It is a new year, and it started just in time for us to get home to Wyoming. We arrived home safely on the 3rd of January from our first deputation trip. It was a profitable time, both seeing almost all of both our families over the holidays, as well as being able to share our hearts for Cache County with several churches and individuals, and making some contacts for possible future meetings.
We are already jumping back into ministry here in Kemmerer at Grace Baptist, and James has already had his January weekend duty with the Army. We are both also... (Read more)
It is a busy time of year, and we are putting a lot of miles on our little minivan! We enjoyed a sweet Thanksgiving with Elizabeth's family in Massachusetts, had a short visit with James' grandma in Pennsylvania, and are soon heading to North Carolina to celebrate Christmas with the rest of James' family.
In between visits with family (and visiting some favorite childhood sights), we were also able to hold our first few official deputation meetings in Plymouth, MA. We enjoyed sharing our burden for Cache County, UT, and getting to know some more of our brothers and... (Read more)
We're finally off to start the deputation adventures!! We're heading to Massachusetts first, with a few stops along the way to see old friends. Lord willing, we'll get to Plymouth by next Wednesday and be there until mid-December. We're looking forward to seeing family, meeting new-to-us church family, and sharing our ministry with believers in the Plymouth area!
While we're looking forward to what lies ahead, we also want to look behind for a moment. These past 18 months in Kemmerer have been full and wonderful, and we are leaving a part of our hearts here as we... (Read more)
Sometimes God's plans are completely different than anything we expect! James stayed prepped and ready to go through this past weekend, when his on-call orders ended, but he ended up never going anywhere. We aren't sure why God didn't want us heading east for deputation last month, but it's comforting to know He has everything in His perfect control - even when we don't see the reasons for it.
We are now looking toward next month, and making plans to head east (Lord willing!) for several meetings in Massachusetts and Alabama. Since we'll be along the eastern coast,... (Read more)
We have had what you might call a "divine interruption" to our carefully laid plans of starting deputation this month, and things are on hold for a few months. For security reasons, we don't feel comfortable sharing the specific reasons publicly, so if you'd like to learn more, please subscribe to our newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/cj0iI9. We also would very much appreciate your prayers over the next few months!
Summer is over, and a new phase of our journey is beginning! We'll be heading out soon for our first round of deputation meetings - and while we're not looking forward to the long hours on the road, we're excited to share our burden for Cache County! Our first trip will be to our old stomping grounds in Greenville, SC.
We'll be presenting our ministry at our sending church, Faith Baptist Church of Reidville, and helping with various ministries there on September 17th and 24th. The following week, October 2-5, we'll be... (Read more)
June is at an end; it has been a very busy month leading up to VBS this past week at Grace Baptist Church in Kemmerer. The weeks before were filled with preparations for VBS. Elizabeth spent many long (albeit enjoyable) hours at the church working alongside Mrs. Hartman to create, paint, and stage all sorts of Arctic-themed decorations. James helped Pastor with handing out flyers throughout our community and going door-to-door in various neighborhoods to invite the children.
We pulled into Kemmerer exactly one year ago today! It's been so helpful to have this time of internship, not only to learn more about the culture and climate, but also for both of us to get more involved in various ministries within the church and the community. We've learned so much in the past 12 months! We've enjoyed the time, and God has continued to increase our burden for this area of the West and our desire to bring the gospel specifically to Cache County, Utah.
We have our first deputation meeting scheduled for September at our home church in South... (Read more)
As many of you know, February was a bit chaotic with car issues and lots of travel for James. Our Chevy Uplander began having more problems, as we described in our previous emails. But praise be to God for His provision of a free, new-to-us Toyota Sienna! We are still working on getting the title (being held up by insurance) and need to do some minor work to it for functionality's sake, but the vehicle is in good condition. In the meantime, God has kept the Uplander running well enough for all the travel James has been doing.
Our travels started with a trip to Salt... (Read more)
We are constantly amazed by the faithfulness and goodness of God's provision, as we seek to obey and acknowledge Him in all our ways. Our van has been acting up for a while, and it recently decided to have a major tantrum. Turns out, the computer was starting to go. Of course, the van is old and has many miles on it, and so pouring money into a major repair like that just didn't seem wise. However, we have many trips to make between here and Salt Lake City or Logan -- and all of them are over steep mountain passes, which our van struggles with on a good day. We'd been... (Read more)