I flew out this past week to be with Pastor Sheldon Shearers and the Heritage Baptist Church. I've known Pastor Shearers for many years. He was one of the pastors that visited our family while we were on the mission field and he continues to support my son, Sam, there in the Philippines.
My daughter, Sandy, drove me to Shreveport, Louisiana to catch my flight. I boarded the plane and took off and we were in the air about 20 minutes when the pilot came over the PA system and said that we had hit a bird during take off. We immediately had to return to the airport because of the damages to some of the sensors. Because of the delay I missed my connecting flight and I was unable to continue my trip to Montana that night. They put me in a hotel for the night and I caught a 6 AM flight the next morning to leave out with a few connections to Great Falls, Montana.
While on the first leg of this trip I was able to witness to a man named John who was sitting beside me. He was going through some difficult times and said he thought about going back to church some day. I told him it was always good to go to church but did he know for sure if he was going to heaven. He said he didn’t really know and after about 30 minutes of hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ he bowed his head and trusted Jesus as his Saviour. It is amazing how God changed everything so this man would be able to hear the Gospel that morning.
We had a great missions conference and the Heritage Baptist Church spoiled the missionaries. We had a great international dinner in which the people did a great job in preparing. The church had such a giving heart and took on a great mission project for the missionaries that were from the Philippines. (picture of family at the top)
What a blessing to be with friends and a church that has such a burden for missions!