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Two Church Farewells In One Day

Our family spent Sunday visiting two of our supporting churches and saying farewell to lots of friends.

In the morning we attended Covenant Community Church of Scottsdale. Pastor Barnes preached a wonderful message following a half-dozen baptisms. It was a very emotional service and it was a joy to say goodbye to many friends and supporters. We look forward to seeing the team from CovCom this summer in Honduras.

In the evening we made the 5-hour round trip to Tucson to worship with Rincon Mountain. We heard another great message and received communion. There are so many great people at this church and we also look forward to seeing a team from Rincon down in Honduras this summer. After service we enjoyed a great meal with the missions chair and his wife, and the leader of the short-term team and his wife.

We said so many emotional goodbyes in one day but that simply affirms that we have made so many new friends in recent months.

A Good Day With A Great Church

On Sunday we were fortunate enough to spend most of Sunday with members of Phoenix United Reformed Church. This church has been a strong supporter from the beginning. In addition to felling loved by the congregation we have many friends.

In the morning we worshiped with the congregation for the last time before we head back to Honduras. During the service they prayed for our ministry and us. After service we all attended Sunday school. Madison attended a teen class taught by the Pastor and Erin and Mike attended an adult class on marriage.

In the evening Mike and Madison attended the high school youth group where we shared about Honduras and fielded lots of great questions.

Thanks PURC for being so good to us and for being such active members of our team.

Preaching And Mission Meeting

Sunday our family had a wonderful opportunity to glorify God and share how Christ is working in Honduras.

Mike preaching at Desert PalmsIn the morning we attended Sunday school and worship service at Desert Palms Presbyterian Church in Chandler, AZ. Mike was given the opportunity to preach and did a fine job. When the service was over the church hosted a lunch where we shared about Honduras with numerous families.

Mike talking to the mission team from Covenant CommunityIn the evening Mike and Madison went to Covenant Community Church in Scottsdale. Madison attended the high school youth group and Mike met with the group who will be traveling to Honduras this summer for a short-term mission trip. Mike explained what their trip will look like and answered many questions.

Only three more weeks before we drive back to Honduras.

It Was Like Watching A Train Wreck And I Couldn’t Turn Away

On Sunday we attended church, shared about Honduras and had lunch with some great folks at Rincon Mountain Presbyterian in Tucson. Tucson is about 2 ½ hours from where we are temporarily living in Phoenix.

After church Dave, a Christian mechanic, swapped vehicles with us so he could take a week to do some work on our Honduran truck…for free…score 1 for Dave.

Our family was headed back to Phoenix in Dave’s loaner car when his vehicle gasped, wheezed, shuttered and broke down. There we were 1 ½ hours outside of Tucson, an hour from Phoenix, sitting in the center divide, in the desert, with a dead car.

Dave's car...deadMike called Dave, “Hi uh, Dave, yeah, I killed your car.” After a little thinking and praying Dave called us back and said, “Ok, I’m gonna jump in my RV and drive to where you are. We’ll tow the car into Phoenix and I’ll get you home.”…really?…score 1 for Dave.

So, there our little family sat in the hot sun, on a busy freeway, between four lanes of dangerous traffic. A county sheriff pulled over to check on us. While the cop and Mike were talking we other dead carheard, “screech, screech, spin, crash”. We all looked up to see that as a car was driving past its tire blew, it skidded out of control and came to an abrupt stop in the center divide with a broken axle about a hundred feet from us…ok…that was weird.

Three hours later Dave showed up in his RV. The sun had set and it was pitch dark. Dave raced to hook the car up to the RV in the dark alongside a dangerous freeway. All was set and off we went…Dave, our hero…score 1 for Dave.

Immediately after pulling onto the freeway cars began passing us, honking, and flashing their lights. Dave said in his typical calm tone as he looked in the side mirror, “Wow, there’s lots of sparks and nice tiresmoke flying back there.” We pulled to the side of the road and saw that the tire on the car was flat. It appeared that we left the emergency break on the car, which popped the tire and ground the steel wheel down several inches.

We changed the tire, hopped on the freeway and Dave got us back to Phoenix an hour later. At 9:30pm we pulled into our neighborhood. Dave exclaimed, “You guys look like you need dinner. Let me buy you something to eat.”…really Dave?…we just killed your car…score 1 for Dave.

Dave spent the night at our home and in the morning said, “Well, you guys need a car, so I’m going to get you a rental car until I fix your truck.”…really Dave?…you’re fixing our truck for free, we killed your car, you drove us home, bought us dinner and our reward is a free rental car…score 1 for Dave.

So, in the midst of one of our cruddiest days in a long time God sent His angle. It appears God is out of the fat little angels with harps and wings and He has now resorted to using 50 year old, longhaired mechanics from Tucson as angels…score 1 for God.

Praise God. And, thank you Dave!

Great Mission Conference In Scottsdale

Saturday and Sunday our family attended a great mission conference put on by Covenant Community Church in Scottsdale, AZ. This was the third year in a row that Mike attended CovCom’s mission conference. The keynote speak was well-known author and seminary professor Dr. Michael A. Milton.

Mike addressing the group at CovComOur family delivered three mission presentations about our work in Honduras. Each presentation was well attended and had lots of input and questions from the audience. In the first two presentations our topic was about the direction of our ministry. The topic for our final presentation was for us to describe our call to the mission field.

There were over 100 attendees at the conference. We hosted an information booth, passed out packets and gained two dozen new prayer partners. We were afforded the opportunity to intimately share our ministry with dozens of Great Commission minded people.