Ministry Update

Hear from our team members each week about what the Lord is doing in churches that we minister in. Look for an updated article each week!

Baldwin, Maryland

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Upper Cross Roads Baptist Church | Baldwin

November 12-16

In mid-November, we spent a week in Maryland. The town we were in is somewhat between Baltimore and Washington DC. Jordan and the rest of the team were able to have some extra time with the teens every night for not only a pre-service, but a dinner beforehand! Pastor Robert Condict is an INCREDIBLE chef and had a great team to help prepare the dinners for all of the teens + team. We all loved having a bit of extra time with the teens especially with the dodgeball outreach event that would occur later that week. One of our desires was to see and challenge the teens to really reach out and invite other teens in their surrounding area for the gospel night. The dodgeball tournament was a success, but more importantly, the gospel was proclaimed. Thankful for the church sponsors and helpers who took some of the team members' places in reffing so that the team (besides the Allens) could head to the service for music and children's program.

Looking out from the platform, it was exciting to see such a full house for the Irish Concert service. As we began our intro song that's not even on the program, people were still trickling into their seats. We then moved right into the full music program of Irish fold and then sacred music. The music is full of Irish and celtic history, but we also love its roots in the early church -- Be Thou My Vision is one of the oldest hymns and one of our favorites.

Thanks to Upper Cross Roads Baptist Church for a week of ministry. Looking forward to how the Lord will use you all to grow His church and further His kingdom.

Being that this was our last full week on the road, we had one last, long road trip together from Maryland to South Carolina. THANKFUL and PRAISING the Lord for His hand on our vehicles. The Lord was very kind to help us through a situation with a burst tire on the trailer. It may not have been what we'd wanted, or how we wanted to spend our Saturday, but God is still good. He still cares for us. He still loves us. Thankful that we got to SC a day early so that we actually had the time to repair the damage!

Our Sunday in Greenville, SC was with Grace Baptist Fellowship who meet on the campus of Furman University. BEAUTIFUL campus and buildings that they held church in. It was a blessing to be able to spend Sunday morning service with the church body and then hold a sacred concert in the afternoon.

At the end of the semester, our team was beginning to drop like flies with sickness. Thankful that the Lord helped us get through the semester without any worse sickness, and we are THANKFUL for a break over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

Pray with us that we'd have safety as the family travels to Georgia and then to Florida.; and pray with us that the team would be safe in all of their different states over break--CO, NC, SC, OH, MI--as they are working and spending time with their families.


 

 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Harvest Bible Church | Lancaster

November 5-8

Our week with Harvest Bible Church was full of activities each evening, but on Sunday night, Will was asked to share about church planting, how the local church can be more involved, and what God has been doing out in Utah specifically. It was an encouraging message of seeing God work and hearing testimonies of the gospel bursting through dark areas and softening hearts to the Truth. It also gave a burden for lost souls…both in Utah and our current place. May God help us be intentional Christians wherever He has us and wherever we are serving!

For Monday and Tuesday evening, we held a ladies’ and men’s events. These evenings are targeted toward helping the church members have a safe place to bring their friends to in order to share Christ with them in a clear, concise manner. Sometimes in our relationships, the gospel has been spread out across several conversations and times of interacting, but every once in a while, it is good to have the whole gospel shared from beginning to end. The dinners that are served help strengthen friendships and create camaraderie, trusting that after the evening, the relationships will continue to grow deeper and that seeds would be planted further into good soil.

There were a handful of guests who were able to come out for the ladies’ event, and it was encouraging for our team to see the ladies of the church just loving on and reaching out to people in their community. Christy had the opportunity to share the gospel that evening…it is always a blessing to hear her present the hope we have in Christ!

Will was able to share more of an apologetics-themed message on Wednesday exhorting the church body on how to share Christ in our current time and culture. Thankful for the gospel being shared once again on Thursday evening for the Irish service. We even had a special guest in the audience—former team member Spencer Shelburne! It’s always great to see where and how God is using team members after they have traveled with us.

Thanks, Harvest Bible Church for allowing us to serve alongside you for the week. Keep proclaiming the gospel and loving the people around you in Lancaster, Pennsylvania!

   

Holly, Michigan

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Great Lakes Bible Church | Holly

October 29-November 1

As we started our meetings on Sunday, the church held a potluck lunch with a shorter afternoon service directly afterwards. Having meals with the whole church gives us the awesome opportunity to get to know people better right off the bat. Our team enjoyed seeing some good friends while we were in the Holly area as well…Alicia and her family moved to Michigan last year, so this is now her stomping grounds. It was fun to see her support group come throughout the week. Shelley’s grandparents also came to visit her. Love getting to know the families of team members! You can understand individuals so much better when you meet their family and see where they are from.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we had two event nights—a Family Fun Night and the Irish Concert. It was great to see people come out, but the children’s program was especially encouraging! Our team was able to have some great gospel conversations with some of the kids. Trusting that the Lord will continue to work where seeds are sown.

On Friday, our team packed up and made the long trek from Michigan to Pennsylvania. THANKFUL for a safe and smooth journey…we definitely don’t want to take these travel days for granted.

Thanks, Great Lakes Bible for letting us serve alongside of you for a week! Keep loving for Jesus!

 

 

Belding, Michigan

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Ashley Baptist Church | Belding

October 22-26

For the middle few days that we were in Belding, Michigan, our team experienced some funny weather…it literally rained NON-stop for two days straight! It was so fascinating to look at the radar and see the rain cell that was literally “stuck” over our area because of the wind currents that would spin it back into place not allowing it to move on. During the last day of rain, one of our team members shared a passage that gave us a different perspective on the rain:

Jeremiah 14:22
"Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is You, Lord our God. Therefore our hope is in You, for You are the One who does all this.”

So instead of being annoyed at so much WET, it was more of a reminder of how the Lord is so in control of even the rain and weather! Because does He not so much more love and care for us? Yes, He is the Lord of the wind and rain, but He is also the Lord and Savior of souls because of His great love for us!

During our week with Ashley Baptist Church, we had a couple evening services, a couple event nights, and then a GREAT teen outreach evening! Our team, youth Pastor Gib, and some of the church teens joined us in canvassing and passing out invitations to teens in the surrounding high school area. I believe that we passed out every invitation that we printed off! The afternoon of the event night, a handful of us went out to a high school right as the students were leaving. Not knowing how successful canvassing would be, we just wanted to go all-out and be faithful in inviting people to hear the gospel. So that’s what we did! We told as many teens as we could about the event!

We had no idea how many people would show up for the Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament, pizza dinner, and gospel challenge, so we set up about 35 chairs in the teen room at the beginning of the evening. By the time all of the teens funneled into the room for the message portion of the evening when Jordan shared the gospel, we had over 60 chairs set up for people to sit in! There were teens there that had never been to Ashley Baptist before, never heard of the youth group, and some had never heard a clear gospel message before. How encouraging to see so many young people listen and digest the gospel. We had some great follow-up conversations afterward between dinner and the last championship games as well…praise the Lord! We have these tournament nights so that the church can continue building relationships with the teens that come, and we are trusting that the Lord will continue building those friendships!

We look forward to what the Lord will do and how He will use Ashley Baptist for the furtherance of the gospel. Thank you church for your faithful example and for allowing us to serve alongside of you for the week!

 

   

Houghton Lake, Michigan

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Houghton Lake Baptist Church

October 15-18

With only being about forty-five minutes from Midland, we packed up and arrived at Houghton Lake Baptist Church last Friday. The church is located quite close to the shore of the lake, and it was a beautiful view, especially with the Autumn colors showing more and more each day.

The team members plus the Allens were housed at Camp CoBeAc for the week and enjoyed getting to know some of the staff and institute students there. Thankful for their kind hospitality! Wednesday morning, the team had the opportunity to participate in chapel at Camp where they shared a few songs and then Will spoke to the young adults.

Houghton Lake Baptist Church has a small-town area feel, and the pastor and his family have been faithfully serving there for a good number of years. The emphasis for the week was “Spiritual Health” within the church. Each of the services challenged the hearers in their walk in Christ. One particular point from a message on Philippians was this, “Jesus didn’t die to just get me out of Hell. He died to help me conquer sin and enjoy Him” all by the grace of God and His gospel. Praise the Lord!

Whether we hear it often or not, it is a good reminder that we NEED God every single moment. Left on our own, we would be crushed by our own sin. And yet God did not leave us alone to die in our sin but sent His Son. By Jesus’ atoning sacrifice and our receiving of His gift of salvation, He gives us His Spirit to help us walk daily by His side. Whether a day feels like a “success” or a “failure” doesn’t really matter, because we need God just as much on the “up” days as we do on the “down” days. What matters is whether we are walking with God, enjoying God, and fighting against our sin, because tomorrow is just going to be another battle. So just be faithful in loving God, loving others, and doing right…and give all of the glory, praise, and thanks to our God!


 

 

Midland, Michigan

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Calvary Baptist Church | Midland

October 8-13

We had quite the busy week in Midland, MI! Being that there was an academy with the church, our team had the opportunity to be pretty involved with the students (woohoo! We love that!). We were involved with several of the school chapels for different grades, and on two of the afternoons, we organized an activity time with the teens our in the field. Will and Jordan spoke for the high school chapels and really challenged the kids in different areas of their lives and pushing them to live for Christ. By the end of the week, there was a large bonfire for the high school students and staff to share what the Lord had been doing in their lives this week. It was VERY encouraging to hear their testimonies since we usually do not get to hear those from a week of meetings.

Children's program was bursting! With several pre-services, a large AWANA night, and soooooo many children during our kids' program, it was exciting to see their desire to learn more about God. Sure did love teaching and investing in those kiddos!

We had a pre-service almost every night for the adults where Will had some good small-group time with a handful of the church members. Thankful for the extra teachings of walking in the Spirit, living Christ-like, and living for the Lord.
Thanks, Calvary Baptist Church and Academy, for a week of ministry alongside you all!