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)
We want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and many moments of joy with those you hold dear! We are looking forward to leading a special Christmas program on Sunday, as we remember Christ's birth two-thousand years ago and rejoice that God would show His love to us in such a manner. Please pray that some of the unsaved members of our community would join in our celebration at church this year.
And though we are far from our families this year, we are grateful for the Hartmans who have invited us to spend the remainder of Christmas Day with them and their (adult)... (Read more)
November is almost over, and the year is almost gobbled up (pun intended). It is hard to be far away from our families during this season, but God has blessed with some great friends in the area, and we were blessed to enjoy Thanksgiving Day with some of them. It was a refreshing break from the busyness of everything else going on. Par for the course with us, everything has been happening all at once!
God graciously provided James with another software development contract, which will keep him busy over the next couple of months. Please pray... (Read more)
Happy October! What is fall like where you are? Here in Wyoming, it's ushered in with a panorama of brilliant fall colors. The leaves started changing in mid-September, and the blend of golden aspens, red maples and oaks, and dark green fir trees is absolutely beautiful. Even the wildflowers joined in with bright golden sunflowers and reddish-orange ground covering. Thankfully, the colors have lasted quite a few weeks - which is a thrill to this former New England girl!
Autumn also marks the beginning of snowy season... in fact, we "enjoyed" our... (Read more)