As most of you know, the last 4 years we have been full-time missionaries currently serving at the TX-Mexico border. My husband's current ministry job is Student Minister for a small Baptist church where he coordinates everything for K-12th grade students plus handles mission work and outreach in our local area. So needless to say, being a Student Minister, means summer is very busy for us!
The first week of July we took our 6th-12th grade students to Youth Camp. Then the next week we were in charge of Vacation Bible School (VBS) so we spent all week decorating rooms and preparing for VBS. The 3rd week of July we hosted VBS at our church and had about 75 kids attend. We took a missions offering each night and the kids raised $434 to help a missionary family in Puebla, Mexico! Then the last week of July we took our 3rd-5th grade students to Kids Camp. We came home from Kids Camp on Thursday, our youth students led worship that following Sunday morning (which meant set-up and practice during the weekend), and then our family left for a month to start our deputation/support raising for Honduras. For those who don't know, we have recently been appointed as full-time missionaries to Honduras and you can read all about that here.
We have been in Alabama since August 2 doing support raising. The Lord has blessed us to be able to share with several churches about our calling to Honduras while we are here and David even had the chance to preach about missions at a church too.
There's a pretty neat story about him being given the opportunity to preach too. He was invited to preach at New Hope Baptist Church in Lawrence County, AL. After he accepted the invitation, my grandmother told us that New Hope Baptist was the first church my Papa Travis (who was a Southern Baptist preacher for 40+ years) pastored after he was ordained. The night David preached was also the first time David has preached in a church in Alabama since he was ordained. So he not only got to preach in the same pulpit my grandfather had but they both preached their first sermons after ordination in this pulpit.
Of course, we have also enjoyed being back "home" seeing our families and friends too. It had been one year since we had been back in Alabama so being able to be here for a month has been a true joy. We are leaving this weekend headed to Arkansas. David has to attend a 2-day conference there and the kids and I will be exploring the area of Rogers/Bentonville while he is in classes each day. We have compiled a small list of free places we want to visit and things we want to see. We will get back to the TX-Mexico border next Friday and are looking forward to being back and jumping back into our ministries and work there too.
I have also been blessed with several opportunities lately to try some new products, I've been reading some great books, and I will be sharing about some of the places we visit in Rogers/Bentonville, Arkansas too so keep checking back for more regular updates and upcoming giveaways too!