The months of April and May have flown by as we further explored the ministry God has put before us. Watching the beauty of New England as it transformed from a blanket of white snow to beautiful colors and full trees has been quite an experience. God just keeps opening doors for us here. We have been privileged to work alongside more than thirty pastors in these six states, and we have begun deepening relationships and partnerships with many of them. No one can do it alone, and partnering is a vital part of success in New England. We cherish the friendships we are developing, and we stand in awe of what God is doing as more churches are growing, some are being restored to life, and others are being planted in areas where they are sorely needed. Revival is coming. In many ways, it is already here, and we are blessed to be a small part of it.
During the last two months, we have been busy. We conducted several conferences in Maine and Massachusetts. Philip preached for churches that are currently without pastors in Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Tait, who has been teaching himself to play the guitar over the last nine months, has begun to perform in the churches and use his talent for worship. We visited churches in Vermont and Massachusetts and preached for pastors who needed to be gone for a Sunday.
In between Sundays, we met with pastors, mission directors, church planting catalyst, and church leaders across Rhode Island, New Hamshire, Vermont, and Connecticut as well as people in Massachusetts where we are currently parked doing God’s work and waiting for Him to tell us our next move. Each meeting brought hope in what God is doing here. Challenges were shared. Needs were expressed. Prayers were said. For those of you following our ministry, please know that your support means the world to us and to the people we meet along the way. They need your prayers. They want you to visit. Come let us show you the beautiful place we have fallen in love with, and let us show you what God is doing here and how you can be a part of it.
To us, missions means more than sermons, seminars, and meetings. We try to put feet to faith each day. Sometimes it means chopping and hauling wood, digging trenches, helping pastors move items that will raise money for their church, sitting down to plan evangelistic events with churches, and visiting people. We have also been coordinating teams from the south to come up and help with VBS, do some prayer walking, and assist with construction projects. Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of those projects, too. We host cookouts for friends and ministry partners and enjoy sweet fellowship with those who were called to New England from all over the world.
Every Tuesday night, we drive to Framingham, Massachusetts to teach four ESL classes to adults who have come to America from Brazil. Over 80 students have been part of the program so far, many of whom are discovering church for the first time. God is working in the hearts of people as we work with this church and their amazing pastor to show them God’s love in ways that impact their lives. Kim is writing her own curriculum for teaching ESL in the church and plans to share it with many more churches that can use it to minister to the people of their communities. We want to “become all things to all men that through all means some might be saved”. Yep, Philip has even become a Red Sox fan. It’s that serious!
In mid-May, Ransom arrived from Oklahoma after completing his first year of college. He drove our car up here, and came with his friends, Jacob and Josiah, and their mom, Debbie. We got to play host to our first team from home as we took them to tour historic Boston and then to see beautiful Newport, Rhode Island. While they were here, they also worked at the Luther Rice Lodge in Northborough, Massachusetts and accompanied us on a prayer drive to pray for the churches and pastors in this area. In late June, we will welcome a team from Hilltop Baptist Church in Shawnee, OK who will be meeting us in North Berwick, Maine to help with an all-day Kids Camp for our friends at New Covenant. Later in July, another team from Bethany, OK will meet us in Boston to help with evangelistic events at several churches. Please be in prayer for these teams, and think about joining us here soon to see how you can help.
While God is certainly at work and confirms to us more each day that we are where he wants us to be, it has also been difficult sometimes. Kim had emergency surgery at the beginning of May. That is never fun when you are away from doctors and hospitals that are familiar. God took good care of us through it, though. Our new friends here in Massachusetts were amazing during this time. Only a week after the surgery, we broke an axle on the trailer and had to order a part that didn’t come in for a week. The frustration was unbelievable, especially because it kept us from some ministry we needed to be doing, but God knows best. Again, we had wonderful friends here who stood by us and helped. We are also still in need of churches willing to help sponsor us on the mission field and give monthly to our ministry. It is expensive to live in New England, and it is our desire not only to fund our ministry but to be able to give freely to so many pastors and churches up here who need help. Please pray about being part of this with us.
We also ask for your prayers in the days to come as we make some big decisions. We are more convinced than ever that God is calling us to New England full time. Philip plans to take a church to pastor soon. We are seeking God’s guidance in this and believe that He is opening some very exciting doors. It is important that we follow where God is leading and find the right place to pour our hearts and our ministry efforts. It’s also important that we find a place willing to be part of the ministry of partnering with other churches and seeing the gospel spread across New England. Special thanks to West Metro Community Church in Yukon, OK and First Baptist Church of Fitzhugh, OK for supporting us in offerings and prayers. Thank you to the many individuals who give monthly to further the gospel here in New England. Thank you all for praying for us. Thank you for liking, commenting, and sharing our Facebook and Instagram posts. Hearing from you is such a blessing each day. God bless!