This has been some year! We’ve been tested, blessed, surprised and humbled. From Reagan being hospitalized, Conor being severely sick multiple times, Barry cracking his ribs and me having two surgeries- we’ve had a year with one too many doctor visits. (We thank God for modern medicine and pain killers!) Still, we have had one of the best years ever! We bought a house in Utah, have started a Bible study in our home, started a diaper and formula pantry, were able to spend time with family and friends in Florida and have an exciting 2016 to look forward to. Instead of spending anymore time on the bad days of 2015, I just want to update you on all the amazing things God has done this past year and what we have planned so far for 2016.
We didn’t expect to move again in 2015 but God had other plans. What started out as a stressful and scary situation turned into one of the biggest gifts we’ve ever received. We were able to buy a house in Eagle Mountain, Utah! The house far exceeds our needs and God pulled a major deal out of His hat for this one. There is no reasonable way we should have been able to get this house for the price we did. God opened all the right doors and just blew our minds again with how much He loves us and how clearly He provides.
We started a Bible study in our new home a few weeks after we moved in. We literally just posted details about it on Facebook and people showed up! How God is that?!? Especially in a place like Utah. The group has fluctuated in size over the past several months and we continue to get new interest in joining all the time. The majority of the group are former Mormons that are searching for the truth. Please be praying for those that already attend and those that will come in the future. May God be glorified through it all and may His kingdom grow.
In October, we were able to travel back to Florida and spend some much needed time with family and friends. The purpose of the trip was to formally announce our partnership with First Baptist Church of Windermere as they seek to make Utah their Samaria. (Acts 1:8) We were humbled by the sheer love we received from our home church. Many there were interested in our ministry and eager to know how they could have a part in it. To that end, we have multiple mission trips planned for 2016 and we are so excited to have people here being the hands and feet of Christ. We will be working community events, hosting a Vacation Bible School and doing prayer walks over this area. Remember that in the area we live in there is one Evangelical church of 40 people to cover a population of more than 50,000. We plan to bathe these streets in prayer and hope to watch the seeds God plants grow and bloom.
At the beginning of November, we started a diaper and formula pantry. We exist to reach out to those in need and through that need, tell them about Jesus and how they can join our Bible study. So far, over the last month, we’ve given away nearly $500.00 worth of diapers and formula. The truth is, once we get all the details worked out and supplies purchased, I believe we could be giving away twice that much in the coming months. We are so thankful to watch the Lord provide for the needs of the people contacting us and we ask you to pray that we will be good stewards of what He’s given to us. If you would like to donate to this ministry, you can order any brand or size of diapers and preferably Similac Advance formula (most requested) and have them shipped directly to our house: 7853 N Oakwood Drive, Eagle Mountain, UT 84005. Or you can give to the First Baptist Church of Windermere and just indicate Utah Mission on the check.
Finally, we are SO unbelievably thankful that God has called the Brain family to join us on His mission here in Utah. It’s hard to admit that we are tired and that we so desperately crave help and friendship. Praise God, He already knows our needs before we bring them to Him. Hank, Lori, Jason and Ella provide us with the things we’ve been missing and so much more. We are glad to say that they have bought a home in our neighborhood (WOO HOO!) and they will be Utah bound on January 30th. (52 days! but who’s counting???) Please be praying for safe travels as they cross the country and that God would use the eight of us in a mighty way.
So, 2015 was a mixed bag for sure! When you know who created it all though, it’s easier to trust that all the pieces will fit together for our good and His glory.
May God be glorified in me in 2016!