In mid-November, we pointed the trailer south and headed home for a few months with a new mission, to tell as many people as possible about the work God is doing in New England. We visited our friends, the Bibles, in Lynchburg, VA where Tait celebrated his 16th birthday. Then, we stopped to see Philip’s Uncle Sonny and spent a few days enjoying the beauty of the Cascade Mountains. Next, it was time to get back to Oklahoma.
Our first stop there was Cameron University in Lawton where we got to see Ransom for the first time in twelve weeks. He was doing great and loving school. He brought his roommate, Jake, over to the trailer to have dinner with us. While in Lawton, we met some wonderful people at Cameron Baptist Church where Ransom attends when he is at school. We immediately got to work on the charge that had been given to us by many pastors and friends in New England. We spoke to an adult Sunday School class and enjoyed telling them about our ministry partners up north. They were eager to hear their stories, and we were excited to tell about them. We asked them to pray specifically for our friends and ministry partners across New England and to partner with us in supporting them.
Then, we went home to Bethany, OK. We no longer have our house in Bethany, so we lived out of the trailer all winter and were so grateful to our friends, the Horsleys, who let us park on their property. We spoke to our home church at West Metro in Yukon, OK and visited with friends and ministry partners who were eager to hear what God had done while we were away. We had many days of sweet fellowship, and we told everyone who would listen about the people and churches we met in New England.
The next stop was Texas. We celebrated Thanksgiving with Philip’s parents in Plano, and got to visit with his brothers and our nephews. For Christmas, we went to Kim’s parents home in Rockwall and spent time with aunts, uncles, and cousins. Both visits were a wonderful break for us, and we loved sharing about our new life on the road with our families. Since Ransom was home from college for both holidays, it was an extra special time together.
Other holiday activities included Tait singing with his favorite ensemble. These five kids have been singing together for a long time, and their voices are unbelievable. Tait was so glad to get to join them again for an amazing accapella version of “Away in a Manger”. He also got his driver’s license and found a new level of freedom so he could hang out with his friends more during our months in the south.
Kambry spent time with her friends, too. They all plotted and made plans to hide in the trailer so they could come back to New England with her in the spring. Hopefully, they actually can come before too long. We can put them to work! She also enjoyed her time in Texas with her little cousin, Reagan.
The holidays were exciting for Ransom as well. Not only had it been a long time since he saw us, but he hadn’t had much chance to hang out with his high school crew for awhile. They all got together and had ‘Friendsgiving”. They came home from a bunch of different colleges to see each other between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. They are a special bunch of kids, and Kim taught all of them at some point in their high school career. Seeing where they are now and all the things they are accomplishing was exciting.
During the holiday months, ministry didn’t stop. We took every opportunity we could find to talk about missions. We spoke to the Women on Mission at Hunter’s Glenn Baptist Church in Plano, TX and enjoyed our luncheon with them. This happened to fall on Philip’s birthday, so they made him blow out a candle on his cupcake. That is the same day that he began talking to the North American Mission Board about doors that might be opening for him soon to expand the ministry in New England. Philip also preached an incredible Christmas sermon about Mary’s Magnificat. Kambry used her drama skills and read in Greek as part of the presentation. It was truly beautiful. We also visited churches in Stigler, OK and Blanchard, OK to speak about missions and to help them fill Operation Christmas Child boxes. We enjoyed meeting new people and pastors and forming new partnerships.
It was a wonderful holiday season, and we were thrilled to see our families and friends. We hope that our passion for God’s work in New England becomes infectious and that we are able to find more partners who will give, pray, and go.