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).