What Have We Been Up To?
August and September were our busiest months yet. We spoke locally early in August at the Oasis Vineyard in Tomball, Texas. We then spent over 2 weeks on the east coast as we were at Conshohocken Vineyard in Philadelphia, Vineyard of the Peninsula in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Harmony Vineyard in Ashland, Virginia. We finished out September at the Vineyard National Mission Leaders Meeting in New Braunfels, Texas. We also took time in between to celebrate my Mom's 80th birthday in Branson with my family.
The time in Philadelphia was very special as we ministered to the leaders of that church. Our friend, Rich Andrews, leads this church. There was a very sweet spirit as the Holy Spirit moved with encouragement and comfort. There were several prophetic words given that had a significant impact in the moment. One, in particular, Marie gave a line of the old song "You Make Me Move" to a couple. The couple said they were in the process of a physical move to another town and were very conflicted if it was the Lord or not. Marie's word settled it for them.
One of the perks of traveling so much is that we get to see places we've not seen. The host home we stayed in was less than 2 miles from Valley Forge park. Marie and I got to spend time there as well as spending the next afternoon seeing the Liberty Bell and touring Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It was a very enjoyable and moving experience.
Likewise, our next weekend was at a church near Williamsburg, Virginia. The Pastors, Don and Sue Freeman, live just a mile or so from Colonial Williamsburg and just a little bit further from the Jamestown settlement. We spent six days with Don and Sue as they kept us busy with ministry and consulting. Marie led a ladies' meeting on Saturday, we preached and ministered on Sunday, we met with the board and consulted on administrative and legal items Monday and Tuesday, and we led a Wednesday night Bible study. And we received a very special surprise when our dear friends from Arkansas,
Mike and Abigail Johnson, saw online that we were in Williamsburg and they themselves were there on vacation. They showed up at church Sunday and we were able to do some sightseeing together with them for the next couple of days.
The following weekend took us to Ashland, Virginia, just outside of Richmond. We went through our "Practical Five-fold" team material with their leaders on Saturday morning, a Holy Spirit night of ministry Saturday night, and a Sunday morning service. Pastor Jeff Fein and his team were very encouraging and happy to let us do whatever we thought the Spirit was doing. We saw several healings Saturday night with testimonies Sunday morning confirming.
We also spent a week in Branson with my Dad and Mom, Brother and Sister and their spouses, and my Aunt Ginger and her friend. We celebrated Mom's 80th birthday and Mom and Dad's 62nd anniversary as a family. Very special.
We just completed a week-long missions conference in New Braunfels, Texas. We then visited the San Antonio Vineyard Church on Sunday and were able to minister to the leaders after the service for a while. I love these spontaneous type moments. We've heard back from the Pastor about the positive impact some of our words had on the team there.
We still have a few trips on the calendar before the end of the year. Next week we head to Zimbabwe with our friend, Jim Taylor from the Pointe church in Brandon, MS. I went with Jim last year on what was one of the most impactful trips I've ever been on. This time Marie is joining us so I'm especially excited. Then in November, we have a Vineyard Regional Conference in Toledo, Ohio. We follow that meeting up by going to Indianapolis to minister at the Brownsburg Vineyard. Then Marie and I will be going to Bogota, Colombia on Thanksgiving weekend.
By my rough calculations, that will put Marie and I over 100,000 miles in the last 12 months. What an amazing ride. We are so privileged to get to do what we do. Thank you to all of you for your prayers, words, financial support, and encouragement.