|Pastor Paul Madonna|
We journeyed to Michigan for a meeting this past Wednesday at The Covenant Baptist Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. This church has been led by Pastor Paul Madonna since 2000. He has been on the staff here at the church since 1975 working as an assistant to his father who was the founding pastor of the church. We enjoyed eating supper with the pastor at his house and having fellowship with him as well as another missionary family that was there. We had a get together to meet the church folks before the service and then had an opportunity to present our mission second that night in the service. Afterwards we got a chance to visit with many of the church members about Thailand and the great need there. It was a blessing!
|Pastor Doug Rogers|
On Thursday we ate lunch with Pastor Doug Rogers from Berean Baptist Church. We were staying with our good friend Brother Mike Cox who lives in the town of Adrian. While at lunch Pastor Rogers asked me to come and preach the school chapel the next morning. We love their church and had attended their missions conference last October. On Friday morning we went to school chapel and I preached a message from 2 Kings chapter 7. God seemed to bless the time and I think I was a help to the kids. Afterwards Brother Kevin Chase (Administrator) had us stand at the doorway and shake everyone's hands.
On Friday at lunch time Brother Cox and his wife had an old friend of mine over for lunch. Pastor Kelly Daniel who is the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church in Grasslake. Harvest Baptist Church is one of our partnering churches since before Pastor Daniel was there. In fact Thursday evening we ate dinner with Brother Bobby Toiler and his wife at Brother Cox's house. Brother Toiler is the previous pastor and was there when we attended their missions conference back in 2018. Pastor Daniel and I went to Bible college together and have been friends ever since. In fact we were both ordained at the same time on July 4, 2001. It was good getting to visit with him and see how the church is going.
|Pastor Kelly Daniel and my family|
On Saturday morning I went to Harvest Baptist Church in Grasslake, Michigan to go soul winning with their church. My wife and daughters had been invited to attend the Winter Wonderland Ladies Conference at Metro Baptist Church in Bellville, Michigan on Friday night and Saturday. So I went out door knocking for about an hour and half and I met many people while out. One teen boy trusted Christ as his Saviour and said he and his mom were looking for a church. I didn't get to meet mom, but Pastor Daniel will follow up with them. I met several others that were interested in coming to church sometime also.
Saturday evening we traveled to Central Lake, Michigan for our Sunday meeting with Bible Baptist Church there. This church is led by Pastor Russell Tharp who has been the pastor here 12 years. His son Matthew is his assistant pastor and together they are doing a great job reaching their area for Christ.
On Sunday morning I taught the adults in the auditorium. Then during the morning service I gave some testimony about the need in Thailand. There were some great special music by the choir and by the pastor's daughters. Pastor Tharp then preached a great message out of Luke chapter 7. In the evening there was a short piano recital by some of the kids. Then I was able to present my mission in the evening service and preach the evening message. The folks seemed to enjoy it and hearts seem stirred. The pastor also announced that the church has decided to partner with us. This is a tremendous blessing. On Monday we will be heading to Ohio for a meeting.
|Pastor Russell Tharp|
|Teaching Sunday School|