Our Florida Trip

Hello friends and family!

It seems like it has been forever since our last weekly update. We returned from Florida on this past Friday. While we were in Florida, we had a wonderful trip speaking with pastors, small groups, and individuals.

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We started off our trip with a stop in Jacksonville, Florida. We enjoyed some time at the beach as the Dr. recommended the salt air for my sinuses (Hannah). Thanks for all who have been praying for my recovery since my surgery. I’m doing much better. I have my post op appointment this Friday, July 31st, for her to check my sinuses.

We enjoyed some time at the beach!

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   We also enjoyed seeing Josh and Abby Evans in Jacksonville, FL for a breakfast at Cracker Barrel. What a blessing and encouragement this young couple is to us! 🙂

On to Fort Lauderdale, Florida! 

We had multiple opportunities to share with individuals/families, pastors, and small groups throughout our time in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

David’s parents have a Spanish Bible study in their home every Tuesday evening. A few of the people attending right now are very close to accepting Jesus.  David’s parents have a gift for evangelism! Pray for those individuals to come to know Christ. We were able to share our testimonies and passion for Honduras both Tuesdays we were there. We were also able to encourage the believers in this group. 🙂

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We were also given an opportunity to speak to the Salt Life Youth on a Friday night. This is the youth group from Peters Road Baptist Church.

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These teenagers/young adults had such a passion and fire for our Lord. David and I could feel the Holy Spirit working through that place. It was amazing! A lot of these young people showed an interest in coming to Honduras on a missions team in the future. 🙂

We were also given an opportunity to share at a Homeschool group. I’m sorry we didn’t get a picture of this group. This group prayed over us and encouraged us. It was a group of Homeschool parents/grandparents and their children. (About 30 in all) We loved sharing with them! We are hoping a lot of them will come to Honduras in the future.

Family Time

We were so thankful to be able to spend some time with David’s family while we were there. They are such a blessing to us! We love them dearly.

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While there, we received numerous love offerings that are going towards our outgoing expenses for Honduras/deputation expenses. We are so grateful for God providing for us! We also have several new monthly supporters that have given and/or pledged to give. We also received another church supporter while we were on our trip. God is so good!

We are currently at 44.3% (and climbing) of our monthly support! Our goal is to be at 50% by July 31st. We know God is able! Pray to see if God is calling you and your family to support us monthly. 

Our Upcoming Speaking Schedule

(Subject to Change)

Wednesday, July 29th- Iotla Baptist Church in Franklin, NC

Sunday, August 2nd- Double Springs Baptist Church in Shelby, NC

Sunday, August 9th- We will be in Winston-Salem, NC- We were suppose to be speaking at Union Grove Baptist Church, but it was rescheduled for October 11th. 

** We will be in the Winston-Salem area August 8th-12th. Let us know if you’d like to see us. Our schedule is getting full. **

Sunday, August 16th- Drury Dobbins Baptist Church in Ellenboro, NC

Sunday, August 23rd- Ivanhoe Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC

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Thank you for your continued prayer and financial support! We love all of you!

4th of July

We had a wonderful trip to Georgia this past week. We were able to stay there Wednesday, July 1st through Monday, July 6th. We have some wonderful friends who let us stay in their beautiful home while they were away on a missions trip to Peru. Their home is in the mountains and so peaceful. We were able to get some rest and do some support raising at the same time!  Perfect for me as I prepare to have sinus surgery on July 7th. 🙂

On Thursday, we were able to meet with Pastor David Bogran, the pastor of New Horizon Church (Spanish Church of First Baptist Woodstock). We were scheduled to speak at his church on Sunday. We enjoyed sharing our presentation with him personally and seeing him catch our vision. Pastor David and his wife were missionaries to Honduras for 15 years! They have a heart for Honduras, which thrills our hearts. 🙂 We enjoyed sharing with their church family on Sunday afternoon. Several of the members in this church are from Honduras and were excited that we will be going there full-time. I (Hannah) was even able to practice my Spanish skills at our display table. Trying to speak in my broken Spanish has encouraged and excited me as we continue to prepare for Honduras.

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Pastor David and his wife after the service on Sunday

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We are so thankful for the audio visual teams at every church. A lot of times these men and women go unnoticed for their hard work each week. They are always so helpful as they download and get our presentations ready. 

On Saturday, we were able to spend some time with Pastor Harrison and Candy Bradley. He is the pastor of one of our supporting churches in Blairsville, GA- New Union Baptist Church. We love this church family and how they have taken us under their wing. We were also able to update their church family on Sunday night on our progress with support raising.

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We enjoyed playing with the sparklers before the fireworks show!

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Pastor Harrison’s son, James and his girlfriend, Casey, enjoying the sparklers too!

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Pastor Harrison and Candy- What a blessing this couple is to us! 

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And who doesn’t enjoy a snow cone? 🙂

Sunday of course was a busy, but exciting day! We enjoyed sharing at New Horizon and New Union. David and I even laugh at how fast we can put up our display table now. It has become a quick routine! 🙂

Looking Ahead…

July 13th-July 27th– We leave for Florida! David’s family lives in Fort Lauderdale. We plan on meeting with individuals, pastors, and speaking at churches in the area. We will be there for about 2 weeks! We would appreciate your prayers!

August 2nd– Church in Shelby

August 9th– Union Grove Baptist Church in Lexington, NC (Hannah’s home church she grew up in)

August 16th– Drury Dobbins Baptist Church in Ellenboro, NC

August 23rd– Ivanhoe Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC

We are excited at how God is working! Praise the Lord we are currently at 38.4 % of our needed monthly support! God is continuing to raise that percentage, and we are humbled by that. Thank you to all of our supporters!! We love and appreciate all of you! 🙂

David and Hannah

The Big Picture

Sometimes I would like to see the big picture. The WHOLE picture. From start to end.

But then I realize that God is protecting me from something I can’t handle. Can you imagine if we could see our whole lives right before our eyes? The joys, heartbreaks, ups, and downs that are waiting for us… Scary.

There is one piece to our puzzle that I am thankful we had to wait on. The mission field. For the last 10 years, David and I have both been preparing and training to go overseas. We’ve had our share of ups and downs. Among that list are: Paying off our students loans, David getting more experience as a pilot/mechanic, choosing the “right” mission organization for us, and the list could go on. And for that we are thankful. I am thankful for God’s timing as it is always best.

What about in other areas of my life or even your life? Are we patient? Do we try to rush ahead to see what the future holds? Or do we simply wait on the Lord’s timing? His perfect timing. 10 years ago or even 5 years ago we wouldn’t have been prepared to go to Honduras. God made us wait, because it was best for us.

So friend, I am here to encourage you to wait. Whatever season you’re in. Whatever you’re waiting for, because let’s face it… we’re all in some season of waiting in our lives. Take hope in your Heavenly Father and the wisdom that he has to know what is best for his child. For you.

Psalm 27:14 ” Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say on the Lord.”

~ Hannah