November 29, 2011
Greetings, brethren. It’s hard to believe another month has gone by (it seems like I say that a lot; perhaps the speedy passage of time is a sign of aging). It is true, however, that another month has passed by.
On October 27, Denton Landon and I began our journey to Chimala, Tanzania. While there were a few hiccups at the beginning, upon our arrival in Dar es Salaam (we arrived on Friday and were not able to finish our journey to Chimala until Monday), the two weeks there were productive. We were able to witness and participate in graduation on Friday, November 11. We began our trip home on Saturday morning, November 12, arriving home on Sunday evening. (Details of that trip are posted at: http://www.wetrainpreachers.com/donnie-bates-reports/).
I have one more international trip scheduled for this year. On Friday, December 2 I travel to Danlí, Honduras. I will be teaching Godhead the next week to the students there. Luis Camacho is there this week, and two elders and the preacher for the Hillcrest congregation in Neosho, Missouri will be arriving on Wednesday, November 30 for a seminar for the area preachers on Friday and Saturday (December 2, 3). I plan to return on Friday, December 9.
For the rest of the month of December I will be traveling, making reports and planning meetings for the next year.
I want to say again how much I appreciate your support and/or interest in this work. I could not do this without it. You are a very great part of this work and whatever I (we) are able to accomplish is due to God’s blessings and I believe with all of my heart that you are a big part of those blessings.
Thank you, again. I pray God’s richest blessings on you and I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.