After leaving Rhode Island, we spent the rest of the fall months traveling the rest of New England. We met pastors and church members in all six New England states. Philip had the honor at speaking in many of the churches, and along the way we learned much more about doing ministry in this beautiful place. We met the people of Sheepscot Valley Baptist Church in Whitefield, Maine and preached there one Sunday. They are searching for a pastor, and we are praying with them that God will send the right man for this job. We visited our friends at New Covenant Baptist Church in North Berwick, Maine and had a chance to meet with their adult Bible study group on Friday and preach on Sunday. This is a church on the move. They are reaching out to their community and seeking ways to engage those around them. We also got a chance to meet new people in New Hampshire and tour some of that beautiful state for the first time.
Next, we headed to Massachusetts. We enjoyed our time parked outside the Luther Rice Lodge near the Baptist Convention of New England. Philip got to spend more time with the leaders of the convention, some truly inspiring individuals with a heart for God and a passion to see His Word spread in New England. We met with pastors in Northborough, Worcester, Marshfield, and Framingham, and attended a meeting of the Massachusetts Baptist Association where we met pastors from all over the state. We also met Maggie at the Angel Network in Worcester and are excited about working with her in the spring.
The drive from Massachusetts up into Vermont at the end of October was by far the most beautiful drive we have ever taken. The fall colors were breath-taking, and the people we met there were wonderful. We met with the pastor of Capstone Baptist Church in Bennington as well as leaders at the brand new Northeastern Baptist College. It was exciting to talk about training young ministers and getting them ready to plant churches and fill the needs that we see across the area.
The fall trip made quite an impact on our hearts. When we headed south again in November, we left part of us there. Praying for the churches and pastors in this area become an even bigger priority for us. We also committed to staying in touch with the pastors we have already met and finding open doors to meet more of them and learn how we can assist them in their ministry. We are anxious to return soon, but in the meantime we were determined to go to as many churches in Oklahoma and Texas as possible to spread the word about the amazing work being done for Christ in New England. We want to let people know that their help is needed. Partnerships need to be formed. Pastors need people from all over the country supporting them, loving them, praying for them, and participating in the ministry they are doing. And so, New England, until we see you again in the spring, please know that you are the priority God has placed on our hearts. We don’t know exactly what the future will look like, but we know that God has sent us your way and made it abundantly clear that ministering alongside you is to be our priority. Please join us in prayer for New England!