Tuesday, June 28, 2011

CBF Celebrates 20 Years...

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (our employer) celebrated its 20th anniversary at our annual General Assembly (GA) in Tampa last week.  It was a party where we celebrated our beginnings, how far we've come, our ministries, our partnerships, and so much more.  New field personnel were commissioned and we had a grand party to mark this 20th year.

As part of the GA every year there is an exhibit hall and the Gypsy Team had a booth.  Here we show pictures of the various ministries our team is engaged in and give out information.  It was good to see old friends that have partnered with us and make new friends.

Happy Birthday CBF!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Passport Kids Camp

Gypsy Lady at camp
 Going to camp is as American as apple pie and baseball.  This week Ralph and I had the privilege of being the missionary speakers at PassportKids camp at Eagle Eyrie, VA.  It was fun, fun, and more fun.  The 3rd - 6th graders were eager to learn about the Roma culture and about the Ruth School - Gypsy students their same age.

Ralph at the Chinese Night Market
 This year's theme was TREASURE:  Ask, Seek, Knock, using a pirate theme and an emphasis on helping in China

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Making Friends and Saying Thanks

Meet the ladies of the Lottie Moon Missions Group at Jersey Baptist Church in Linwood, NC.  They are a praying group of women!  For several years they have been committed prayer supporters of our ministry among the Roma.  We regularly receive cards reminding us that these ladies are "holding the ropes" for us.  Recently I met the group for lunch and was able to thank them personally for their commitment and partnership in helping the most neglected hear about Jesus.  We had some great home cookin' and even better fellowship.  Thank you Ladies!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Trips That Make a Difference...

You have the opportunity to see God at work through the ministries of the Fellowship this October. CBF is committed to ministry among the world’s least evangelized and most marginalized people. The Romany are among Europe’s most despised and unwanted people. For nearly two decades CBF field personnel have been sharing Christ’s hope. Now, you can experience ministry firsthand among the Romany people in Eastern Europe. Travel October 7-17 with CBF field personnel and staff to witness how God is changing lives.

Estimated cost: $2,600 (airfare and accommodations)

Destination: Eastern Europe, including Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic

Contact: Jennifer Graham at (678) 313-3999

Sunday, June 12, 2011

In the USA...

Ralph arrived Thursday to join me in the USA.  We are here to speak in churches, attend CBF's annual General Assembly, and most importantly attend our son, Josh's law enforcement graduation and our daughter, Amy's wedding.  It is a packed summer but one we are already enjoying.

Amy & Tyler were "showered" this week with a party hosted by our friends, Glen & Clista Adkins (remember our colleagues from the Gandhi School?) and Jim & Ethel Childress (long-time volunteers).  In the picture you see our family with Ralph's mom, Doris, along with the groom, Tyler Gallaher with his parents, Rob & Suzanne.  We ladies had to wear boas while the men had designated caps.  It was a fun time.  We are blessed to have such good friends.

Josh's graduation is this week so we are in the season of parties! 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Wollaston Free Church Visits

Wollaston Free Church in Great Britain has been a partner of Project Ruth from the very beginning.  This generous, missions-minded congregation has sent volunteers, truck loads of goods, and funds for nearly 20 years.  This past week a group from the church came for a visit.  There was great excitement when they handed out stuffed animals to the Obed Day Center children and big smiles when chocolate was presented to the Ruth School students.  What child doesn't like either? :)

Project Ruth appreciates the commitment that Wollaston Free Church continues to make to help Gypsy children receive an education.  God's blessings to you!