What’s up? Well Vermont is, at least from a Floridian’s perspective. We were on the road again, this time with our First Baptist of Stuart Family as we served in Vermont. I figured it was summer and Gina and I would be safe from frostbite.
I guess many of you may be scratching your heads. Why are they going there when they have their own needs in ministry? In the natural way of thinking it does not make sense. But God looks at things different than man. We learned in our missionary training from Phillipians 2: 1-4,
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also the interests of others.”
We go to give and not to get, and God has always been faithful when we go as a humble servants.
We arrived a day early and were able to tour the different job sites. Todd, Bob and I were tasked with building a wheelchair ramp at a home in Petersberg, New York, for men that are under very strict probation. Their crimes were serious and I will leave it at that. Remember everyone needs to be shown the love of God.
We traveled next to Pownal , Vermont to Faith Christian Fellowship Church pastored by Jerry Frey. He had the need of installing bathroom vanities in a new home under construction for a pastor and his family. Tom Snipes would also give a terrific message the next day at Sunday service.
Our next stop was Northeastern Baptist College Library. There was an abundance of projects to be completed. Cataloging books, painting, drywall finishing, finish trim, and installing ceilings.
The opportunities to minister to the folks of Vermont were many. Gina and I are so proud of our brother and sisters from Stuart and how they tackled all these projects with enthusiasm and God’s love.
The ministries were numerous, nursing homes, prisons, VBS, patriot choir singing and several different construction projects. We were able to pray for many in Vermont and 52 persons accepted Jesus as their personal Savior. Plus many seeds were planted and we are hoping for a bountiful harvest. Very thankful for our family from Florida working in harmony with God’s big family in Vermont and for all of you that have been praying us through this journey!