Tuesday, July 31, 2007

In the OC (Orientation Camp that is)...

We've been at Orientation Camp (OC) for new missionaries at WGM Headquarters for three days now. We've had a blast so far meeting fellow new missionaries and the regional directors, and learning new things about WGM, ministry, and ourselves. Monday we took the DiSC personality profile and discovered more about our personalities, and today we took the CARE test to learn how we function in team situations. Josh spoke in the WGM Headquarters chapel today on Hebrews 3. Tomorrow Jennifer will particpate in chapel with her group.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Missionary Day

Today was missionary day at Hollow Rock, and we had a fun-filled, busy time. In the morning we were given the opportunity to share with nineteen 3 to 6 year olds about missions and Mexico and in the evening we were able to share in the main service. We were so blessed by our fellow Hollow Rock-ers this year as we received encouragement and support from them. The people of Hollow Rock and their passion for spreading the gospel through missions continues to impress and encourage us. Many thanks to Stu Smith and all the help he extended to us to make sure that we were able to be a part of the camp this year. We are very thankful to have been a part of what God did and is doing through Hollow Rock.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

4 Years of Marriage!

Today we celebrated our fourth aniversary. It's hard to believe four years have passed since we began our life together. We were able to get away and have some time by ourselves in Pittsburgh, and Jennifer introduced Josh to the amazing world of IKEA before we had supper at Bucca di Beppo (one of our favorite restaurants). May the next four years of our marriage be as enjoyable and exciting as the last four years.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Thanks, Finley UMC!

Yesterday we hit the road for Hollow Rock Camp Meeting, a trip Josh has been making almost every year of his life and our second as a married couple. We are very excited to have a full week of great preaching and seeing and making friends at camp. Today we were blessed to worship with the Finley UMC in Steubenville, Ohio, the home church of one of Josh's best college friends, Wes George. We really enjoyed worshipping with the congregation in the morning and hearing Wes' grandpa preach, and then sharing our calling with them in the evening. We also had a great time catching up with Wes over some tasty watermelon. Thank you, Finley UMC for your hospitality and interest in the work God is doing in Mexico.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

"Let [us] Eat Cake!"

Tonight we had a wonderful time meeting with friends and talking about our future role in what God is doing in Mexico while we ate some authentic and delicious Mexican desserts. One of the things we enjoy most about the process of gathering a support team is the opportunity to tell others about the great things God is doing in our lives, and then to see people whom we esteem so highly catch the vision and become excited about our future ministry is an immeasurable blessing and encouragement. We cannot put into words how touched we are by the love we have been shown by those who support us, and our gratitude could never be fully expressed.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Home Sweet Home

We had a busy weekend of support raising hosting a dessert presentation Saturday night and speaking at our home church, the Wilmore Free Methodist Church. We feel like we're starting to get some positive momentum with raising support and we feel like we're starting to get the hang of it. We are so thankful to have such an amazing home church with so many genuine people. Without the support of the WFMC we would sure have a hard time of fundraising. We love you all!!