Friday evening was the MRF Banquet finally. We had a full house! It was great to see some friends we haven’t seen in a few years and to have other friends come to show their support for us and the ministry here.

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We had special music from Danny Funderburk (a former member of the Cathedral Quartet) and a short missions challenge from Kris Stout who is the VP of International Ministries in Word of Life.

Kris Stout
Kris Stout

It’s always interesting to see how missionaries are connected. I attended Parole de Vie Bethel (Word of Life Bethel) in Quebec when I was 18. The director at the time was Mark Strout, who is now the Executive Dean at WOLBI in New York. Apparently, he spent at least a year here at MRF back when he was studying at (what is now) Summit University (BBC). I find it fascinating how many people have been blessed by the ministry of MRF.

Last week began the fall programs for kid’s ministries at church. We had a poor turnout on Wednesday, but my team is praying that that changes soon! The program is great and everything is running smoothly; now to get the kids in the door!

This Saturday, I head to Lancaster for my first writer’s conference. I want very badly to improve my journalism skills for the BCM World, so I’m attending a conference on journalism being led by none other than my editor, Jeanette Windle. I’m looking forward to connecting with her and getting solid training so I can continue to become a better writer.

This is also the lead-up to our kids’ birthdays! Hard to believe that Joseph turns 3 on the 27th and Elena 5 on the 29th! Weren’t they babies just yesterday?! It’s going to be fun celebrating with these crazies next week.

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Brian & Lisa

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

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