Our last week in the Adirondacks was busy. We visited with the folks at Independent Baptist Church right there in Indian Lake on Wednesday evening, celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary on the 31st, and spent many hours preparing for summer camp. Throughout our deputation travels we’ve had the opportunity to see many neat things, and that week we got to watch the Hartwig’s baby chicks hatch – they were so cute!!
On the 26th we were at Thurman Baptist Church in Warrensburg, New York presenting the ministry. The folks there were extremely friendly and asked many good questions. That morning they were observing communion, which was especially nice for us because we don’t often get to. Because we’re almost always on the road and churches don’t normally have missionaries in on the same day as communion, we really appreciated it. The church had a potluck lunch and an afternoon service, in which Pastor Nathan Herrman took salvation testimonies and favorites. The last service was especially meaningful because we had just celebrated communion and spent time thinking on the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf.
Brandon’s youngest brother got married on June 8th, so the Monday after our meeting in Warrensburg we hopped in our van and drove down to North Carolina, where we have spent the last two weeks. The time has been full of wedding preparations and family time, fellowship with our sending church and teammates, and niece and nephew time (ages 2 and 8 months – they are so adorable!!).
Leaving North Carolina on June 17th, we drove up to Shipshewana, Indiana for the IBFNA conference. There we enjoyed good fellowship with many pastors, missionaries, and faithful church members as well as good messages from God’s Word. Friday night we arrived home, just to head out again on Saturday for a meeting in New York City. Buddy Thomas, the pastor of one of our supporting churches, Bethel Bible Church, graciously hosted us for a couple nights so we could just drive into the city on Sunday. Bethel Bible was the second church we visited on full-time deputation and we’ve stayed with them several times, so they are near and dear to our hearts. You know a pastor’s family have servant’s hearts when they let you come and stay at their house the Saturday following a week of VBS and they have a church group of about 45 people coming in to minister at the church that same weekend!!
CityView Church in Astoria, Queens, NY was probably one of the most unusual meetings we’ve had, but oh so neat! CityView is a church plant, led by Pastors Rob Rodriguez, Max Pera, and Alex Morris. Most of the folks at the church are Brazilians, so we had a blast talking with them about Brazil and practicing our Portuguese on them. The entire day felt very Brazilian, from the church service to dinner at a Columbian restaurant (very loud, with everyone talking, and food being shared off people’s plates), dessert at a really neat shop, and everyone from the dinner group going down to a Brazilian grocery store with us (we wanted to stock up on coffee and Guarana). Please join us in prayer for CityView as they endeavor to reach inner-city Queens.