It took us a couple days to travel between Canby, OR and Glendive, MT, but we were able to stop too see some friends along the way. We stayed with Dylan and Aubrey Does and got to meet baby Xavier Christian Does who was only about 2 weeks old and incredibly adorable.
We also stopped again in Spokane, WA to stay with the Schmidts. When we traveled west, only a couple weeks before, baby Caleb was just crawling but now he is walking all over the place. We spent one night with each of our friends. The last night before making it to Glendive, we spent with Chad and Emily Jackson and were able to hold baby Ellie Grace one more time. It is amazing to see how God orchestrates life. Each new life is a precious gift.
Have you ever been in a building or house and just felt the history in the atmosphere? We had this experience when we visited THE BRIDGE in Glendive, Montana. John and Kristen Marble lead a home church group in a more than 100-year-old church to home conversion. John, Kristen, and their 10 children (7 adopted and 3 biological) live in the basement and hold church service Wednesday nights on the main floor. This place has some of the coolest architecture with high peaked ceilings and brick walls.
Here are some photos.
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The Bridge has been working through Spiritual Disciplines for several weeks and the Wednesday evening we were there they talked about “Needs”. Kristen shared a message about how we are called to provide for one another just as the apostles did in the book of Acts. In her message, Kristen shared some incredible stories of sacrifice and how God blessed every single time. As missionaries on deputation we know exactly the importance of the spiritual discipline of providing for needs. Our need is clear in the amount of shares we need to raise to return to the mission field. Each week at The Bridge they hand out a laminated card with the Spiritual Discipline, some scriptures, and some life applications. Each person receives a key ring to add his or her cards to. I thought this was a great way to continue the lesson in everyday life and a wonderful reminder that the discipline was more than just a good message.
I had the privilege of leading worship at THE BRIDGE. I haven’t played my guitar regularly while we’ve been on the road so it was nice to play, but also just a great experience to lead others into the throne room of God. My prayer is that as worship leaders we never take for granted the great responsibility we have to show others the face of God.