Friends: Old and New

My family was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC in the early ’90s, and we joined a recent church plant called Northview Baptist Church. We met in a storefront at a shopping mall in those early days, and I can still remember hearing the Tae-kwon-do class in the space next to us during the Wednesday night services. All of us were greatly blessed by the ministry there – I was baptized there when I was 8 years old. We moved away in 1995, and in the years since then God has continued to bless the church and has given them their own building. It was so exciting to return last Wednesday and reunite with Pastor Grimes and other friends whom I had not seen for 15+ years.

Last Sunday, Pastor Prather and the people of Harbor Baptist Church in Hampton, VA, gave us a warm welcome. We were able to present our ministry as well as give a challenge from the Scriptures. Nikki has family who were members there when they were stationed at Langley AFB, so it was enjoyable to spend some time in this church.

Another highlight this week was a pastor’s fellowship in Fredericksburg, VA. This group of pastors meet together for fellowship but also to join their resources for the purpose of church-planting. What a wonderful emphasis! It was a blessing to see pastors not in competition, but in cooperation for the sake of the Gospel. While there, we saw our friends Michael and Krystal Goosman, who have been called as missionaries to Scotland. They will be starting on the deputation path soon as well. It’s exciting to see God’s hand in the lives of those around us!

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