August 2008

Praise the Lord for what He is doing in and through us! This summer has been a wonderful confirmation of God’s blessings on our lives and our ministry. Rejoice with us! Our 47th anniversary is August 12th.

We had a stretching musical experience up in New Hampshire in a music camp led by a world-famous choral director from Cambridge University of England. Arleen and I flew up to Rhode Island where we stayed with my brothers Dan and Mark and then drove up together to the White Mountains near Vermont and the Canadian border. We also ministered in a supporting church.

When we were flying back to our home in Texas on the Mexican border we were delayed for three days in Houston while Hurricane Dolly did its damage especially in the Rio Grande Valley. However, we found only minor damage at home and had a wonderful time of fellowship with friends and supporters in the Houston area waiting for Dolly to pass. “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders” (Ps. 29:3).

The new academic year has begun here in Edinburg at the Rio Grande Bible Seminary (RGBI); we had a great staff retreat and were fed with truths from the Book of Hebrews by the former director of the Guatemala Bible Seminary (GBS), Dr. Bob Kilgore, who is on the board of RGBI.

The end of August will find us flying down to Guatemala and participating in the anniversary of the School of Sacred Music (EMUSA) at the Central American Theological Seminary (SETECA). We will also be ministering in Chimaltenango at the GBS seminary and in five local churches.

Praise the Lord with us for the progress we are making on readying the proofs for the publication of our collection of Spanish Bible songs which includes some choir arrangements. The day after he attended a worship service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, John Wesley recorded in his journal (1738), “I could taste the good word of God in the [choir’s] anthem, which began, ‘My song shall be always of the loving-kindness of the Lord; with my mouth will I ever be showing forth thy truth from one generation to another.’” That choral presentation led directly to his conversion to Jesus Christ as Savior.

We mentioned three special ministry opportunities in our May letter:
1. RECORDING PROJECT. We continue to work on recording CDs of our songs and hymns based upon Spanish verses from every book in the Bible. Due to © procedures and IRS constraints, $1,800 is needed for this ministry project and must be sent to us personally; we will then turn those funds over to RGBI.
2. WORK PROJECT. We have begun work on our concrete driveway extension. Pray that we will finish this work soon. The next two steps are: move a fence back and lay concrete. We’re looking for volunteers!
3. MISSIONS PROJECT. Thanks to God for the four seminary teams that have finished their tours this summer: (1) Spain; (2) India; (3) Mexico; (4) USA & Canada. Now we ask for prayer for our new students.

We are very grateful for your faithful prayer and financial support so that we can remain in the Rio Grande Valley training Hispanics to reach Hispanics, “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

In the victorious name of our soon-coming Savior,

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Dr. & Mrs. Philip Blycker Home phone: 956-682-6273
4300 S. Bus. Hwy. 281 pblycker@sbsglobal.net
Edinburgh, TX 78539 ablycker@gmail.com
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