We were so warmly received by this church body. It was fascinating to watch the dynamic of the Lord’s working in this church over the course of the five services and four days we were there. Things seemed to begin quietly on Sunday morning, but by Sunday night I could sense that Jesus was breaking through. This only increased day by day over the next three services, Monday through Wednesday. Each night it seemed that the attendance grew. Even more than this was the certain sense of the moving of the Holy Spirit that was growing each night. The preaching was easy for me as God seemed to honor the prayers of the people who gathered to pray before each service.
I had two special blessings that were equally as life-changing for me personally. First, I got to have my son Carey with me. God always does more than I can describe and it is something for which I am deeply grateful when he is able to come. There is no substitute for having those hours together in travel, in fellowship with people, and being in the services together. I am deeply grateful for the impact that Jesus is able to have on Carey’s life as well as mine in these times. Furthermore, the men of this church, as is often the case, really embraced Carey. There is always a great interest and support when people learn of Carey’s interest in and intention to go into the military. We were gifted with two special outings during our time in Elizabeth City. First, we were able to go with Bill one day to Kitty Hawk to see the site, now a national park, where the Wright Brothers conducted their first powered flight.
Equally amazing was the guided tour we received from two Coast Guard members in the church as they took us through the Coast Guard base in Elizabeth City. Carey, as usual, was completely enamored with getting to see the C-130 planes up close as it is his dream to fly that airplane. I am deeply grateful to those who take such an interest in his life and future. The other blessing was just getting to be with Bill. The time together in meals, driving in the car, being in services, or just sitting and talking. It was the richest of times, and we come away refreshed and encouraged beyond what I can say.
Running together in Christ,