We had a busy Sunday this Easter. Sunday morning we visited Grace Baptist Chapel in Albaquerque, NM. Scott played his viola along with the other musicians in the services.
After the services we took our traditional Ressurection Sunday family Easter picture. This was our first Easter without our eldest son, Joshua. He is going to school at Texas Baptist Institute-Seminary.
We really enjoyed our time at Grace as we parked there and were able to enjoy several activities from various ministries they have to the community.
Then Sunday afternoon we left Albuquerque and headed to Roswell, New Mexico to attend Cornerstone Baptist Church’s evening service. Cornerstone is currently seeking a church to help them organize. We were blessed by their fellowship and are praying with them for God to provide what they need.
I will do another post about our time at Cornerstone.
Towards the end of the first week of April we drove from North Little Rock, Arkansas to Two Grey Hills, New Mexico. We left Thursday evening and arrived late Friday night.
It was a long windy drive but we made it in plenty of time for the Four Corners Fellowship of Churches hosted by Two Grey Hills Missionary Baptist Church and their Missionary-Pastor Rusty Denny.
We enjoyed visiting with the members after the services. So many friends who have visited Two Grey Hills for short mission trips have asked about different members.
Bro. Nelson enjoyed trying some of our Argentine Maté. He tried to get some of the others to try it but they weren’t convinced.
We also got to see their beautiful new building that can be seen for miles around the area. It’s a beautiful large white building that isn’t hidden in the area.
March 27 – April 7 we attended the World Missions Seminar hosted by Faith Missionary Baptist Church of North Little Rock, Arkansas. The first week was directed towards sponsoring church/ missionary relationships, money management, hosting missionaries, etc.
The second week’s lessons were directed with the missionary in mind covering topics on deputation, cultural adaptation, culture shock, language acquisition, family life on the foreign field, Church planting, inter-personal relationships, Biblical conflict resolution, etc.
While we were in Louisiana Ruth, Joanna, and I were able to attend the Louisiana State Ladies Retreat on March 10-11. The retreat featured wonderful speakers such as Ann Luellen and Cindy Hebert. I was honored to help in the music department by playing the keyboard. We had a great time.
The theme of the retreat was “Take Me Away” with spa style decorations giving an atmosphere of relaxation.
We would like to introduce the newest member to our mission team, Joanna Lynn. She was born into our world January 14, 2017 at 2:10 a.m. at home in Henderson, Tx weighing 9 lbs and measuring 21.25 inches long.
This was our first home birth and it was our best delivery experience to date. We really appreciate the help of our midwife Kristin Green of Seeds of Grace Midwifery. She was a true blessing to us and even prayed with us right before Joanna was born.
It was a blessing being able to attend the mission rally in Cleveland, TX. It was great hearing the message presented by brother Moyers this evening. He preached from the book of Nehemiah beginning at chapter 2. His message encouraged us to not get discouraged in the work of the Lord. In chapter 6, he brought out the mischief that Sanballat and Geshem had in store for him. Nehemiah responded correctly that, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down.”
There would be many in this life that would dissuade use from doing the will of the father. Some oppose out of envy, others out of fear and many from hatred of God and his people. The scriptures comfort us that no matter what, God is still greater. The enemies of Nehemiah were persistent. They sent four times trying to stop him or discourage him from the work. Each time he responded the same way, “I cannot come down!”
What work would God have you busy at right now?
What distractions are hindering you from serving the Lord?
In the book of Hebrews, it says, “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
My son, Joshua and I went to Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary this morning to get him enrolled for the fall semester. We sat in on some of the classes and he was able to already make some new friends. We heard a great message that morning and he was able to get all of his paperwork and fees taken care of. He is planning to move up to Henderson the first week of July. Pray for him as he embarks on this great journey and adventure of preaching the word of God.