February 6-11, 2022
Berean Baptist Church
San Tan Valley, AZ
Our second week in Arizona was in San Tan Valley at Berean Baptist Church. We enjoyed meeting and getting to know the people in this sweet church. Before and after each service there were so many different conversations that we engaged in. The bond believers share in Christ is so special. One thing that was super neat was to see the growth of this church. Each service was full and bursting at the seams! It’s exciting to hear about a church’s plans to raise money and build a new building for the growth that’s occurring. It was sweet to worship and minister alongside this body of believers.
Each evening before the services we had pre-sessions with the teens to help establish better relationships with them. What a sweet group! We loved their habit of sharing praises and prayer requests with each other. It was a beautiful picture of how the body of Christ rejoices and hurts together. On Friday night then, we had a mini Cola War which was a really fun way to get to know the teens better and have good conversations with them before and afterwards.
On Wednesday evening we did an Irish Concert. It was so much fun to perform a concert with this body. Right before the children got dismissed, we got to hear a testimony from a church member who told us of his daughter accepting Christ as her Savior. Praise the Lord! It’s a joy to partner with parents as we teach the Word in the children’s program.
Thursday was a special day in that we got to do a few unique things. In the morning, Hudson led music and Aaron preached at a morning Bible study that the church holds. There were not only church members there, but also some people from the community. Then later that day, some of the team had the opportunity to go hiking and enjoy God’s creation. That evening, the family who housed the guys on our team hosted all of us over for dinner. Their hospitality to us was so kind, and the fellowship was so sweet! At the end of the evening, we all sat around the fire and sang praise to our Savior. What a unique way to praise and worship our Savior with believers that we meet along our journey to our final destination. We were thankful to serve alongside of Berean Baptist in San Tan Valley, AZ!