Friday, January 30, 2009

foto friday

I'm playing along with Tracy at http://ballingerfamilyjourney.blogspot.com/ for foto friday.

Snow is the theme.



This is the road we drove this past Sunday afternoon between churches in Utah. This is over a mountain pass. We have seen a lot of snow, and did not make one batch of snow cream.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Give a way from Mindy..

Mindy over at http://athomewiththedillingers.blogspot.com/ is having a give away. Check it out.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Arches and Mesa Verde


We spent Mon. and part of Tue. with Bro. Kirk and Paula Durham. They spent over 10 years in Nepal. Chad's sister and brother-in-law were there at the time and were close friends with the Durhams. It was a very interesting and knowledgeable visit. We enjoyed visiting with them a few days.
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We left Tuesday morning to visit the Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. We did not spend much time here. But it was worth the stop.

We then drove three hours to Mesa Verde National Park in Cortez, Colorado. This was awesome. This was probable the place we all enjoyed the most. We drove across 20 miles of very icy roads inside the park to get to the museum. From here we were taken on a guided tour to the Spruce House cliff dwelling. We learned so much from our guide, Jill. She took a lot of time answering all our questions.




Monday, January 26, 2009

Week 2 !!!!


When we left Monday morning, January 19th we headed for El Paso, Texas to spend some time with some friends of ours, Bro. Wayne and Vicki Porter, missionaries to Juarez, Mexico. We had so much fun. They have two sons, Wesley and Jerod. John enjoyed spending time with them playing the guitar. We have known the Porters for several years. We spent Tue - Thur. with them.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we went into Juarez, Mexico. This was our first time to visit Mexico. It was so wonderful to see what God is doing there. We enjoyed services with them on Wednesday night. You can tell that God has changed their lives. I enjoyed their song service. The songs are so beautiful. Even though I did not know what they were saying. We were served authentic Mexican food both days. Surprisingly almost all of us liked it. I do have a few picky eaters.










On Thursday we just played. We went to White Sands Mission Range in New Mexico. It was so fun. The kids and "Kids at heart" rolled down the while dunes that are 3 stories high. We had so much fun and were very tired afterwards. We are still finding sand in our car.









Friday morning, Jan 23rd, we left El Paso at 6:00 and drove straight to Grand Canyon, Arizona.
It was worth the drive to see this "big hole in the ground" . We serve a mighty God.
After leaving Grand Canyon we drove to Page, Arizona. It was the first place to stay on our way to Payson, Utah. Nothing there, or so we thought. The next morning we headed for our new destination and turned the curve in the road and there was the Glen Canyon Dam. This may not seem like a big deal to you, it was for us especially Chad. He had wanted to go see the Hoover Dam, but it was no where near where we were going. We got out and took lots of pics and learned a lot in the visitor center. Thank you Lord for allowing us to see it.








We then stopped at lone rock at Lake Powell, what a sight.






Another stop was Coral Sands State Park somewhere along the way in Utah. The highlight of the whole trip for Caleb. With a little prodding he held a snake for the first time. The rest of us held it as well.




We went by Bryce Canyon on the way. It was incredible.






We arrive in Payson, Utah around 6:30 and enjoyed a Chinese meal with Bro. Kent Boykin and his wife. Bro. Kent is the pastor of Hope Baptist Church there is Payson, Utah. They came out here five years ago and have a good work for the Lord.



After services and lunch with the Boykins we traveled over the mountain to Price, Utah. I called my mother along the way and said it looked like a "winter wonderland" . It was beautiful . Snowing and lots of snow already on the ground. I enjoyed the sight while praying for safety the whole way. We don't get much snow in Tennessee and do not really know how to drive on it. Chad did a wonderful job.



That night we were at Grace Baptist Church in Price, Utah. The interim pastor is Bro. Shawn Clapp. He is a missionary to Spanish speaking people. While holding services in building on Sunday afternoon, after the pastor left he was asked to fill in until they call a new pastor. We enjoyed the many questions and interest in our ministry.






We then left and traveled another hour to Green Valley, Utah. We are staying with some friends Bro. Kirk and Paula Durham. We will be here until Wednesday, headed for Colorado.


This is by far the longest post I have ever posted. There has been lots to see and do. We are very tired but have enjoyed seeing this part of the county that the Lord created.

Stay tuned for the rest for of the trip.

Week one !!!!


We left early Tuesday morning , January 13th, on our out west trip. We drove from Lexington, Tennessee to Amarillo, Texas. About 13 hours of driving. We were so thankful to get to the place we were staying. Cap Rock Baptist Church allowed us to stay in their prophets room for the night.

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Got up early the next morning at headed for Grants, New Mexico. We presented our ministry to Mt. Taylor Baptist Church. The pastor is Bro. Bryon Sarracino. We enjoyed fellowshipping with him and his family before church at the pizza place. They have children around the same ages as our children. Services went very well and we all hated we did not have longer to visit with this sweet family.







The next morning we headed for Mesa, Arizona. We were a part of their 2nd missions conference. The pastor is Bro. Gary Schwer. Bro. Mike Files , pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas preached the conference. This church is doing a wonderful job giving "water to this dry and thirty land". It was so exciting to see their eagerness to serve. After four days of Challenging preaching on our responsible to reach the world through Faith Promise Missions, the church more than doubled their commitment to missions. WOW. What a mighty God we serve.







Victory Baptist Church Cullman, Alabama




Sunday night, January 11th, we were with Bro. Keith Whitley at Victory Baptist Church in Cullman, Alabama. This church has had Chad's Mom and Dad come tell our the work in Nepal. We enjoyed updating them on the work. Some friends of our Bro. Jeremy Ragland and his son Micah along with Josh Latipie joined us for the service. Afterwards, we headed home to get ready for our out west trip.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Grand Canyon







WOW, What a God !!!!
Yesterday we traveled all day to get to the Grand Canyon. The closer we got, the foggier it got. After finally arriving at our destination, it was so foggy we could not see anything. We started praying for the Lord to allow us to see the Canyon after traveling so far. Within minutes the most of the fog cleared and we were able to see the beauty of such a wonderful place that God created. It is so much more than just a big hole in the ground. It was amazing. Our children was so excited that God answered their prayer so fast. What a God!
After wards we traveled about two more hours to Page, Arizona. Nothing special about stopping there, it was just the closest town that had a hotel going toward Salt Lake City, Utah. We are going to be in Salt Lake Sunday.
Hopefully I will be able to write soon about the churches we have been to here soon.



Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Gun fighers and borders


More pictures to come, but here is a couple before we leave again for Mexico. We have been staying in El Paso, Texas and went into Mexico yesterday. We are having a great time. I will write more later. We are still around.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lee's Chapel Baptist Church Dora, Alabama


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January 8 - 11, we were a part of Lee's Chapel Baptist Church missions Conference. Bro. Danny Tessener is the pastor. What a blessed time. We sure enjoyed the whole week. We were challenged by the word of God concerning world wide missions. When the week ended, the church's faith promise increased. What a blessing to be here. Also, I thought of Nina a lot this week. Her uncle in the pastor of the church and I got to visit with her mother. I thought about posting the video because of her. http://www.portugalbound.blogspot.com

Glen Iris Baptist Church Birmingham, Alabama


Wednesday night, January 7th, we were at Glen Iris Baptist Church, in Birmingham, Alabama. The pastor is Bro. Chris Lamb. We have heard about Glen Iris and their ministry for some time but had never visited here. This church has been supporting Chad's Dad and Mom for some time. It was a blessing to come report on the work they have been supporting and introduce our ministry. We enjoyed being here.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Haven of Rest Baptist Church Calhoun, Georgia

All day Sunday we were at Haven of Rest Baptist Church in, Calhoun,Georgia. The pastor is Bro. Jason Fuller. The Lord moved in and a young girl was gloriously saved. The kids enjoyed seeing old friends. We stayed in a very nice travel trailer at the church Saturday night. Then we traveled home 5 hours Sunday night after services.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Bubble Gum and Snowmen


Sarah with 21 gumballs


After most are in her mouth


Saying good bye to my snow people
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Over the holidays my kids got with some of their friends at the mall close to our home. Sarah decided she would try to chew all the flavors of gumballs at the same time. There was 21 different kinds. After about 30 minutes she had all of them in her mouth. The kids made a video of it, but I decided not to post it. It was kinda gross when she spit it all out. It was quiet a wod.
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It was hard putting up our Christmas decorations this year. I'm not sure if we are going to take them to Nepal with us or not.