Allow me to fill you in on where we’ve been in our travels since I last wrote to you. We began our March travels with a trip to Mississippi to take part in the missions conference of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Columbus. Pastor Rutledge and his family are dear friends of ours whom we met when he pastored a different church in Kentucky, so we were very excited to join them for this important time. All week long, we enjoyed sweet moments of fellowship, delicious meals, deep as well as comical conversations, Spirit-led soul-winning opportunities, and powerful preaching. We moved on to the next missions conference, going no small distance to reach this place, Victory Baptist Church in Del Rio, Texas. This place had a uniquely beautiful blend of Mexico and Texas, as it was a border town. We got into town on a Saturday and kicked off the conference with a bus full of people going out soul winning, so I knew this conference was certain to end very well. It was a blessing to get to know Pastor Devenney, his family, and church family. The conference certainly did end well when a vote was taken to add all the missionaries who came to the conference. Hallelujah!
The next week or so, we did a lot of crisscrossing across Texas. We headed to Commerce, Texas, for a meeting at the fairly new church plant of Victory Baptist Church, pastored by Brother James Mansfield. Because this was a single meeting, we got to spend more personal time with Pastor Mansfield and his church family. I was impressed and challenged by his vision for his area to dream big things and to trust God to do even bigger things in the Toronto area though our ministry. Later we would learn that this wonderful church also voted to take us on for support! Double hallelujah! We made the big jump over to Lubbock, Texas, afterwards to take a brief part in the missions conference at Faith Baptist Church. Though it was an extremely brief meeting for us, we heard a great message about the will of God and had fantastic fellowship with some great families. The day after, we made a long trip up to Lees Summit, Missouri, for the missions conference at Majesty Baptist Church. Once again, we met some wonderful people with a vision and heart for soul winning, discipleship, and church planting. With visits like we’ve made this past month, I am convinced that God is still moving and working in our world today.
Lastly, we made a trip to FBMI’s office for our Preliminary Exit Interview; and, though you may not understand what that is, know that it means we’re getting close to wrapping up our deputation travels. We’ve begun having the conversations about what is necessary to have before leaving the country, and we now have a checklist of things we need to work on before we can finish. Please pray that we can raise the last of our support and that we will have wisdom and expediency in completing our checklist. God bless you all. Thanks for hanging with us.
Pressing toward the mark,