Thursday, December 8, 2016

20 Years of the SAME CHURCH January, we will have been at Whites Creek Baptist Church for twenty years.


Some days it seems like we just began our ministry there and other days it seems like we have been there forever.

Our children grew up there.  They were 7 years old and 11 years old when we went there.

Over the years............many folks have gone on to be with the Lord.  Some have moved out of town.  Some have become shut-ins and because of their health are no longer able to attend church.  Others....have just left the church for one reason or another.

The first Sunday we were there, they had 12 in Sunday School and 32 for preaching....and we were four of those.  Today....only one person, Mr. Jim is still living and able to attend church pretty regularly.  We have one other lady, Mrs. Margaret......but her health has declined the last year to the point that if she is able to come to church, Sunday School is all she can handle.

It is sad to think about the fact that those two are the only members still there.  However....on our first Sunday, the youngest deacon was 77 years old, so we were called to an older congregation.

Today.....85% of our congregation is under the age of 35.  WHAT A CHANGE!

God choses to lead some pastors to several churches over their ministry and others stay long term at churches.  We have always worked in churches.  Roger was the Minister of Music, Youth Minister, Associate Pastor, etc.  BUT....Whites Creek Baptist Church was the first church that he ever pastored......and it appears it will be the only church he pastors.  We are not sure why that was God's plan, but we do know that he is not finished with us there yet.

Some of the leaders in our church were teens that Roger baptized.  What a blessing to be able to stay long enough to see some of the seeds that were planted.............

Our prayers are that we will stay as long as God intends for us to stay, but when it is time for us to leave, we will leave gracefully.

We feel very blessed to be allowed to serve and witness the changes at Whites Creek Baptist Church.

I know you have a story too.  I would love to hear it.

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