Fellowship Baptist Church – Upper Marlboro, Maryland

We started our fall itinerary on the east coast of the USA. We drove on August 23rd from Michigan to Upper Marlboro, Maryland, right outside of Washington, DC. This was our first meeting with Fellowship Baptist Church and Pastor Bill Schneider. They heard of our ministry through our recordings and our ministry at The Wilds Christian Camp.

We drove down on a Friday and set up for the week. This freed us up on Saturday to spend the day with my daughters and son-in-law who live in Alexandria, Virginia. The team came over for the day and helped our girls move into their new home. We also enjoyed a delicious meal together before heading back to the church and settling in for a good rest before our first service.

We were all very excited to get into our schedule. The church embraced our ministry from the very beginning of the week. The people were very responsive to the Word and came faithfully to the meetings throughout the week. The Cola War was a good outreach with a number of teens responding to the Gospel.

We were also blessed to be able to have a personal tour of the Pentagon on Friday by a member of Fellowship who is a commander in the US Navy and a Sunday School teacher to the singles in the church. That afternoon, we enjoyed touring the jets stationed at Andrews Air Force Base that are used to transport high-level government personnel (the Vice President, the First Lady, the Secretary of State) to various locations. It was a day that we will not soon forget.

Victory Baptist Church – Reading, Pennsylvania

We drove on Saturday, August 31st to Reading, Pennsylvania for our first meeting ever at Victory Baptist Church. It was a joy to serve alongside Pastor John Conover. I have known John for many years. They have a beautiful church in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. The congregation sang vibrantly on Sunday morning and was receptive to the Word of God as it was preached.

We had special nights during the week. Monday was Labor Day, yet we had a great crowd for the service. We concluded the meeting on Thursday with an Irish Sacred Concert. The house was filled and there were three adults who responded to the Gospel to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior.

We were blessed to fellowship with the Conover’s during the week in their home and in our trailer. We are grateful for God’s hand on their ministry and their faithful service in the Gospel.

On Friday, we took time off and enjoyed a huge meal at the famous restaurant, Shady Maple. We then spent the evening enjoying the production of Noah at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

 

Valley Forge Baptist Temple – Collegeville, Pennsylvania

We drove on Saturday, September 7th to Collegeville, Pennsylvania. We began a four-day meeting with Dr. Scott Wendal and the good folks at Valley Forge Baptist Temple. We have had a number of previous meetings with this ministry. This is a vibrant church that averages over 1,000 people in attendance every Sunday. They have multiple outreach ministries touching hundreds of lives with the Gospel. Scott planted this ministry over 25 years ago. They have a wonderful staff of pastors who are solid and mature men of God.

On Sunday morning I was privileged to speak in the Adult Bible Fellowship on the theme, “Where is the Future?” I challenged the church with the need of reaching singles. The people were extremely responsive. My prayer is that God will open the door at a nearby university for the sake of the Gospel.

During the day, we ministered in the Christian school chapels to both children and teens. On Thursday, we held a teen outreach and seven teens responded to the Gospel message to trust Christ as their Savior. We closed out the week with a great crowd at the Irish Sacred Concert. We so much enjoyed the privilege of ministering to this wonderful church and trust God’s richest blessings on Valley Forge Baptist Temple.