After Nebraska, our team made the great trek out West to begin our four weeks in Colorado. We drove across the Great Plains to begin our meetings at Red Rocks Baptist Church in Morrison, CO. Several of our team members had never been to Colorado, so it was especially fun to see their reactions to the gorgeous mountains.
We began pre-sessions on Monday evenings with the teens. Our time before the service accomplishes several purposes by connecting with the teens, digging into the Word together, and building towards the teen event later in the week. It was a joy to see how the teens rallied together at the Cola Wars on Thursday evening for the final event of the week.
Our second week in Colorado was in Longmont, CO at Faithpoint Baptist Church. Our time with this body of believers was a sweet encouragement to us throughout the week. Our grand finale together was on Friday evening when we had a Family Fun night. We had a bouncy house, popcorn, sundaes, nachos, root beer floats, and so much more! The church people invited their unsaved friends and co-workers, and the turn-out was encouraging and exciting. We got to watch Gospel friendships in action, as the church people carried on Gospel conversations with their guests.
Our last two weeks in CO were unique. We served in two different churches for just a Sunday. The first week we got to partner with Castleview Baptist Church, where one of our former team members, Emilee Nelson, currently attends. We got to be a part of their Fall Festival on Saturday evening. They held it at their new church property, and there were many guests that visited. It was also a blessing to be a part of their Sunday services. The second Sunday, we were able to serve at Tri-City Baptist Church in Westminter, CO. On Sunday night, we did a special service through Romans 8. This “singspiration” has preaching from the word, responsive congregational singing, and a few songs from the team. We repeat that format four different times, and it is powerful. It may be one of the favorite things that we do as a team. We love hearing the congregation respond after hearing the Word! Romans 8 gives us much to praise the Lord for!
It was a blessing to meet so many new friends out West! We can’t wait to, Lord willing, serve out there again!
Week three of our semester put us at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Lincoln, NE. We loved getting to know the people of Cornerstone Baptist Church. We had a tremendous turnout for the Cola Wars on Thursday evening. Pastor made connections with a couple surrounding churches that were able to bring a group of teens. What an exciting opportunity to be able to share the Gospel with so many believers and unbelievers. Many of our team members got to counsel teens through the gospel at the end of the evening and one young lady accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior! Hallelujah, God is so good to rescue and save souls! Cornerstone Baptist is such a sweet group of believers. We praise the Lord for the work He is doing in and through them!!
Our first week of the fall semester brought us to Troy, MO. We traveled on Friday from Detroit and made it to St. Louis late the evening. With our Saturday being free, the team enjoyed the opportunity to visit the St. Louis zoo before we began our set-up for the week. They had such a blast.
Each evening before the services, we had pre-sessions for the adults, teens and kids. This time is just a “bonus” for those who can come a little bit before the service starts to get some extra time in the Word and prayer. Thursday evening was the Irish Concert, and there were several unbelievers that came through the invitations of various church members. It was our first concert of the semester and Stephanie’s first concert to be a part of. Adding a second fiddle to our music has been so much fun!
It was a joy to serve and worship with the people of Abundant Life Baptist Church. We are always amazed at the fellowship we get to share with complete strangers as we travel the country. God puts within believers a very distinct love for each other, and we count it a privilege as we get to experience that fellowship and love through the body of Christ all across America.
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!