We trust that you all enjoyed a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends this November. We were thrilled to be able to see our families while in town during Thanksgiving. We have learned through our travels this past month to trust God more and more and to know that His way is always best even when we don’t understand. Psalm 28:7 says, “The LORD is my strength; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.” God is always good, and may I encourage you, as God and others have encouraged us this month, that even when we don’t understand, He is always in control.
We began our month with a Missions Conference at Bible Baptist Church in Elmont, New York. We had a wonderful time of fellowship and were strengthened by some great preaching on missions from God’s Word. While there, Pastor Carl Lubin and his family took us sightseeing in New York City. One of the main highlights of many for us was seeing the 9/11 Memorial. We were very humbled by all the names of those who gave it all to save the lives of others. We also had time to go out with the kids and do some door blitzing in a neighborhood that the church was looking to start going to. We were blessed to hear back from Pastor Lubin that a family came to Bible Baptist Church after reading one of the invitations we left on their front door.
From Elmont, New York, we had to pick up our truck and camper in Lawrence, Kansas, because the truck had broken down on us for the second time. After getting the truck and camper hooked up and heading toward Michigan, our truck broke down for the third time. We want to give a huge “Thank you” to Pastor Andrews and Amazing Grace Baptist Church of St. Charles, Missouri, for giving us a ride back to their church while our camper was towed there. We were able to help out at the church while the truck was worked on. One of the biggest blessings we had was being a part of their “Free Bibles” project. We were able to go out twice and hold “Free Bibles” signs for anyone driving by who might be interested. We were able to help two men with the assurance of their salvation and give them a nice Bible of their own. We loved this idea so much that we plan to do it on the road as we travel. If you want any easy way to be a witness to others and see souls come to Christ, I would highly encourage you to try this in your hometown or city.
Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to the truck and move to a new vehicle. We want to say “Thank you” to Brother and Sister Shinaberry for pulling our camper back home to Jackson, Michigan. We also cannot say thank you enough to our home church and Manitou Road Baptist Church for purchasing our new vehicle to drive while on deputation. We say all of this not to have others feel sorry for us, but to point out how good God is and to glorify Him for all He continues to do even through the hardships of life.
Lastly, we were blessed to present and preach for Jackson Baptist Church in Jackson, Michigan. I used to fill their pulpit for them a few years back when they needed someone to help, and they reached out to us for possible support. We were blessed to see those we have not seen in some time and were encouraged by the growth in the church. Praise the Lord! After church they announced that they were coming alongside us in partnership. Thank you to Texas Baptist Church of San Antonio for partnering with us as well in reaching the lost across East Africa. Thank you to all of you for your faithful prayers and support. May you have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Your co-laborers for lost souls across East Africa,
Brandon, Ali, Jeffrey, Hannah, & Esther Heselschwerdt