Our last week before spring break was at Yates Thagard Baptist Church in Carthage, NC. This was a new church for our ministry to partner with. We enjoyed getting to know the church people throughout our time together.
Tuesday afternoon, we got to be a part of the Senior Saints luncheon. We provided some bluegrass music during the meal, and then got to stay around afterwards to fellowship with several of the people. We enjoyed the opportunity to fellowship with these dear saints and enjoy some delicious food.
Kids program always provides many unique moments during the week, and this particular week did not disappoint. Ryan the Regent lost the hearts of his dear Kingdom as Riley the Rabble-Rouser and Mitchell the Minstrel swooped in and offered themselves as more suitable replacements for the crown. The kids were over-the-top involved in the rioting over the crown. It was hilarious to see the kids get so excited about the plot of Kammelot. It was an absolute delight to jump in with both feet in our mission to teach these kids that God’s Kindgom is worth our everything. Jesus is better than anything and everyone! We can have absolute confidence as we commit our lives to Christ.
We crossed the Mason-Dixon line for the first time this semester as we left Old Virginia for Reading, PA. On Monday evening, we had a men’s night--“Meat and Meet”--where men from the church provided sumptuous morsels of meaty goodness preceded by a riveting game of 9-square. We had around 60 men in attendance with a number of visitors. Aaron preached a gospel message and 4 men/boys indicated they had accepted Christ as their Savior from their sin!
We had regular services on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by an Irish Concert on Thursday, and a Cola War on Friday night. It was encouraging to see the church family faithfully come out each night and invite the community for the services. We had a full house for the Irish Concert and around 50 teens for the Cola War the next night. Pastor Conover’s dad is at an assisted living facility, and many of the people who live there, along with their caretakers, attended the evening. One of the ladies who came to help with the elderly guests trusted Christ as her Lord and Savior! There were also some other guests who attended that the church has specifically been praying for.
There were also some other guests who attended that the church has specifically been praying for.
Overall there around 8 professions of faith! Praise the Lord! Pastor Conover was very excited to begin long-term discipleship. Please pray for both those who made decisions to follow Jesus, as well as the church family at Victory Baptist Church.
Our first week back after Spring break we were in Durham, NC. It was a privilege to be able to partner alongside the ministry of Trinity Bible. Trinity is a church plant, and it was exciting to see the life and commitment to Christ-likeness while we were there. For the time being, they are renting a space every week to set up for church, which introduced us to some new ways to do teen pre-sessions and kids program.
Because Trinity is currently renting a community center, the teen’s Sunday school class meets in a church member’s home every Sunday. It was neat to see the teens in such a personal setting. Riley spoke on the need for servant-minded leadership. “If you don’t believe in what you claim to be leading, you’re actually not leading”. We as believers should have the motivation of bringing God glory. With this focus, it doesn’t matter if you’re an olympian, fast food worker, traveling evangelist, or a fortune 500 CEO, you can accomplish each of these through your goal of bringing God glory.
We always have a very interesting and entertaining kids program every week. This particular week the kids (and team members) made Ryan the Regent drink a mysterious concoction after meeting the goal for number of kids. Never a dull moment in the Kingdom of Kammalott!
Our Irish concert evening was extra special this week because the church people all gathered together just before the concert to have a family style meal. It’s always a treat for us when we get extra time with the people we’re ministering to for that week.
It was a joy to be with Community Baptist in Garner, NC again. We loved getting to fellowship with this body of believers. We were quite busy this week. We began Sunday with a Family Fun night for the evening service. It always a fun to see church people having a good time together. Laughter is such a kind gift from God!
Monday evening we had a men’s fellowship with a breakfast buffet. There were many men who came out to enjoy an evening together, and several trusted Christ as their Lord and Savior. On Tuesday the ladies enjoyed chocolate and coffee together. There was a great turn out of women, and a church member’s neighbor trusted Christ. We are praying for good ground and saving fruit!
Wednesday evening was something brand new for our team. Ryan worked to pull together an evening just for the kids. After the music service all of the kids were dismissed to a series of competitions. The fastest team of the four was the first to go through the ice cream line at the end of the evening. We had a blast running each of the races for the kids. Most importantly though, it was a privilege to be able to share the gospel with nearly 40 children that evening. We know that God’s Word will not return void, it will accomplish what He desires. This was a humbling reminder that God is able and willing to use even us, as broken and weak vessels, to proclaim His name and give Him glory. Hallelujah!
We ended the week on Thursday with an Irish concert. We love getting to share the gift of music with others. What a privilege to partner with the church and provide an opportunity for their unsaved friends to hear the gospel.
We loved getting to serve alongside Bethel Baptist Church in Cary, NC a few weeks ago. This was our first time to be with this body of believers, and it was a joy to get to know the people there. We had pre-sessions for every age group and a Family Fun Night on Wednesday evening for the whole church family. You can see the pictures for evidence of how enthusiastic the people were. It’s always a privilege to be able to laugh together with God’s people.
On Thursday evening we dedicated the entire service to worship through music. Aaron intertwined his message between some of the congregational singing and ended the evening on Romans 8:28 with the call for true believers to rest and trust in Christ with full confidence. God has promised to use our every circumstance for His glory and our Good. He is so kind to work the details of our lives (those of us that truly love the Lord as Romans 8:28 says) together for good. How can we not praise Him for His goodness in our lives when we realize how purposeful and loving He is with every detail?
We were so encouraged on Friday evening to see a full auditorium of church people and guests. Being able to share the gift of music with others is a beautiful way to warm their hearts before hearing the Good News . What a blessing it is to proclaim the Gospel with believers and unbelievers! Please pray for the seeds of truth that have been planted.
It was a joy to serve again at Layton Chapel Baptist Church in Spring Lake, NC last week. We were here a couple of years ago, and we looked forward to ministering together again! After the service on Sunday night, most of the church people gathered at CC’s Pizza for a time of food and fellowship. We enjoyed the time with the folks who came, and it was a great jump start for our time together.
This week, we only had pre-sessions with the teens. This allowed our entire team to be in with the teens each evening before the service. On Monday, all the parents of the teens were invited to a meal where each team member gave testimony of what God is doing in their lives. It is always a joy to share the goodness of God.
We also had a wonderful time during the family fun night on Wednesday evening. Take some time to look through the pictures this week and you’ll be able to see the enthusiasm this church had. What a joy it is to be able to laugh, fellowship, and worship together as a church family.
We had such a wonderful week of ministry at Boones Creek Bible Church in Johnson City, TN. It was a busy week with pre-sessions for adults, teens, and children. We launched a new children’s pre-session that highlights five different missionaries that have given their lives to spreading the Gospel, and in doing so, have proved that Jesus is worthy. We are burdened to teach our kids that Jesus is worthy of our time, our affections and our lives. When we truly believe that Jesus is worthy, it changes how we view our every-day circumstances. Believing that Jesus is truly worthy of everything will help us to love and obey Him, no matter what.
We also had the special privilege of leading a special service on Thursday evening. Aaron preached from Romans 8:28-39 and intertwined his message with congregational singing. We as a team were greatly encouraged, and it was a true joy to partner together with the church in song and meditating on the glorious truths of the Gospel found in Romans 8. We really believe that the sweetness of that evening was a small glimpse into the truly glorious fellowship we will share with all believers one day in heaven. God is so kind to give us a community of believers to fellowship with here, and we are thankful for the opportunity to have worshipped with and served alongside of the people of Boones Creek Bible Church. What a special week of ministry!
From Fort Myers, we traveled back across Florida to Faith Baptist Church in Palm Bay. This was our first time at Faith! The week started Sunday and culminated in an Irish Concert on Thursday night. Each night before the service we had pre-sessions (short times of connecting around the Word prior to the service!). Aaron has been teaching the adults a series on prayer. Riley leads the teen pre-sessions and has been drawing principles on God’s will from the book of Ruth. From Naomi to Ruth to Boaz, we see that God can use anyone to accomplish His will. It’s comforting to know that God is working in our lives whether we see what He’s doing or not.
It’s always encouraging to see the numbers grow each night. From the kids to the adults, attendance increased each night and the auditorium was filled both Wednesday (Family Fun Night) and Thursday (Irish Concert). A highlight for the kids came when they reached their goal for the week and got to slam 3 whip cream pies into Ryan’s face/ear/hair . (Ryan has since decided he will never use whip cream again)! The biggest highlight for the team was not only the relationships we were able to build but also that three people turned to Christ!
In the midst of the busyness of ministry, its easy to focus on others things and miss the most important thing, showing Christ to others. Praise God that through us, and sometimes in spite of us, He continues His work of redeeming fallen people and restoring them to the image of His Son. We trust these updates are as encouraging for you to read as it for us to write them. Thank you for your prayers!
Our team greatly enjoyed our time serving with Gunnery Road Baptist Church in Lehigh Acres, FL. We had a full week of services, and we were also able to interact with the students of Gunnery Road Christian School throughout the week. We have been at this church many times over the years, so our time together is always sweet as we reconnect with sweet friends here. This body of believers loves to sing, and we greatly enjoyed worshipping and gathering around the Word together.
During our time with the school, we participated in a Fun Day on Thursday which led up to the Family Fun Night that evening. We enjoyed games, talking, eating and laughing together with the staff and kids. That evening in kids program we had over 80 kids which meant Ryan had to eat a live fish (the goal was 65). We were so encouraged to see many families from the Christian school that evening for our family outreach event. We are praying for the seeds that have been planted…may God bring about His fruit in His time.
We love Pastor Vance and his family, and it was a joy to get some special time together. We praise the Lord for Gunnery Road Baptist church and what God is doing there!
We hit the ground running this semester! We started on the outskirts of sunny Miami, FL at Westwood Lake Baptist Church. Having 80 degree weather in January was wonderful! One of the fun activities we were able to do was go to the Everglades and look at the alligators. Everyone on team held a baby alligator, which required conquering fear for some of us.
Some exciting news on the Coffey team is having a new team member join us! Mitchel Beck is from Augusta, GA just graduated from Bob Jones University in December with a degree in Biology. His jobs include schooling Asher Coffey, vehicle maintenance and playing the ukulele in kids program (which is AWESOME by the way.)
Thank you for praying for us all on team! God has been so good to us in allowing our team to overcome so many hurdles. Currently, we have an urgent prayer request for the Coffey's trailer One of the supporting jacks broke and Aaron is having difficulty finding someone who can fix it or find parts. While this has been frustrating, we know God will continue to provide for the our every need and we are trusting God to provide for this specific need. Also, please continue to pray for Carol Anne. She and Asa are doing so well and God has carried them both so far. Carol Anne knows God is faithful and is good and has allowed her life to preach to us all on team everyday. Finally, please continue praying for our team as a whole. We are getting back into homeschooling, doing kids program, music practice, music lessons and so much more. We need God’s grace everyday and need Him in our every moment!
Pictures will be posted on Facebook ASAP of all our adventures and our meeting from last week so keep your eyes peeled!