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.
We had a jam-packed week with Beth Haven Baptist Church in Simpsonville, SC. It was a blessing to fellowship with Pastor Kerry & Anna Grace McGonigal. We kicked off the week on Saturday night with a men’s evening full of frisbee and other sports, a huge bonfire, and a challenge from God’s Word. Sunday afternoon, we had lunch on the grounds followed by an afternoon singspiration praising God for who He is and what He has done for us. It was so encouraging!
We loved being with the people at Victory Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia. Pastor Kenny Hamm was a particular blessing to us. Although we desired to serve them, we definitely left feeling like the ones who were being served. Being a recipient of the people’s generous giving was a tremendous encouragement to us.
The first full week of February found us in Jacksonville, Florida again at West Meadows Baptist Church. Pastor Bruce Armstrong has been at West Meadows most of his life. He graduated from West Meadows Christian Academy and after graduating college, he went back and began working with the youth and students at West Meadows. He has been senior pastor since 2000. It is always an encouragement to find pastors who have been working faithfully in the ministry for such a long time.
It was a blessing to serve with Grace Baptist Church in Vero Beach, Florida with Pastor Chris Drinnon. It was an unusual week for our team, since Stephen was gone for several days. His grandmother passed away so he went to be with his family for the funeral. It was a good reminder again of how short life is. James 4:15 says “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away.” His grandmother was a believer so we can confidently say that we sorrow not as those who have no hope (1 Thess. 4:13).