It was so good to see our friends in New England and get back to work alongside them. Our spring schedule started with a conference at Symbol of Fire International Ministries where Kim had the privilege of speaking and spending the day with some wonderful ladies. It was an amazing time of prayer, worship, and learning together, and she hopes to be back soon to work with them some more. This ministry helps women grow in their walk with the Lord and challenges them to pray, especially for the lost all around them. They are on a mission to reach out to people of any language and any background. Such a beautiful picture of what we all should be seeking. It was the perfect way to get back to work in New England.
While Kim was in Worcester, Massachusetts with Symbol of Fire, Philip drove to Springfield to meet some pastors there. Bro. Ray, who has been an amazing mentor and great help in connecting us with pastors in the region, introduced him to several pastors there that we had not known previously. Philip will be in communication with them and plans to get to know them and their ministries better and see how we can aid them in their visions for their churches.
Over our first two weekends back in Massachusetts, we also got to greet friends that we met last summer and fall and see the amazing ways God has grown their ministries. We visited with Pastor David in Worcester, and Kim got to spend some time with his wife, Patience, at the conference. Worshiping with them is always inspiring, and their church is full of prayer warriors. They always make us feel like family when we arrive, and we love to discuss evangelism strategies with a church on the move to spread the gospel. That evening we worshiped in Framingham with Pastor Lierte and his church. The church is growing by leaps and bounds, and God is at work. We enjoyed seeing his wife, Anna, and other friends we have made there. Philip will be preaching there in May, and we are looking forward to that.
Our next stop was to meet new friends at a brand new church plant in Marlboro. Pastor Logan and his wife, Katie, have already been such a blessing to their community. People are coming to know the Lord, and their church is already growing. We are excited to work with them when we get back from Maine. Their church gathers on Saturday night, so we enjoyed their Easter service and then went to Putnam, Connecticut on Easter morning to visit our friend, Pastor Riley, and introduce ourselves to his wife, Kassie. They had an amazing service. They rented the school auditorium anticipating large crowds for Easter, and the place was almost full. It was a blessing to see how God is working there and using Riley and the people of Green Valley Crossing.
Before Easter, we took a “prayer drive” through Worcester and the surrounding areas. We found the churches and stopped to pray for the people and the pastors and for what God wanted to do there. It was a powerful, yet humbling, time for us as we lifted up these churches to the Lord. God is moving here. It is evident everywhere we look. However, the churches are still few and far between. There is much to be done, and we appreciate your prayers for us and for our friends as each one does his/her part.
Even though it was still quite cold outside, we received such a warm welcome back to Massachusetts. We met with several of our friends at the BCNE and gained direction on what needs are most pressing for the spring. We are committed to being here for the long haul and finding the best way to be of service and encouragement to those working the field here in New England. Kim got the chance to do a Facebook Live event with the church planters’ wives across Massachusetts and hopes to be of more help to them in the coming days.
We made a short trip to Rhode Island to meet two new pastors there and visit with Philip’s Aunt Gloria. Philip spent some time learning from church planters there about the needs that they see. We couldn’t help driving down to Newport to walk on the cliff walk overlooking the ocean. It started to snow while we were there, so that made it extra exciting.
For now, we are headed even further north. We are excited about seeing our friends in Maine and preaching, teaching, and encouraging there. Then, we will return to Massachusetts in anticipation of what God has in store next.