Grace Baptist | Elko, NV
April 16-21, 2017
Our team spent a refreshing week serving alongside Grace Baptist Church in Elko, Nevada. GBC has been a close friend to our team for many years. Pastor Aaron Young and Will go way back—too many crazy inside jokes to keep track of! This church family truly does feel like "family" to a lot of our team. A number of us had the opportunity to serve here while traveling a year and a half ago. We enjoyed reconnecting with church members and serving alongside Grace for a week! The pastoral staff and church body ministered to us in unique ways during the week, especially in the areas of many uplifting conversations, intentional prayer, and graciously preparing meals for and hosting us in their homes.
Another fun highlight: Alicia interned at this church two summers ago, so she was beyond excited to reconnect with old friends from her time here. She was even able to stay the week at the home of the dear family that hosted her during that summer. This week was definitely a refreshing time for her, as she was able to spend some extra time in the afternoons catching up with some of the folks, seeing how God has been at work in and through them in Elko.
As we look back over our week with Grace Baptist Church, we recall so many blessings in the forms of gospel conversations with individuals as God moved in hearts. There was also encouraging fruit in the kids’ program as a few of the kids realized their need for grace and called out to God.
GBC family, thank you for faithfully praying for us each and every week. We are beyond thankful for your support and friendship. The Lord has used you in Elko and beyond in so many ways. Thankful for your fervent ministry! Keep serving Jesus!
Granite Hills Baptist | Reno, NV
April 9-14, 2017
I wish we could have taken you all along during our week in Reno, Nevada with Granite Hills Baptist Church. As we came into the week wanting to serve [with] their church body, their hearts were so full that they were an incredible blessing to our entire team!
One of my personal favorites about the week in Reno was the open-to-all potluck dinners before the evening pre-services — not because of the [delicious] food but the [sweet] fellowship! So many church members and guests showed up for that extra time of fellowship and food. Loved getting to know people better during these times. During dinner conversations, one of our team members, Alicia, says that it was "refreshing to hear people’s stories of God’s working in their lives.” We all would agree.
A couple of churches also joined us during the week of meetings. We kept adding chairs into the auditorium each night, especially for the Irish Concert! It was an encouraging “problem” to run out of space! The children’s program was also packed! Loved all of the kids that joined us. They were high-energy, excited to be there, and very eager to participate. Thankful for our team and their desire to love the kids in the Deep Space program and share the gospel with them no matter where we are. We also had a teen Ultimate Frisbee outreach event in conjunction with an evening service. Three or four other youth groups joined us as well. Several gospel conversations were going on with teens after Jordan finished the gospel message. Thankful!
Thanks for following along! I also would have loved to introduce you to the hosts that Jessica, Alicia, and I stayed with for the week. Our sweet host and hostess contacted us two weeks in advance just to touch base, get to know us a little, and ask for any prayer requests. Faithfully over those two weeks, she reached out and shared verses and prayers with/for us. She has no idea how much of an encouragement that was for us girls! When we finally met after a longggg travel day, it was like we all knew each other! While some of the team was still driving around a mountain range to stay clear of the snow, Jessica and I were able to meet our hosts earlier and have a great conversation with them—the deep, rich kind. Thankful for those talks about how we initially came to know and trust in Christ, what Christ has recently been doing in our lives, the struggles and pressures we were going through, and the sharing of Truth and prayers for each other. When there is openness in the building of friendships, there is a sweet bond, and we felt it right away.
Our hostess every evening would have a letter taped onto each of our girls’ doors. I kid you not, we girls looked forward to and were giddy with excitement every night to see the notes! Since it was the week leading up to Easter Sunday, our hostess wrote down progressing passages that reflected on Christ’s last hours before He was taken and crucified. Our friendship with our hosts was so sweet. We looked forward to sharing breakfasts with them, singing with them one of the evening after service, and just spending time with them and their adorable Yorkshire Terriers as we talked. When it came for us to leave at the end of the week, many tears were shed. We girls felt as if part of our hearts were left behind. Our hosts’ desire was to be an intentional blessing during our stay, and their genuine love for us three was so apparent. We were overwhelmed by their kindness in how they loved and served us. Thankful for their ministry.
Thank you, Granite Hills Baptist for your faithful ministry in Reno, NV and allowing us to serve with you all for a week! Keep loving the Lord and the people He has placed around you all!