August 15, 2018
Bev and I were in the States for 2 months. During that time, I had several medical procedures. I was also able to get some needed rest. We left the US on July 16th. It took us almost a week to get home. There were all kinds of delays, layovers and missed flights. The craziest trip ever. We are home though and back in the routine.
Since I had been away for so long, the other pastors needed some time off or had other places to be, so I have been taking care of much more than usual. The weekends have been really busy. I have also started back on some of our construction projects, although I am not doing any of the physical stuff just yet. My recovery period from the surgery was just finished this week. I have been getting my diet back in order and have been getting a 3-mile walk/run in every day. I have lost over 10 lbs. already. Have been feeling much better. Thanks to all of you who have been praying for me.
We have picked up the pace on our TV ministry. I have been recording 2 programs a week. Several things needed to be revamped. I made homemade teleprompters, but recently we did not have the right software and one of the monitors was down. That has all been repaired. We also didn’t have a countdown clock. I solved that by just using an app on my iPad. The programs are 30 minutes. They are aired locally every Saturday and Sunday morning. We have been on the air for almost 30 years. We still have some work to do on the studio set, lighting and a chromakey setup. I have a team of 8 young men who help with all the media activities. They are getting us set up to have pages on Instagram and Facebook. Soon we will have a YouTube channel also. Live streaming is not far away, Lord willing.
I have had some pretty significant dates in my life during this year. On February 14th I turned 70. On May 4th I celebrated 60 years as a child of the King. Then just a few days ago, on August 6th I completed 40 years as pastor of First Baptist Church of Cruzeiro do Sul. On that Monday, for some reason, I didn’t get to go on my daily afternoon walk. Instead Bev and I were in the porch swing enjoying the beautiful evening when a large group of church members came in to serenade me and bring gifts. What an honor!
There is quite a bit of great news coming from the mission field around us, but I am saving that for my next report.
For now, though I just want to thank all of you who have been so kind, thoughtful and supportive during these last few months. They have been trying to me, but you have been there for me and the work here. Thanks to BFM for helping us out with tickets and keeping up our insurance. Thanks to others who helped out financially, too. Thanks to all who have prayed. Please continue. I really want to continue to serve at full capacity until He comes.
Thanks again for all of your prayers and support. God bless you as much as He has us.
Mike and Beverly Creiglow
Caixa Postal 24
Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil 69980
mdcreig [at] hotmail.com