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Today was an exciting day: the lady I mentioned before came - and she brought her mother, her daughter, her granddaughter (9 years old) and grandson (5 months old). They liked the service and plan to come back next week. We'll probably visit them on Saturday. The 9-year-old is excited about a "kids' class" next week, and is planning on bringing a friend. I'm stoked!  Please pray that they will return, and that we can begin our Sunday School program.

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Sometimes I feel like we're on a roller coaster. The lady and her family came one more time...and hasn't been back. We do not have a physical address for the family, so all I could do was call. She asked me to call back in an hour...so I did. No answer. No answer a half hour later, either. So I left a message and haven't heard from her. I have no idea why, but I'm doubting they'll be back at all. 

However...the couple I talked about a few posts back moved back to the area from CA. They were in church on Sunday, and are planning on coming regularly (Sunday morning only, because of work). 

Randy was able to lead a man to the Lord on Saturday - praise the Lord! He has visited the man before, and witnessed to him. This time he was ready. Problem is, though, he works every Sunday. His name is Tony. If you would pray that things would work out for him to come to church, that would be great.

We took another church photo at the end of July. I am posting it here. It is still minus the 4 members who were not in in last year, but there are some additions - not members yet, but attending.  Two of the members, who are a mother and son, do not like their photos taken.  Over the last year, their attendance was sporadic due to several things. One major thing was that the mother's mother had to come and live with them, and so she had to take care of her. The lady was not saved. We were not able to meet her, as whenever we stopped by she was always in another room.

But recently she had to go into a nursing home. On hospice. My husband and his visitation partner went to visit.  Now, please know: the church has been praying for months for this lady's salvation, while her daughter and grandson have been praying even longer. God allowed my husband to lead her to the Lord! What rejoicing has gone on in our church! This lady went home to Glory Friday morning. Isn't God good? 

Still no kids coming to Sunday School. We have been dedicating the evening offerings to children's ministry (it is now simply a ministries offering), to purchase curriculum/pictures, etc. Randy told the church the other day that we have been preparing for kids, but there's one thing we, as a church, haven't been doing: praying that kids will come. LOL - he used George Mueller as an example, when he was beginning his orphanage ministry. And so now (hopefully) we are praying as a church for God to bring kids in.

The first Sunday of this last month (August) we had our first service at Victoria Place, an assisted living home. We will hold a service there each first Sunday of the month, after our afternoon service.  God is working, praise Him!

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I started this thread two years ago this month. And a lot has happened in those two years. Not all of them good, but God is in control.

Sadly, the photo I posted in Aug, 2018, is no longer accurate.  Several of the folks pictured are no longer part of our church.  I don't want to be too specific, because these posts can be read by anyone. Simply put - two women decided they no longer wanted to attend and they gossiped...to members AND to non-members. So our membership has reduced drastically. While we are saddened about this, we do believe God is in it as well. Sometimes a purging is necessary when members won't submit to God and His Word. 

Since November, our church has gone through some pretty serious things. One member dealt with cancer (before November, but God has helped him heal), and now his work keeps him away from services). Three members left...2 following a woman. And talk continued (gossip has been a problem since the get-go), getting a bit worse and spreading.  So two other women left (the husband of one has not, but is sporadic in attendance due to his health).  Winter hit us pretty hard for this area...and it was ice that caused my hubs to fall and end up in the hospital...with a VERY long recovery prognosis.  Members got hit with Type A flu. I've been sick with one thing or another since the day my husband came home from the hospital. But...

There are some good things. While my husband was in the hospital, he used the four faithful men of the church for the evening services. And our son has become the song leader. He's not a singer, but he was willing and the folks of the church are glad (hubs is, too - it saves on his voice; plus he doesn't have to stand for so long - it is still quite painful for him to stand for long periods). 

I mentioned a young couple a few times in this thread. They did not become faithful. But they recently returned to church, after going through some things. And yesterday: we had our first Sunday School/Jr. Church classes! The man's nieces came with them. And the girls enjoyed it and said they will be back next week (the older of the two asked my mom to make spaghetti some time LOL - so she's making it for our April potluck). What a blessing! I am mailing them cards this week letting them know how glad I was to have them in class.  I told them next week will start a faithfulness "contest." If they come for 6 weeks, they will get a Bible. Neither of them have one, and they got excited.  I am hoping that this will encourage them to come every week. Their uncle really wants them to come all the time, and he is determined to come faithfully himself. 

We are excited, because we know that the girls might invite friends. I will encourage that eventually as they become faithful. But right now I want to work with just the two (unless, of course, God brings others in - we won't refuse them!) for a few weeks so they learn how classes will go and will be able to be an example to new kids. 

My husband has asked people to pray for God to give them one or two people on their hearts to invite to Resurrection Sunday. We have created a prayer list just for that, and there are names on it already. 

Our Mother/Daughter Tea is in May...I have felt like cancelling it due to so many women having left. But Randy said no. The ladies want to invite the women who left (one of whom has promised to come to Resurrection Sunday). We'll see how it goes. Lots of praying going on.

God is good.

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Thank you for the update LuAnne. It is indeed encouraging when we can see the good in the midst of all of life's discouragement. The Lord never promised us an easy path, but He did promise to walk that path with us, no matter where it leads.

I would encourage you to do the mother/daughter tea, it will be a blessing t those that are sill there and may be the impetus for encouraging others to take part in other church functions.

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God is good.

Thank you for the update. Glad to hear that your son is helping with the song leading, the your couple and girls are coming.

Best of glad to hear of the good spirit of Randy and you.

God is good. May He bless all of you in your hearts and lives.

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8 hours ago, HappyChristian said:

Sometimes a purging is necessary when members won't submit to God and His Word. 

Thank you for the update. We also had a purge after our first year of starting the church. 75% of our church left. I have found in my 3 years of pastoring/church planting that people don't leave over doctrinal issues. In our case it was incest aoung a family and other things I will not go into.

God has blessed us since then. Just keep staying strong for the Lord, He will bless you.

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No kids today - their aunt was sick, and I think she's the one who gets them ready. I'll be visiting them this Saturday, hopefully. Please pray with me that they will be able to come and begin being faithful. 

I have to admit I was pretty heartbroken this morning. I know, in God's time. But after last week, I was sure hoping it was time! 

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