Our first full month of worship leading and church-updating is complete. It was a busy and encouraging time for our family. Our relationships with each church grew stronger and we were reminded once again that we have truly outstanding missions partners.
We spent two weeks in Indianapolis at Greenwood Christian Church. We were thrilled to get the news that GCC would continue to support us after narrowing their missions focus over the past couple of years. Our continued partnership with them is significant as we look toward the future and our next church plant in Auckland. The church was very encouraging and many there have become close friends of ours. Thanks for a wonderful weekend, Greenwood!
Our second stop was Paris, Kentucky at Bedford Acres Christian Church. This church is special to us because it's where Nate began his worship leading journey in 1998 and it's where Nate's father, Jim Hutchison, was the Senior Minister for many years. It's always a joy to spend time with these special people. With bluegrass music being a part of the history and culture of that area, we thought it would be fun to treat BACC to a good ol' hoedown worship time. The Graham Family, who travel all over the state pickin' and grinnin', joined Nate and the band that morning. It was so much fun. Thanks for a great memory, guys!
Our final stop in May was Zanesville, OH at North Terrace Church of Christ. NT has been a huge blessing to us from the beginning of our time in New Zealand when they made us their living link missionaries, meaning they provide a significant portion of our financial needs and connect with us on a personal level as much as possible. They take such good care of us. Bill Meaige, Whitney's father, was the Senior Minister at NT for more than 30 years and remains on staff as the Senior Adults Minister. We spent Sunday evening updating the congregation on our work and future plans in New Zealand. This church is always so encouraging and thoughtful. NT, we are blessed to be your living link missionaries. We really couldn't do this without you!