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.