June 25, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

June 25, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

Big Changes, All Good               

Greetings Family and Friends,

1. God sold our house! In preparation for transitioning to ministry at Camp Barakel, we listed our house for sale recently and in six days had a buyer.  We wanted to list the house in the spring thinking that this was a good time to sell a house in Mount Pleasant. But as we often do, we under-estimated what God can and would do. We praise the Lord for the quick sale of the house and believe this is the Lord providing for us. We praise Him!

2. We closed the sale of the house on Thursday, June 15 and on the next day, with much help from our family and church family, we loaded almost all of our belongings into the Camp Barakel semi truck and trailer. I got to use my new CDL to drive that beast – what fun! God safely saw me to Barakel by 3 PM last Friday the 16th to unload into storage at Barakel and with many helpers, at camp, the truck was unloaded with our belongings stored in two hours! I was on the road and arrived at our new temporary home in Remus, Michigan by 8:20 PM. We were done a day early. There was rain. But not until we were done loading or unloading each time. Once again God provided, giving gracious helpers and good weather.

3. Speaking of our new temporary home. We have been enjoying another provision from God. Chippewa Hills Baptist Church in Remus, Michigan,  west of Mount Pleasant, makes their parsonage available to missionaries for the cost of utilities. They are letting us stay there as long as we need to. Another provision from God!

4. Yes, God sold our house. God provided safety and help to move and a place to store our belongings at camp. And God provided a temporary place to live and at greatly reduced cost. All of this has given us the opportunity to now begin receiving the 69% support that has already been committed to us. And because of this we believed it was time for me to tender my resignation here at First Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, Michigan effective August 1. This we believe will allow us to devote ourselves more fully to reaching 100% of our support need. And as soon as we are fully supported we will be able to move to Barakel and begin the work there.

We hope you will praise God with us over all these blessings, big changes and new opportunities. We are praying that we can share with you soon that God is bringing more support. We are so grateful for your prayers, encouragement and for your financial support.

We also want to pray for you. If there’s anything we can take to the Lord on your behalf we would be honored to do so. We have a mighty, prayer answering God!   

When you think of them pray for the boys as Jacob and Nicholas are volunteering all summer at Barakel.

Kevin A. Pierpont,  Camp Barakel Resident Missionary Staff Appointee

February 26, 2017  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

February 26, 2017  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Friday morning, I awoke at 2 AM  with vertigo. 

Since March 2016 I have dealt with vertigo which at times is just losing my balance when I look up or move quickly and there are times it is so severe that I think perhaps it is the beginning of the end. 

I praise the Lord for the nights, which are most of them, that I sleep through the night.

I sat up for a few minutes and then felt sleepy, so I went back in quietly as not to disturb my dear partner of 61 years who has been so dear to me. As soon as I lay back down I knew that I would have to get up and sit in a chair since my vertigo was causing serious nausea.

Many times for nearly a year now I have had feelings that I would not be able to continue and yet I remember that the Lord would take me home to be with him immediately if my job here on earth was finished.  I would breathe a pray for the Lord to give me the strength for each task.

I am so thankful for this past year that I have been writing my Scriptures in journals and writing the Scripture Challenges,  These times have truly drawn me closer to the Lord and I have been reminded over and over of His Great Love and the fact that He is the strength giver. 

I am thankful for the privileges he has given me to lead our dear sister Teressa to trust the Lord as her Saviour.  I am thankful for those I have been able to pray for in their time of need or given an encouraging word or shared a Scripture Challenges along the way.

I just want to thank the Lord, I want to lift my voice in praise as He has continually kept me going when I felt I could not.  I also realize that these experiences have caused me to trust Him even more.

I thank God for his forgiveness when I doubted and thought I could not go on and for the restoration and mercy, He has bestowed on me every day as he gives me new direction.

Joni Earikson Tada shared in her devotional, The Spectacle of Glory’

The faithfulness of God — not our own faithfulness — is our great Hope.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV)

22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.