In late February we got a call from our granddaughter Martha asking if there was any way Grandma could fly to Oregon for our daughter Linnea’s birthday, (her first as a widow). Well, that’s hard to say “no” to, so Arleen started planning, doubling up her classes. Then, our son Jonathan who is a Pastor of Worship and Youth in Spokane, WA decided that if his Mom was going to be there he would go too, and drove his whole family with 6 children down to Roseburg, OR. What a fantastic time they had together. Lots of music! It was fun to watch our youngest grandson with our youngest great-granddaughter. The only negative is that Grandpa Phil wasn’t there, too. His class schedule was too complicated to change.
May 9 was our music recital. Arleen had a “dress rehearsal” for her students and at that meeting one of her students acted like a clown, (she thinks he was just trying to put everyone at ease). Another student acted like she was going to faint. So we didn’t know what to expect for the recital, but on Saturday afternoon they all did VERY well.
May 19 was graduation at RGBC, a bittersweet time. We’re glad to see them accomplish this goal, but after having worked with them for 4 years it’s hard to say good-bye. The exciting ministries ahead of them call us to remember them in prayer.
May 23 was the wedding of two of our students in the backyard of staff members on campus. We had an ensemble of 3 violins, Arleen on cello and I on the trumpet. That morning it poured, then the afternoon cleared but by 6:30 the wind was blowing over the music stands. At dusk we played the entrance of the wedding party. It was a wonderful God-honoring service of uniting two of my students, Juan & Primavera, in marriage.
Nine mission trips and musical groups are now under way. Please join us in “holding the ropes of prayer” as over 30 Rio Grande Bible College students accompanied by staff members will share their faith in spoken words and musical notes in the USA, Canada, Cuba, Spain, India, North Africa, the Middle East, Paraguay and the Philippines.
Later this summer we plan on joining the music faculty in Valsequillo, Mexico for the annual Music Camp. Some of the 125 campers become Christians, others dedicate their lives to serve the Lord but all sharpen their musical skills. We want to thank you for your partnership in love, support and prayer for our ministry of music to Hispanics.
Your musicianary ambassadors on the border,
Phil & Arleen Blycker
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|Field Address: Rio Grande Bible Institute ° 4300 S. Bus. Hwy. 281 ° Edinburgh, TX 78539|
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