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!
It’s hard to believe that our semester has already come and gone. It’s been a crazy as we’ve
trained our three new members and as we’ve put the finishing details on our newest recording.
We have seen such tangible evidences of God’s grace in our lives and in our ministry as we’ve
continued through this journey of ministry, grief, and joy. We have witnessed God meet our
ministry’s needs, meet our grieving hearts with His always-faithful character, and give our team
a joy that can only come through a right relationship with Him. We have by no means made it
to the place of perfect relationships, but we know that God came to save sinners and to
minister to broken people. That’s us! Hallelujah! God is good!
Our team members had the unique opportunity of heading up two separate weeks of services
focusing on the teens. God was so gracious to give them many opportunities to share the
Gospel and encourage teens to take their next step spiritually.
Overall this semester has been full of unique opportunities. From getting to have team training
in Aaron and Stephanie’s new home in Detroit, being part of school camp in Ohio and then
being the guest performers for a Fall Festival later in the semester. It has been a joy to experience the road life this semester.
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!!