Ways to Pray
- Pray for as I continue to fill the pulpit at the Baptist Fellowship of Randolph
- Pray for our upcoming mission trip, 31 students and 44 adults heading to St. Croix
- Pray for our students to come to faith in Jesus
- Pray as we continue to do more fundraising and seek more prayer partners
- Pray for Eowyn that she would come to faith in Jesus at a young age
- Pray that the Lord would continue to prepare our family for ministry in a hard context.
- Eowyn is looking forward to meeting her baby brother on June 7th
- She likes to tumble and sing
- She will be two years old on April 1st!
Now in the fullness of our second, Vermont winter, I truly feel like a New Englander. If you’ve ever known someone that lives near the beach and you asked them about how often they go, you’re usually surprised to find out that it’s not that often. For our little Kentucky family that used to get up and go play every snow day, that rings true for us. Now that we have it all the time, playing is the last thing on my mind. I don’t even really notice the snow anymore, rather I notice when it’s absent!
I mentioned in my last update that me and some other brothers were going to begin filling the pulpit at the Baptist Fellowship of Randolph. I’ve preached there twice during the past month, and it’s been a joy to serve this New England congregation. This past Sunday, February 4th, as I was driving my 60 miles there through the snow in a warm car (see below), I couldn’t help but wonder at men like Jonathan Edwards, the catalyst of the First Great Awakening, who traveled all over Connecticut and Massachusetts during the 1700’s preaching the gospel and delivering the good news of Jesus! I pray that I might have that kind of stamina and drive for our Lord’s gospel message, and sacrifice for its delivery!
If you’d like to listen to my first sermon, An Overview of Luke’s Gospel, you can find it here. My second is not up online yet, but once it goes up I’ll add it to this post. Sometime soon I’m hoping to add a Sermon’s Page to the website!
Youth Ministry Update!
My ministry to the students here at our church has been going well. We just had a January event at Gonzo’s HD Sports where students could play basketball, golf, baseball, and other games on these giant simulators, or engage in Ping-Ping, Pool, or Shuffleboard tournaments. We had a good number of visitors and I just ask that you all continue to pray for these students, that they might come to faith in Jesus! One of our seniors shared a 10 minute testimony and offered a gospel call to his fellow students.
I also had another cool opportunity this past month. During the fall semester, Alex, a senior at a local high school, interned with our student ministry.
Alex didn’t grow up in the church, but came to faith last summer after finding a bible and reading it out of curiosity. If that doesn’t show you the sufficiency of God’s Word to save I don’t know what does! Well the Lord gripped his heart, and he found our church while looking for a place to be baptized. He is trying to discern a call to ministry and interning with us gave him the chance to explore that call.
In January, Alex gave a presentation of his internship in front of 30 of his peers, their families, and other local business owners and I was presented with a gift. He was handing out brochures he made about his internship and our church hoping to get an opportunity to evangelize. This month, February, Alex will be traveling with our church to minister to brothers and sisters in St. Croix who were impacted by Hurricane Maria.
Upcoming Mission Trip
This month our church is taking a mission trip to St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands where four churches in our network were devastated by Hurricane Maria. We are taking 31 students and 44 adults down for 10 days to help the churches get in a better position to minister to their communities and give them the gospel of Jesus.
On our mission trips, the days are devoted to work projects and some neighborhood canvasing. In the evenings we hold services for our group and invite members of the churches we are serving to join us. During the program, we have times of singing, sharing of testimonies, and the gospel preached. Our mission trips are just as much a mission to those we bring as they are to those we go to serve. On this trip, I’ll be serving our Senior Pastor as the Assistant Program Director, helping to organize the services and helping those giving testimonies to prepare them.
Please pray for our trip that many may come to faith!
We miss you all who are reading from back home and we deeply thank you for your support. We continue to be faithful to NETS guidance and the Lord’s leading as we prepare to plant a church and take the gospel to New England. It’s my prayer that your investment into our ministry will bear tremendous fruit for God’s Kingdom!
Colossians 1:24–29 (ESV) — 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
With all our love,