TRIP TO THE NORTHEAST
My wife, Sandy, and I just got back from visiting 3 church planters in the Northeast. Our daughter, Rachel, went with us and was the official photographer.
The first visit was with Tim and Lori Byers in Conneaut, Ohio. This is right on Lake Erie not too far from the PA line.
On Saturday, the church had a "cookout". Here's a picture of Tim cooking and me trying to look like I'm helping.
People eating in the fellowship hall:
It was Tim's birthday, so he got to wear the birthday hat:
I would have helped clean up, but somebody needed to hold young Joseph Byers.
The beautiful church was built in the late 1800's.
They bought a former Nazarene church building.
Shaking hands on Sunday morning:
Jim Martin is leading the singing:
We stayed with our son, Nathan, and his wife, Rachel (they've been married only 2 months). They work with the youth and children in the church. Here is a picture of them with the Booths and Martins.
Our third visit was with Tom and Pam Jones and Nate and Jenna Altom in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
We had a short time with them, but a good time with a lot of laughter.
While the Byers and the Booths bought former churches, the Jones bought a former bar and dance hall. Several groups have come up this summer to help them in the renovation. I think it's great that this building will now be used to save souls instead of destroy them.
Still more work to be done.
It's tough everywhere to start churches now and it's really tough in the northeast. I appreciate all these families who are working hard to spread the good news about Christ.