Looking back over this past week, there are so many grace blessings that my heart is overflowing.
Last Friday, I had the privilege of participating in the funeral, and on Saturday, the burial committal service for a precious lady, Dixie Gouge. I wrote about it in last week’s post. Another grace blessing from this event was serving together with two other pastors. Mike Garland was baptized as a young man by father when Dad pastored Forest View Bible Church, Johnson City, TN, of which Ralph and Dixie Gouge were members. Mike is also a nephew of the Gouge’s. The other pastor is my son-in-law, Andrew, who is our assistant pastor at BCBC. What a joy to stand between these two men that have special ties to my heart! God is so good to let you clip such blessed grace coupons!
What a special treat to minister to our neighborhood, especially the family next door to us. Their two precious children come to our home every week for Bible club. They are our adopted “grandkids” and are such a blessing to our hearts. Here we are having some silly fun time!
Pioneer Children’s Club, Wednesday nights: How grateful to be in the midst of people who love children and demonstrate a passion to see them be more than just good kids; better yet, godly kids. Even better is the passion of Mr. D who wants to see these precious children and their parents come to Christ for salvation! He is faithfully out knocking on doors and doing bus visitation on Tuesdays in preparation for Wednesday nights!
Apples of Gold Ladies Mentoring Ministry: Last Saturday, we hosted twenty people at our home for the AOG Celebration Dinner. My wife had every decorated so beautifully. She and her helpers prepared delicious soups, salad and desserts. What a special blessing it was to eat outside, and then to be gathered around the fire pit sharing testimonies and singing songs under a starlit sky. God is so good!