Saturday, July 22, 2017

T Minus Four Weeks

Hello from Cebu! It's officially the rainy season, which we warmly welcomed by riding through puddles and downpours on our bikes :) 

On Tuesday we channeled our inner JFB tech ministry skills to Skype someone in for the bible study. She used to attend pretty regularly but recently moved to Dubai and said she's really missed the community. Well, even though the internet didn't hold out for video the whole time, she still got to listen and participate.

We also picked up 700 copies of WOTS, a special edition featuring SLM and promoting Thursday's recruitment gathering. We will spend all of next week passing them out to 11 different universities. Please pray that we would meet the right students, get into some meaningful conversations, and for our health/safety!

We've also heard back from two schools that want us to come in and teach the science creationism curriculum. So, we will plan to start visiting schools in the beginning of August.

Thanks for your prayers.... Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Week In Review...

We started our week off making Mongo Bean Soup with Malunggay for the WOTS Gathering Sunday Evening. We had dinner and Brittany reviewed Issue 71 with the writers that were able to attend.  
The Tuesday Night B.S. at Bo's Capital allows us to have an area to meet but also keep the doors open just a bit in case those sitting near by want to listen in.  We are continuing to read through Multiply.  Laura finished up Part II this week and if all goes as planned we will finish Part III before returning to America. 

Thanks for your continued prayers!  

--Laura & Brittany

Monday, July 10, 2017

Domestic Mission NOLA: Where does the time go??

Today marked our last day of work at Suburban Baptist Church.  It went by far too fast and we wish we could stay longer.  By God's grace we were able to get a lot of work done on the church during our short time here and we are now going to hand the baton off to the next team coming to help out next week; there is still much work to be done.  It's amazing to see how much a team of people on mission together can accomplish. 

We visited a local park to grill out in the evening. In true New Orleans fashion, it was raining when we arrived and sunny a few  minutes later. It was an extra blessing tonight to have Mike (who is the general contractor for the Baptist Association) join us for supper. He told us more about his ministry and the mission he is on. While we are looking forward to being reunited with our church families in Menomonie and Duluth, we will miss the people we have met and worked alongside here. Thank you for your prayers and support back at home, we will see you soon!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Domestic Mission NOLA: God is Good


God is Good! 

Today was a huge blessing. Not only did we get to sleep in, and have a day to see more of this beautiful area, but we were able to have church with the people that we have been working on the church for!! We were able to worship with them and listen to Pastor Jeff preach and hear some of how the people of this area have been watching us and been blessed by our work here. It was really cool to hear the stories they shared about conversations they were able to have with people about their church being rebuilt. The service wrapped up with Pastor Jeff asking all the married couples to come to the front to pray with the couples that were married and getting married in their congregation. 

After church we all went out to the Laura Plantation and got to see all of the history surrounding it. During the tour we were taught about the differences in how American homes were designed and how Creole homes were designed, and told stories about the families that lived here for generations. When we were done touring the plantation we took a highway back "home" over the bayou swamps and we started getting real silly after being in the car for that long! We ended the day with a trip to Waffle House for dinner before everyone went back to their rooms to gear up for the last workday tomorrow. Thanks for all your prayers! And know that we are praying for all ya'll too!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Domestic Mission NOLA: Them Racoons 'er Right Above Us!!

Them Racoons 'er Right Above Us!!

Today proved to be the
hardest work day yet. The intense heat and strenuous projects we've endured over the last five days are definitely taking their toll on us mentally and physically. We continued with the mudding and taping of drywall, filled sand to level out a foundation for an upcoming cement walkway, installed doors, painted an exterior wall, scraped paint and mud off of the floors, and tested to see if our generator could power our newly installed electrical work. The more we struggle to complete tasks, the more opportunities we have to seek God's guidance and strength. When we're tired and need motivation, He comes through by way of prayer, our devotionals, and each other to keep us moving forward.

Later in the evening we were able to grill out in City Park which was filled with amusement rides, a train, thousands of live oak trees that are 600-800 years old, and lots of raccoons. Four raccoons in particular provided comic relief as they climbed from branch to branch high above our heads and peeked out of hollow holes in the trees. They appreciated the hot dog buns we left as a parting gift. 

Thank you all for praying for us! We have a few days left so please pray we finish well.