Categotry Archives: Updates
God gave us the unique opportunity to preach at a local police station. The Gospel message was heard by both police officers and those in the holding cells. It was unusual to preach to an armed crowd but I don’t know if I’ve ever felt safer. :) Please pray for us as we plan to host a police appreciation day at the church.
So this post is waaaay late BUT we celebrated our 9th anniversary on November 28! A lot has changed in that time. I’m a bit bigger than I was 9 years ago and Elizabeth…well she’s even more beautiful than before. :) But seriously, something very important has changed. Through time our relationship has grown. It is wonderful to love someone completely for who they are, all their strengths and flaws. And it is wonderful to have them love you the same way! What a beautiful picture of God’s love for us: unconditional, complete, and all-encompassing. I think God also intended marriage to make us better Christians. There’s nothing like living with a completely different person to show you your own selfishness and pride. Yes, a lot has changed in 9 years and I am thankful for it! Except for the extra pounds…that needs to go. :)
This year, Youth Sunday was a blessing in a brand new way! Our young people have grown so much in these past couple of years and it was wonderful to see! Before, we always had jeepney rides to pick up visitors. Well, with our church jeep on the brink of death :) that wasn’t possible but that didn’t stop our teens from bringing people to church! Some of them even paid for their visitor’s commute. Before the decorating was always done by the staff and my family. This time we had about ten young people volunteer to help. Several teens even witnessed to visitors who had questions about salvation. The youth group blew us away with their hard work and faithfulness! And God blessed their efforts; about 11 visitors were saved!
We’ve been blessed by another visit from Pastor Travis. This time he brought another friend, Bro. Frank Broughton, from our home church! It’s been a whirlwind trip, we’ve been busy showing him the different ministries in Cebu; we even took a quick trip to Cambodia to visit another missionary friend. Throughout the years, I’ve been blessed by both these men so this time together has been refreshing (and exhausting :) ). And we’re not done, we are going to visit the two missionaries sent out from our church on Bohol and Bantayan Island! We are so thankful for our friends in the USA who love and support the Lord’s ministries in Cebu!