June 6 – Westhaven Baptist Church (Portsmouth, VA) – On Wednesday June 6 we were invited to Westhaven Baptist Church in Portsmouth, where our friends Bruce and Traci Powers are ministers. Once we pulled in, the place brought back memories: We were there for worship on a Sunday a few years ago, and during that service we experienced a shift in our calling… a shift that eventually led us toward mission service. So we were excited to tell the folks at Westhaven that they had been a part of our calling!
After a great taco salad dinner, we spoke in their Wednesday evening gathering. They were very responsive and asked us some challenging questions – we really enjoyed our time there! Following the gathering we spent some time at Sweet Frog with Bruce and Traci and their kids – yum!
After our time in Portsmouth, we traveled to Williamsburg to spend a couple of days with our friends Matt & Michelle Norman, who were commissioned with us last June. They will be departing for Greece sometime this summer. They could use your prayers right now – they are waiting to hear back from the Greek consulate about their visas to live in the country. Pray for peace and productivity while they wait!
June 13 – Huguenot Road Baptist Church (Richmond, VA) – A couple of months ago a friend recommended we try to contact Huguenot Road Baptist in Richmond. We didn’t know what to expect, since we didn’t know anyone there very well. But we never could have guessed what God had in store!
After a meeting with Matthew Hensley, the Discipleship and Mission pastor at HRBC, we were invited to speak on Wednesday, June 13. We discovered at HRBC one of the most “missional” churches we’ve yet encountered! They are involved in several important hands-on partnerships, stretching from Richmond all around the world. To top it off, one of their members once served in Kosice with Campus Crusade… quite a “coincidence,” huh?
We planned on a younger group with our “scavenger hunt” mission activity that has been so well received elsewhere. That Wednesday evening we had a large group with many more adults than we’d expected! But we did the activity in the HRBC gym anyway… and had a great response! Several of the adults thanked us afterward for going on with the activity – many of them had never done anything like that before, and the interactive experience was eye-opening for them. We built some good relationships at HRBC, and we’re excited about continuing a partnership with them!