Dear Soldiers of the Cross,
The month of June 2018 has been a very busy time out on the mission field. It started out with my granddaughter (McKenna) and I taking a mission trip together to Gillette, Wyoming, to attend the Western Baptist Missions Warehouse meeting. What a time we had, just the two of us, as we spent some quality time together. My heart was overwhelmed as she shared her testimony with me and the trials she had living for the Lord during her high school days. The Lord enabled her to stand for HIM in the midst of peer pressure and ridicule. Thank God for HIS keeping power.
She had much work to do helping Ms Robin serve meals to the missionaries and others that attended the meeting. God has touched the heart of McKenna towards missions, and I’m praying HE will continue to use her for HIS Glory.
Seven days after returning home from Wyoming my two grandsons, Logan and Greyson, and I flew out for Alaska. Praise the Lord for another grand opportunity to share in the mission work with my family.
We flew into Fairbanks, Alaska, and met with Bro Dean Ojala and other camp workers. We arrived in camp on Friday and for the next week and a half we attended Camp Rock Crossing, located 4 ½ hours northwest of Fairbanks near Manley Hot Springs. The last 20 miles to the camp were by boat. What a great trip! This is a Native summer camp sponsored by Bible Baptist Church Fairbanks. Most of the 25 kids that attended were from the remote villages above the Arctic. For the first four days we delivered supplies to the camp and worked cleaning the camp, cutting up down trees, covering tents, raking up leaves and debris and cutting overgrown vegetation. The campers arrived on Monday with lots of energy and excitement. I was given the opportunity to preach the morning service, and Bro Dean preached the evening service. God met with us in a special way and gave much liberty in the preaching of the Word. My grandsons were a great blessing to me and to Bro Dean, as they labored very hard without complaining.
Our next week and a half we flew up into the remote Arctic village of Kiana, approximately 500 miles northwest of Fairbanks. We had a great visit with Missionary David Youngblood and his family. Bro David is missionary / pastor of Kiana Baptist Church. We stayed busy working around the church, gathering and splitting firewood and helping with the daily kids feeding program there at the church. God has given Bro David and his family a great ministry there among the Native people. Bro David gave us opportunity to preach and also used my grandsons during the Sunday school service. During one of the preaching services, a 19-year-old girl (Brianna) who was also one of the campers from Rock Crossing, asked the Lord for salvation, Praise the Lord for another snatched from the grips of sin. What a wonderful time God gave me to labor side by side with my grandsons, Logan and Greyson. I’ve been blessed!
As We Labor for Christ,
Gerry & Sheril Locklear