Blessings on the Road!

Kayleigh and I have been able to visit some great churches who are blessed to have great pastors!

A little more than a month ago, we visited Bradford Baptist Church. Pastor Mills is doing a great job! We were impressed with how he worked with his people! He took us out to lunch and brought one of the men that he’s been working with for a while. It was great to break down that formality that seems to go along with a special guest in your church. Most of the time when you host, you typically want to put your best foot forward, so we dress things up and everything is in its perfect place. I think Pastor Mills put Bradford Baptist’s best foot forward by working with his people, and even taking time in between services to help more of his members after lunch with us! That is a great example to us; never forget that PEOPLE are the ministry.

Last week we visited Sempronius Baptist Church, with Pastor Grimes. Again, I was happy to see a man who loves the people that he has. He pulled me aside during the lunch time in between services, and he told me about some of his people who were there that day. He explained some of their history, where they are at now, and expressed how much he appreciated their faithfulness and love for their church, and the LORD. I am happy to see a close knit church like that. Pastors should love their flock. I believe that is in part why God requires pastors to have their family in order. A good father will be very similar to a good Pastor, and you can tell that Pastor Grimes loves his people as if they were his family.

Thank you pastors, for opening up and letting us see that! It was a great encouragement to Kayleigh and me. We are blessed to have visited and meet the people in those churches!

Word For The World Baptist Ministries

This past week, Kayleigh, Adrienne, and I went to Rossville, GA for the annual conference at our mission board. During the week, we hear about 7 full length sermons a day, we get to meet and visit with veteran missionaries who have been on the field for 20 and 30 years, and we get to see friends who are also on deputation. It was a blessing this year to go. Kayleigh and I both needed the sermons. They were an encouragement and helped to revive us in our work! Another thing that made the trip worth going was being encouraged by one of the missionaries that we will be working with for a short time. Niels Gade and his wife talked with us for a few hours one evening, and he had the perfect things that I needed to hear. It was a blessing!

 

Please pray for him, though. He is supposed to be working on the mission station in PNG while Bro. Wells is back with his family on furlough. The Wells had been gone for a week and a half, and Bro. Gade fell and broke his shoulder. He came back to the States immediately for treatment, and he is facing surgery to repair his shoulder, or an amputation. These options are determined by the spread of the cancer that weakened his shoulder. He has bone cancer, and when the shoulder broke, it was basically released into the blood. 

 

We know that God works in ways we don’t understand, and we know that He is protecting and guiding us as he puts us through tests. I know that I’m grateful that Bro. Gade for talking with me, but we are praying that God heals his cancer and his shoulder so that he may return to his work in PNG. Please pray with us for Niels Gade, and his family.

 

Thanks!

Thanks for prayer!

Chad mentioned in his family’s prayer letter that his eye is becoming less painful and that the blurry vision is also lessening. Thank you so much for praying for him. Prayer matters so much to missions; it just takes something small to physically knock you out and asking God to protect us goes a long way!