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We travelled to Lexington, NC to meet Pastor Jeremy Simpson of Walter’s Grove Baptist Church this pIMG_5633ast 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 down, Pastor Simpson told us his sister wrote that song when she was 12 years old! Then he told us that he wrote the song that the Duggar family often sings together: “Its Through the Blood.” What a joy to meet those responsible for the words that have touched so many lives! We were truly honored to take part in their church service!

Sunday p.m. brought us to Yadkinville, NC to Southside Baptist Church where Gil preached for our good friend Pastor Billy Seats. Each time we’re with the Seats family we are uplifted as Pastor Seats is one of the most loving and most encouraging pastors we _MG_5635know!

We rejoiced with the family over their daughter Katie’s engagement to Chad Shook (Chad’s dad, who is in Heaven, wrote the song “It Will Be Worth Every Mile”).

Pastor Seats drove to Knoxville, TN to preach in a revival near our home town the following week…(More news about this exciting time in our lives coming up on the next post!)