Saturday, June 16, 2007

Ordination into the ministry

Yes, both Monty and I were ordained into the ministry as pastors last night! It was the most humbling experience I have ever had! I still have a hard time taking it all in.
The entire conference was wonderful. The first photo shows us with some of the world wide missionaries who were able to come back into the states for this conference. They were from the Phillipines, Kenya, India, Mexico and all over. It was so inspiring to be amoung such men and women of God! They all had the opportunity to tell about some of their missions and show photos. It was an honor to be counted amoung them!
The next photo to the right shows me with the guest speaker who opened the celebration -- yes, it is Lou Brock, famous baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals and winner of I can't remember how many World Series! Both he and his wife are also ordained ministers and have such a heart for missions. I had the opportunity to talk with both of them after the evening and especially with Lou. Our son in law, Tyler, is the head baseball coach of one of our local senior high schools and I just kept thinking how I wish he would have been there with us and had the opportunity to hear Lou's message! Priceless!
The center photo was taken for us by Cindi, a missionary to Kenya. In fact, she took most all the photos last night during the ceremony. We are so thankful to her and were blessed to get to know she and her husband, Anthony, better. We also had meals with DC and his wife, Sona, missionaries in India. Their stories are so inspiring and such a blessing to us.
The last photo was taken as we were being prayed over by the Global Fellowship. As I said, being in the presence of our Lord and Savior in that way was more than humbling yet also energizing. We know God has a plan for our lives and we pray we are obedient to follow.
We are so thankful to the Global Fellowship and to International Gospel Outreach for not only the education we have received but for the family we have gained! We know God had this planned from the beginning and we are so thankful for His plan! If someone would've told me a year ago that this is where we would be in a year . . . !!!!! ?????
We are also so thankful to all of you for your continued prayers and support. Without those prayers we would not have been able to continue in God's calling on our lives. We pray you will continue to pray for us, for strength, for wisdom and for guidance in the newest chapter of our lives.
God's blessings to all until tomorrow . . . Susan and Monty

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