July was spent around home for us, but it was no less busy than the rest of the year! We spent many hours in Cokeville, beginning with Independence Day celebrations. While we didn't have any official "ministries" that day, we spent time just being there and getting to know more of the residents. We made a few contacts, and are hoping to continue building upon those initial conversations in the coming months!
More recently, we were able to have several good days of Vacation Bible School, along with a community lunch outreach in Cokeville. VBS gave us the opportunity to... (Read more)
Welcome to the beginning of sunshine and heat – that is, unless you live around 7000 feet, where we are still getting an occasional snow shower! On our last trip, as we went into and out of California on I-80 over Donner pass, we drove through snow; and while we were gone, Kemmerer got a few more snow showers. We sadly missed the snow in Kemmerer, but the Lord showered blessings on us through the meetings we had in Hollister and Sonoma, CA.
We were encouraged by the pastors and leaders of both churches, as well as the engaging and thoughtful interactions we had with... (Read more)
May is here and many miles have come, and many more are yet to come. It has been a very full spring already, starting with services for Easter in both Kemmerer and Cokeville, increased time ministering in Cokeville, and a whirlwind trip to MA for the funeral for Elizabeth’s grandfather. Thank you so much to all who sent sweet cards, helped us financially, and prayed specifically for us during that time. It was very helpful and much appreciated!
We left Kemmerer on Tuesday evening the 23rd and made it to Plymouth, MA, around midnight on the 25th – and we now know that... (Read more)
It has been over a month since our last update, but as some of you may have noticed via our Facebook updates, we have been on the road for a while doing deputation meetings. We had good meetings in Mentor, Ohio; Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Brevard, North Carolina. Additionally, we were able to participate in the missions conference at our home church, Faith Baptist Church in Reidville, South Carolina.
An added blessing was being able to see both of our families while we were back east, with James’ family meeting up at the Wilds and Elizabeth’s parents meeting us... (Read more)
This has already been a full year, and things are just getting started! Right after Christmas. James went to Kalispell, Montana, and had the opportunity to preach for the winter teen retreat at Lake Blaine Baptist Camp. Attendance was great, the fellowship was refreshing, and he made quite a few contacts with other pastors in the northwestern region of the country. Two weeks later, he was off to the Salt Lake area for Chaplain duty, then flying from there to Florida for the Arch Ministries fellowship meeting. We were blessed that the flights and lodging were covered by the... (Read more)
As we write this update, we hope all of you are having a blessed Christmas season. Reflecting upon this time, let us remember that Christ came to save sinners, to repair the gulf that separates man from God, to be Emmanuel.
In this vein, we spent a week in Cache County, Utah, meeting with people and gathering specifics on starting outreach ministries in the local communities. Thank you to all who prayed and gave financially towards that time! It was very profitable on many fronts. If you missed our video update on Facebook, find it
Over the last two weeks we had the opportunity to share our hearts for Cache County with 5 separate churches. The Lord opened the way for us to be part of a round-robin missions conference in south-central Utah, visiting 4 churches in as many days, as well as be with our friends the Sondergaards in Nyssa, OR, and meet up with a few other pastors regarding future meetings at their churches.
It was exhausting and joyful at the same time. We enjoyed many hours of fellowship and worship with each church family, and appreciated the generosity and hospitality offered in... (Read more)
We just returned from a wonderful few days in Marysvale, Utah, at the Northwest Baptist Missions Annual Conference. It was encouraging and refreshing to hear God's Word proclaimed by several different speakers, and spend time fellowshipping with other missionary pastors and Christian laborers from around the Western US.
During one of the sessions, the speaker mentioned Matthew 16:18, directing attention to the Lord who builds the church: "I will build my church.” This verse in particular... (Read more)
First things first: we know you all are wondering about our vehicle saga, and we have good news on that front! Our local body shop has graciously agreed to fix the critical damage for the same amount that our insurance company sent us, so we will be able to keep the van for a bit longer. We'll still need to do some further maintenance (brakes and tires - both exacerbated by the accident), but we are very grateful for your prayers and the way God provided in this instance!
However, we will be starting to look for a new-to-us vehicle, preferably one that can tow a... (Read more)
June has been a very full month for us! James completed his 2 weeks of annual training with the National Guard in the heat and humidity of central Iowa. While he was gone, Elizabeth worked diligently to help get things created and set up for VBS.
Once James got home from his training, we dove right in to helping with our week of Vacation Bible School! James led the opening, helped with the puppets, and herded the younger kids (ages 4-8) around. Elizabeth did the music and led the older kids (ages 9-12). We had about 20 kids attend this year, most of whom came from... (Read more)