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'Uncle Cousin says hi!'

This is our first venture of sending out a newsletter via email. Sure hope it works.

Did you have a profitable and relaxing summer? You are probably looking forward to some cooler weather, pumpkin and apple pie. We are supposed to be slowing down. The only difference between now and what we did before is we are not soliciting meetings, but if people ask us to come, we will gladly do so. Since we have decided that, we have had three weeks of meetings. These were in Petersburg, NY, where a man came up to me and told me, "I was in your children's meetings here 50 years ago!" We also had meetings right here in Lynchburg, VA and the other in Slippery Rock, PA. We have a couple of more meetings coming up in Salem, VA and the other in NC.

We thank the Lord for these opportunities to share the Gospel with boys and girls.

It's been good to work on making You Tube programs, about 12, and also a weekly podcast. You can find us on both places by going to, "The Uncle Cousin Show." The Podcast show has some well known guests like J. Vernon McGee, John Walvoord, Dave Breese, Ed Lyman and countless number of great missionaries. I hope you will tune in.

Through the years I have written many stories to use when I was on the radio. These have been sitting in our file cabinet for a long time. I thought kids might be interested in reading these stories so we had decided to have them published. We found a publisher that was interested in publishing them, that is for a slight fee, so we have been spending a lot of time getting them in ship shape order. I hope when they get off the press that you might desire to get some for your kids, grandchildren, cousins..... We'll keep you informed.

After one of the big rains we had in Lynchburg we had to replace the floor in our den; we had to have the landscaping changed on the side of the house in order to keep future downpours away from our door. To add to the upset we had to replace our drainage field in the backyard for our septic system We are reminded of the old saying, It never rains but it gets into your den and basement when it does, or something like that. Many thanks to those who helped us in time of need!! We had a nice meeting with the"Young at heart" folks at our church. We did a couple of skits, and then told how God has led us these many years, and to highlight the meeting, Christi played the violin and played it beautifully. I'm glad I taught her all I knew, but she learned anyway.

Our 50th wedding anniversary is coming up on the 13th of this month. How has Karen put up with me for all these years.? What a blessing the Lord gave to me when He sent Karen my way.

All of the islands that received damage from the hurricane we had visited. Our prayers have certainly been with these folks. We can't imagine how bad the devastation has been. We have made many friends on these islands and are concerned about their safety.

Well, we hope you will remember to pray for us that the Lord will send to us just the meetings He would want us to take. Drop us an email when you have a chance. We do thank you so much for your prayers and support for our ministry.

On behalf of the children,

Bill & Karen Salisbury

2018 newsletters


Sept 2018 Newsletter

Rain, rain go away. This is what must have been said to that huge rainstorm we had, but we didn't plan for it to go away into our den. We were in Monroe, NY having a week of meetings when we heard of the storm that passed through Lynchburg. We wanted to stay an extra day to visit with our family, but we hurried home to find muddy water in our den. All of our florescent flannel graph pictures in the basement were soaking wet. A few pieces were ruined but most of them were salvaged after hanging them all on the clothesline and everywhere and anywhere. We had to rip up the carpet, padding, another carpet under that and the tile under that. We pulled off the molding and noticed some mold. After we deal with that we'll replace the floor and part of the wall and so the saga goes on. We are reminded in His word to "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding..." and "In everything give thanks."

Now on the much, much brighter side: we have had five weeks of children's meetings this summer. For the 20th year we had two weeks of meetings at Bertram Bobb Bible Camp which is now under the leadership of some new folks after the passing of our dear friend Travis. What a privilege to teach these children morning and evening! Then we conducted meetings right here in our hometown at Jordan Baptist Church. We sent 100 brochures out to the churches in our area, but Pastor Campbell was the only one who invited us to come and hold a DVBS. We were so thankful for those who trusted the Lord.

Then we scooted up to NY to conduct a DVBS at Discovery Baptist Church. Our son, Billy, did a tremendous job working his puppet with Karen each night. It was wonderful to spend time with our granddaughters, Billy and Antje. After our trip home and dealing as best we could with our "mud house," we traveled down to SC to minister at Philadelphia Southern Methodist Church, staying in the home of our very good friend, Clarence Criswell. Although the attendances were small at the three churches where we ministered, we were glad that we had the opportunity to conduct the DVBS and share Christ with the people. We know that God's Word never returns void and that His Spirit is the one who works in hearts!

Our next meetings will be at our home church, Heritage Baptist, where we will be participating in the missions conference September 23-30. October 6,7 we will be teaching the children during the missions conference at The Evangelical Methodist Church in Elizabeth City, NC. The pastor here was a child in some of our meetings in the past!

Please remember Bill in your prayers as he will be having oral surgery on Oct.9 to remove an impacted wisdom tooth as well as the one next to it. Billy is overjoyed because he is no longer teaching in the inner city, Bronx but has landed a job as a German teacher at a prestigious high school where his teaching skills are appreciated. Christi has many students and is still playing in various venues. Battling Lyme disease has been quite challenging and many times discouraging, but she is grateful to be able to do her work. Another request is for wisdom and patience through the renovation and mold cleanup. As we write this letter, hurricane Florence is coming our way. It doesn't look good with perhaps 12 inches of rain, flooding and heavy winds coming our way. Praise the Lord that our days and ways are in His hands.

The Lord truly has blessed us through the years and He's still doing that! He has used friends like you who are praying for us. Thank you! May the Lord encourage you as you serve the Lord, share Christ with others and be "devoted to good works." In Titus it also says to be "zealous for good works," "be a model of good works" and to "be ready for every good work."

Oh yes, one more important thing: If you would like to continue receiving our newsletters, please send us your name and email. Thanks again.

On behalf of the children,

Bill & Karen


July 2018 Newsletter

Summer has come in with a bang or should I say with heat and with tons of weeds. One thing you can say abut the weeds - they're green! What a clean-up job after being gone for a month! Thank you Lord for your strength made perfect in our weakness!

In April we took part in a missions conference at one of our supporting churches, Webster Bible Church in Webster, NY where we spoke in different children's classes. Our meetings have also taken us to New Mexico where we had a week of meetings with our church missionaries, Ted & Tonie Farris, working with the Navaho Indians. We had a wonderful time with these folks and good meetings. We also visited a few nursing homes but Bill wondered if anyone was awake to hear his messages. On the last day he was thrilled as a man trusted Christ as Savior. It was certainly worth the time spent going to those homes. After leaving there we made our way to minister at Bertram Bobb Bible Camp in OK. This was our twenty first year of speaking there. A month or so before our visit, we were saddened to hear of the death of our friend Travis who was the director of the camp. Nancy, his wife, who was the chief cook and bottle washer is now living in NC. Please keep her in your prayers. We ministered there for two weeks and were thankful to see some children come to know the Lord.

Bill sent out 100 brochures to the churches in the Lynchburg area telling of our ministry and offering our services to help them in reaching children for Christ. We got one reply! We will be ministering at Jordan Baptist Church from July 23-27 and are looking forward to the DVBS. Then we zoom up to NY where our son and family live to conduct meetings at Discovery Baptist Church in Monroe, NY from July 29-August 3. We are excited to work with the church in their DVBS program. Our son Bill (we still call him Billy) will be helping us work the puppets. He is one of the best and funniest puppet workers there is and we can't wait to work together. We can't wait to spend time with Billy, Antje and our two fantastic grandchildren, Frida and Willa! Then we head down to South Carolina to help out with another DVBS at Philadelphia Southern Methodist Church in Darlington, August 8-12.

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Parlier. He was Bill's roommate in Bible school and was an A number One missionary in Papua New Guinea for many years. He, with his wife Judy gave the people their first copy of the Bible in their own language and also started, which is now, a thriving Bible school. We had the privilege of going to New Guinea. Prior to Bill's speaking to the people, Jim was praising the Lord. He looked at me and said, "When I came here there was no one to darken the door of a church. Now see what the Lord has done!" I did see; there were over 300 people ready to listen. Yes, we are saddened at the loss of Jim and Travis because two special friends are now with the Lord and we will miss them. Their wives, Judy and Nancy, especially grieve their loss; but for Jim and Travis they are now experiencing wonderful joy meeting their Lord and Savior and also renewing friendships of those who have preceded them to heaven.

We are presently preparing for the meetings. Karen is thankful to be able to teach 2nd grade Sunday School when we're in town. Please pray for us. Karen is getting older so we don't know how long we will be traveling hither and yon; but for this year we will continue to trust the Lord in helping us to do our best to reach people for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you so much for your love and prayers!

PS: I, Karen, am typing this letter and saw the words of my getting older! Hmm, Bill turned 84 this year. He's got a few years on me!

To the praise of His glory,

Bill and Karen Salisbury


March 2018

Spring came in like a snowy lion. Bill doesn’t want to see anymore snow, not even on TV. At least he didn’t have to shovel any of it as it was gone the next day. Just like the old saying, “Hail today, lawn tomorrow.” Well anyway, it’s a new old saying.

The hurricanes played havoc with schools in the Bahamas and Caribbean. Bill called one pastor who was very glad to hear from him, but said schools are in split sessions and we can’t have you until November. Telephone lines are still down in a lot of the islands, but Bill keeps trying even though weird sounds are heard over the phone.

After calling principals time after time in Nassau, Bill finally got a week of meetings. We were there about nine years ago and had no problem getting into the schools then, but times seem to be changing. He still doesn’t like to talk to the principals remembering the many times as a kid he had to visit their office.

We are trying something new for us. We are mailing out a brochure to every church in Lynchburg telling of our ministry and how we can be used at DVBS, Bible clubs, children’s missionary conferences and teacher training. Uncle Cousin would love to have a meeting in many of these different churches. It would be a blessing if we have the opportunity to present the Word of God there and to see people come to know the Lord.

Just a backward look: we had some good meetings in Cat Island, Bahamas. We spoke in four grammar schools and two high schools. We always have a concern how the teens will react to the message, but they were very quiet and receptive. There were many who signified they wanted to trust Christ as Savior. We stayed in a house in back of an orphan home and alongside of the home there was a chapel where we preached on Sunday and had evening meetings Sunday through Wednesday. There were also adults present and even several of the principals came and brought some of their children with them.

In February we had many great opportunities to minister at Northside Baptist Church during their missions conference. Many years ago after being the children’s pastor there, we started our evangelistic ministry and the church took on our support. We found out that we are their longest supported missionaries. They started their support way back in 1973! It is always nice to come back to Northside and meet old

friends and make new ones. We are thankful for their financial support as well as their prayer support!

Coming up next will be our meetings in:
Nassau, Bahamas: April 7th - April 14th-Public Schools, Clubs
Webster, New York: April 18-April 22-Webster Bible Church, missions conference
Gallup, New Mexico: May 25-May 31-Working with missionaries reaching Indians Ringold, Oklahoma: June 3-June 15-Bertram Bobb Bible Camp

For the past 20 years we have been speaking at Bertram Bobb Bible Camp. About a month ago our good friend Travis Bankester, the camp director, died suddenly of a heart attack. We ask prayer for Daniel, who was being trained by Travis to be the new director of the camp. He will need much wisdom in carrying out his new responsibilities. God has used this camp ministry in reaching many boys and girls for Jesus Christ. Please pray for Nancy, Travis’ wife as this is a very difficult time for her. She also has to make many decisions as well as move from her home at the camp.

We also would ask you to pray that the Lord will fill up our schedule with the meetings that He wants us to have. We are both feeling well, but we don’t know how long the Lord wants us to continue doing what we do, especially if meetings are slow in coming in.

What a privilege it is to serve our risen Savior! Thank you for praying, giving and for your love and concern for us as we seek to continue on for His honor and glory and to see more boys and girls become citizens of heaven! May each of you have a glorious Easter Celebration!

Gratefully in Christ,
"Uncle Bill" and "Aunt Karen"

"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake." Psalm 115:1

April 2017

April fool's day has come and gone. Bill caught Karen and Christi, so I guess Bill is the champion April fooler in the Salisbury household. There are two distinct kinds of fools mentioned in the Bible: Ecclesiastes 2:14 says, "The fool walks in darkness," but 1 Corinthians 4:10 says: "We are fools for Christ's sake." The foolish fool will end up in hell unless he comes to Christ; while the other fool, (who is deemed a fool by those outside of Christ) is a servant of God and will see the glories of heaven. The Bible gives us all a warning though: Ephesians 5:15: "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise."

We traveled to Kingston, Jamaica for meetings in February. These meetings were excellent. Pastor Bernard is a fine pastor and it was a privilege to serve the Lord with him. He got us into many schools where we passed out close to 6,000 tracts. There was a great response by the teenagers as many desired to trust Christ as Savior. We held a teacher training segment and taught storytelling, object lessons and how to use puppets. We always bring 4 puppets with us and give them away if the church shows genuine interest and this church did! After working with them on puppet skills, we built a puppet stage and coached them on the script. They did so well that they put on a puppet show the following Sunday night. They did an excellent job! How grateful we were to see the enthusiasm and desire they had to use this tool to reach and teach children for the glory of God. These folks had never heard of any puppet ministry in their area.

We learned that in Dominica where they also are using the puppets that they not only have four scripts now but have added sound effects and created backdrops for their stage as well! They were taking their puppets to St. Vincent to use as an evangelistic tool. Praise the Lord for these blessings!

The first week of March Bill went to a missionary conference in Greencastle, PA. We always enjoy being with Pastor David and Cindy Raleigh and with the folks there. Karen had to stay home because she had a cold. Bill did well. He managed to put up all the pictures right side up. Our next meetings are April 18th through May 5 in Trinidad and Tobago. Please pray for these meetings. We will once again be working with a national pastor. Pray that he will be able to secure many meetings at the different schools. There are always surprises on these trips;

we're never quite sure what to expect. We pray that we will be a blessing to him

and his family as well as the church members. It's always a busy time in preparation as we pack three suitcases and figure out how to fit in about 5,000 tracts.

Our son and family will be moving in June from their apartment in New York City to a home outside the city. They are all so excited! We'd like to go up this summer to help in the move.

This will be our 20th year at Bertram Bobb Bible Camp. What a privilege to teach these children! The dates this year will be June 5-June 16. These meetings require a lot of preparation as in lessons, puppet shows, stories, object lessons, etc.

Thank you so much for your faithfulness as you continue to remember us in your prayers. Thank you too for supporting us with your most timely and generous gifts.

On behalf of the children,

Bill and Karen Salisbury

"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake." Psalm 115:1