17 February 2009

Meeting at Northwest Baptist and More to Come

Update!Someone had asked if I could update the blog again so that a ladies' group from our home church could knowledgeably pray for our deputation endeavors. I am more than happy to comply.

Yesterday was our first meeting out here in the Southwest. It was also the first time (though I'm sure it won't be the last) that I had an opportunity to do all three services. My admiration for pastors who do three services every Sunday grew appreciably! We had a wonderful time sharing with the believers at Northwest Baptist Church our desire to know God and to reach Kenya.

I was also able to set up a meeting last week with C rossway Baptist Church in Bakersfield, CA. I went to seminary with the pastor there, Mark Brock. He said that I would at least be able to present the ministry on March 1 and that I may also be preaching. I hope that this won't be the only time we get to visit the Brocks and this church while we're here in the Southwest. I'm looking forward to seeing them.

I'll round out this note with a few requests:

  • Pray for wisdom as two churches (Northwest Baptist here in Albuquerque and New Testament Baptist in Syracuse, NY) make decisions about our support.
  • Pray for more meetings as I talk to pastors about presenting our work.
  • Pray for safety and provision as we travel to these churches.

06 February 2009

The Big Game, the Big 03, and the Little Tweets

It's been a pretty busy couple of weeks here in Albuquerque. If you've been following my Facebook status updates or my Twitter, you are already versed in my activities. If you haven't been following them, here's the rundown:

(1) Sunday before last we visited Northwest Baptist Church for the first time. Pastor Scott Snyder, his wife Renee, and the rest of the church family were very welcoming. With a number of families our age in the congregation, we began to feel at home quite quickly. We will probably be attending this church when we are not in meetings at other churches.
(2) That Wednesday I met with Pastor Scott to discuss his contacts in the region and to set up a church meeting for 15-Feb. I'll be teaching or preaching all three services. I asked for that date because it would give me a chance to refill my stock of prayer cards. Our other two churches depleted the supply quite rapidly!
(3) I was finally able to get into the library at Chafer Theological Seminary. I still would like to be able to find a bigger library nearby, but this one will definitely help. Their language section will be especially valuable.
GiMP!(4) Late last week and most of this week, I've been working on getting packets together to send out to churches. This entailed a couple of projects working with GiMP (an open source graphics editor). I spent a great deal of time preparing a business card to go in the packets. I was able to get 30 cards printed this week for this week's and next week's packets, and I was able approve the proofs for a 1000 card order today for future packets. Pray that churches have open hearts to our visits and that we have a passion to minister to them through the gospel of God's glory in Christ.
Schwinn Roadster 12-Inch Trike
Other events included Josiah's 3rd birthday. We had a blast with him last Thursday going to a mall and then Chick-Fil-A, each of which had it's own play place. So, to Josiah's delight, he got to play in two play places in one day. My aunt got him a tricycle that just came in today. He's pretty excited about that too.

Also the Big Game was last Sunday. My dad and older brother came, and we watched it together. I had picked Arizona as the underdog/closest-thing-I-got-to-a-home-team. For awhile there it looked like they would pull it off--oh well.