2017 was a very full year for us.
Some of it was amazing – Barry was ordained and is officially Pastor Barry now, our foster daughter gave us our first grandbaby, Pioneer Community Church launched and Barry’s parents finished our basement and now live with us about 1/2 the year.
Some of it was good – We had multiple visits both personal and teams to come and help with the church, the kids are doing great in school and love being a part of the drama program there and we were able to take a few days away to go to Zion National park.
Some of it was not so good – Jennifer had to start a new infusion treatment and have a port put in (although the medicine does seem to be helping so that part is really good), we said goodbye to our wonderful Golden Retriever, Raleigh and our ministry partners and wonderful friends faced big and unexpected medical challenges.
2017 will definitely be remembered but we are so excited about what 2018 holds. Here are a few things you can be praying for:
Pioneer Community Church – As of right now, PCC has about 15-20 people that come on a pretty regular basis. I know that in most of the US that sounds like a small group but for Utah, and specifically the Eagle Mountain/Saratoga Springs area, it is fantastic. We have had other visitors as well and we pray that they will return. Will you please join us in praying for growth of the church and more importantly for the growth to come from people coming to know and love the Jesus of the Bible? The gospel is shared every single week and we know that the Word does not return empty. (Isaiah 55:11) If you would like to follow the PCC podcast and listen to the sermons each week, here is the link to do that: PCC Podcast
Bible Study – We are starting our small group back up in February. We are praying that this will be an opportunity for those that want to go deeper in the Word to learn and grow. We also pray that if there are any that are too intimidated to attend church on a Sunday morning, that they will feel open to the idea of coming to a more informal environment.
Outreach – We are so burdened for our neighbors. Less than 1% of our area are believers. Less than 1%! Almost everyone we pass on a daily basis is lost. What’s more, they are following a false gospel. The battle for the souls of Utahns is real and palpable. Will you please pray that God will open up doors and avenues to get to know those around us better so that we can be used to reach them with the truth of the Bible? Pray that we will be open and listening when He gives us an idea or opportunity.
Smiths and Brains – Will you please pray for our health and endurance as a team? Selfishly, I would like us to be well but for the church, we really need to keep this team of eight in fighting shape. Will you also pray for unity, peace and patience for us as we put our hearts into making PCC the church God wants it to be?
We cannot thank you enough for your constant support, love and prayers. We appreciate each of you so much more than you will ever know. Words really cannot fully express what it means to know you are there, you care and you go to the father on behalf of us and the people of Utah.