Bates Newsletter - May 24, 2011

Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

In the last month my schedule has slowed somewhat and for that I am thankful.  For some time I had been traveling somewhere every other week.  So, I have been able to catch up on some much needed rest.

On May 1 I began a Gospel Meeting with the King Ryder congregation in Arkansas, not far from my parents’ home.  That afforded me some time with them that was also needed.  The meeting was successful; I always appreciate these good folks. 

Upon returning home, I scheduled my next two trips to Latin America; first to Honduras and then to Guatemala.  Circumstances developed to cause me to postpone my trip to Honduras, however.  Originally, I was due back today and would be leaving for Guatemala on Thursday, May 26.  I will try to make up the trip to Honduras next month, but am still scheduled to leave for Guatemala Thursday.

I am scheduled to give reports to the Lynn Lane congregation in Idabel, Oklahoma on Wednesday, June 1 and then the Bayfield congregation in Bayfield, Colorado on Sunday, June 5.  I will be trying to schedule times to give reports to other congregations later in the Summer.

Just last evening I received a long letter from brother Nery Irías, our director in Danlí, Honduras, explaining some personal difficulties he is facing.  He also tells of the health concerns of his father and the mother of another of our instructors, Luis David Argeñal.  Please keep both families in your prayers; for more information on these situations, please visit our website at:  /donnie-bates-reports/.

After these two trips to Latin America, I have tentatively scheduled five more for the remainder of the year.  If you have any questions, please contact me using the information below.  Also, please do not forget to visit our website at and see what Bear Valley is doing around the world.

You may contact me at: 

2013 Rushing Meadows, Edmond, OK 73013

Cell Phone:  (580) 326-1914; Email:

I love you all and so appreciate your interest in and prayers for this work. 

Thank you and God bless you all.

Donnie Bates

...praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ... (Colossians 4:3).

Posted on May 24, 2011 .