Our meetings yesterday at the church were great. We were able to meet with the couple of the children’s ministry staff Vicky and Bill. We learned so much about the programs and how they train their teachers at Biltmore and were able to tell them about the children that we serve in Milton. Pray that we will be able to continue to foster the relationships that we have started so that our children can get to know some of the kids in their programs. We also talked about family mission trips that they have run in the past and are excited about the possibilities!
Pastor Bill (head of grade 1-5 kid’s ministry) had actually met Liam the night before during the kid’s prayer time. He learned about Liam wanting to reach out to the kid’s that he meets in the hospital. Pastor Bill wanted to help Liam with that and he gave him about 200 Jesus prayer bears that Liam can give away. He told us Liam’s eyes were as big as saucers when he saw them all. They were all handmade and stuffed by children here at Biltmore. Liam is already trying to come up with ideas on how to meet more kids so he can give them away.
After a wonderful luncheon sponsored by the senior adults group here we met with Pastor Carl who is in charge of worship here. He has been at Biltmore for about 14 years and in the beginning they only had about 200 people attending. It was great to be able to talk to him about how he grew the worship ministry as the church grew. Please keep him and his family in your prayers as his father is very sick in the hospital, he and his wife have a five month old baby girl and four boys!
Last night we attended a concert at Biltmore featuring the award winning Christian group called Philips, Craig and Dean. It was a great night with amazing testimonies of missionaries from around the world. The music was great and the kids were certainly enjoying it. Liam was enjoying it enough for everyone! That kid loves to dance!
The gas shortage is still on and they have now closed the colleges, parks and more government offices until next week. People are parking their cars at the gas stations waiting for a tanker to come in. It is really crazy. We are still okay for gas. Pray that people are able to make it to the rest of the events at Biltmore and that the shortage begins to ease. It is a big stress for the people here.
Today is a day to spend with our host Kendra. We are excited and are heading off to the Biltmore Estate. We have heard that it is an amazing place.
Please pray that we will continue to be able to make contacts here and to be able to learn as much as possible in the time that we have.