We are deep in the heart of summer with steamy days that culminate in afternoon showers most days. Things are marching along at a rapid pace with Fountains of Life and Robert Hartzell Ministries. Yep, we are now using two names.
FOL will continue to be the missions side of things that we’ve done since 1998. The month of May found us in Cambodia and Malaysia, which I’m sure Cyndi will tell you more about. And we will teach a pastors retreat in Bulgaria in October. Into 2014, we have the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Philippines and India on the horizon.
Robert Hartzell Ministries will focus on tools and training for Christian maturity and emotional health.
We are also loading up the website with many free resources such as devotional worksheets that guide you through resolving those stuck places that seek to arise in your life. There will also be instructional eBooks.
On a more personal note, Cyndi and I have enjoyed doing tons of yard work this summer and doing some surfing.
We have enjoyed having our son, Darren, with us for the summer, especially when we traveled to Cambodia. He thoroughly enjoyed his internship in Phnom Penh and is ready to go back anytime. We managed to see him a few times while we were there (like at church services) but we stayed busy with meetings most of the time. He was off working on other things.
After saying goodbye and leaving Darren in Cambodia, Robert and I left for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nothing like being woke up at about 4am every morning to a Islamic call to prayer from the mosque across the street from the home we were staying in. It takes a little while to get used to being in a Muslim nation.
I was asked to lead worship at the meetings Robert was speaking in and was very excited to be joined again by some of the same singers and musicians from the last time I lead there. They are such a wonderful group of people and it was great to worship with them again, especially in their new sanctuary.
After our trip, I jumped into teaching a class at our church‘s VBS, which I have not done for several years. I taught on missions so needless to say, I loved it. A few of the adults even said it was their favorite class. It’s always exciting to expose others to the life of missionaries and to see how God is moving all over the world.
And for those of you who know I run, I’ve taken off for the summer and gotten more into surfing and swimming; however, I’m thinking of starting up running again in September. For now I am enjoying the beach and being in the water during these hot months.
Darren goes back to Tallahassee in a couple weeks to start his fall classes at Florida State, so we’re gearing him up for his junior year right now. Once he leaves it will be back to just me and our cat, Orlando, working in my office. Hopefully though, we’ll be able to catch a football game with him on one of these weekends. Go ‘Noles!
In His Service,
Robert & Cyndi