After a week of actual vacation in Virginia Beach, we resumed our schedule with a busy week from September 12-18. We sent Abigail and Kaitlyn back to Louisville on Saturday morning to stay with Tanya’s parents, since this week would be completely filled with driving, meetings and presentations. It was a full but rewarding week, as we got to make some new connections and catch up with many people we haven’t seen in 2-3 years. Sadly, as the summer has gone on we haven’t been so good about taking pictures… some of the photos below are stock photos and don’t really represent our experiences well.
Our summer travel is coming to a close, with only a few visits left in the Louisville area – we’ll share briefly at Broadway Baptist tonight (9/23), worship at St. Matthews Baptist on Sunday morning 9/27, and share with a couple of smaller groups in the meantime.
Broadus Memorial Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. (Sat. Sept. 12)
Broadus is a new connection for us, and we were really excited to meet some new friends for a dinner and presentation on a Saturday evening. We enjoyed some delicious food, but even more we enjoyed hearing about Broadus’ unique history and fellowship. We look forward to more connection with them in the future, and are praying with them in a time of transition.
University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. (Sun. Sept. 13, AM)
On Sunday morning we shared at University Baptist where our friends Michael and Beth Cheuk minister. In the past we’ve spent some “virtual” time with folks at University (via Skype), so we were excited to meet our friends there face-to-face. First we shared with the combined Sunday School classes, then Michael led us through a creative “sermonic conversation” around James 3:1-12 and the power of words.
RISE Church, Harrisonburg, Va. (Sun. Sept. 13, PM)
On Sunday afternoon we drove to Harrisonburg to visit our friends at RISE church – a unique fellowship that is completely devoted to serving the needs of their community. They currently worship Sunday mornings at a local theater, but we met at the RISE house near the JMU campus, where RISE has several innovative service projects with local residents and schools. We really enjoyed learning about all they do, and are inspired by RISE and their mission to serve others!
White Stone Baptist Church, White Stone, Va. (Mon. Sept. 14)
After a Monday lunch meeting with some Charlottesville-area ministers, we drove over to the Northern Neck region of Virginia where we’d been invited to speak at the White Stone Baptist Church. We enjoyed a delicious dinner with our new friends at WSBC and enjoyed meeting pastor Jeff Shanaberger. WSBC is already active in missions in various ways, so they had plenty of insightful comments and questions!
BTSR Convocation, Richmond, Va. (Tue. Sept. 15)
On Tuesday morning we were honored to speak at the 25th opening convocation for the Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond (BTSR), where Tanya is still enrolled as an MDiv student. It was a different kind of event than we’ve been doing this summer, and we enjoyed preparing and telling stories in a different way! It was a true honor for us to be invited to speak at this event, and we’re grateful to several professors and staff who made it possible.
Central Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. (Wed. Sept. 16)
Wednesday evening found us at Central Baptist in Richmond, where we’ve had several connections in the past – including pastor David Turner, who visited us on a team in spring 2014. We have lots of good friends at Central, and we enjoyed the evening meal catching up with some of them. Central is active in meeting needs in their community in various ways, and we enjoyed learning about their church family through our conversations!
Heritage Baptist Church, Farmville, Va. (Thu. Sept. 17)
Thursday found us back in Southside Virginia, for a lunch meeting sponsored by the Heritage Baptist WMU. The WMU and the Friendship Sunday School class at the church have partnered with us in the past, and it was a joy to see so many of them again! We also got to see a few friends from around the Southside Association, fellow ministers from our years in Kenbridge. Our time at Heritage was encouraging – we’re so grateful to the ladies that made it possible for us to share!
CBF Virginia General Assembly, Mechanicsville Baptist Church (Fri. Sept. 18)
The end of the week found us in eastern Richmond for the annual gathering of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia. CBF VA partnered with us in 2014 and sent us a team, and we still have so many friends there from our years in Virginia. We didn’t have to make a presentation – simply being there among so many friends was a joy, and it also gave us a chance to quickly reconnect with folks we’ve visited with this summer. We’re praying with CBF VA as they begin a search for a new coordinator.