Coming to fruition:

I talked in February about preparing for events in March. Those events are happening now! So, here’s a little update with some pictures:

Last Friday, we had the Pastor’s Banquet at MRF. I honestly can’t remember how many pastors showed up with their wives; I just know it was a full house. After a lovely catered meal, there was brief presentations of the ministry here and lots of special music.

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Our goal is to get more area churches involved at MRF. The property is very conducive to events for churches and we want to be sure that when they have missionaries passing through, that they know we offer a comfortable {affordable} place for them to stay. Plus, many pastors just need a get-away, even for a couple of days, and we offer that as well. Then, of course, MRF would not exist without contributions, so getting our name out there definitely helps.

Brian and a few other men worked literally tirelessly to get the new apartment ready for that Friday. It was not 100% completed (that’s happening this week) but they could at least show it to the pastors who took the tour. It looks absolutely beautiful!

When you enter, the bathroom is immediately to your left. Not pictured is the full tub/shower. Brian did most of the bathroom himself. It looks beautiful. Nice and large!
When you enter, the bathroom is immediately to your left. Not pictured is the full tub/shower. Brian did most of the bathroom himself. It looks beautiful. Nice and large!
This view is still standing by the new front door. The bathroom is to my left (not pictured) and this is the small kitchenette. It includes a microwave, toaster oven, coffee pot, and small fridge. It's an "efficiency" apartment - not made for long-term residents, but more like weekend guests.
This view is still standing by the new front door. The bathroom is to my left (not pictured) and this is the small kitchenette. It includes a microwave, toaster oven, coffee pot, and small fridge. It’s an “efficiency” apartment – not made for long-term residents, but more like weekend guests.
Directly across from the kitchenette is this sitting area. The couch was donated and is in MINT condition. It's also a hide-a-bed, so more than 2 people can comfortably stay here.
Directly across from the kitchenette is this sitting area. The couch was donated and is in MINT condition. It’s also a hide-a-bed, so more than 2 people can comfortably stay here.
This is the entire apartment, taken from the new entrance. The door you see is the old entrance and will now be the back door. In front of the window is the queen bed, with 2 end tables and lamps. There's also an armoire in the room, too.
This is the entire apartment, taken from the new entrance. The door you see is the old entrance and will now be the back door. In front of the window is the queen bed, with 2 end tables and lamps. There’s also an armoire in the room, too.

This week, Brian has been working on installing smoke detectors, finishing up the ceiling (especially in the new bathroom), and doing more electrical, dry wall, and mudding in other areas of the remodel. The duplex is now officially two homes – completely sealed off. A lot of painting is happening and all of the electrical upstairs is (I believe!) complete. Things happen so quickly that it’s hard for me to keep up. I know Brian installed a door for the new washer/dryer area in one half yesterday. He also began drywall in the kitchen of that same half and mudding and painting has begun there. One half of the duplex should be completed fairly soon. The other side is still lacking a kitchen, but there are not enough funds for that, so it’s on hold for the time being.

Sunday, we say goodbye to a family who has lived at MRF for the past 6 months. They arrived nearing burn-out and needing a rest with their family. They are leaving refreshed and renewed! We had the joy of having them in our Life Group and our kids loved playing together. We really enjoyed getting to know them and hearing about their work in a tribe. It’s always bittersweet seeing families we grow attached to leave. We know they’re headed back to where God has called them, but we hate to say goodbye for now. I have to say – they’re a HUGE testament to the goal and purpose of MRF. I think our tag line should be, “Come worn out; leave refreshed.” Hopefully that was accomplished for them and we look forward to them hopefully returning on their next furlough.

At the church – we had another Skill Nite last night. We had a BIG turnout! My dad taught half the kids French and a friend of ours, Raul, taught the other half Spanish. Here are a few pictures:

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So, the big question is: who had more fun? The teachers or the kids?? 

This Saturday, I have my big training day for the church. I’ve been working on this since before Christmas; I just hope I have covered all my bases and have it all set. Brian has been a HUGE help getting some last minute stuff together for me. You can pray that the day goes well, with a good turnout.

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Brian & Lisa

We are missionaries with Bible Centered Ministries International, living and serving in NEPA.

2 thoughts on “Coming to fruition:”

  1. Wow, the guest apartment looks great. I can’t wait to see what the other two apartments look like. I can’t quite imagine it. Things look different at church, too. I don’t remember the black curtains. Yes, I agree: Come worn out, leave refreshed! Thanks for all you do!

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