Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
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