Friday, April 27, 2018

Broken and Spilled Out

This past Sunday we had the privilege of being used up for Jesus!

We were scheduled to sing and preach at South Austin Baptist church and woke up bright and early for the trip over to Austin so that we would have time to set up the equipment. Bro. Gary Smith who was filling in for Bro. Chad Hart, met us and opened up the church for us. Bro. Smith was a great host as always and received us with a smile.

The congregation started coming in and each one was so very kind and filled the air with a great spirit. Please pray with the congregation as they prepare to look for a new pastor in the near future. Bro. Hart is moving on and they will need God's direction in finding the next pastor to reach their community for Christ. One of the ladies is looking forward to having a class full of Sunday School students.

the Pastor Bro. Gilmore

the translator

As we were packing up to leave another pastor who was near by came over and met us and asked us if we would be willing to sing for his service that was starting in about an hour. Pastor Gilmore is a Spanish Pastor of the church that also shares a building on the same property. What a great man of God to allow us to sing and be a blessing to his church as well. We quickly went down to get a hamburger and be back by the time his afternoon service started and made it back to sing a couple of songs for the Iglesia Bautista Monte Calvario. Which is ironic since that is very similar to the name of our home church in Temple. We enjoyed the service and he even had a young man translate the service for us into English.

Some of the younger children were a part of their children's church and were able to do a skit for the children and that was so much fun for them. My two older boys stayed with us in the service and enjoyed a lively sermon about concealing our thorn in the flesh so that we can do the work of God and be a blessing to others and not a pain in the side.

After hanging around there with he people and pastor and having a good fellowship, loading up the van with the sound equipment, and gathering up the kids from the play ground, we wanted to head on to the church that we would be in that night. Bro. Harrod wanted to see his friend Bro. Caleb Evans who goes to Scenic Hills Baptist Church in another location of Austin. We arrived about 20 or 30 minutes early and we were worn out so we took a 15 minute cat nap and then went in to the church for the evening service. It was great to see the Pastor and his family again and meet their newest member to the family. Unfortunately Bro. Caleb was not able to be in the services that night but we did see his wife and young daughter. After we left there Bro. Harrod was wanting to go see Bro. Caleb at the Lowes that he works at for a few minutes and encourage him in the Lord.

We went up to his work and they were closed so Bro. Harrod asked the lady there if it would be ok to call Bro. Caleb up to the front (he was working in the back of the building) and made sure that he wouldn't get into trouble for coming up. She said that it was perfectly ok and that he was due for a break about that time. The kids ran and got their instruments and by the time he got there they were ready to give him a personal concert in the parking lot of Lowes. We had been working on some new songs and we sang them to him and with him. It was such a blessing even though I was worn out, Bro. Caleb I know loves music and even plays several instruments.

After when we were getting ready to go we took the time to give out our prayer card tracts to the lady that he works with and some other people there as well. That lady said that she was going to take that gospel message home and read it with her husband. We definitely had a full day of serving our Lord and we pray that we were able to lift spirits and hearts to Christ.

Thank you for your prayers. Without them we wouldn't be able to do what we do. The days are long but the work is just what God wanted us to do! Right now we are singing in a Mission's conference at our home church in Temple, Texas. that will go till Sunday. It got a great start on Wednesday with Bro. Parsley preaching and the church Ladies got up and sang a song for us too that was a blessing. We are singing every night and driving back and forth. going over there isn't so bad but the driving back can get tiring at late hours. Please pray for our safety as we travel and for God to bless every song that we sing and every message that is preached. That souls will surrender their lives for missionary service and that people will determine to give what God lays on their hearts to missions.
The Bradley's 

The Ladies singing a hymn special

It was also great to meet a missionary couple from the Philippines bro. and Mrs. Sapungay who are starting their second work there in the Philippines. They have some land and are raising money to build a small chapel there on the land. They are raising some money here for part of the building and then they are going to encourage the people there to finish the rest of the building with the tall bamboo trees and grasses from that region. They are a very sweet couple and we are having a good time getting to know them and the Parsley's.

The Sapungay Family 

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