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May Activities


“…let us …run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith…”  Hebrews 12:1-2

Our yearly Minister Wives Retreat at Jenness Park went as planned.  This is a time many of us use to renew our minds and refresh our spirits.

Ann Iorg did a fantastic job leading this effort.  Noemi Vera did the same with the Spanish Speaking Ministers Wives.  Thank You ladies for an awesome job – your love for ministry was apparent.

My friend Connie Cavanaugh, from Montreal, Canada was our speaker. Lydiette Henri, from La Chorrera, Republic of Panama was the speaker for the Spanish speaking group.  They both spoke from their hearts and their experiences.  The Spanish speaking ladies had a great time with Lydiette.  Connie had us laughing with her stories and at the same time she was able to speak to the needs of so many of our pastors wives.  Her book “From Faking it to Finding Grace” is a must read for every pastor’s wife.

The staff at Jenness Park did their usual, they spoiled us with their tender loving care towards us.  Thank you Jenness Park for your ministry to Pastors  Wives.

Rhonda Johnston, wife of Rich Johnston,  Associational Director for Mid-Valley So. Bapt. Association, will be leading us organizing this ministry for next year.  Let’s keep Rhonda and the council of women in prayer.  The dates for the 2011 Minister Wives Retreat is May 20-22.  Hope to see many of you there.

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Fermín usually preaches somewhere on any given Sunday.  About two weeks ago he preached at a church in Des Moines, WA.  Des Moines is a suburb of Seattle, WA.  This young church is doing a great job educating the future leaders of the state of Washington.  We made some new friends in Seattle.

I have been to Seattle twice before, but have not had the opportunity to explore the city and on this occasion we had most of one day.  I couldn’t decide which photos to post, so please, indulge me.

Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square

The main square is a lush little park (Occidental Park) with an ivy-clad wall including totem poles and great tribute to the city’s firefighters.

Two-block pedestrian mall (Occidental Park)

Tribute to the city’s firefighters

Ivy growing on a clad wall

Waterfall Garden Park

Quest Field

A clock tower by Quest Field

Space Needle

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I had not been able to attend the last couple of year’s the On Target Evangelism Conferences and by judging from this year’s conference, I have been missing a lot.  Randy McWorter together with Tim Gentry and the rest of their team bring in some very brilliant people like Linda J. Miller, Director of Coaching Services for The Ken Blanchard Company.  She spoke on coaching: A new model for evangelism and discipleship, at the workplace, with your family or in your ministry.  I went out and bought two of her books, one for me and the other to give away.  Her book is: “Coaching for Christian Leaders – A Practical Guide” Fantastic seminar!

David & Heather Platt with Fermin and Me

Among the other conference leaders, there was David Platt, Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, AL. What can I say about David.  David was one of my “Mission Friends”(way back in the early 1980’s) and to see him all grown up, married to beautiful sweet Heather, Pastor of one very influential church in Birmingham, AL., but most of all – with a heart that is bigger than his chest can hold.  He communicated his love to disciple one on one and the people just loved him.  These are just two of the conference leaders.

I know God was pleased with what went on at the On Target Conference in Torrence, CA

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This morning our devotional was led by Kay Mackey, wife of the Executive Director from Kentucky.   She led us to think of ways we can express gratefulness to someone who has done something significant in our lives.  That led me to think of a couple of friends I had in jr. high.   These two friends were instrumental for me to accept Christ as my Lord and Saviour.  I lost track of them, but last year I got back in contact with one of the two.  I’m going to do what I can to find my other friend, if for nothing else at least to say “Thank You” for what she did back in Jr. High.♥ .♥ .♥ .

Can you think of anyone who you may want to call, write a letter, give a gift, make a visit, express gratitude and appreciation to?

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I have been on the go for several weeks and even though I love it – sometimes my body does not take it as well as other times.  I just started going back to the gym, taking vitamins and trying to eat better 🙂

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Last week, Fermin and I left to go to Ponce, Puerto Rico to a Hispanic Evangelism Conference given by the North American Mission Board, SBC.  Men that work in evangelism all over the United States attended this conference.  Fermin preached an encouraging message for the group.  It was one of the most delightful conferences I have attended.  Many of the wives also attended this conference and we had a great time.

The hotel where we stayed used to be a private residence.  It was beautiful.  If you like to see more of this hotel and of the trip click on the word  “Flikr”  which will take you to my photos of Ponce.

Rene Pereira (Pastor of the church) and Fermin Whittaker

Primera Iglesia Glenview was the church host.  This church ministers to their community like I have not seen any other church minister before.  Their pastor Rene Pereira  has been with them since the beginning of the church, 30 some years ago.

Next year this conference will be in the Los Angeles area.  It would be so hard to beat the wonderful job that our friends in Puerto Rico did.  They went out of their way to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable.

We were in Puerto Rico for four full days and did not go to the beach.  The only time I saw the ocean was from the airplane 😦  BUT  Ponce is a beautiful city and I’m glad I went.  Thank you Lord! 

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. . . for the privilege of doing what I do.

Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God”  Romans 15:17

Dennis Swanberg Minister of Encouragement

Fermin and I were invited to attend The Inland Empire Baptist Association Christmas Dinner at Immanual Baptist Church.  It was great to see Deryl and his wife Brenda Lackey love on the pastors and their wives of this area. Dennis Swanberg was THE PROGRAM and if you have heard him before you know he is hilarious.

I thank God for the privilege of serving in this great state of ours.

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Convention M

Before one of the sessions of our annual meeting

Convention N

One of the outstanding young men choral from our very own California Baptist University

Disaster Relief

Volunteers, Chuck and Jo Erikson, for Disaster Releaf and Literacy Missions


Ivan and Yelena (Helen) Mileyev, missionaries to the Slavic speaking people.

Five Ladies

Carmen, Barbara, Vicky, Helen and Gloria

Tres Amigos

Vera, Pulido and Solorio – Los Tres Amigos


Howard Burkhart, Language Church Starting Strategist


Daryl and Brenda Lackey, Director of Missions for Inland Empire Baptist Association.


Beverly Regensburg and Alma Long – Women’s Ministries/Woman’s Missionary Union

Convention A

One of our previous CSBC president, Tom Stringfellow, worked together with our state staff to make “Feeding Those Who Feed Us” the success that it is today.  This is what defines us as California Southern Baptist “cooperation”

Luncheon F

Ministers Wives Luncheon.  Another fun thing that defines us is food and good times 😉

Fun Times

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