Friday, July 22, 2011

A New Day – A New Perspective

After two years of hard work, ministry, and developing relationships we are beginning to see some fruit from the Lord! Our two mission teams so far this summer have helped us make incredible inroads in the community. It is hard to know where to start! But, here we go...
Not just a name or a phrase... it is a whole new perspective... it truly is a New Day in Haugan, MT! Our first mission team from FBC Mixon, TX did a bang up job, working on projects and repairs around the church and going door-to-door from Saltese to St Regis. THANK YOU, to Preston and his team and the hard work they accomplished this trip. As a result of their door-to-door canvas, a couple has started coming to services and the wife has made a profession of faith! They came for Soup Day today, also. We are excited to see some growth in Haugan... from 4 to averaging 9 to 20+ the last several Sundays (NOT counting the mission teams). God is Good!

Mixon also assisted us in helping the St Regis Community Board set up for the July 4th weekend celebration in the Park. Then we marched in the parade (won 3rd place for our entry which was our red Excursion covered in balloons with 30+ folks in matching T-shirts from Haugan, St Regis, and Mixon TX throwing candy!) We just wanted to be seen, not particularly win an award! And this was only the beginning of a tremendous summer...

Then two days after the Mixon team headed back to Texas, the second team arrived from Fayetteville GA... and we just kept rolling... Glenn Stringham and Jim Battles led the group and they hit the ground running... Sunday night the groups of 37 helped us host a “Party in the Park” for families in St Regis. We had 100-125 attend, thanks to the canvassing by the Mixon group. The Youth Band graced us with a concert, we served free food (hot dogs, pop corn, cotton candy, snow cones, and lemonade) with two bounce houses from the Glacier Southern Baptist Association Block Party trailer which is WONDERFUL, stocked well, and was a great success!!!

And, of course, it doesn’t stop here... Monday began a 4-day Kidz Klub in the Park for elementary children, LIGHT Student Ministry in the Park...

... work projects at the church in St Regis we have jokingly called -- “Extreme Makeover: Church Edition”. Well... see for yourself!

Then there were work projects for the St Regis Schools... this proved to be a tremendous connection to the school leadership, even more than we had already experienced. Go Tigers!

And that’s not all, folks! The sweet ladies from Georgia cooked, decorated, and hosted a ladies’ banquet we called “Ladies’ Nigh Out”! This made us feel so special and we had a good turn out from both locations. It was such an encouraging gift to us!

And after all was said and done... another small group chopped wood for our winter stash in Haugan... and, of course, at the end of the week we spent quality time around the bonfire at Mr. Vern’s place. It was such a GREAT week, so much accomplished, so many new contacts, friends, and relationships... in Montana AND in Georgia! Thank you, Lord, for letting us be a part of something bigger than ourselves!!!

Please Join Us in Prayer...
1. ... For teenagers, children, moms, dads, and families throughout this valley to be drawn to the Lord, convicted of sin, and convinced of God’s great love and mercy to change their lives! Especially those we have just met this summer...
2. ... our final 2011 Summer Mission Team:
1. Smithwood Baptist, Knoxville TX – July 30 – Aug 6
3. ... For God’s complete resources and provision for:
o furnishings, equipment, supplies, and materials for the new church start in St Regis
o the monthly building payment in St Regis (currently $250 is being received toward this, New Day Network is meeting the balance as long as we can)
o the Resource Center on the 3rd Thursday of each month (free food and clothing)—we fed three new families this last month!
o the continuous need for new people to join our monthly support team
o utilities, food and materials for weekly ministry
o God to ultimately touch the hearts of several churches who will pay off the building loan out right, in His timing
o the possibility of a lot and house in St Regis to call home (we know this would totally be a work of God)
o safety for our month long trip to Uganda day after tomorrow--travel expenses and wedding expenses (God has met this need just today beyond our hopes or imaginations!)
4. For God’s Spirit to protect every aspect of New Day Network Ministry and New Day Fellowship from any confusion or ungodly influence.
5. That you would pray 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5, “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”
As always... please send all prayers directly to our heavenly Father!
Any financial gifts may be sent to:
PO Box 420013
Haugan MT 59842
[or online @ and click the donate tab]
NOTE: All gifts are tax deductible.
P.S. We cannot “thank you” enough for your continued prayers and financial support... for sharing in our journey in western Montana. We love and appreciate you so much! FYI: Our August Update will be several days late, due to our return from Uganda at the very end of August. But we’ll bring back lots of pictures and adventures of our trip, for sure!

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