After tracking down photos and proofing, I have finally completed our print newsletter. The files are going off to the printers today.
28 December 2012
08 December 2012
|Jonathan and Dan Christmas Shopping|
|Grabbed Useful Books at ETS|
Before heading for El Paso, our family nabbed an opportunity to visit with Alameda Bible Church in Albuquerque. This church has faithfully supported us through their prayers over the last few years, and we look forward to years of partnership in the future.
- Good prospects for partnership continue in the Great Lakes region.
- We enjoyed a safe trip down to the Southwest.
- We will be able to share Christmas with my family before leaving the States.
- We would like to see four new churches in the Northeast decide to partner with us.
- We would like to develop relationships with new churches in the Southwest that flourish into partnerships.
- We need wisdom to shepherd our children to Christ through the celebrations of the season.
24 October 2012
|Josiah Takes a Horse Ride With an NTBC Family|
A couple of weeks ago, Jenny and I had an opportunity to meet with Pastor Steve Little of Heritage Baptist for lunch in an effort to share our ministry vision and begin to develop a relationship. As a missionary church planter both in Brazil and here in Central New York, he had some great biblical wisdom for us; I came away from the meal encouraged about the way we were doing our deputation and about the road ahead in Kenya. Please pray that our meeting with Heritage Baptist at the end of this month will result in further mutual edification and partnership in the gospel.
We also had the opportunity to serve Bible Baptist Church, in Cortland, NY, recently. I treasured the opportunity to get to know this church better and expose them to our ministry. I believe we will have more opportunities to serve with these folks in the near future.
Three weekends ago we were off to Boston, MA, to Church of the Open Bible. The pastor and I overlapped in seminary and even shared office space at my job during that time. My wife and I are looking forward to continuing to work with him and his family and making new friends at the church.
Last weekend we had the pleasure of serving alongside some extraordinary servants of God at New Testament Baptist's missions conference. I was most encouraged by the way the Lord Jesus is renewing a focus on training and equipping strong, servant-hearted, biblical leadership within the mission fields of the world.
Lately, much of my time has been invested in editing, recording, and updating web and multimedia material for use in the next several months of deputation and for the school in Kenya. We hope to be able to release these items this month, and I'm looking forward to it.
Thanks for praying for us!
Someone else has been busy too: Jamin took his first steps recently.
13 September 2012
|Enjoying Dinner at the New Place|
- Opportunities to serve Grace Baptist Church of Pennellville, NY
- Continued development of our relationship with Calvary Baptist, Preble, NY
- At least one or two more partners in this region as we seek to serve local churches and develop the relationships the Lord has granted
- A full schedule for our time in the Southwest this winter.
- Efficient interactions with the US government as we seek to prepare documents for our departure.
21 August 2012
Before we left Michigan, we met one of Jenny's friends who works as a photographer. She gave us an exceptional rate for a photo shoot, so we took her up on the offer. We're so grateful for the way God grants these opportunities.
On Sunday, 12-Aug, I served at Calvary Baptist, Preble, supplying their pulpit. We also joined in their Wednesday night prayer meeting. I was excited to hear Josiah jump right in with me and the other men, praying for our needs and the needs of the church. I love that we are developing these memories as a family in the context of churches we hope to partner with in the future. Serving and praying with these committed followers of Christ draws us together into his mission!
Last Sunday found us back at New Testament Baptist. We had not visited this partner church on a Sunday in some time, and I was glad to speak with a number of our friends there. I hope to continue working with them on a project or two in the coming weeks.
Next Sunday, I will be presenting our ministry to Dresserville Baptist Church. I met the pastor there through Calvary Baptist, Preble, where he was discipled. It's exciting for me to see the way God has grown a faithful network of solid churches through the faithful work of Bible-driven pastors. The gates of hell will not prevail against Christ's church!
My home church regularly asks for 5–7 prayer requests to guide the church body in prayer for us. Allow me to share them with you:
- Please pray for us to maintain hearts overflowing with gratitude in light of our Savior's shocking sacrifice.
- Please pray for confidence to put our shoulder to the task of finding partner-churches, knowing the Captain of our salvation is ever victorious.
- Please pray that relationships with local churches here in upstate NY would continue to develop into partnerships.
- Please pray for great contacts and meetings this coming winter in the Southwest.
- Please pray us that we would be able to leave for the field by the end of next May.
30 July 2012
After our last post, we left to spend some time in Michigan with Community Baptist Church. While we're here I am helping the church develop a curriculum addressing the various challenges we face as Christians at each life stage. From my experience, it's too easy to forget what it was like to be a teenager, or to be completely shocked by the responsibilities of being a parent with young children. On the other side, I can't pretend to know what it's like to feel "Lost in the Middle." Each transition in our lives gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our new identity found through the gospel. And it's been my job to begin to cull resources and to outline a path for courses to prepare people for these changes. I am enjoying the assignment and also the chance to develop relationships with the people of CBC.
|One of our Homes During This Stay :)|
Please continue to pray for wisdom for the leaders of the churches I visit as they seek the Lord's desires for the use of their resources. Pray that God would provide for us to leave for Kenya on 27 May 2013.
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers!
06 July 2012
We have been traveling less the last few weeks. Our main task has been to continue building up relationships and partnerships here in central New York while setting up time to invest and minister with other churches here in the region and back in the Southwest.
One answer to prayer was an opportunity I had to share the gospel briefly with children and young people at the Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church, Cincinnatus, NY. The church welcomed us to the cookout afterward, and we enjoyed connecting with new friends and with folks Jenny's family has known for years. Jen's grandfather had pastored this church when their family lived up here, and the church remembers him fondly. We hope to continue building contacts here and look forward to their missions conference this October.
We spent part of Independence Day with Calvary Baptist, Preble. We savored the opportunity to celebrate our American freedoms with these believers. We had already enjoyed presenting our work to the church on 24-Jun, and we're looking forward to continuing to serve this church as they look for a pastor. Would you pray that God would grant wisdom to the pulpit committee and that they would be able to find a pastor?
The coming weeks have us in Michigan as we get to know Community Baptist Church in Woodhaven. They are graciously having us back for an extended time after my initial presentation in April. We are excited about this opportunity to dive into ministry with this church as it seeks to fulfill Christ's mission.
We are so grateful for the host of people who pray for us regularly. Please keep these three churches in mind as we pray together for God to provide for our needs through his people so that we can further Christ's fame in Kenya!
12 June 2012
|Josiah with the Moores|
01 May 2012
The Lord answered your prayers while we were in Albuquerque, NM. We only had an extended weekend to move our stuff from storage, organize it, and load it into the trailer we rented to move everything up to Michigan. But we were able to finish the job. We were grateful for help that came in from a few family members to keep us going. My mom pitched in and babysat the kids many of the days. They even got to go to a local aquarium one day.
After dropping off the trailer in Michigan, we enjoyed Resurrection Sunday with New Testament Baptist Church, a partner church in Syracuse, NY, where Jen's family attends. No sooner had we arrived, it seemed, and I was off for another engagement.
One of my good friends from seminary days is a pastor at Community Baptist Church, Woodhaven, MI. The church's two pastors, a mutual friend, and I, attended a large pastors' conference in Kentucky. I can't remember a more spiritually enriching time of preaching from the Word, theological discussion, and fellowship around the gospel. I was glad to touch base with many contacts from college while I was there as well. We came home eager to return to our ministries in local churches. That Sunday I was able to present the ministry at Community Baptist.
Last week, I gave myself to catching up on a considerable task list that had mounted while we were packing and attending conferences. During the week, the pastor at New Testament Baptist made arrangements to take another church leader and me to another's pastors conference. This smaller conference was still characterized by great preaching from the Word and fellowship. The three of us had a few great theological conversations on the six-hour car ride each way. God is so good to provide these times of mutual sharpening and encouragement!
Sunday before last, I was able to introduce myself to the deacons of an area church that is currently without a pastor. I'm eager to see what opportunities to serve the Lord will provide through this church, New Testament Baptist, and others in the area. Building relationships through service is often the route to new partnerships for the progress of the gospel around the world.
Thank you for keeping our desire to reach Kenya quickly before the Lord in your prayers.
28 March 2012
|Jamin Explores Backwards|
On that Friday, we left Bakersfield for the San Francisco Bay area. We stayed at the prophet's chamber of First Baptist Church of Pinole and updated the church on our ministry that Sunday. FBC Pinole has consistently helped us with lodging as we have sought partners in the bay area. We're thankful for the way they have reached out to us as a family and their consistent investment of resources in the prophet's chamber and missionary closet.
|Josiah Goofing Around After Services|
|Golden Gate Bridge|
Sunday, we enjoyed meeting Pastor Charlie Eldred, his family, and Fairway Park Baptist Church. They had a number of excellent questions about our ministry to Kenya. The next night we visited a missions conference at Calvary Baptist in San Francisco. We have high hopes of seeing more of these two churches in the future.
This week and next, we have the herculean task of going through a mass of possessions that are now in storage back in New Mexico and Texas. We need wisdom and grace to decide what goes with us up to the Great Lakes Region (and eventually to Kenya) and what we can live without. Pray for speedy, productive and wise work.
Thank you for your continued partnership through prayer!
10 March 2012
|Our Name In Lights ;)|
11 February 2012
|Jonas Catching Some Zees|
Then we hit the road to Albuquerque, NM, to visit two other churches where we've spent a significant amount of time. We visited Alameda Bible Church and had a meal with their new pastor. We were sad to see their previous pastor retire, but we're excited about how God is going to use the new pastor to continue to forward the cause of his Son through the church and continue to make a difference in that community.
We also saw our good friends at Northwest Baptist Church. We invested our Wednesday evening updating them about our last year in Zambia and our hopes for a quick return to ministry in Africa.
Yesterday we drove the 479 miles from ABQ to Brighton, a town north of Denver. Tomorrow we'll be updating Community Baptist Church about our ministry.
Praise the Lord for our safe journeys and encouraging times with fellow followers of Christ. Please pray for continued wisdom with raising children on the road, for healthy bodies and good attitudes, and for more partners among the churches we visit and people we meet.
We're so grateful for your prayers!