Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Busy Sunday and Relaxing Monday







Sunday we were at two different churches in Louisiana. For morning services we were at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Bossier City and then we drove around 3 hours to Grace Baptist Church in Evens, LA. It was a very busy day but a very good one. We enjoyed both services.
On Monday we drove to Krotz Springs to spend time with some old friends, The Disotells. Bro. Wendell took us out on the Bayou. We got to see several alligators and a little too close to one of them for my comfort.

Time with friends !!!

Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday we went to Greenbrier, Arkansas to spent time with some friends, the Bartolottas. Their daughter Sarai made us a special "Welcome Home" cookie. We had such a sweet time fellowshipping with them. Their pastor, Bro. Jackson, and family came over Friday night for a steak dinner while the kids went to Taco Bell and then bowling.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Sibley Baptist Church in Sibley, Louisanna

Monday - Wednesday of this week we were at Sibley Missionary Baptist Church in Sibley, Louisanna, for their annual missions conference. The pastor is Bro. Jeff Flenniken. As God moved in, people made decisions to increase their faith promise. It was so neat to see people show their faith in the Lord at this time in our country.

A real treat for the week was spending time with the Rochester/Matthews family. They provided all the special music for the conference. This is a family that has stayed true through the years. It is always a blessing to hear and see them.


Anna and Bro. Ben

Sarah and Morgan
Rachel, Lindze, Madison, Lizzie
Caleb and JB

Sunday March 15th

Sunday, March the 15th was very busy. First we were in Bogue Chitta, Mississippi at Faith Missionary Baptist. It was a wonderful time of worship and we enjoyed being there very much.


Pastor James Blackwell

John enjoyed playing for their services

Then we drove 3 hours to Monroe, Louisiana. The church we attended was Maranatha Baptist Church. The pastor is Bro. Daniel Goodman. We have known Bro. Daniel for several years and enjoyed fellowshipping with him and his family after services.



Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Another busy week.

Last week we were very busy. We got home Monday afternoon from Greenbrier, Arkansas after a very wonderful missions conference at Faith Baptist Church. That night Chad preached at Friendship Baptist Church in Henderson, TN. The pastor is Bro. Ronnie Sells. This started a week long revival with a different preacher each night. It was a special night for me because this is my Daddy and Mama's church. The church I grew up in.


Then we started a missions conference in Lyles, TN with Bro. Joe Vick. The conference went from Tue. - Thur. We drove each night one and half hours for services. We enjoyed hearing Bro. Ron Ralph, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Carthage, TN. preach each night.

Bro. Joe Vick



special singing

Friday we spent the day just relaxing and celebrating Sarah's birthday. Went out to eat at her ( and her Daddy's) favorite restaurant. Longhorn Steakhouse in Jackson, TN.
We started packing late Friday night to leave on Sat. for a month long trip.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Missions conference at Faith Baptist Church

The week of March 4 - 8th we were at Faith Baptist Church in Greenbrier, Arkansas. Their pastor is Bro. Alan Jackson. We had already been to this church last year at the beginning of our deputation. They are one our our supporters.

What a week. We were so taken back by the kindness shown to our family and here again we felt a part of the church family.

The church increased there faith promise by over 30%. Amen.

This financial problem that the USA is in did not come as a surprise to God and his people still are showing their faith in the Lord.

What a mighty God we serve!!!!





Friday, March 13, 2009

Remembering PE Class

I have asked my husband to write on my blog as a special guest. I always enjoy his preaching, stories he tells and illustrations he uses. That's a good thing since we get to hear him all the time. I hope you enjoy his thoughts as much as I do.




As I was reflecting on my childhood I thought I would share some thoughts with you. I remember that in school we had PE class and that I enjoyed PE. Although I was not athletic and I really did not do a whole lot of things well I still enjoyed PE class. I liked playing games such as kickball, capture the flag, grab the bacon, dodge ball (a favorite) and prison ball (another favorite). I guess maybe I liked PE because I did not have to think or maybe because I did not have to sit still or probably because I did not have to be quiet (which has been a problem throughout life). Regardless I still liked PE. There is one thing, however, that I hated about PE. One thing that could have warped me for life and if I were some liberal with all kinds of problems I would probably have sued the school over the mental anguish this causes kids. This one thing was so demoralizing, discouraging, and downright cruel that I cannot understand how it ever took place in a public institution. That of course was the cruel act of choosing teams. IT WAS FINE when the PE teacher counted you off and all the 1’s went to the left and all the 2’s went to the right or when she put certain teams together by her own wisdom but the ugly act of choosing two different kids to choose their own teams was so demeaning and mean that words cannot express my horror at this very act. I did not possess the abilities that any one wanted on their team and I did not have particularly close friends that wanted me. I was good (at least I thought I was) but it seemed (although probably not true) that I was always the last one to be standing with the wimpiest, scrawniest, little kid that no one liked. I was never chosen first, I was never picked first, always last or at least close to last because no one saw in me anything that they needed or wanted. That brings me to a magnificent truth that is so simple but deep and rich that it burns within me like a consuming wildfire burning out of control. And that truth is that GOD CHOSE ME! Just like He chose Noah to build an ark, Abraham and Sarah to birth his nation, Joseph to protect that small nation during time of famine, and Moses to lead that great nation out of bondage, and Joshua to follow after Moses and to lead them into the Promised Land, YES GOD CHOSE ME! Just like God chose Samson to save Israel from the Philistines, and Gideon to deliver them from the Midianites, and Samuel to restore integrity to the priesthood, YES GOD CHOSE ME!! Just like He Chose Elijah, Elisha, David, and Solomon, Daniel, Hosea, Jeremiah, and all the other prophets GOD CHOSE ME!!! Just like he chose John the Baptist, and his disciples, and Paul and all the fellow-helpers GOD CHOSE ME!!!! Yes in Ephesians 1:4 Paul said “According as he hath chosen us in him . . .” and you know what - God picked me first “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you” John 15:16. Yes, we have been chosen by God for the work of this time. No one else may see what we have to offer and no one else may care but God who sees not as man seeth but looks on the heart (I Samuel 16:7) has chosen us – all of us – to do His work at this time. He has not chosen too many of the wise, mighty, or noble (I Corinthians 1:26), but has chosen the foolish, weak, base, despised things and things that are not (v27&28) so “That no flesh should glory in his presence” v29. Isn’t it wonderful to be chosen by Him to be picked by Him and to be given a work picked by Him. I am glad He chose Noah, Elijah, David, the Disciples, Paul and all the rest of them. And I am glad that GOD CHOSE YOU – but from the depths of my soul I am forever grateful that GOD CHOSE ME.

Chad W. Sellers

Greenbrier, Arkansas







Last week we were at Faith Baptist Church in Greenbrier, Arkansas for their Missions Conference. While there we had the opportunity to go to the Public school and share with the six grade class during their lunch break. Ben, a member of Faith, attends the public school and has started and directs a time of devotions and encouragement to 5th graders who wish to come. A teacher has allowed her classroom to be used, but Ben in in charge of everything, from the program to the cleanup. It was very encouraging to me to see the children that attended. There were around 60 that chose to spend their lunch period hearing the gospel. I was very impressed with their attentiveness and questions.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Climbing Higher and Saying Goodbyes.

We just heard from another church that has taken us on for support we are now at almost 55%. It is so neat to see God working.

On March the 1st we were with Emmanuel Baptist Church in Huron, TN. They are without a pastor now. We enjoyed seeing old friends and being close to home. Many memories at this place.


The hardest thing for our family on deputation is always having to say goodbye. You get so attached to people in such a short time, feel like you are a part of a church and then it is time to go. A lot of the time you know you may never see them again for four years or maybe never again. This has been very hard on our children.

My husband often tells the kids, "It is far better to have made a friend for a short time then to never have made one at all."
And a dear preacher friend of ours once told us, " We have all of eternity to spend together."

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sweet 16 to Sarah Ashley Sellers




Today is our daughter Sarah's 16th Birthday. We are so very proud of her. She loves the Lord and uses her talents for the Him while we are on the deputation trail. She is a very beautiful girl inside and out. I thank the Lord daily for all five of our children.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Grace Baptist Church Columbus, Georgia

February 18 - 22, we were at Grace Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Jeff Amsbaugh is the senior pastor. We were challenged each night with preaching from Dr. Greg Baker, pastor of Faithway Baptist Church in Canada.

The song, "There shall be Showers of Blessings" came to my mind many times this week. We were so well taken care of. The people were so kind and interested in being a blessing to all the missionaries that were there.

Most of all, here again, our kids were part of a youth group. We are making friends for a life time.



Anna with Dr. Greg Baker

Chad preaching in the Bus Teen church Sunday Morning


Our kids sings at Grace Christian School in one of their classes.

Bowling fun with some of youth from Grace Baptist

Friday, March 6, 2009

Deputation continues.

Feb. 11th, we were at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Smithville, Kentucky. The girls enjoyed gathering around the piano after services.

Trying out the bells on our display table. This was taken at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hickory Flats, MS. We were we there on Feb. 15th. That night we went to Community Baptist Church in Walnut, Mississippi.

"Pickin and a little grinning"

video

After services one night at Bible Baptist The Nichols family, missionaries to Brazil, and John did a little pickin.

Going for the Gold.

February 2nd - 8th we were at Bible Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas for their annual missions conference. Bro. Mike Files is the pastor. What an incredible week. Everyone in attendance was challenged concerning world wide missions. Bro. Keith Gomez was the main speaker for the week and brought wonderful messages from the Lord.

Bro. Files and his wife with Bro. Gomez

When the week started there was a black flag hanging to represent a country that Bible Baptist Church did not support. Sunday night the church voted to take us on for support and Chad replaced the black flag with the Nepal flag, at the same time Bro. Dennis Blankenship, missionary to Sudan, put up a Sudan flag. It meant a lot to our family to see the Nepal flag raised.
Fun in the afternoon. The kids enjoyed making new friends and renewing old friendships this week. We stayed in cabin by the lake.

How we finished our out west trip in Jan./Feb.

On Wednesday, January 28th we were in Penrose, CO with Bro. Keith Bates and his family. What a precious family and good church.


On Sunday, February 1st, we were with Bro. Scott Vines and his family. Their church is His House Baptist Church in Saratoga, Wyoming. We enjoyed our time we spent fellowshipping with the family.
Stuck in the snow.



We ended our trip at Calvary Baptist Church in Eufaula, Oklahoma. We attended their camp meeting and had a wonderful time. Their choir is such a blessing and we were able to see the Rochester family again. What a blessing.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

52% and climbing higher.

Well here we go again. Call it busy, call it tired or just plain lazy. I guess it could be all three and more. It has been a while since I have posted. So many things have happened. I guess I am just overwelmed at times. I never knew what it was like to be on the deputation trail. I am just so tired. I am enjoying every oppurtunity God is giving us to minister. It has been such a blessing. But I never thought I would get so physically tired traveling with a husband and five kids. God has been so good. We just heard from another pastor in TN that they voted to take us on for support. That brought our support level at
52%
I still can't believe it. We are well on our way to get to Nepal by October 2009.