This week has been a challenging, good week for us as we continue to learn the skills necessary to follow God's command to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Jesus had specific, practical ways to carry the gospel and one of those methods included searching for a 'person of peace' through which the message of salvation can be shared with an unreached people. All around the world God has prepared persons of peace that are ready to hear the story of Jesus. Perhaps you should look for your person of peace in your life path this week.
We have done a lot of studying in the book of Acts this week. We have analyzed all of the church planting done and tried to learn the strategies and methods that the Holy Spirit used to start churches in the New Testament. There are definite patterns that are used but they all start with PRAYER. Thank you to those who pray for us and our colleagues often.
Liesa's parents came to visit this week and we had a great visit with them. We introduced them to the world of missionaries here at the International Learning Center. We were thankful that they wanted to go out and eat a lot! We also had fun going to Colonial Williamsburg for a full day of exploring the early days of America.
This is a great way to punish your kids! All of you should try it!
We toured a house at Williamsburg where some of the founders of our country had meetings.
Here's Haylee and Papaw checking out the dining room...George Washington and Thomas Jefferson ate at this table.
Our schedule each Sunday Morning is to have bible study together with our team mates...which includes all of us headed to Peru. We meet together to model "House Church" which is foreign to most Americans but is a very important, biblical model of church that is rapidly expanding all over the world. Many of the churches, if not all, that we will be involved in planting in Peru (and hopefully Costa Rica) will begin as house churches.
Each Sunday evening we have worship that focuses on a region of the world. On November 18 we had 'Arabic' worship. Here's an interesting photo of Liesa, Haylee, and Nana getting ready for
We thank all of you for your kind letters and cards. Thanks to the kids at First Baptist Kosciusko for the wonderful cards and artwork! We loved that! We would ask that you continue to pray for the following...
---Donna, Laura, and Michael Atwood who have lost a husband and father in Tom Atwood. We have lost a dear friend and teacher. He's enjoying worshipping at the throne right now!
---Pray for Haylee and Jackson as they continue to grow and learn about and adjust to missionary life.
---Our minds are SO FULL from all of this stuff we're learning...pray that it doesn't leak out!
---Pray for the students at First Baptist Oxford as they adjust to changing leadership.
---We have a car for sale... 2004 Ford Taurus. Great Condition. 105,000 miles. $5800 or best offer. It will be available the end of December.