Thursday, March 25, 2010

We have had a busy last couple of weeks! Our Missions Conference was great! The messages were challenging, the fellowship was sweet, and even though our numbers were down big time, I think it was the best one we've ever had!
On Sunday the 21st we were supposed to be in a church in Sperry, OK in the morning and Ponca City, OK at night but because we had a "blizzard" on Saturday we weren't able to make our morning meeting. It was the craziest thing, we had 70+ degree weather on Friday, snow blizzard and 20's on Saturday, 50's on Sunday and by Sunday night you couldn't even tell we had a snowstorm, much less a blizzard! That's Oklahoma in the Spring for you!
We did make it to Ponca City Sunday night, since most of the snow was melted by noon. We had a wonderful time at Second Baptist Church. The people were so friendly right from the start, and we felt very welcomed. We had told them previously that our laptop was slowly dying; we couldn't depend on it to turn on and when we would get it on, sometimes it would shut off for no apparent reason. They took up an offering for us and the total came to $640 and some odd cents. The next day we went to Walmart (then Best Buy, then back to Walmart! lol) and bought a laptop with all of the extras we were wanting, plus a carrying case, for just two dollars under the love offering amount! It was amazing to see God provide exactly what we needed!
Caleb has still been busy working on our Associate Pastor's house, getting it ready for them to be able to move into it. He took Wednesday off to make some phone calls and was able to set up some meetings in Kansas! Praise the Lord!
Our ETA for Anthony, Kansas is now somewhere in the second week of April.
And now for our biggest news: the Lord has blessed us with a new trailer! As you know, we were given a 29' trailer in October. It was a huge blessing then, and it has been since, but we have been praying that we would be able to purchase one that has an extra bedroom in the future. We were able to meet the Means family, who are missionaries to Mexico, when we were in Russellville. They are leaving for Mexico very soon and were needing to sell their fifth wheel, or they were planning on putting it in storage. Everyone involved felt that God had brought us together, so we could meet each others' needs! The trailer is a 40' fifth wheel, it has four slideouts, an extra room with two bunks (four beds total) and is available right now!
We need to raise some more support to be able to completely take over the payments, so please pray the we would be able to do this, but we are exciting about what God has provided so far and how He will provide in the future!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Back Home!

We are back home in Mustang, Oklahoma now. We came back for our church's Big Day on the 7th. Our goal was 300 but we had 240, Praise the Lord! We had a lot of visitors and we're hoping to get some good prospects out of the day.
We are now in our Missions Conference and the devil is fighting right and left! First our main speaker found out halfway here that his mom died, so he had to turn around and go to Florida to deal with that. And then, one of the missionary's had put on their schedule to be here April 14th, not March 14th! We only had one Missionary family left. While in Russellville we had met a family to Mexico, the Means, and they were available this week and willing, so they joined us Sunday night.
So far the Conference has been a blessing! We are looking forward to what else the Lord has for our church. Bro. Means called a Missions Conference the "Annual Business Meeting to see how blessed we want our church to be". And it's so true! If a church isn't supporting Missions, they aren't going to grow and the Lord isn't going to bless.
We were surprised and blessed to be presented with two gift baskets Tuesday night and tonight Caleb is able to make a presentation of what we've been doing in Arkansas and preach.
We will be staying in Oklahoma for a while, until we can go to our next project, probably in Anthony, Kansas. Right now that project is expected to start the third week of April.
This Sunday we have a meeting in Ponca City, Oklahoma and one in Sperry, Oklahoma. We also have a meeting in April in Kingman, Kansas.
Please pray that we are able to raise some more support! I hope to be able to update this more often than I have been.