This past week we drove 3,226 miles to meetings in MD, LA, and NC! It all started on Saturday the 8th when drove up to MD for our meeting at Calvary Baptist. We were blessed to be able to stay with the Brooks family while in Maryland. Pastor Leaman let me preach and present Sunday night. It was amazing to see how the Lord has been blessing this church! They just moved into their new building last June, and they have had many visitors over the past few months! After the Sunday night service, I was able to speak with a visitor for a while, and I realized he had never accepted Christ. I had
preached the Gospel in the service so I asked him what he thought about what I preached. This opened the door for me to be able to witness to him. He told me he wasn’t ready yet, but before he left the church gave him a Bible and Pastor Leaman had scheduled a time for them to meet. Please pray that he would be saved!
On Monday, we got up early and drove back to GA to get ready for our a missions conference in Louisiana! Tuesday was another early start to make it to Shady Grove Baptist in Bossier City, LA by 5:30 PM. We arrived at 5 PM with enough time to set up our display before supper. Pastor Sorrell and his wife were very encouraging to us as we ate together. That night we were able to hear Mark Coffey present the mission field of South Africa. He has been a friend of ours for a long time. It was a joy to see them!
Pastor Walker, who was the guest preacher, preached the same message my Father heard when he got saved. It’s hard to describe how much that means to me. If it wasn’t for a regular church member inviting him to church, I have no idea where my family would be. God is so good!
On Wednesday, we were able to meet with a woman from Japan, Mie, who is a member of Shady Grove. Our hearts broke as she told us how few churches she knew of in Tokyo. She could only think of one Independent Baptist. We praise the Lord for Mie, and Rebel and I had a great time talking with her!
That night I was able to present our burden for Japan, and tell our testimonies. Pastor Sorrell asked us a few questions, and afterwards they gave Rebel and I gift baskets. It is humbling to receive such precious gifts from these wonderful people!
Thursday was our anniversary, and we celebrated it by driving 12 hours back to GA! Believe it or not Rebel and I had a blast! We were able to go to a nice restaurant with one of the gift cards from Shady Grove! I’m so thankful for Rebel, and how God has blessed us!
New Grace Baptist
On Friday, we drove just a few hours to Concord, NC for our next missions conference with New Grace Baptist Church. Beth Johnson, from our home church, and the Waye family were there for the conference as well. It was good to be among old friends, especially those with a passion to reach the world with the Gospel!
Pastor Allen has only been at this church for about 5 years, but the Lord has used him greatly! The church has seen growth both in number and spirituality. The Truitt family was just one of those families that have been growing in this church. Matty, one of Bro. Truitt’s sons, has a passion for Japan! We had a great time getting to know each other, and sharing info on Japan!
Duane Moore, preached on Sunday morning about faith promise, and the Lord blessed! There was more than enough to take all the missionaries on at the conference!