So tonight I realized I’ve only made one post this month. Obviously, things have been a bit busy around here. Let me recap some of what’s been going on with the Bybees lately, in bullet form:
- We rang in the month at Lipscomb University for Summer Celebration, which is kind of like a Bible college lectureship, only fun. Our whole family moved in to the dorm for three days, I taught a class, and we spent the rest of our time together: worshiping in Allen Arena, catching up with old ministry friends, playing ball out on the lawn in Bison Square. Sunny and I even told the kids some of our stories about our time together at Lipscomb. All in all, we had a great time. Looking forward to it again next year.
- We also spent time in Nashville with my family celebrating my grandmother’s birthday. It was good to catch up with a lot of family members that I hadn’t seen in quite a while.
- I had the chance to return to one of the churches where I interned (the Hendersonville church of Christ) as part of their summer series. In addition to spending time with some old friends at this great church, we were able to share a meal with my aunt and uncle who live in the area and worship at Hendersonville. Another family treat.
- We took in our first drive-in movie. For the twins’ birthday, we treated them to Cars 2 at the drive-in. Somehow, neither Sunny nor I had ever been to a drive-in, so we had a blast. Even though I think Cars 2 is nowhere near as much fun as the first film, we still had an awesome time together. A great memory.
- I spent last week in Mexico with our Baja Missions team. For 20 years or so, our church has been heavily involved in mission work in Baja Mexico. I had the chance to be a part of a team of 40 doctors, teachers, and evangelists who made the trip this year. As our team arrived, we learned of a tragedy in the community: one of the young children in the church died in a horrific accident. But the church responded as she always does: weeping with those who weep, rejoicing with those who rejoice. We certainly shared in the grief and the joy of our Latin brothers and sisters last week. It had been 5 years since I’d been to this mission point, so I was especially encouraged to see the progress that’s been made in this area. I spent a significant amount of time with those who were grieving. I was also able to spend one whole day with the preachers of the area churches, encouraging them and equipping them. I spent another day in the homes of the church members, bringing their monthly supplies of food and cooking supplies to them. We shared an impromptu Bible study with a young mother named Maria who is ready to give her life to Jesus. We miraculously fitted a pair of adult-sized crutches for Nora, one of our sisters who desperately needed a pair that were sized more appropriately for her. Actually, she needed children’s size crutches, but those are hard to come by in Mexico. Thankfully, we have several determined, intelligent men in our group who rose to the challenge to shave 4 inches off of the adult-sized crutches in order to bless sister Nora. We also spent time with Thomas, a skeptical convenience store owner whose English is as good as mine. He’s not a believer, but he daily embodies goodness and decency and integrity in his workplace and in the community. I was blessed by his way of life. The week was absolutely incredible.
- Tonight, Sunny and I went out on a date for the first time in quite a while. We enjoyed dinner together and then rushed to catch the final Harry Potter film (which we really enjoyed). Now I’m semi-inclined to read the series. We’ll see.
That’s it for now. Maybe I can carve out some time to blog a little more regularly toward the end of the week.