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Monday and Tuesday night we had the privilege of hearing Pastor Billy Seats preach near our home town at a revival in Knoxville, TN at New Life Baptist Church with Pastor David McGinness, Jr. Needless to say, our hearts were full and renewed after some tremendous preaching and fellowshipping with friends! But best of all, God answered our prayers and …


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We travelled to Lexington, NC to meet Pastor Jeremy Simpson of Walter’s Grove Baptist Church this past weekend. Gil preached the Sunday School service and our family sang  one of our favorite songs; in fact, we call it our theme song since we sing it so often: “The Lord Has Blessed Me in so Many Ways.” After our family sat …

S.O.S. Ministry in El Salvador

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JimBob and Michelle graciously invited us to participate in a short 3 day ministry opportunity with S.O.S. Ministries under the direction of Mike Schadt in El Salvador. Since Gil & I have never been on a mission trip outside of the U.S., it was a wonderful, heart gripping experience for us. The purpose of the trip was for S.O.S. Ministries …

Hearts Renewed

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    Parents rejoice to see their children desiring to please the Lord and reconciling wrongs in their lives.    We recently experienced a small revival in our family when Erin was prompted to begin praying for her siblings. After many tears and hours of secret devotion, the fruit begin to show in the lives of others. Several young siblings began …

New Life

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“Behold, old things are passed away. All things are made new.” Katie and Josie both recently accepted the Lord as their Savior and followed the Lord’s example of baptism as a sign of their new life in Christ. They had spent many nights studying and praying about this decision! We know the angels in Heaven are rejoicing! Please pray that …

Watch Out!

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She’s driving now! Alyssa passed her license test! That makes 8 Bates drivers! Whew! Insurance sounds like a good line of work to enter!