Thanks be to God!

These little pieces of plastic represent a lot of time, energy and money spent by quite a few people.  They also mean that we have our legal residence in Slovakia for another two years!  We're so grateful to God for the chance to be here, and for God's work on our behalf in lots of... Continue Reading →

Lessons Learned: Being Thankful

Another lesson we’ve learned has been vitally important to our spiritual and emotional health.  It involves being purposefully thankful, as often as possible. I won’t lie – living in another country and culture can be difficult sometimes.  And we have it relatively easy… not First World, for sure, but definitely not Third World either.  But... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Battles

We have been reminded this past week, with the visa difficulties we faced, that we are “fighting” a greater battle than we sometimes realize. Ephesians 6:10-12 – Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle... Continue Reading →

Blessings Abound!

Thanks to so many of you for your encouraging words in response to our visa situation.  After a few good nights' sleep and a lot of prayer and thought, we feel more confident than ever - but please keep praying!  Documents are being prepared and sent from the US, and our time is getting shorter... Continue Reading →

Two Prayers with One Phone Call

Since Jon is committed to leading worship each week at Kenbridge, Tanya has had opportunities to go to other churches and share about our ministry.  A couple of weeks ago, Tanya visited a nearby church on Sunday morning, and received a warm welcome.  She came home encouraged (and still full from a potluck lunch), and... Continue Reading →

Partnership Trip: Huntsville

Our final stop on the Partnership Trip was in Huntsville, Alabama - Jon's hometown.  We stayed with Jon's parents in their apartment in Redstone Village, a retirement community where they have lived for the last year.  While we were there we enjoyed some fun times with Mellina and Arvin (a.k.a. Grammy and Granddaddy) and with... Continue Reading →

Partnership Trip: Crosscreek

The second part of our stay in Birmingham was focused on our many friends at Crosscreek Baptist Church in Pelham.  Crosscreek is a special place for us - Jon began working there in 1999, right after college, as minister of music.  Crosscreek was our church family when we were married, and when we had Abigail.... Continue Reading →

Chance Encounters

We've had a couple of coincidental encounters in the last few weeks... coincidental in the "Only-God-Could-Do-This" kind of way. First, on Sunday 10/16 we were able to share our story at the Southside Baptist Association meeting, which was held at our church in Kenbridge that afternoon.  At that meeting, we got to see several friends... Continue Reading →

Visit: Farmville Baptist

This Sunday morning (Nov. 6) we were given the opportunity to speak at Farmville Baptist in Farmville, Virginia - about 45 minutes from our home in Kenbridge.  Some of you might be surprised to know that there is a REAL place named "Farmville" - it doesn't just exist on Facebook! We cannot say enough about... Continue Reading →

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