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In addition to the web site, we also try to send out an email update each month with more information and no pictures, and a newsletter a couple of times each year with information and pictures for those without web access. You can sign up for either of these by clicking these links: NEWSLETTERS, UPDATES. We have designed this page so that the most recent entries are on the top and we will date them so you will have a sense of the timing. We will keep this year’s news on this page and move older stuff to the WHAT’S NOT SO NEW pages. These older pages go all the way back to 2007.

Colossians 3:23,24 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.


Updated: July 9, 2015

We are currently in: Cocoa, FL.

Serving the Lord with: Trinity Community Church and La Mission.

Departure date is around: July 9th.

Next project: CEF Day Camp and FIA, both in PA.

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Inside the Freightliner is Don’s workbench and tools. We put the car inside to move between Projects.

We built this truck in 2005 on what used to be a Road Tractor. The Lord supplied it through a Christian salesman from a Christian trucking company. Another brother in the Lord supplied all of the material and expert advice at cost. We praise the Lord and use it to His glory.

Cocoa, FL

January 10, 2015

We are praising the Lord for answering our prayers and providing a new home for us. Our new abode is a large 3 bedroom 2 bath double wide trailer on a little over an acre of property in Cocoa, FL. We are now about 1.4 miles from our good friends Mark and Lori and about 8 miles from church. We are located in a quiet neighborhood and the neighbors that we have met are very nice and seem willing to help each other in times of need.


Please pray with us as we seek to glorify the Lord with this new gift and as we seek His direction for our ministry from this point forward. We also need prayer as we try to acquire furniture and get each room organized and presentable.

Text Box: Since this is God’s house, we pray that we can be good stewards, and as such we would like to open it up to friends and family to come for a visit.  After all we wouldn’t have it if it weren’t for your prayers over the last several years.  There are a couple of pictures of the outside on the WHAT’S NOT SO NEW page and here are a few of the inside showing the master bedroom, Christine’s office, and the guest bedroom.  We will show the living room once we are able to acquire some furniture.

Titusville, FL

February & March, 2015

Cocoa, FL

May 30, 2015

Middletown, PA

April 30, 2015


May 10, 2015

Cocoa, FL

June 20, 2015

We purchased this trailer new in 2005 and have lived in it full time until the Lord blessed us with a house last November. We spent some time in May and June fixing it up to put it on the market. As we prayed we realized that all of the projects we have worked on over the last few years had housing available. So with its age, the provision of a house for us, and the decrease in support, we decided to sell it. We delivered it to Ocean City, NJ to the new owners, and even set it up for them. That was a whirlwind trip of almost 2100 miles in four days. We pray that it is as much a blessing to them as it has been to us. We are still keeping the freightliner for those larger projects that require all of the tools, at least for the foreseeable future.

We then took some of the proceeds from the trailer sale to purchase this bare bones work truck on eBay for Don to tool around in. We had to drive all the way to Louisville, KY to fetch it, but Don has already gotten quite a bit done with it. It is much handier than the Freightliner for picking up supplies at the local Lowes and for doing little odd jobs at our church. Christine is relieved that we don’t need to fold down the seats in the car and use it like a truck as much anymore.

Mothers day weekend we had the blessing of meeting up with daughter Wendy and two of her boys for the day at Gettysburg National Park. The weather and walking trails were a great backdrop to the family get together.

Then the next day we met up with son, Travis, his wife Jen and their three kids at Hershey Park. Again we were blessed with wonderful weather and we all had a great time on the rides and just talking and spending time together.

Later that same day we went to see daughter Kellie, though we apparently didn’t take any pictures there. It got late all to soon and we headed back to FIA.

Christine also got a call from the oldest son Dennis, but we weren’t able to match up our schedules for a visit this time.

Thank you Lord for Family.

June also has Father’s day and just 3 days prior to that we were blessed with our 10th grandchild. This is the 2nd for daughter Carrie and her husband Ed. Aliana was born on June 18th at 5:05 PM and 6lbs 13oz. Mother and daughter are doing well, Praise the Lord.

Text Box: We were finally able to get back to Trinity Community Church and finish their site lighting.  We had originally started this project at the end of last year with planning, and fixture research.  Another missionary, TJ did most of the research and oversaw the ordering of the fixtures, while Don helped with the installation and did all of the wiring.  The new system consists of changing the 6 recessed lights over the doors to LED inserts, the addition of the three repainted, used light poles along the front parking lot with LED fixtures on them, six new “Barn lights” between the sets of front doors with LED bulbs, four new LED spot lights to light up the lettering above the main doors, and six wall packs on the ends and back of the building for security.  We even put LED bulbs in the existing fixtures for the front sign, though eventually these fixtures will be replaced as the landscaping improvements are made.

In February we finally started the lighting system at Trinity Community Church. Don did almost all of the wiring, but most of the real work was done by the three Shropshire brothers. TJ did the research into the fixtures and worked closely with the elders to get them what they wanted. Kyle dug all of the trench for the underground wire and along with brother Peter set the three fiberglass poles along the front driveway. TJ also prefabricated and painted the arms to hold these three lights along with the arms for the front sign spot lights. He also worked with Don in mounting and wiring all of the front building lights and is taking care of all of the minute little details involved in finishing the project while we journey to PA for another project.

We spent about six weeks in April and May back at Friends In Action International (FIA). Our good friend Gary continued the project all through the cold, snowy, PA winter. God bless him. If you compare these spring pictures with the ones we posted from last year you will see some significant improvements. All of the lighting on and in this new facility is the new energy efficient LED lighting. As old time electricians we are amazed and thrilled with the amount of light we get from these fixtures using only a small fraction of the energy that the older florescent and incandescent fixtures used, and so very little heat is given off. They cost a bit more up front, but the payback will be fairly quick in electricity savings and they last so much longer than any of the older technology. Please continue praying for this project as we go past the targeted completion date.