Things are crazy busy here!! I just returned from a visa run to Thailand which was great!
Now I am back on the ground and busy with a team that has come to visit!!
Please be lifting us up as we seek to engage those around us with the love of Father! More to come soon.
This morning we enjoyed a worship service with Quad 20, which started after breakfast and lasted until about noon. It was led by Caleb and Clara* with an emphasis on Acts 18.
We had a wonderful time of testimonials, songs, Scripture reading, discussion and prayer. We then had lunch and fellowship in cafeteria at noon. At 4, we gathered with the group from Tifton to finish stuffing bags before dinner at 5. We looked forward to what is known as the weekly “Cultural Worship Service” at 6pm. Each week, this service is done in different ways to help prepare the outgoing missionaries for the ways that worship will look in their new countries!
Cultural worship tonight was unique in that it began with the song “How Great Thou Art,” in Swedish and English. There was a band comprised of five missionaries. The missionary who led the worship had his daughter translate in English. A missionary read scripture in Italian. A family sang a gypsy song and the preacher spoke in Croatian. Prayer requests and testimonials were done in English.
We went out afterwards for coffee and dessert with the Tifton group and a group of the single missionaries. It was a fun time of fellowship.
At the end of our last full day here in Richmond, we truly feel it has been an honor to serve and represent our church, for as Romans 1:16 says, we are “not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes.” May it be so that our missionaries will be able to go forth boldly in the power of the Lord and His strength.
*Names changed for security reasons.
We have really enjoyed today and have learned a lot! We just want to share a few pictures of all we have seen and experienced! Here is a picture of a poster made by the kids after the immunization clinic yesterday!
The living quarters here are called quads. Here is a picture of the quad housing for the missionaries or select staff as well as volunteers as ourselves.
The quads are named after different places in the world. Art spent some time praying in front of the quad in the Asia village as we prayer walked.
Our new friend from the Tifton group, Kevin, prayer walking.
Linda also spent some time prayer walking near the Asia village before lunch.
Here is a picture of the administration building!
We also worked with the Tifton group to make surprise goodie bags for tomorrow!
We are thankful for another wonderful day!! Please pray that our last full day here tomorrow will be used for His glory!
Thank you for your continued prayers and in particular for the weather for us. We awoke to showers of blessings literally as we prepared for the day! We walked to breakfast in the rain and met more missionary families which we were able to pray for later. Afterwards, we met in room in a building adjacent to the cafeteria to have a season of prayer. It was such a precious time of prayer and fellowship with group here from Tifton, GA.
Here is a picture of the quilt highlighting so many different countries!
We walked and prayed in the rooms and hallways lined with artwork of the specific needs on the field.
We were provided with a lot of prayer prompts!
We then prayed in the prayer chapel where we found a basketful of smooth stones with names written on them.
Today was an immunizations day in the afternoon. This has reminded us to pray specifically for the children – for courage and good health as they too get ready to head overseas. We were able to visit the school on the grounds where they attend while their parents are in class. It’s been a wonderful day!
After many hours of driving, we made it safely to Richmond this afternoon…
and we were quickly able to get checked in, have a brief orientation, followed by dinner with some new friends who are in training and a quick tour! We have already had some rain and more is expected for tomorrow. Please pray for the rain to hold off while we are here so we can make the most of our time on this beautiful campus encouraging our new friends!! More to come soon!
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we read that we are to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for [us] in Christ Jesus.” We rejoice in the fact that God loves us and is with us always. We decided to begin our journey yesterday and spent the night with family in Brunswick, GA loving on my niece Penny and her two adorable children, Gabriella and Cory Jr.
We left Georgia early this morning! As we begin this last leg of the journey, we think of Ephesians 3:14-18 which says, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”
As we read these verses yesterday morning I was thinking of our church family as well as the new friends we will meet in Virginia. The song “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” comes to mind. This is our prayer for us and them.
In Him we remain,
We are Art & Linda Becton and are thrilled to be starting this journey. On Thursday we will be travelling to Richmond to encourage and pray over outgoing missionaries! Pray for safety as we travel as well as divine appointments with the people we will meet…more to come soon!
These past few weeks we have been spending a lot of time hanging out with friends! Learning how to make Chinese food and teaching them how to make pizza! It is wonderful time to do Dship with new believers and also to continue to answer questions from those who don’t believe.
Our good friend was dunked this past weekend. We were so grateful to have been able to be part of that!
Lift up my friend who is so close to believing. She is asking many questions, reading John, and attending our good book studies. Her whole family is Buddhist and she doesn’t want to be the different one in the family. Yarp that the Father will give her courage and open her heart to Him!
Continue to lift up our two Good Book studies as we have had 5 new unbelievers this past week. They are told to only believe in themselves and sometimes this makes them have a hard time grasping the concept of such a loving and forgiving Father.
Two weeks ago was Tomb Sweeping holiday in China. This was a time where people go home to honor their ancestors and burn incense offerings. It is such a sad and dark time compared to our celebration this past weekend of our Risen King. Our tomb is empty because he is Risen and living! However, E@ster gave us a wonderful chance to share of our hope we find in Him. We had a few new people come to our good book studies this past weekend where we taught on the Resurrection! Granted, one guy came only because I was making an American dessert, cupcakes! But he heard and had questions.
I missed being apart of the celebration at FBC but got to be apart of an international E@ster service where we w0rsh!ped in different languages. It was amazing to hear the different languages sing His praises! Ps@lm 57:9 “I will give thanks to you, O L0rd, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.”
Also, I have been given the opportunity to extend my time for a month. I will be staying here until the beginning of August!
Here is a picture I recently took – it was so great to see some blue skies for the first time in a while!
On a side note, I got to go see the pandas two weeks ago! It was fun going with friends and seeing all the different pandas!
Bumba sent pictures of the dedication of the new dining hall at Genesis School in Kamonkoli, Uganda. This is a true blessing and a tribute to the work of God in missions throughout the world!
We are so looking forward to sending our team in July! Please join us in prayer for this trip, asking that the Lord will do amazing things as we continue to partner with His work in Kamonkoli!