Friday, January 22: We had been invited to come to a "Gospel Sing" hosted by Worth Baptist Church, which was being held at a golf resort. Tonight we managed to make it to the location without too much trouble. We had a good time at our table, meeting some people from Worth Baptist. There were several groups participating in the "Sing". We were up last and ended the evening with about six songs or so. Hopefully we were a blessing to someone tonight.
Sunday, January 24 AM: Services at Grace Baptist in Midlothian with Pastor Dale Harris went well this morning. We had the Sunday School hour to sing and testify (which has been the norm on this trip), and then sang again in the Worship service. There was a good crowd and a good reception. We spent some time talking and getting acquainted with Bro. Harris and his wife and daughter at a great BBQ place.
Sunday, January 24 PM: We headed over to Worth Baptist in Ft. Worth this afternoon. Since we had arrived early, we took advantage of the extra time to get a little nap. Services went well tonight. We sang a good deal. Pastor Willie Weaver brought a good message. We were surprised to see Bro. Dan Knickerbocker and his wife tonight. He is now the director at Crown Southwest/Norris Seminary in Ft. Worth. It was wonderful to see them again and to catch up a little on what's happening in their lives.
Tuesday, January 26: Tonight we went to a Senior Citizens meeting in Grand Prairie called "The 39ers". They were receptive and fun-loving. We had a good time with them.
Wednesday, January 27: Bro. Dan Knickerbocker had invited us to chapel at Crown Southwest/Norris Seminary in Ft. Worth this morning. We had a bit of trouble getting there, but we eventually did arrive safely. The college is small, but Bro. Dan & his wife are doing an excellent job. He showed us around the building and then we got ready for the chapel service. We felt the Lord ministering through us to the students. Bro. Knickerbocker brought a great message. Mrs. Knickerbocker later took us out to see the Stockyards and to an antique store/tea house. We had a lovely, impromptu "ladies outing". It was nice to visit with her again and meet her daughter-in-law, Heather, who also came with us.
We hurried back to the "Little House" to get ready for our sister, Jennifer Martin, and two of her girls, Melissa & Heather, who were coming to spend a few days with us. We had so much fun with them: visiting the Dallas Galleria, going to the Dallas Symphony, shopping till we dropped at the mall (Grapevine Mills Mall), and just having fun as sisters, aunts, and friends. It was special to be able to sing "Count the Cost" with Jennifer playing the piano on Wednesday evening at Lighthouse. The Lord was so good to give us this time together.
Sunday, January 31 AM: It was a longer drive this morning, but we managed to stay alert and finally reached Trinity Bapt. Ch. in Wills Point. We went to a SS class this morning instead of singing (for the first time on this trip) and sang in the Worship hour. Pastor Jeremy Ogdie is the pastor here, having taken over the work from his dad. It appears there was a good response from the congregation.
Sunday, January 31 PM: We finished up our Texas Tour with our last meeting at Victory Bapt. in Weatherford. We've been with Pastor Chuck Wetherbee before. It was a joy to be with him and the church again. We sang for about an hour tonight. The Spanish pastor asked us to sing a song for their church, who were sitting in tonight. We did our best with "Vino Cristo" ("Then Came Jesus"). It had been quite a while since we had sung that one, so we tried to quickly remember the words as the service was starting. We had a nice time of food and fellowship with two young families in the church.
And so...our Texas Tour came to an end. We felt God's Hand leading us all along the way. It was amazing to watch His protection as we traveled. We felt His Presence going before us, and we are thankful for all that He did. Thank you, as well, for your prayers. We trust that you will continue to pray for us in the coming months.
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