Friday, April 08, 2011

To The Praise Of His Glory

Our favorite girl Michelle Allen receiving her 5 yr. service pin.

Pastor David Uth and us. Our Lord's Supper

Delaney's VBS program. Learning some chords from J.D. Cope.

Our Two Oceans Cluster meeting was held from the 30th of March to the 4th of April in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the theme was "To The Praise Of His Glory" Ephesians 1:11-14. Our entire leadership team did a fantastic job with this conference, in challenging and encouraging all of us to live, work, and do everything to the praise of His glory. It is my belief that God has an incredible amount of amazing things in store for this part of the world, because of the awesome group of people that He has put together in the Two Oceans Cluster, starting at the very top. Our cluster leader Wade Coker, our associate cluster leader Matt Spann, and our team leader Michael Allen are an incredible group of motivated, Godly men who will do whatever it takes to reach the lost of our cluster for Christ, and it is a pleasure to serve with them.

We were blessed to have a volunteer team from First Baptist Church Orlando, Florida to come and conduct a VBS for our kids and conduct all of our worship services. They were led by their senior pastor David Uth, who also serves as an IMB trustee to Sub-Saharan Africa. My words cannot describe how wonderful it was to have this team with us. The love that they poured out on us was incredible, and the praise and worship times were truly a time of refreshing and blessing to us all. Attached are a few pictures of the team with us and our kids. I thank God for FBC Orlando, Pastor Uth, and all of my new brothers and sisters in Christ.

Part of the praise team warming up. Walker hanging out with the tech guys.

Mada boys playing cards at the airport. Having pizza with part of FBC Orlando.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Fire Drill ?

We just returned to Madagascar from our Two-Oceans Cluster meeting in Johannesburg, and it was an unbelievable blessing to be there with such a great group of people and a fantastic team from First Baptist Orlando. This story however is about a little event that took place on the way to South Africa. It all started with us going to the airport at 5:30a.m. We arrived with no problems, checked in with no problems, and passed through security with no problems. As we were waiting to board the plane, we found out the this would not be a direct flight, but would be stopping an hour away on the resort island of Nosy Be. We fly to Nosy Be and are informed that we had to get off of the plane, collect our luggage, recheck-in, go through immigration/customs/security again, and then re-board the same plane and sit in the same seats. Meanwhile, there were about 500 tourists at this tiny airport that were not very happy with us going in front of them, even though we were just passing through. After we got back on the plane, we realized that we had just accomplished the equivalent of what we will call an Air Madagascar fire drill.