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(This is my story,
BUT I do NOT approve of this message!)
By Scott Crabtree
Editor’s Note: Scott and Tricia Crabtree and their family
have recently moved to the Columbus, Ohio, area and are
beginning Deaf Bible studies to prepare for the opening of the
LIFESIGNS Deaf Baptist Church.

Occasionally on deputation, missionaries have
days where they just wish they could have a “do
over.” Unfortunately, in real life there is no such
rewind button. We headed out of town for a meeting in West Virginia. The traffic
was extremely heavy as it happened to be game day between the University of
Tennessee and Virginia Tech. It seemed that ALL of Tennessee and Virginia were
headed to the game. With the intensity of the traffic, I was not really keeping an
eye on my speed—someone from the highway patrol was, though. First ticket in
150,000 miles of traveling—grrrr! He must have been a Virginia Tech fan and saw
my Tennessee tags! Yes, I know, even a deaf man can hear the comments by some
who would say I probably should have gotten a ticket at other times and did not.

You know who you are.

Upon arriving at our destination that day, we were to meet the pastor’s family for
the first time at a nice Italian restaurant. We sat down and one of their sons showed
up a few minutes later. I stood up and reached over to shake his hand. As I did so,
I knocked over a full glass of ice water onto the table in front of the pastor’s wife.

We began to try to clean it up with the non-absorbent napkins, which only made
it worse! I was kicking myself for being so clumsy and then started to sit down. It
goes downhill from here. Little did I know that when I stood up to shake the hand
of the pastor’s son, my chair had fallen over behind me with its four legs sticking
up in the air. Fortunately, I landed between the four legs on the floor. People in
the restaurant were staring at us. My nose was at the table’s edge and all I could see
was the pastor looking down at me saying, “Bless your heart,” which means “You
dope” or “It’s all good” in Tennessee and West Virginia vernacular—whichever one
applies! Unfortunately, on the way to the floor, one of the legs of the chair caught
my pocket, which proceeded to tear an 18-inch hole all the way down the side of
my pants!
We had a delicious meal with the pastor (a nice reprieve from the day so far), and
I walked out of the restaurant holding my pants together. My wife and daughters
laughed at me all the way back to the car. When we got to the hotel on the top floor,
our key cards would not work. I started to go to the lobby to get new keys—my
girls were still laughing at me. Jessalyn said, “Run like the wind, Dad. Run like the
wind!” My wife then remarked, “With the hole in those pants—not such a good
idea!” Sometimes you just cannot wind—I mean win!
14 Reseeding America – Spring 2018

David & Terrie Azzarello
Church Planters to
Ventura, California
December 2017 — “We have
just returned home after
fleeing a devastating fire that has consumed
over 150 homes and buildings and burned
96,000 acres! Amazingly, the pavilion we use
for church was not damaged” at Northpointe
Baptist Church in Ventura. Daniel, Adrienne,
Xavier, and Kaleb all accepted the Lord in
November at River Ridge Baptist Church,
our church plant in Oxnard.

John & Sandy Bailes
National Reseeding America
Representative October 2017 — “It was a
joy on my part to be given
the opportunity to be an interim pastor for
three months to Pinecrest Baptist Church in
Signal Mountain, Tennessee. In September
we had two pastoral candidates.… It was
the will of the Lord that God allowed James
Bussard to be called as pastor.”
Kevin & Pam Barthel
Native Americans, Globe,
Arizona Fall 2017 — “Four young
people got saved since our last
letter! The three youngest were baptized in
September. We also had several unsaved
visitors who have been attending somewhat
regularly. Please pray that they, along with
some neighborhood children who attend
regularly, would be saved soon.”
Ed & Mary Beard
Church Planters in
Annapolis, Maryland
November 2017 — “October
was our mission’s month at
Freestate Baptist Church. Each
week a different missionary
was invited to present his ministry…. Our
church’s Faith Promise increased over $300
a month from last year.”
Rick & Jackie Bonds
Church Planters and Restart
in West, Texas
March 2017 — “There is
still work to be done on the
church building in Dryden. I have come to
realize there always will be! In Pumpville we
will hold our 5th Missions Conference since
coming here. It has become a very special
event for the folks here as well as for Jackie
and me.”
Tom & Renee Border
Japanese Ministry in Ohio
December 2017 — “Our
annual Christmas Brunch
for the ladies is scheduled for
December 8. Renee will be sharing from
God’s Word that Jesus is the ‘Light of The
World.’ Pray for those who are still walking in
spiritual blindness to have their eyes opened
to see their own sinful condition and their
need for Jesus—the Reason for the Season.”
Mildred Brush
St Louis, Missouri
June 2017 — “Bible Institute
classes and Good News Club
are over for the summer, but
that does not mean my days are
not full…. At church we are gearing up for
Vacation Bible School and continuing other
outreach ministries. There are preparations
to be made for the Fall Bible Synthesis
class.…Recently, another ministry was
added to my list. A man in a nearby prison
wrote to our church asking if we had Bible
study materials we could send him. Since I
have an abundance of materials, I took the
letter to do the follow up. He is very grateful
and works diligently on the lessons, doing
them and returning them immediately.”
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