We had an amazing week with the Maysville, Georgia volunteer team. Their trip had two purposes: to make connections with nationals through our new business, and to lead a time of retreat for our team. Both of those purposes were fulfilled beyond what we could have expected.
Recently I mentioned a new friend, Emerald, who is engaged to be married. She and her fiancee had the opportunity to hear the gospel and are both very interested. Like King Agrippa, they are almost persuaded but haven't yet reached a point of following Jesus as Lord and Savior. Please lift up this young couple, that they would continue to be drawn to Christ and would follow Him--and only Him--wholeheartedly.
The retreat was ended up being both a time of rest and relaxation as well as a time for making some new connections. We are seeing some doors open up for us that we could never have imagined. The hotel where we stayed has become popular with tourists from a neighboring country and we were able to not only meet and talk with these people, but concrete plans are being made to actively reach out to this people group. They represent one of the least accessible peoples in all the world and we are just so amazed at what God is doing to bring them to us since we are not able to obtain visas and go to them. Please pray for these plans: wisdom in setting up yet another business, time and energy to do that, and continued favor with our contacts here so that we can bring these people in.
An interesting sight this weekend was conservative Muslim swimwear. It looked a bit uncomfortable, but with two teenage boys, it did mean a lot less temptation. :-)