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Last Sunday I was privileged to be part of First Baptist Church, Platte City’s celebration of Rusty Savage for 30 years serving as their pastor.  This is a wonderful milestone for Rusty, his wife Stephanie and the church.  Rusty has been a faithful shepherd to lead God’s people and proclaim the gospel in Platte City and beyond. I am thankful for being a part of an association that has several pastors who have served long term.  It is a testimony of faithfulness that can encourage us all.  Congratulations and well done Rusty! 

Also, I am grateful for the wonderful volunteers that serve in our associational Disaster Relief team.  This week I was able to work alongside a group of DR Volunteers helping to clean out the Smithville Living Center recently purchased by The Baptist Homes. Next year it will be renovated and eventually open as a place to serve military veterans.  Not only will elderly care be provided for those in need but a church for veterans will be planted and hosted there as well.  I want to commend the Disaster Relief volunteers for coming along side one of our ministry partners in the state and providing their time and effort to begin the initial phase of renovation.  Again, a job well done! – Dr. Gary Mathes