It has been one and a half months since we all joined up for the first time this year, and it’s been a wonderful start! Our team consists of two returners (Jade and Carol Anne) and three new team members (Ryan, Riley and Bethany.) We have loved spending time with each other laughing and having fun as well as growing deeper in our relationship with Christ together. After team training, we made our way to Calvary Baptist Church in Findlay, OH for two weeks. Our first week there was spent at Camp Penial where we were able to spend the week with the teens from Calvary as well as spend even more time solidifying our music before we started our meetings. A highlight for our team in Findlay was being able to watch one of the former team members, Dillon England, marry his beautify wife Anna. Seeing former team members is always a treat! Next, we made our way to Charlotte and Belding, MI. We love when we get to do events with the church people where we are able to make many connections and dear friends. This semester we are ending in the south where it’s WARM!!! While it is nice to not have the snow and cold weather, we are missing the fall colors!
Lastly, THANK YOU for praying for us! We could not do anything without God lavishing His grace on us. Please continue praying for us and the meetings we have coming up as we finish the rest of the semester. Happy fall, ya’ll!!
We are thankful for our full week at First Baptist Church. Not only did we enjoy the church body, the administrative staff, and the opportunity to serve at FBC, but we also got to eat some genuine buffalo wings. Since we were in the Buffalo, NY area, we thought that was the perfect opportunity to get the real deal!
Week two. Fresh off of a great week at Websterville, we travelled a few hours to Trinity Baptist in Williston, VT. Saturday set up went well, and were excited to see what God had in store for us during the week. Sunday morning, we were able to have a blast with the teens in Sunday School and Aaron preached to the adults. During the service, we were moved by the way the congregation was singing and worshipping. It really was a great start to the week.
As we drove through the mountainous terrain of Vermont, we couldn't help but be excited to see what God would do in our first full week of the semester. We arrived at Websterville Baptist just as a hard rain set in. After, getting everything set up, we were all soaked yet excited to see what God had in store. As we talked Pastor Brian Fecher, it was encouraging to see and hear his burden for his flock. Pastor Fecher continued to minister to our hearts through the week as did the church people.
It was wonderful being back at First Baptist Church in Mishawaka, IN with Pastor Pete Jones. Sunday morning, Easter Sunday, we had an incredible time worshipping our risen Savior and celebrating the new life we now have through Him. In Luke 24:5-6 the angels at the tomb say, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen”. What a privilege we have serving a risen Lord!
We had a wonderful time of ministry again with Pastor John Winders, at Fellowship Baptist Church in Linton, IN. We had a fruitful week of meetings that climaxed with a Good Friday service remembering the Lord’s death and celebrating His resurrection.
Our first week back from spring break was kicked off with services at First Baptist Church in Danville, IL. It was wonderful being back with Pastor Paul Rebert and the church people there. God has been faithfully building and growing His church, and it was a joy for us to see that growth first-hand.
It was a blessing to serve at Layton Chapel Baptist Church in Spring Lake, NC. This was our first time being here, and we were looking forward to partnering together! Pastor Steve Swagger and his pastoral staff--the Chanceys, and the Sparrows, were such a blessing to serve with. We kicked off the week with a North Carolina BBQ dinner and prayer time on Saturday night with the deacons, pastors, and church families. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” There is such peace that comes when we give the services and the hearts of people over to our Sovereign God and trust and ask Him to work in the hearts of His people. We praise the Lord for answered prayers! God gave us many opportunities to share His Word through music, through preaching, and through normal conversations. Several people indicated that they trusted Christ alone to save them from their sins.
It was wonderful being back with the Pastor Dave Bradshaw at Calvary Baptist Church in Cheraw, SC. We had a busy but profitable week of ministry where we saw God actively changing hearts and lives both in the church and on our team. Several adults and kids made professions of faith in Jesus Christ alone.