The last week has taken us from Jon’s hometown of Huntsville, Alabama to our most recent “stomping grounds” in Virginia. We’re still having a wonderful time catching up with friends old and new! Here are some of the places we’ve been in the last week…
University Baptist Church, Huntsville, Al. (Wednesday, August 19)
We have so many friends and partners at Jon’s home church in Huntsville that we were excited to have a Wednesday night event to share the story with so many of them. The evening began early, with a group that gathered to cook goulash and prepare for the dinner and presentation. At least 70 people came for the dinner and presentation, and we had such an uplifting time! Plus, Tanya now has some interesting new stories from some of Jon’s childhood and teenage years…
Franklin Baptist Church, Franklin, Va. (Sunday, August 23)
After a few good days with Jon’s parents in Huntsville, we made the long drive to Virginia, where we’ll spend the next few weeks. After stops for visits in Kings Mountain and Concord, NC, we arrived at Franklin. We shared in both worship services on Sunday morning, and got to spend time over lunch with some church leaders and mission team members who have come to us in the last couple of years. We’re blessed by our partnership with Franklin Baptist, and we had a wonderful time sharing worship with them!
Freemason Street Baptist Church, Norfolk, Va. (Sunday, August 23)
Sunday evening found us in Norfolk at the Freemason Street Baptist Church. There a group of area pastors had arranged an event, bringing several churches together for dinner and a time for us to share. After an excellent pork and cabbage Slovak-style dinner, we had an informal time of sharing and some really deep conversations. This was the first time we’d met many of these pastors and mission leaders, and we’re excited about making some new connections!
Courtland United Methodist Church, Courtland, Va. (Monday, August 24)
We’re based in Williamsburg, Va. for our several visits this week, and Monday evening we took the ferry back across the James River toward Courtland, Va. Our friends Andrew and Joy Book minister at the Courtland United Methodist Church, and they arranged for an intimate dessert gathering with some church members and other Methodists in the region – including a few who’ve made trips to minister among Roma in Hungary. We had an encouraging time and some really insightful conversations with some people who already knew a lot about the Roma.