We had a wonderful time with our fellow missionaries at our annual conference. We made time to meet with many individually and talk through how we are living our ministry lives. Many are experiencing a time of ministry change.
“S” had been in China for over a decade. God closed the door of her service there. She still has a call to ministry. God is bringing healing to areas of hurt before sending her to the next location. We hope to have her come and visit us during the process.
“T” has been providing orphan care for over 15 years. He shared with me a few things about where God is going with his ministry. The theme of change and healing hurts continued.
“E” has been in the Western Pacific for 16 years and is back in the states. God is speaking to the family about what is next.
“G” has been operating a house of prayer for many years. We have helped them with the building and kids a few times over the years. We were just there while they were out of country teaching and learning at a prayer and worship school. They are preparing to start a school here in the mountains.
Couple funny things..
“R”locked her keys in her car before a meeting and I ran over to “break” into her car for her. After a meeting I had a line of missionaries’ cars come to my truck for an impromptu tire filling station.
East Marion Baptist Church’s pastor started the church plant 4 years ago in an economically depressed area of Marion. The leadership has been under spiritual attack and this has lead to challenges. The congregation remains strong and faithful. We have invited the pastor out to a cabin we have access to for private prayer times. There is a transition and a breakthrough coming to this pastor and church. We are heading up the kitchen for a community-wide breakfast to bless the neighborhood – an event the pastor and his team are planning in order to integrate better into the neighborhood. I believe that God has great things in store for this little church in transition.
“M” is still waiting on passports for her baby and 2 newly adopted boys. She writes in coded language about the continued difficulty of this time. She has been diagnosed with shingles. Please keep praying for her in this time of transition.
-We are planning a trip for Stephanie to Europe next year.
-Strengthen our immune systems. Brian is recovering from a sore throat and congestion.
– Stephanie’s grandmother passed away at age 93 after three years on hospice care.