Czech Republic Website

       Back in 2009 in was approached by Josh Norton, a missionary to the Czech Republic. He wanted to set up a website for their ministry “Baptistické Centrum.”

     We talked for a while and I registered a domain for them "baptistickecentrum.com." I set up the Website Baker templates at that time and they created a website.

     Over the years it was hard enough to maintain contact with the ministries I was hosting websites for in the United States, let alone ministries that were overseas. I needed to migrate everyone off the Website Baker Templates due to security issues, and I need to verify that these ministries have not closed their doors.

     I sent Brother Josh an email at the end of last week, and the email address did not bounce (a good sign). But I still had not received a reply, and the website only had a single web page. A web search was inconclusive (because in the Czech Republic where the language is not English).

     I sent off another email and since they only had a single page of content, moved the website over to WordPress.

     I started some in depth research. I found a disturbing search result. An obituary indicating that Josh had gone home to be with the Lord in 2012.

     I put a note on the website (in English of course) and a means of contact so that people can contact me if the ministry is still viable, and they would like to take over the website.

     While Josh is in glory right now, he left all sorts of people behind that are probably still grieving their loss. (Romans 8:28)

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Papua New Guinea Missionary Website

Papua New Guinea

     Back in 2010 I was approached by John Joseph, a Missionary in Papua New Guinea. He wanted to put up a website for a Christian School (Meq'niha Educational Centre).

they had going there. I registered a domain (png4Christ.com) and installed the Website Baker templates for him. He built a nice little website.

     I lost contact with them over the last six years, and as I have been trying to re-establish contact with all the ministries, and now particularly those on the older templates. His website had not been updated in quite a while so I sent Brother John an email on Saturday asking if the ministry was still in operation and if he still wanted to keep the website up. I received a reply that was a blessing!


     Bro Bob,

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I thank you for providing this website service to us for all these years and it has been very beneficial.

Our Christian Education Ministry has expanded very much since then but I could not do much to include all information on the website.

Much of the problem here in Papua New Guinea is the internet service provided here is so slow.. the government is very slowly trying to rectify this problem. Also the internet cost is very high compared to other countries but God is good to his children here. How can I make it fast?

I have tried on several occasions to access the web to update but could not do to forgetting how to get into admin. Please resend me the admin access.

I have recently started trying to upgrade with a view to now making changes to the website and upgrading it. I will need your help

I would appreciate your help and continued usage of the website.

Thank you once Bro Bob and for being a real blessing to me.


Papua New Guinea     I migrated the png4Christ.com website over to WordPress and rebuilt the content. I provided brother John the login information. Again it is a blessing to see how the Lord uses us to help missionaries around the world!

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WordPress Updates

     WordPress came out with a major update a couple of days ago. The previous version of WordPress (4.4.2) had some critical security issues. Usually security bug fixes are applied automatically, however since there was a new major release, version 4.5 (and subsequent version 4.5.1) had to be applied manually to 4.4.2. I spent most of the weekend upgrading the remainder of the 100 or so odd websites we host on WordPress. Got them all done. 

     If your ministry is on an older version of WordPress, you may want to consider going in and getting the upgrades done. My log files are showing a lot of hacking attempts over the weekend.

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Revival Baptist Church – Ukraine

     Back in 2010 I was approached by Pastor Paul Dudka from the Ukraine. I don’t remember how he heard about us, but he knew we were putting up websites for Independent Baptist Ministries.

     Pastor Dudka is the pastor of Revival Baptist Church in the Carpathian region of Vizhnitsya, Chernivtsy oblast, Ukraine.  Pastor Dudka also ministers in the mountains around him in quite a large geographical area and teaches at a Bible college.

     We spoke for a while via Skype, and I was able to set Pastor Dudka up with an English language website on the Website Baker Templates

     After I built, and he got the English website online we talked about a second website in the Ukraine language. I built the second, separate website on a sub (or second level) domain off the top level domain. Pastor Dudka added all the content in the Ukrainian language. He is also well equipped in the skills to build websites!

     I have been trying migrate the websites we host off the Website Baker templates and onto WordPress. Pastor Dudka’s websites presented an extra challenge because there were two of them, in two languages, one on a sub domain. And one in a language that I don’t even recognize the letters in, makes the task of my trying to copy a complex website a little daunting.

     I talked it over with Pastor Dudka and we decided to put the websites on separate top level domains. I registered a new domain for the English Website (rbcukraine.org), and decided to build a brand new WordPress website on the old English Website Baker English domain (rbcukraine.com) once the new English website was completed. The Ukrainian language website is at ua.rbcukraine.com.

     I had the English website built, approved by Pastor Dudka and transferred over several weeks ago. I am in the process of duplicating the Ukrainian language website at this time. My head is spinning. 

     It is an honor and a blessing to be used of God to minister to his preachers so far away!

     Pastor Dudka will be coming to the US in the near future and would like to set up some meetings in Southern Texas (I think it is some time in May). You can contact him on Facebook

     He is on Skype at: pashadudka

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IBBC Paris Illinois

     I have been moving our hosted websites off the old Website Baker Templates little by little. Today I was able to move Independent Bible Baptist Church in Paris Illinois (ibbsparisil.com) onto a WordPress website. IBBC is one of the first churches we hosted back in 2006 and is the first church I was able to present our ministry to when we went full time back in 2008! (I didn't think the presentation went all that well although Maureen thought it was ok).

Independent Bible Baptist Church Paris Illinois

     Pastor Pullen is a bi-vocational Pastor and will check out the website when he gets the opportunity. The church has been a blessing to Maureen and I!

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Missionary Website

     Back in 2009 we worked with Missionary Don Weeks (Bolivia) to get his missionary website back online.  Since that time, he came back to the US and became pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Ona West Virginia. He contacted me last week to let me know he wanted to resurrect the boliviaforchrist.org website. Some of his children were planning on going to Bolivia as missionaries.

     We talked and corresponded a little and at first he was going to create offsite content and upload it using FTP (file transfer protocol). Then Pastor Weeks asked if I could set up a WordPress website for him. He had worked with WordPress before and was comfortable with it.

     I set up a WordPress website for him and an email account on his domain boliviaforchrist.org. It is an honor to help support his family’s ongoing ministry presenting the Gospel to the people of Bolivia!

     Over the years we have had the honor of hosting many missionary websites – we can maintain them, update them and perhaps most importantly make sure they don't expire while missionaries are on the mission field!

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Another Road Trip Over

     Maureen and I just got back from another road trip – this time to the San Antonio area.

     We left the Dallas area Saturday morning, and took the scenic tour to take pictures of ministries (for the Baptist Ministries Database) on the way down to the Schertz Texas. We were visiting Marion Baptist Church on Sunday morning (one of our supporting churches). We hadn’t visited Marion Baptist Church in several years, and decided to visit them on their anniversary Sunday since the church and Bob share an Anniversary (the church’s 38th anniversary and Bob’s 36th anniversary of receiving Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour).Road Trip

     Bob had the opportunity to share the ministry with the church family, and we had our display set up and were able to answer questions. We had a wonderful service and were blessed by the preaching (by a wonderful Evangelist “Cowboy” Campbell.  After the service we went out to lunch with the Pastor Rudy and Melissa Elizondo took a bunch of us out to lunch where we had a wonderful fellowship. We then left to visit Pyron Avenue Baptist Church in San Antonio. We have bee hosting a website for this church for quite a while also.

     As the road trip continued we attended evening service at Pyron Avenue Baptist Church and again it was a blessing to meet the former Pastor (Spanagal) I had worked with in setting up a website, and the new pastor (Juan Juarez) that took over the website. Interestingly there was a common theme in the preaching which included discouragement and faith. Both messages were extremely timely and relevant to us as we were trying to get back into the swing of full time ministry amid all the things that have been happening in our lives since we came back into the ministry.

     God is good, and His timing is perfect. The rain held off until last night.

     This morning we were heading out, again we were going to try and take the scenic route back to Dallas, I wanted to get some more ministry pictures. We headed up through Bastrop Texas without incident. After we left Bastrop we ran into problems. As we got up the road a little farther we hit road after road that was closed due to flooding. Fortunately, the GPS I was using kept accepting detours, until finally we decided we decided we had about as much scenery (if you call flooded fields scenery) as we could take and headed home.

     This road trip was a blessing, but it is good to be home. We still need to figure out a way to travel with Goose the cat if we are going to start extensive traveling, so please pray with us about that.

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Heading Out

Maureen and I are getting ready to head out to visit one of our supporting churches. This was supposed to be a test to see how our traveling cat Goose was going to do, but our accomodations were not going to be "Goose friendly" to the tune of an extra $100!" Had to make emergency change of plans at the last minute to make every thing work out.Goose

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Free Websites

     In this day and age (information age) it still amazes me that there are so many ministries that do not see the need for a web presence. This is one of the reasons we offer free websites for ministries that don’t have any idea how to get online. There are even more free options for people that have a little time to invest in some great, free, template based solutions that offer professional looking websites for very little effort!

     I received a comment from the Pastor of our sending church (Harvester Baptist Church) this week which should tell the whole story, particularly if you are a missionary on deputation, or on the field: “Thanks for the great job you are doing.  When I search in vain for a missionary or church's website I wish they would contact you.”

     Admittedly Pastor Simpson was way ahead of the curve on technology as far as Baptist churches go. Harvester Baptist Church and I had their ministry online back in the 1980’s with an old TRS-80 Model 1 computer (with 48K of memory, 4 floppy drives and a 300 baud modem)! Most of you reading this post would have NO IDEA what I am talking about!

     As I like to say, I was on the Internet before Al Gore invented it, as a matter of fact I registered my first domain in February of 1995, twenty-one years ago! FMLYNET.ORG – you can check it on the WHOIS record to verify it. The domain had to be 7 characters long to interactwith a  BBS Network called FIDONET for those of you that were BBSers back then.

     Enough about me, what about you?  In North America, 88% of the people are online. When they go to find information on a ministry, many of them go to the Internet first. As Pastor Simpson indicates they EXPECT to find information on you on the internet. They get frustrated if they don’t find you.

     For a missionary on deputation, this could mean the difference between a meeting or an open date. For a church this could mean a person from out of town visiting the church five blocks away from yours, or your church.  Free Websites! So – if your ministry does not have a web page – I will set one up for you today – a free website – no strings no hidden costs. Just get in contact with me and let’s get you online.

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Déjà vu (and a blessing)

     Déjà vu all over again (to quote the late catcher Yogi Berra)!

     First the blessing I need to share! Our sending church (Harvester Baptist Church in Ellicott City Maryland) voted to pay the deductible for our storm damage (which is a considerable amount!). Harvester Baptist Church is where Maureen and I were both saved and later married. It is also where I surrendered to preach. The church has taken care of us over the years. It was Pastor Simpson back in the 1980’s that said (as a joke I am sure) “you can always be a computer evangelist.” That comment changed my life!

 Déjà vu

     As I was reading Pastor Simpson’s message on my cellphone the sky opened up again (déjà vu!) with heavy rain, nickel sized hail and straight lined winds! Both the neighbor’s fences suffered in this brief but nasty storm. Praise the Lord we did not seem to suffer any additional damage. I am also praising the Lord that we did not have the house repaired yet, I would hate to have to add yet another roof next week!

     Please pray for those around us that did suffer damage, there was some more HUGE hail – again baseball size very nearby!

 Déjà vu all over again

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