Thursday, October 16th to Monday, October 20th
Today we are leaving the Atlanta, Georgia area and will be heading to Nashville, Tennessee. So far, the trip has been refreshingly tiring (Is that possible?). We have made some good connections and have enjoyed great fellowship with new friends.
We arrived in Atlanta on Thursday afternoon and began our stay with the Young family in Cummings, Georgia. They were very gracious and hospitable hosts, and we felt well cared for while we were there. This is Cliff, Denise, Bethany and Malachi Young.
We met Denise last January when she came to the island on a cruise ship. She found the ALC&C online before coming to the island and contacted us to see if we could meet her at the port and show them our ministry. Our relationship has been building ever since.
On Friday evening, the Youngs had plans so we met up with the Underwoods. The Underwoods are good friends of ours from when we lived in Minnesota. They now live in the Atlanta area.
On Saturday morning we were able to meet up with Gary Lane. He also lives in the Atlanta area. We have gotten to know him through Mission Discovery. Mission Discovery sends mission teams to the Bahamas in the summer time.
On Saturday evening we met at the Brown’s home for a meet and greet with members of their church.
We got to know the Browns when they came to the island on a cruise in July. The Youngs and Browns attend the same church, and Denise has told Tracey about the ALC&C and put her in contact with us. We offered them our tour guide services in July and were able to get to know them through that contact.
We met this family while at the Browns. Please pray for them. They are Iranian Christians who are here as refugees. He is a pastor with connections with Christians who are still in Iran and suffering for their beliefs.
On Sunday we attended First Redeemer Church where the Youngs, Browns, and Tracey’s parents attend church.
The Browns and Youngs teach Sunday School classes. We were able to use the Sunday School time to present the ALC&C ministry to the young adults.
After the presentation to the adults, we spoke to the children’s Sunday School department for a short time. This was a special time as we fielded the fun, innocent, unpredictable questions of children. What makes this so special is that two weeks ago, I sent a letter to Malachi Young to read to his Awana class. The letter was about what we do as missionaries in the Bahamas. A majority of the children in this group attend Awana and had heard the letter.
After speaking to the children, we met up with Cliff Young’s junior high boy’s class. After the class time, we were able to meet with the youth pastor and give him some information on the Adventure Learning Camp.
This is the Brown family: Kristan, Tracey, Logan and Brett Brown.
Sunday afternoon we drove to White, Georgia to stay with Chris and Renee Grul. Tim grew up in the same church circles as the Gruls, and Renee was good friends with Tim’s younger sister.
We had a great time catching up with the Gruls.
Right now, we are visiting with the Gruls as Zachary attends his 2 online courses. When Zach is finished with his courses, we will leave and head for Franklin, Tennessee. Tonight we will be staying with Kevin and Linnea Ledgister family. Tomorrow we will be meeting up with a leader of Mission Discovery in the Nashville area before heading to the Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastor’s Conference tomorrow afternoon (Zachary will be staying with the Ledgisters to spend time with his best friend, Granton).
Please pray for safety in travel, opportunities to connect with people, time of rest and rejuvenation at the Pastor’s Conference.
We will try to post an update again next week!
Have a great week!