B is going to Philippines…
“B” needed time to be alone with God. She found herself with a small gap of time where she could be free. FI suggested that she come to our house. We have a 3rd room for guests with a comfy chair, a desk and a twin bed. We gave her as much time alone with God as she wanted. She spent a few afternoons at the cabin on our rental property. She is a big fan of the movie “The Shack”.
Over dinner most evenings, we talked about what God was showing her. My probing questions were in concert with what the Holy Spirit was showing her in her alone times.
We often go to bed early. We found ourselves up until 10:00 visiting, playing card games, doing puzzles, watching movies and talking. We hope that this time will aid her in moving forward as she prepares to head to the field for the first time.
She seemed to always be cold so we ran the wood stove a lot to make an area of the house really warm. I am sure that the warmth of the fire was just what she needed after a cold afternoon at the cabin.
We are becoming more involved in the East Marion Baptist Church replant. We are helping in 3 areas of church need: benevolence, neighborhood breakfast, and some kitchen oversight.
Our goal is to establish procedures/guidelines to hand off to long term church members for regular operation. We are not doing anything too weighty; just making sure that no food spoils and that we don’t buy unnecessary supplies and duplicates for events because we can’t find anything. That is much harder said than done.
We plan to visit a church in Asheville, NC, with an established neighborhood meal. Hopefully we will glean answers to questions such as how broad a geographic area they serve and how they handle the cooking and clean-up. The pastor wants to model our program after this other church. We have already had our first neighborhood breakfast and are planing the next.
Stephanie’s trip to Belgium: She will be visiting Carol Britton, a 65+ year old missionary who has served there for the last 29 years.
March 13th -April 11th approximate cost:
Round trip airfare Belgium $1050
Food, lodging, and transportation daily $25 a day ($750)
- Stephanie’s trip to Belgium in March.
- Helping Brian’s mom move into a more accommodating living situation in the next few months.
- Living in a house has us moving in varied ministry directions. –
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About Brian & Stephanie Forbes
“We fix broken hearts and parts.”
We come alongside ministries providing practical solutions to everyday problems. This builds a trust between us that enables those in ministry to openly communicate what is in their hearts. We see freedom come as Jesus guides us in healing lives. These times of refreshing are great morale boosters offering the edge needed to effectively minister.