Monday, November 19, 2007

Frontier School of the Bible missions conferance

Frontier School of the Bible ( is in Lagrange, WY. Houghton and I graduated from this school in 2005 and this past October Houghton was able to share in a chapel service and was invited back for the missions conference November 12th thru the 16th. Laura joined him and they traveled the 7 hours to Lagrange.

Laura was able to encourage many single ladies as some are looking to the mission field and are feeling the pressure of singleness.

Houghton was able to encourage students as well and both Laura and Houghton found the week to be a great time of sharing their lives with these faithful, youthful, believers.

Beach, ND and Buffalo, MT

On Sunday the 4th, we had a short drive (only 2 1/2 hours) to Beach, ND to the Beach Evangelical Church. A year ago Houghton had the opportunity to fill the pulpit at this church as it searched for a pastor so we had a previous contact with the congregation. Laura was able to join us for this trip to present with us the work God is desiring us to do in Vanuatu.

We were able to talk with some tremendous people in Beach and also got a helpful contact with a gracious woman who has a lot of experience raising goats, which is an animal we are hoping to have while in Vanuatu to help with our dietary needs. Although we know NOTHING of goat farming, God has been so good to bring people to us to help us with this knowledge and better prepare us.

We left for Buffalo, MT on the 10th to meet up with the Osmundson family. Ryan and Jessica were classmates of Laura's while attending MWSB and they are involved in the Buffalo Community Church.

We shared Sunday morning for the congregation at Buffalo Community Church. We were joyously encouraged by those interested in what God was doing with our family as we look work across the world in the South Pacific.

The spacious town of Buffalo

Fort Benton, MT

Houghton along with Jesiah and Laura left for Fort Benton on Saturday the 27th. Gwen had been running some 103 temps and we figured it best for Gretchen and Gwen to stay home for this trip. So we missed out on meeting the gracious people in Fort Benton and also those students attending Montana Wilderness School of the Bible and also its faculty. Houghton and Jesiah thoroughly enjoyed their time out west and we are again so grateful to God's people who have proven to be such a blessing on our lives!

Sunday morning they were at the Fort Benton Community Church pastored by Joe Jordan. Joe and his wife Bev had been faculty at MWSB during the year Laura spent there.
Sunday night they presented for the MWSB chapel service held in Augusta, MT. They were able to build relationships with some great people during this brief trip.

Kevin and Pat, Rob, Ben and Josh with Jesiah (Jesiah LOVED playing with these terrific guys!)

Greg and Cheryl (from Fort Benton Church) with Bev Jordan

Gretchen holding the sick little Gwenny