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Thanksgiving

Last week we received the delightful news that my brother Buck and his wife Sue would be spending Thanksgiving week with us.  They arrived Sunday afternoon and Buck shared in our Discipleship Training hour some of the news of the churches meeting in Hawaii and America Samoa.

He will be sharing more with us Tuesday evening during our mid week service.  I hope you will come and express your thanks for what God is doing in our lives and church here and hear some of what God is doing in remote parts of the world.

After our service Sunday evening Carolyn had another ‘event’ in her health.  We are not sure what it is, but it does scare us when her blood pressure spikes and she looses some control of her extremities.  The whole ‘event’ lasted for just about an hour.  And she had a good night’s rest.  The last time this happened, we took her to the hospital and the Emergency room staff over reacted and almost took her life with a double dose of medication that we later found out was not needed.  This time we prayed and some of our ladies anointed her with oils and in just a short time she was back to ‘normal’ which she says is just a setting on the dryer….well, thank you who knew for praying for her.  She seems well today.

Thanksgiving Holiday is here and I for one am looking forward to some ‘down time’ and family time.  No deer hunting this year for me as I have lost my place to hunt.  For the past three years Mike Ross has taken me where he knew the deer were and in less than an hour we had our deer…come to think of it, that is not ‘hunting’ that is ‘shooting’ a deer.  Sure miss the Ross’ families and the Campbell family….

I hope you have time to connect with your loved ones and will enjoy the time when we remember how blessed we are to live in this land!  With all of its trouble and problems, America is the greatest place on earth to live…and I for one am grateful God placed me to live here!

I am evermore more thankful that He has allowed me to serve Him these many years.  What a blessing to share my life with you and this community of believers!  May He grant me the health to continue and fulfill the course He has set for me:

I Timothy 4:7  ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:’

Bro. Wayne

Where is America Samoa?!

I spoke on the phone with my brother Buck this last week. He lives in Pahoa, HI and has been there around three years, moving there from Oregon. His daughter has been working in America Samoa in the South Pacific. It is an island of around 75 square miles with a population of around 55,000. The World Christian Database showed the religious affiliations of American Samoa as 98% Christian. Buck’s daughter gave his name to a church there that is in need of a ‘Chief’ pastor {that’s what they call the senior pastor there}. Anyway, so it is and so it goes. Buck told me he is preparing to move there for a term of around three years to preach and teach the doctrinal distinctives of our faith.
Now I looked at that island out in the middle of nowhere {the closest major continent is Australia} and the size of the island and wonder how it stays afloat!
I wanted to share this with you for several reasons: One, Buck will not be coming to be with us for revival as I had planned for this late summer; Two, this will give us another area to pray for and to know that part of our influence will be there in Samoa; and Three, to consider that it is possible for 98% of America to be Christian.
I have almost forfeited the belief that people here can be gloriously saved and changed…notice I said ALMOST! I still pray for revival and for the souls of men and women, yet in these latter years have lost my zeal… After yesterday’s message from John 2 I was encouraged once again to regain my zeal: John 2:17And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.’
I am reminded of the words of Jesus: Matthew 11:28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ But then He added: in verse 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.’ Although we get weary of well doing, we should not faint, but continue on in His Way and Work: ‘And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.’ Galatians 6:9
It is so easy to just get tired…or to re tire… Let us go on together to reach His purpose and potential in these days of our lives… ‘Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?’ II Peter 3:12
Me? I’m in! Bro. Wayne

What a Time!

This past week was a very taxing, busy time for the Keely household. We had guests in our home beginning Saturday the 18th through Saturday the 25th due to Daniel’s revival effort and my brother coming for a visit. We enjoyed every minute of our time together, including the time we spent in worship and revival services. Of course, it only seemed right that if I went to see the Keely families in Hawaii, and attended revival services six times that Buck ought to have to do the same when he came to see me! He preached twice and I preached three times while he was here. Along with that we made a trip to Duncan, OK where our sister and brother and their families live; staying overnight to see them. Every day was packed with places to go, things to do and people to see. Not much of a vacation for anyone! But it was good to spend some time with Buck.
While in Duncan we went to see my older brother Lynn. He was a heavy smoker since he was in the ninth grade and it has taken its toll on him. He can no longer walk, even around his house…on oxygen 24/7 and can only breathe when he is in a semi sitting-laying position. His life is coming to an end, obvious to all. Buck exhorted him to get his life in order with Christ and be ready to meet God. I just sat in silence and prayed…Lynn is 71….his passing is so similar to my mother’s it breaks my heart.
Sunday morning we got up and the house was ours again. No visitors or guests, just us. There is a lot to be said in favor of ‘empty nesters’….it’s not empty, just quiet!
Todd has taken hold of his responsibilities as our administrator and outreach/inreach director. I have watched him take hold of the job and take responsibility in a wonderful way. I appreciate the relief he has given me, especially in the time I had to spend in the office. His presence and handling of things that come almost daily has given me great relief and time to study that I have not had since Daniel went to New Beginnings Baptist Church. Thank you Todd… keep up the good work.
Vacation Bible School is just around the corner, I hope you who are able will be involved in this great attempt to reach those children who will not hear the Gospel if we do not reach them. If you would like to know how you can help, {we especially need people who would be willing to pick up and return home children who need rides} call the church office 918-342-6997 and we will put you to work! Thanks Jeanie for heading up VBS!
May God continue to bless our work together! Bro. Wayne

Oh for the cool of summer

It was the first week of August, 2008, six years ago that my brother Buck called with tickets for me to fly to Alaska to meet with him and his two sons to fish for a week at Jim’s Cabin Lake near Juno, AL. I had not even thought of a trip like that much less checked into the costs involved. But baby brother Buck had made all the arrangements with his sons Josh and Clint and well…. Soon I was on the way to Alaska! It was extremely hot here and I arrived to temps in the 60’s. The pictures remind me of the great time we had as we loaded the four of us with all supplies and bedding on a sea plane and pilot who took us from Juno to Jim’s Cabin Lake. It took seven circles around the island lake before he could get low enough to land and when he did, we jumped off the pontoons onto shore and unloaded all of our ‘stuff’! What a time those next seven days were! Anytime I wanted to fish, there was the water {less than fifty feet from the cabin} and with no effort would catch how many fish I wanted to eat…We ate fish every day! Grilled, fried, smoked…What a great time and what a reprieve from the summer heat. To this day I do not know what it cost, I am not sure I even asked, but knowing Buck, he was as happy to have me along as I was to be with them; cost meaning nothing. Hey Buck! Thanks again for a trip of a lifetime!
I guess it was the cool air this morning that took my mind back to that hot summer day I enjoyed cool temperatures. It was gorgeous this morning to open the windows {July 28, 2014} and feel the air with just a tad of chill in it!
I am now at the Church office and am dressed for physical activity for the day. Much to do, but before I can take off, I have to clear off my desk {somewhat} you know what they say about a cluttered desk and genius} and then the weekly treck to the bank and other Monday morning tasks. Anyway, the day is in full swing, Carolyn has four grandchildren at home and I have the peace and repose of the office for a short while….isn’t God good?!
See you soon,
Bro. Wayne