Last week, we received a call to let us know that we are part of a new family. No, we are not part of Pastor Hawes’ family (pictured above). But we have been included in the family of missionaries supported by Pastor Hawes and the folks at Temple Bible Church. TBC has already been a great blessing to us in many ways, but being one of their regular missionaries is an extra added blessing. Perhaps, we could call it “icing on the cake.” We are honored and humbled that TBC considers SHCM worthy of their moral, prayer, and financial support. It is a blessing!


Many months ago, Pastor Andy Hawes from Temple Bible Church asked if we could use a large flagpole. Apparently a public school near the church was going through a renovation project and they were not going to reuse their flagpole. Several men from Temple picked up the flagpole and gave it the needed repair. The next problem was transporting the flagpole to the camp. It is a 36’ flagpole with an additional 4’ that goes into the ground. Finally one of the men asked his boss at New Holland Transportation if he could use one of the company’s tractor trailer trucks to transport the 40’ pole. Today, a beautiful 2011 full sized tractor trailer truck brought the flagpole.

For now, we will store the flagpole, but we already have the location picked. There is some significant excavation and other work required in that area. After that work is completed, we plan to paint the flagpole and install it in a nice retaining wall flower bed.

Notice the short flagpole in the picture. It is made out of 1.5” PVC and it bends in the wind. The new flagpole is tall and strong and comes complete with a lightning rod. Thanks Temple Bible.