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32 Flights In 12 Months On Southwest Airlines

That’s right, Kelly has logged 32 flights! He now qualifies for the “A-List” which means he gets reserved boarding privileges for an entire year. Yep, we’ve been traveling THAT MUCH! And, that only counts the flights on Southwest. (I have 26 flights in 12 months.)

But this last trip was mostly “just for fun”. We flew to Tulsa to visit our sons and their families, and to see our new granddaughter. Erin & Gale It was also Kelly’s 20th year reunion at his Bible School. Kelly graduated from Bible School the same year our oldest son, Erin, graduated from high school in 1988. WOW, TIME FLIES



It was great to see the boys and really fun to see 2 month old Ava, our newest granddaughter. Grandma Connie would hardly let anyone else hold her. Connie & Ava



At the reunion we got to meet up with some old classmates. One couple we were excited and surprised to see were old friends and classmates from Norway. They definitely won the prize for coming the farthest.

Jan & Annalise All in all, it was a good trip!

What’s Pioneers All About?

Is there anything magic about the number “38”? No, not really. But 38 jumps out at me because that is how many new missionary candidates came to Pioneers’ in January, for a week of orientation. They came from all over the US, from one coast to the other…a total of 19 different states.

There were singles and couples, with ages ranging from 20 something to 50 something, from all walks of life and a variety of experiences. They did have one thing in common; a hearts desire to serve God, in difficult places, where most people don’t want to go. That’s what Pioneers is all about!

Candidates Web

Here is a photo of all 38 candidates in our training center listening to each one give their testimony.


So, what did Kelly and I do during that week? We interviewed and evaluated candidates, and during meal times (breakfast, lunch & dinner) we met individually with them to find out about their church and how our team could serve that church.

This is just the first step for these new candidates. They are in the pipeline now. Over the next 1 to 2 years, some will get more training, they will raise financial support, put all their affairs in order, and one by one…deploy to the field.

We will repeat this process 4 more times this year. This too, is what Pioneers is all about.

We’ll be right back…

It’s good to see that you are checking out our blog. We will be updating it a couple times a week, so you can check back every so often and see what mischief we are up to.

Who do you think these two are?

Kelly Grade 1 Web

Connie Grade 1 web

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