Monday, June 15, 2009

HMA is Underway

Well, it's really starting to feel real. We've officially been on HMA (WGM speak for Homeland Ministry Assignment, or the part of our ministry we spend in the States) since the beginning of May, but it didn't really feel real until we left our home in Jackson, MS and moved back to the Northeast.

In the last two weeks we've had the privilege of connecting with two churches in different ways. Let me tell you about each of these experiences and maybe (as I process through them) some of what we've learned from each one.

First, we met with the missions committee at St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Ocean City, NJ. We were connected with them by our friends Michael and Albree Smith; Michael is the associate pastor there. Speaking with a small group (their miss. com. had 6 people there that night) is very different than speaking in front of an entire church and brings its own advantages and disadvantages. We love sharing with small groups because it allows us to connect with people more personally and have a more open dialogue because people can ask questions and interact with us.

Secondly, we had the opportunity to share at The River of Grace in Concord, NH. This is the church that Meg was a part of during high school and went to Hungary and Guinea with. We were given a few minutes to share in both of their morning services and to speak with the 4-6 grade Sunday school class. Sharing with a congregation is great because you get to broadcast your vision to a bigger group of people and see what God does in the people who come to meet you after the service. And speaking with kids is a great privilege because you have a chance to expand their view of the world and of God and what He is doing.

We're thankful for both of these churches and for their partnership with us in God's work in Uganda. We're currently looking for more churches and small groups and families and individuals to share with, please pray that God would open those doors for partnership, we can't do it alone. Pray also as we share this Sunday morning (6/21/09) at Countryside Community Church in Contoocook, NH and next Wednesday (6/24/09) with the missions committee at BEFree in Barrington, NH.

And now, since we all know this is the real reason you visit our blog:
Some pictures of Tim.


pkgormong said...

aw, I miss little Tim...and you're right, that's the only reason I check your blog! haha JUST KIDDING! We are praying for you all each week! Hope things continue to go well! Love you all and miss you!

PKA Gormong

Suzanne said...

So cute! I will pray that you all are not restless waiting for the Lord to reveal your agenda after camp! Love you and miss you!