We arrived in Denver, Colorado on April 7, 2010. We are here in the states for approx. six weeks. We spent a few days with Kevin's parents and visiting with Pastor Jerry and his wonderful family and church in Torrington, Wyoming. On April 15th we drove to Minnesota to visit with Kevin's grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins. Kevin spoke at a prayer meeting yesterday morning and last night we were able to enjoy church with some of the family.
Today has been a slow day. Church first thing this morning then off to the nursing home to visit grandma with grandpa. Those two are such a blessing. Even in the midst of their chaotic world, they still take time to encourage others and share wisdom they have gained over the years.
We will leave in the morning to drive to Western Kentucky. Please pray for safe traveling and little to no tension in the car with the six of us. Yes, I said car...our Suburban had water in the oil (or something like that) and needed the intake valve repaired or replaced or something...so - we sold it. We are traveling in our Ford Taurus. It does seat six and it has not given us a moment of grief and so we are thankful. However, the tight quarters can be trying by the end of a 12-14 hour day, so pray.
We look forward to seeing friends in the Hopkinsville area and visiting with New Work Fellowship. Can't wait to see everyone! God bless.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Kevin had the privilege of preaching on Palm Sunday in a small church about 10 miles northwest of where we live. It was a blessing to say the least. A church that is focused outward and not just inward.
We arrived at the church and the pews were full. We were escorted to our seats (that really means we had the usher squeezed us in where he could). As we sat there, we listen to each Sunday School class recite the scripture that was taught earlier in the morning. Many do not have a bible and/or can not read one anyway, so the best way for the Word of God to be spread and meditated on is by memorization. The people of Haiti seem to be able to memorize scripture so easily. Such a blessing.
As we listened, we looked around and watched the people. We began to notice a theme popping up. Red shirts...there were red shirts everywhere. Funny and sweet all in the same breathe. Some shirts had been donated to the Haiti Earthquake Relief and some of those shirts were given to the pastor of this church, Pastor David, to distribute to his people and in the community. Now I am not a country music listener, but I think Blake Shelton is a country music artist. Many in the church that morning were wearing Blake Shelton shirts. I took pictures and hope to send them to him with a note of thanks.
There were two new people who accepted Christ that morning. Praise the Lord! Kevin also had the opportunity to participate in a baby dedication. God is changing lives!
Susan was able once again to go out and work in one of the mobile clinics with North Carolina Baptist Men disaster relief teams. The pastor's son where Kevin had preached was sick and Susan was able to get him to the clinic and treated. We delivered the medicine for the child and treated the whole family so the sickness wouldn't spread. We also have scheduled to show the Jesus Film there when we return from the states.
As many of you know we are returning to America for a short time, six weeks. We really look forward to seeing everyone and sharing with you what God is doing.