Bob was a bridge builder, a volunteer, a good and faithful servant of his Lord Jesus Christ. Chuck and I met Bob and Marie Southard in 1973. Pastor Gordon Shira introduced us and we became the best of friends.
Bob organized the first work groups from Willow Creek Church in South Barrington, Illinois. He arranged speaking engagements throughout Illinois and then chauffeured me from church to church.
Bob was a salesman for Allis Chalmers, a manufacturer of pumps. He arrived at the Mission and found the pump in our well broken. He prayed and somehow managed to repair it.
Bob made many harrowing trips with Chuck in the big truck to Mexico. On one occasion they were carrying a huge water tank; but driving in the mountains, the wedges came loose and
the tank rolled from side to side. Both men were white
as ghosts when they reached the Baja Mission.
You too can be a bridge builder, a volunteer for Jesus, tried and true.
Others have been enlisted,
why not you?
The Bridge Builder
By Will Allen Dromgoole
An old man, going a lone highway, Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide, Through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim; The sullen stream held no fears for him; But he turned when safe on the other side And built a bridge to span the tide.
"Old man." said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting your strength with building here; Your journey will end with the ending day; You never again will pass this way; You've crossed the chasm, deep and wide, Why build you the bridge at the even tide?"
The builder lifted his old gray head:"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said, "There follows after me today A youth whose feet must pass this way. This chasm that has been naught to me, To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be. He, too, must cross in the twilight dim; Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!
Many of you prayed. Today, we received the heartbreaking news that Colleen,
beloved wife of Sam, has passed away.
Please pray for strength for Sam and family.
NATHAN, SON OF JILL ADAM'S, THE BAJA ADMINISTRATOR (LEFT)
What do these two have in common? They both have Hepatitis C.
Nathan will hopefully be treated in Ensenada in the coming weeks
and your prayers will make the difference in a full recovery.
Hopefully Glenn will be scheduled soon.
Little baby Riker, Dana pereau's grandson, was hospitalized this week at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He requires multiple surgeries on his eyes and face.
Please pray for this precious little one.
Amelia, Dana’s granddaughter, has completed her cancer treatment from Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Everett Wilson is now going through volumes of history related to the sequel to Charla’s Children. Please keep him in your prayers. Everett now has a full time caregiver for his beloved wife Lois, and can devote his full attention to the book.
Pray that prison doors will be open as our precious minister of the Gospel will be going Saturday morning, May 19th, to the Riverbend Maximum Security Prison in Nashville, TN. He will distribute copies of the Little Lost Pup in that institution.
Please pray that the books will be given to inmates
and they will be receptive to the Gospel.
Mark is a new man in Christ and will be released from Corcoran State Prison in California to Teen Challenge in Orange County on Thursday, May 17th.
He has been incarcerated for eight years.
Carolyn Libby and Charla will take him from the prison to Teen Challenge.
Teresa has an embroidery workshop in a prison at Rio de Hielo, Oaxaca.