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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!

Many Thanks

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One day our children met a nearby neighbor, Mrs. Gail Davis. We enjoyed meeting her and hearing her testimony. She in turn introduced us to her sister from Atlanta…Soon after, her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Buchanan, volunteered to install and provide railing for our porch. We were shocked when they called to offer such a huge gift! …

Guatemala Part 3

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While the boys (with Mr. Dempster and his sons) worked on excavating dirt for a home site for a family in need, the girls and Mrs. Dempster worked on making food baskets to deliver to needy families. They enjoyed time spent with the children in the schools and orphanage, but they especially loved the time spent taking the children to …

Guatemala Part 2

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Lawson and Nathan worked with Mr. Dempster and his sons shoveling dirt to prepare a house site for a family in need. They filled 3 tandem dump trucks by hand! One thing our sons noticed was what exceptionally hard workers the Guatemalans are – all ages! Besides their strong work ethic, another thing our children noticed was how loving the …

A Trip to Remember!

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Four of our children were given the opportunity to travel with a family in our church to Guatemala for a short 10 day missions trip. The Dempster Family became familiar with the needs in Guatemala after adopting a precious little girl from an orphanage there 2 years ago. Since that time, they have kept in correspondence with a missionary and …

THANK YOU

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We’d like to say a special “Thanks” to the many who have sent their condolences through our web site comments and e-mails for the loss of our unborn baby . We’ve also received flowers and cards! Most of all, we’ve been lifted up in prayer and have felt love and concern from so many – even people we’ve never met! …