Dear Faithful Friend,
Greetings from frozen Idaho! After a relatively mild winter with minimal snowfall through the usual months, February hammered us with three feet of snow, and March has given us some more. We’ve been doing a lot of shoveling! Still, we are thankful for the snow, which will lessen the fire danger later on this year.
Life and ministry here continues at a fantastic pace. The transition here at PMU is occupying an enormous part of our lives right now, especially for Karen as she trains the next Office Manager in all the ins and outs of the office. It is a huge job. Nevertheless, we are making good progress and are thankful for the capable people the Lord has brought our way to take our place this summer. We are doing our best to hand this wonderful agency over to them in fine shape!
The ministry at Providence BPC is growing right now at an amazing rate. I am stunned at the number of families that the Lord has brought to us recently. The adult Sunday School class is overflowing. People are excited about the Word and fellowshipping with one another all week long. It is just a huge blessing. We have a brand new web site (providencebpc.org), our sermonaudio.com page is getting hundreds of hits, and I have started a monthly blog. As more people look to this area as a place to settle, we are confident that the Lord will continue to grow us in many ways. Thank you for your prayers for us here.
“People are excited about the Word and fellowshipping with one another all week long.”
Along with the church, our police and fire chaplaincy ministry is also growing, both in number of chaplains (now up to six!) and in calls for service. The biggest development is the refurbished ambulance we call “Angel 1” which is a practical way to minister to first responders and victims on extended emergency scenes where they need it most: food, shelter, rest, and counsel. The agencies here are excited about it and are now working Angel 1 into their standard protocols. We are praying that this vehicle will open doors to hearts by meeting a very practical need in the field. It’s keeping us busy! Most recently we were asked by the Sheriff’s Office to support a salvage diving operation in the Kootenai River by providing food, shelter, and warmth to the divers and other personnel. It was windy, snowing, and in the teens, but a great day.
On the personal side of things, Karen has been struggling with an injured shoulder for over two weeks now, which we pray will be healed soon; I was able to travel to South Carolina this month to attend Greenville Seminary’s spring conference for the very first time (also representing PMU to our fellow Reformed US leaders); I’ll be joining other Western Reformed Seminary faculty members as a speaker at this year’s Ron Tabor Lectures in April; and we are thrilled as we anticipate the arrival of our third grandchild in July! God is very good to us, through all the challenges and busy-ness.
God bless you for your faithful support of our work here at PMU and at Providence.
For the Kingdom,
Dr. Len Pine