29 July 2011


In May, after only a few days home from the states, Jeff left for a 10 day medical mission in Moldova. He flew in to the capital of Romania from where they drove across into southern Moldova to work with the Gagauz people. This is what Wikipedia says about them: The Gagauz people are Turkic ethnic group living mostly in southern Moldova (Gagauzia), southwestern Ukraine (Budjak), south-eastern Romania (Dobrogea)[8] and northeastern Bulgaria. Unlike most other Turkic peoples, the Gagauz are predominantly Orthodox Christians. There is a related ethnic group also called Gagavuz (or Gajal) living in the European part of northwestern Turkey.

Jeff found that the people were very hungry to know God and about fifty people prayed to receive Christ. He came home overflowing with joy and emotion over the many tears and sweet faces of those who came to know Him. He also helped translate for several and therefore Robbie Caldwell and others shared their hearts and led people to Christ as well. It was a joyous time.

Igor receiving patients for medical attention.

Vera and Janice working with patients, giving out glasses.

Haylee Bazil with Moldovan children.

Jeff Franks and Robbie Caldwell share the gospel message with a Moldovian lady.

Lastly, but most importantly, our fearless BMMI leader Dr. Ralph Izard. He heads up all the medical missions to many various countries each year. Pray for him and his health and safety please.

20 July 2011

Singing Group: Selah

This is our all time favorite group. Sharing this new song that is scheduled for release on August 23. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

13 July 2011


Though I wasn't actually able to participate in this camp last week, I did prepare crafts for the five days. This is just one of them utilizing a little balloony character sent by a friend in Texas. Sometimes people send things and I don't know what I'm going to do with them, but then after a while I figure out. This was one of those. On all the crafts they go home with Bible verse so there is the witness that continues.

Thank you Francene, Becky and the ladies at First Baptist of Carthage, Texas for all your help. I couldn't do this ministry without the loving sacrifice of the saints in America.


Twelve year old Veronica (who fell 3 stories on May 1 severing her spine) has been accepted by the spine treatment center in Kiev and she went through her first day of therapy today. This is a great blessing, but we have heard the treatment will last several months and be expensive. We are trusting God for everything! Thank you all for praying for her! She wasn't her usual cheery self yesterday when we visited.

In this photo she was visited last week by Cindy Williams of Antioch Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas. Cindy was here with her husband Dan to participate in an English camp in Crimea (south Ukraine on the Black Sea). Veronica has been making scrapbooks of pretty pictures and the cards and postcards she has received since her accident. She's sharing it here with Cindy. Thank you to those of you who have sent cards, stickers and craft goodies. What a blessing that has been for her.

12 July 2011


The Lily, by William Blake
The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat'ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.

Song of Solomon 2:1 – “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.” (the lily is used to describe something or someone beautiful!)

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Matthew 6:28 KJV

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?" Matthew 6: 28-30.

Lilies of the Field could apply to many flowers that were called lilies in Bible times, such as the lotus, the iris, or others, but many think of the anemone as the lily of the field since it could be found growing wildly in great numbers of fields.