So much has happened since our last letter in October 2011! I’ll try to give you a brief and concise report!
We recorded and produced our first DVD for distribution among Latin American pastors and churches. This production of 100 DVDs has already been distributed and we are planning to record a second DVD in February. Thanks to Mile Straight Baptist Church in Soddy-Daisy, TN for the use of their recording equipment.
We made another trip to Panama during the first two weeks of January. I was able to minister in several new villages among the Guaymi, Kuna, and Embera nations. At each village or church, we were well received and asked to return as soon as possible. We are planning our next trip during the month of March.
During the month of December 2011, we hosted a number of vistors as well as family members. Rachel, our daughter, was married to Trevor Conklin, a captain in the US Army, at Calvary Baptist Church in San Ramon, Costa Rica. The ceremony and reception were very joyful and Spanish-flavored!
Due to the rough roads and high mountains that we travel in Panama and Costa Rica, we are planning to ship our 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup to Costa Rica next month. This represents a cost of $1000 in shipping and $3500 in customs. We would greatly appreciate any help that you may give toward this expense. You may send it to BIMI, designated as “vehicle shipping.“ Thank you to those who gave for Alex Taylor’s eye operation. The need has been met, the operation was successful, and he is back in Panama ministering to the Guaymi nation and building a new church in San Felix.
Also, a very special thanks to those who gave extra Christmas offerings. We used these funds to purchase an electronic keyboard for the new church that we started on January 15 in the town of Bolivar. The people of this village are very thankful for the opportunity to hear Bible preaching each Sunday.
Working together for Christ,
Russ and Lynn Turner