Good Hope Baptist Church

806 SE Hwy. 7 Clinton, Mo. 64735
Sunday School 9:00am
Sunday Worship 10:00am

Bob’s Testimony Concerning the Good Hope Baptist Church

I guess the calling was in the works long before my wife Beverly and I went and visited the Good Hope Baptist Church ten miles east of Clinton, Missouri. I need to go back to probably around January of 2014 when the difficult decision to retire from my employer was on the forefront of my mind.

I was still young at age 57, but eligible to go. It boiled down to living too far away from our family and friends in Missouri as I had relocated to SW Kansas for work. The money and job security just could not outweigh our desire to be close to our kids and grandkids. I guess to make a long story short, I retired April 1, 2014. We sold everything we had for furniture, bought a motorhome, and were going to try the full-time RV lifestyle. Little did we know at that time that God had another plan. We relocated back to Missouri where we had moved from and soon settled into the Cozy Corners RV Park just south of Clinton, Missouri.

Here’s where the plan all started to unfold for Beverly and I. We could have chosen the easy way and went right back to the church I led music at before going to SW Kansas. Instead we chose to visit a couple of churches and the first one we decided to go to was based on the fact that we thought a couple of our friends were there. Low and behold they were not there and we did not know a soul. At least we thought we didn’t. One good friend attended there and we were not aware of that. She turned around and declared to us and to those around her, “We don’t have a preacher and he, {yours truly}, can preach”. I started filling in occasionally on Sunday, and then every Sunday, and eventually became their interim Pastor.

It was at that point where I realized that God had opened up the door for me to be their fulltime Pastor. Whether we should or not is irrelevant, but I still was looking for confirmation from God that this was His will for our life. As timing would be perfect for confirmation, Vacation Bible School started up for a week, and both Beverly and I were there to help out with the kids. To say that this was a blessing would be an understatement. After about the 2nd day of being a part of that ministry and in some small way participating with the kids and the adults, God through his calling gave me a love for the body of Christ at Good Hope. It was at that point that I let one of the Deacons know that I was interested in being their Pastor, but to continue on in the process they had started in choosing the right man for the pulpit. The church did just that and voted on another good friend of mine to lead them and that fell through. I had times where I actually was second guessing what I knew was God’s will for my life and was more than a little confused. God worked it out, I submitted a resume’, and the rest is history.

There is still a lot of work to do as none of us at Good Hope have arrived where we probably should be spiritually. God is loving and patient, and if we allow Him to, He will change all of us for the better forever. The key will be letting God be God and allowing Him to knock the rough edges off of us as He continues to mold us more and more into His image.

I praise God that He has given me the desire to preach, the ability to participate, and the calling that was irrefutable. This is not an opportunity that I take lightly, but hold with the highest regard. Beverly and I are not in this ministry at the Good Hope Baptist Church like a car in a ¼ mile race, but rather we are in this for the long haul. I want to look back and know beyond a shadow of doubt that I had run a good race and I had fought a good fight!

I have several things I pray for everyday with regularity, but two stand out the most. The first is “God bless your people at Good Hope”, and the second is “God if there is anything I desire right now it is to be encouraged by you and allowing me to see fruit from the body of Christ, souls won over by Christ, and growth in numbers”. If you need a place to hang your hat on Sundays we would love to have you join us.