Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless HIS HOLY NAME.

Friday, January 14, 2011

God Did It For Me! Part 3 (Spiritual Encouragement)

Another great blessing of having been in the States was the spiritual encouragement we received. Besides being able to be at the Beacon Hill Baptist Church, we were able to visit three other churches who have been a blessing to us over the years…the Petra Baptist Church, Pastor W.N. Bond, who was Dad’s pastor when he was only 19 years old, and attending medical school; the Family Baptist Church, Pastor Kelle Hein; and the Immanuel Baptist Church, Pastor Louis Horton. In 2000, I was blessed to have been a part of that church by working as a teacher in their Christian school. The people there feel like family to me, and it was such a blessing to me that Andrew and I were able to be there.

I don’t know if supporting churches in the States realize what it means to missionaries to be able to be able to visit their churches and receive encouragement. As a missionary, one often feels spent physically and emotionally, for the glory of God; and to be able to be in churches and sit and listen and to enjoy hearing the preaching is refreshing.

It means everything to a missionary to hear, “We are praying for you and your family every day.” One battles with everything from criticism and discrimination to literal demons from hell nearly every day, and to know that someone takes the time to pray specifically for me

means a lot.

One man told us: “I have your family picture in my Bible, and every time I read my Bible, I look at your picture and pray for you. And I read my Bible at least three times a day.” What encouragement and strength we have drawn from the fact that people are praying for us!

Don’t forget about your missionaries. Pray for them, and let them know that you are praying. When a missionary comes to your church, remember they have spiritual and emotional needs. God meets every need, and He supplies according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus; but He uses people to encourage, to uplift, to say, “Just keep on keeping on!"

Bro. and Mrs. John Manning...

"Thank you for ALL you did for us!!! We love you!"

Miss Laquita Brown and Mom

My Lovely Mother

Bro. Manning, Bro. Jim, and David

Andrew got to bring the message on Sunday night at Beacon Hill....

The Sloan Kids singing

David's family singing

The López Family singing

The Knabb famiy singing

The Lopez children singing

Our family with Bro. and Mrs. Bond...
What a blessing they are to us!

Bro. Manning telling about his golfing experience with Andrew...his first time to go golfing!

Thank you, Bro. Manning, for your tender heart toward the missionaries!

Andrew gave his testimony and I translated

Another Sloan children special
Bro. Louis Horton

Sloan children singing at Immanuel Baptist Church

The Hortons took us out to I H O P....
"Thank you for EVERYTHING!"

We were able to go visit Bro. and Mrs. Riley...

who have always been such a blessing to all of our family!
Tom's children sang for her... did Andrew and I

We love you, Bro. and Mrs. Riley!

What a blessing to have been at the Family Baptist Church with the Waldrops and the Heins!

Thank you for all you did for us while we were there! We love you!


Jolene said...

So good to see everything you got to do in the states, Anna... some of this was news to me... and the pictures were a joy to see. Thanks for sharing!

Andrea said...

Thank you Anna for sharing! What a blessing.

Dodi said...

Thank you for sharing all these pictures. I now feel like I was "almost" with you while you were here in the states. :)
Love you, and have a wonderful day in the Lord today