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Posts from — July 2011

Meetings in New England (and Long Island)

We made our first trip to New England for pre-field ministry from July 7 through the 18th. I was particularly excited that Calvary Baptist Church in Windsor Locks, CT, was able to have us in to share the ministry with them and spend time in fellowship with a few of their families.  It’s probably an understatement to say that this church has been a great influence on me. It was the people there that God used as sounding boards during my college years while I was working through the decision to enter vocational ministry. These are also the people that patiently encouraged me as I cut my teeth on pulpit ministry. Needless to say, we enjoyed our time with Pastor Farley, his family, and the other families of this church. It is good to hear how God is working in your friends’ lives! As God would have it, Calvary Baptist has recently paid off a loan for a building project that began while I was a member there. This means that they will soon be considering partnering with their first missionary in a long time.

We also had the privilege of sharing our ministry with Colchester Bible Baptist Church. I have known of this church’s pastor, Mark Love for a few years, since his son and I were at college and seminary at roughly the same time, but this was the first time we’ve actually had the chance to talk. We quickly found that we have much in common when it comes to philosophy of missions. God blessed our time with them.

Between the two church meetings, we were able to schedule meetings with 3 pastors and a missions committee in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Long Island, New York. We introduced ourselves, answered questions about missions in Tanzania, ate some food, and learned a bit about these churches. Part of the reason for calling deputation “pre-field ministry” are these moments where we desire to edify the people we are visiting. I trust we could be of some encouragement to the faithful people we visited, for they certainly were to us!

July 26, 2011   No Comments

Kicking Off the Summer Schedule

Our summer travel schedule kicked off with a trip to Southeast Wisconsin on June 18-22. We enjoyed the opportunity to share the ministry with Lakewood Baptist Church in Delafield. Lakewood is a young, vibrant church. They haven’t yet partnered with any missionaries, so we are thrilled that they would consider us. The highlight of our time with them was the fellowship we enjoyed with church families over dinner and discussions about missions.

Breakfast with Pastor and Mrs. Marriott

During the weekdays on this trip we were able to meet with 7 pastors between Watertown, Beloit and Port Washington. Following a friend’s recommendation, we are scheduling meetings with pastors so that we may be introduced to them before they consider inviting us into their church to present the ministry. We’ve found that this has been helpful in situations where the pastor is less familiar with us and/or our sending church. 7 daytime meetings in 3 days kept us on the go, but all is well!

July 24, 2011   No Comments