We began presenting our field in churches in Ohio and Virginia during the month of January. We immediately recognized the difference in the weather but found it funny to hear people in Virginia express to us how cold they felt with the temperature in the 30's. It was a blessing to be at Faith Baptist Church in Fredericksburg for their Missions Conference with Dr. James Ray as the main speaker. Jon had the opportunity to share our field to the Adults on Wednesday, Preschool children on Thursday, 7-12th graders in the school on Friday, 1st-6th graders during the evening service on Friday, and preaching in the Hispanic Service on Sunday. It was a fun filled conference with God overwhelming us with blessings from His people. If you are ever looking for a family friendly church in that area, it can be found at Faith Baptist. We stepped out by "Faith" on this trip that God would provide lodging for our family and fill in the missing opportunities for meetings. It has been exciting to see God not only answer our prayers but exceed our expectations. As Paul states in Philippians 4:11 "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." God is revealing a time of fullness and allowing us to abound at this time in which we give thanks but Paul also was able to give thanks during the times of hunger and suffering.
God directed us to be with a host family during the conference who provided us with such understanding, compassion, and love that revealed their passion for God. Our children enjoyed the story of the three bears told by our host family (Ken & Clara Van Epps). We have heard of three churches who have taken us on for support in the last two weeks which puts us that much closer to our goal of 50% by the end of January. A week of housing in Florida was given to us which will allow Nisha and our children to have a place for lodging while Jon attends a conference in California.
While waiting for our next meeting here in Virginia it has begun to snow and will accumulate up to three and half inches which threatens all things to be shut down. We continue to do homeschooling with the children and work on our schedule for more meetings. Thank you for your prayers.