We are now residents of Franklin KY! Thank you to my little brother Matt, for all your help moving. Tuesday was one of the busiest days of my life. My brother and I woke up at 6:45 in the morning, loaded the last couple of things into the 26 foot uhaul (they were out of the 17 foot variety and upgraded us for no extra cost.) and left for Franklin. Matt followed me in his car which had some troubles that turned a 4 hour trip into 6 hours. But the Lord is good- it could have taken a lot longer.
This past week was as busy as we thought it was going to be, with a few other events thrown in!
This week will be pretty busy, as we are still working on moving to Franklin, KY. It's Sunday night, and Jennifer and Joel are still in Franklin, as I make my way back to Powell, TN. Jenn will be looking for employment this week, please pray that she'll find a good job with flexibility. I will be working Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, my last days at Semperian. Wednesday night, when I get off work, I will be headed up to Franklin again. Thursday morning, Jenn, Joel and I will be headed to New Philadelphia, OH, to meet with the folks at All Points Baptist Mission. The next morning, Jenn will be dropping me off in my hometown of Parkersburg, WV, and then she'll take Joel back to Franklin. My brother, Matt, and I will go down to Powell and spend the weekend packing up the rest of our things. Monday, the 15th, is the target date to have the u-haul packed and to leave for Franklin.
We have been wonderfully blessed in beginning deputation. So many opportunities to sing, play, and speak have already come our way. I would like to thank everyone that has already had us come to their church, and those who have already scheduled meetings with us. We look forward to the rest of deputation! We pray that we'll be a blessing in every meeting we're in, and that we'll bring God glory.
While at Faith's Camp Meeting, I met Bro. Gene Dame, who invited us out to Portland, TN, for Sunday evening. He gave us the opportunity to sing a couple of specials and present the ministry. The blessings keep coming!
Sunday morning, we visited Bro. Cleatus Bowman and Bible Baptist in Beaver Dam, KY. Bro. Cleat gave us the opportunity to sing, play, and asked me share our burden for Argentina. The visit was a blessing! Bro. Cleat preached and one young mother accepted Christ as her Savior. We had a good time of fellowship with Bro. Cleat and his wife, Mrs. Donna, after the service.
We were able to go to Camp Meeting at our sending church, Faith Baptist in Franklin, Ky, this past weekend. Because of work, we only made it to the meetings on Friday, but we were able to meet several new pastors. Bro. Pierce also gave us the opportunity to sing and play several songs.
I wanted to praise the Lord for helping us to get some meetings scheduled over the last few days. We have a meeting in OH in June, a meeting in WV September, a meeting in Indiana in November, a meeting in WV in February, and a meeting in KY in March. I can't wait to get moved to KY so I can start calling full time, instead of just here a little, there a little.
We dropped in tonight on the Wednesday Night service at Cedar Ridge Baptist Church in Halls (North Knoxville) pastored by Larry Brannon. A friend of mine used to work in the church so we stopped in to at least meet the pastor and pass out some prayer cards. We met the pastor before the service and he asked us to sing and for me to give my testimony. The pastor gave us the offering for the night. The people were very gracious. We will be scheduling a meeting for some time mid next year.
God blessed this weekend! We spent Sunday AM in Franklin at Faith Baptist Chuch. We left for Somerset, KY to go to Clifty Road Baptist Church pastored by Randy Wiles. The Pastor and the people treated us very well.
Joshua and Jennifer Smith are in Buenos Aires, Argentina to plant churches, train national leaders, continue teaching in the Bible College and expand the Radio Ministry.