a ton with ministry tasks such as stuffing envelopes, rolling sketchboard paper and folding newsletters.

MINISTRY UPDATE
This past month of ministry for me was filled helping other Christian organizations in outreach.

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) of Bucks County had me assisting in a local church south of our Nazareth location with their children’s’ program and local CEF missionary Dave Henry has requested again that I help out with some after-school programming coming up at the first of the year.
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I was able to work with helping pack two tractor-trailer loads of shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child ministry last week.
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Our last after-school Bible club at Palmer Elementary took place this month and so we entrust these kids to God as He brings to their minds and hearts what was taught during those six weeks of teaching.
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October 2015 Update

Sunday afternoon after returning home from speaking at the morning service at Hydewood Park Baptist Church over in New Jersey and conducting a children’s program afterwards, I had to call 911 and have Mom Cutlip rushed to the local hospital where she spent some time in the Intensive Care Unit and early this morning passed away.  Everything seemed to crash with her at once which in a way was a blessing as she didn’t have to endure any long-term suffering. She enjoyed 99 years of an active mostly healthy life and we have so many good memories.  For the last seven years, she lived here at our home in Nazareth and it was our privilege to care for her until the very last, no regrets there for sure.  We rejoice that as far as we can discern, she knew the Lord and that’s what’s most important.

Mom Cutlip  1916-2015 99 amazing years

Mom Cutlip 1916-2015
99 amazing years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We remember:

Mom C shopping in high gear!

Mom C shopping in high gear!

Dad C - Age 91

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Mae (the girl with the whipped cream birthday glass) and my mom (background) enjoying a birthday lunch at Olive Garden!

Mae (the girl with the whipped cream birthday glass) and my mom (background) enjoying a birthday lunch at Olive Garden!

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Mom C and her favorite hairdresser

Mom C and her favorite hairdresser

Mom Cutlip in the ER exam room

Mom Cutlip in the ER exam room

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August 2015 Update

It’s always amazing to me how much kids can remember and the tremendous ability they have to assimilate spiritual truth.  I think sometimes we underestimate the potential young people can have.  I think that’s why much of the ministry God has called me to involves children.  Not only is the potential there for them to do great things, but they are a lot of fun!

During this month of August, in addition to my ongoing OAC Central Services administration responsibilities, I was able to teach six different groups of kids in the Lehigh Valley area.  This coming Saturday I will be involved with a ministry reaching out to kids in the Stroudsburg Pennsylvania area.  This Saturday outreach will be a Carnival event for children organized by staff of a local Christian camping ministry which will take place on the campus of East Stroudsburg University.  Most of those attending will be non-Christian and unchurched from the community.  Your prayers that God’s Word would go forth effectively and fall on good ground would be appreciated.

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During the month of August we also received a surprise visit from grand-daughter Lexi.  What a joy it is to spend time with that girl.IMG_8534

July 2015 Update

It’s been a great summer for ministry.  Just the Vacation Bible School outreaches alone have been so amazing.  Again this year I joined with our local church to help conduct ministry to communities in local parks instead of hosting the events at our church building.  It has been powerful to see God at work in the lives of those folks living near the places where we have hosted these events.  So far in the ministry conducted at Meuser Park in Easton, Dimmick Park in Hellertown and at the Buchanan school campus in Bethlehem, close to 300 kids were involved in these five-day clubs.  We have had families start visiting our church as a result and recently had a family join as a result of hearing about the church from a previous VBS in a park near them.

Ministry out in the open air is fruitful and a blessing to many!

Ministry out in the open air is fruitful and a blessing to many!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On July 31, Sue and I celebrate 39 years of marriage.  It was back in 1976 in my dad and mom’s back yard that we committed to one another and it’s been quite a journey.  Each year seems to get better and we are looking forward to the years ahead of us.

Day 1 of our 39 year journey of life together!

Day 1 of our 39 year journey of life together!

 

June 2015 Update

Summer ministry is in full swing.  Our local church will be holding our annual Vacation Bible School classes in various community parks throughout the summer and open them up to anyone in the community who wants to join in.  I’m helping with some of these, the latest one was held at Meuser Park in Easton Pennsylvania.

Mom Cutlip will turn 99 this coming Monday July 13!!  Cousin Karen Sue was able to come out for a nice visit last week and we all enjoyed talking about the “good ole days!”

We hosted co-workers Chip and Kim Wolfe from Texas who stayed with us for a couple days recently on their way to Vermont for summer ministry.  Chip constructs many of the object lessons and training materials we inventory here and ship out to OAC staff world-wide and to others who need supplies for their open-air ministries.  He was able to bring us more supplies which fellow co-worker Mike Bussen has already been shipping to many locations.  It’s great to be a blessing and practical help to others in this way as we all share Christ in the open air.

Meuser Park outreach in Easton Pennsylvania

Meuser Park outreach in Easton Pennsylvania

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Chip and Kim Wolfe delivered a new shipment of open-air supplies which we will distribute

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July 13 will be mom Cutlip’s 99th birthday !! Cousin Karen Sue from Ohio came out for a nice visit last week.

May 2015 Update

 

Bible Club Ministry

Bible Club Ministry

After-school clubs are now done, many Gospel seeds were sown and now we trust God to work in the lives of these children as the truths they were taught linger in their minds and hearts.

Each day this week I will travel to and from the Philadelphia area to assist with teaching at our Orientation-Candidate school.  God has brought us five individuals who feel led to pursue coming on staff with us in a full-time manner.  Additional workers are a refreshing, encouraging  and always welcome event in the life of our mission.

I took Sue’s mom, Mae, to the local doctor last week to care for some lingering flu-like symptoms and upon examination was informed that her heart was beating in a very irregular manner.  Immediate attention at the hospital was needed so off we went to the emergency room and admittance for two days of observation.  She is now home and medication to slow her heart down a bit is now being taken and all seems to be well.

Sue's mom, Mae - going strong at 93!

Sue’s mom, Mae – going strong at 93!

April Update

Renovations are currently under way for a new OAC office location to a different building behind our house.  After 26 years on our third floor, the offices are now moving to ground level.  We should be moved in by mid summer!

This Saturday I will travel to the Philadelphia area to be involved in our annual physical board of director’s meeting.  This time together will concentrate on details for further expansion and building up of our OAC branches across the country, now in 12 states and growing.  Our goal is to be in 25 cities by 2025.

The local after-school Bible Club in the Wilson school district in Easton Pennsylvania is going well each Monday afternoon.  We have a group of nearly 60 energetic city kids and would appreciate your prayers as we share Christ with them.

Wilson Bible Club in Easton Pennsylvania

Wilson Bible Club in Easton Pennsylvania

April Update

Last weekend we had a wonderful long weekend in Virginia helping Chris and Stephanie celebrate birthday number four for Lexi.  Shannon flew in from Utah and drove down and back with us as a surprise to Chris and family – GREAT trip.  Shannon and husband Paul just moved into their new home they helped construct and are enjoying having a space they can call their own!

Last weekend I conducted a children’s Easter presentation program in Telford Pennsylvania and this weekend I will be in Bethlehem doing another one.  After-school Bible Club outreach will begin on April 13 for six weeks at a local public school.  I am looking forward to being with others in my local church to help with this endeavor.

My "rocket in a jar" is a great way to illustrate the power of God in our lives.

My “rocket in a jar” is a great way to illustrate the power of God in our lives.

March Update

Winter ministry continues in spite of the cold but we are certainly looking forward to the spring thaw!  In the meantime, we are not just sitting around the fire pit, here’s a bird’s eye view of what’s going on right now.

Next week we send out a team of Liberty University students with some of our OAC staff to the Miami Florida area for a week of spring break outreach.  This Saturday our Overseas Ministries Director heads to Peru to continue the work of opening up a new branch in that needy country.  This past weekend I participated in a missions team leadership workshop at our church which was tremendous and very practical.  Last week I was able to be the speaker at a four-day spiritual emphasis week at Bethlehem Christian School.  Later this month Sue and I head to Virginia to help celebrate birthday #4 for granddaughter Lexi.  In between all this we continue to care for and enjoy Mom Bebout and Mom Cutlip here at the house, they are doing amazingly well.  Shannon and Paul have moved into their new home just constructed out in Utah and the Navy is in process of launching Chad and the crew out to sea in the sub again for three more months or so.  Sue continues loving her job/ministry at our local church as the administrative secretary and helping out in the OAC office here on the weekends.

Using object lessons and science are great ways to communicate truth.

Using object lessons and science are great ways to communicate truth.