Monday, August 18, 2014

Time with family and friends

We were thankful to be able to present our ministry in a new church and spend some time with Jon's brother Rory and his family. We were treated to some horseback riding in the fields of TN. 

 Jon was able to enjoy some time with his younger brother.
 We were able also to visit the camp ground where Jon's friend Gloria Ward has been working for over 25 years. What a delight to recall some great memories of when Jon's mom encouraged her while living in Michigan.

 We tend to find ways to make the best of traveling the long distances to report to our churches.
 We have received many compliments about our children and their involvement in our ministry. We are thankful for what God has been doing in and through our children's lives.

 Our children have over 20 cousins to play with while back in the States this furlough. We were thankful for some free time to go to the river together to have some family fun.

 No the rope swing didn't break even when Jon used it.
 Nathan was seeing if he could catch some of the water snakes that we found in the river.

Mission Board Enrichment Week

What a blessing to participate this year in the enrichment week at BIMI (Baptist International Missions Incorporated).  
 The week was filled with activities, preaching, and great fellowship. What a joy to see our children be able to be treated to bowling, white water rafting, six flags amusement park, national park picnic trip, and more that was all paid for by supporting churches and love gifts.

 The adults even had some fun with bowling until Brother Bob crossed the foul line, slipped on the wax, and hit the floor hard. We were all thankful to find out that nothing was broken and that he will heal in time.
 Nisha bowled one of her best games with a score of 141 which was shy of beating Jon with a 142 and enough to beat our oldest son Matthew with a score of 140.

 The Missionary Kids had devotionals and preaching sessions with a youth pastor from TN.

 What a blessing to be able to give a field report in some of our supporting churches in the area as well.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Father and Son church camping trip

Jon, his dad, and the boys were able to go camping with our sending church. It was fun going fishing, playing horseshoes, playing soccer and frisbee golf, skateboarding, cooking out, and working together. 
 Ray and Mike Smith fellowshipping around the fire pit.
 Matthew and Nathan playing soccer with their friends!

Family and Friends

July is Summer in the States but winter in PerĂº. We didn't want to allow the warm weather to go by without enjoying it with family and friends. 
 Our children currently fellowship and play with over 20 cousins.

 Jon's aunt becky brings back some great memories with her cooking (chocolate mud pie).

 Jon's sister Renee and her family in Indiana catch up on missed times.

 Jon's youth pastor Dan Fitzgerald in Indiana is still preaching to the youth.

Vacation Bible School at Faithway

We were allowed to be actively involved in the week of Vacation Bible School at our sending church (Faithway Baptist) in Michigan. Nisha helped with registration and as a class director. Jon was able to preach for each class each day. We have heard of at least three salvation decisions along with other counseling opportunities. 

 The VBS theme was "under the sea" and included puppets, crafts, games, snacks and much more.

 Becca and Katie were able to get involved in VBS one last year before being promoted to being a leader in the future years.

 Matthew enjoyed lending a hand with games and cheering on the teams.

 Nathan helped with Bible time skits and assemblies.