Fall = Women’s Retreats
Fall is a favorite season for women’s events. Kids are back in school after being home all summer, and moms (& grand-moms) are ready to have a little space to just “sigh” and be renewed.
Peg spoke at three fall retreats with just such a theme of “Refresh, Renew, and Restore.” Each retreat, held in three locations (Phoenix, Az; Pagosa Springs, CO; and Klamath Falls, OR.) were uniquely special for her (see the sidebar on page 1 & 2).
Besides the retreats that have filled Peg’s fall schedule, she has added numerous counseling opportunities. Some of these are face-to-face via Skype, some face-to-face over coffee. The point is that these times are often God’s way of redeeming her life stories…
FOCUS ON FALL FOR BAY…
Bay started his fall ministry in prison…the New Hampshire State Prison (I hope you don’t read into this…). Bay had been honored to speak there early last spring, and built relationship with many believing inmates. We returned to do more ministry, bringing along our board president, who also shared the speaking load twice at prison, and also presented a GREAT Sunday school lesson at church. It was a time of significant blessing, as a number of decisions were made for Jesus in the prison. This ministry among the inmates brings so much hope in an otherwise despairing situation. Many of them related to Bay’s message on the healing of the demoniac, who wanted to go with Jesus, but whom the Lord asked to stay and tell of the Good News. What an opportunity to serve in a world far removed from our lives… Again, while in New Hampshire, Bay preached the morning message at the Center Barnstead church, whose history is pre-Civil War (oh, if those walls could talk!)…
From New England, Bay flew to Montana, where he was joined with Joe Odhiambo. The two of them travelled about Montana and Wyoming speaking in schools and evening evangelistic services (mostly on the Rez).
Joe on the Crow Rez
Over 700 6th graders were bussed in from all over Great Falls
We spoke in schools to over 5,000 students, and then in churches in the evenings, where we tried to get kids and their parents to come to an event where we could tell them “the whole truth”! The Lord blessed with 50-100 decisions for Christ, and we were able to give each new believer one of my devotional books, along with giving their contact info to local churches to follow up and disciple them. The pictures we’ve included probably do the best job of “describing” our time in this needy area where darkness so often prevails. Please pray for the seeds planted there to grow and be well nurtured and produce lots more fruit!
One of my passions (Bay) is ministry on the Native American Reservations. My grandpa was a missionary to the Cowboys and Indians of Northern Arizona, and it seems that love was somehow passed on to me! The picture above is of Newton, an 83 year old Crow Native American pastor and cowboy. He still rides and ropes! I told him when I grow up, I want to be like him – love Jesus and ride horses! 😀
Bay sharing with high schoolers – guys were State Champs in basketball – what a great connection!