“That your joy may be full”

Have you ever thought about the fact that God wants us to have JOY. Everlasting life starts now at the time of your salvation with Jesus. You don’t have to wait till heaven to experience everlasting life. However, You do have to have Jesus in you to have this type of joy. I’m not saying you won’t face trials and temptations but as a follower of Christ we are not alone.

We had an awesome morning at Countryside Fellowship in Decatur, Texas. We showed up early for Sunday school and got to hear the praise team practice. That was great 😊 and got us pumped for the rest of the day. We really enjoyed being able to worship the Lord with them. We just want to thank pastor Mark Webb for allowing us to come present our ministry. And special thanks to Curt and Julie for the fellowship at lunch. What an awesome couple.

The next half of our day was equally as good. We spent the afternoon in Wichita Falls at Dustin and Heather Culver’s home (from Anchor Baptist Church) with their discipleship groups. We really enjoyed doing life, eating good food, and talking about the Lord.

Thank y’all again for the blessings.

This whole day from beginning to end has brought joy to our hearts.

God truly is too good to us.

Busy February

What a Busy February.
We had most of the month booked except the first week of February. But God had a plan for that week too. Our good friend pastor Lonny Parson suffered a ruptured aorta on Sunday 2/3/19 after his morning service and was not supposed to survive but he has and is still in critical condition at Medical city.
Everything happens in God’s perfect timing and that week was our only week off from having churches planned on deputation and He allowed us to be home and free to minister to our friends. It was hard for us to leave from staying with our friends in the hospital, But I was reminded that We also had another task God had given us and we had to get on the road again to follow God’s calling for us.
We have since been to see our friends at Anchor Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, TX and to a mission conference at New Testament Baptist Church in Lubbock, TX.
We then left Texas for four appointments in Florida and even had a chance to pop in to the Tristate Conference held at Pine Level Baptist Church in Starke,FL where we were blessed with great preaching and testimony sharing.
We are headed to our fourth appointment in Florida today (2/27/19). Our other three appointments went great and each church was set up differently but all still filled with the body of Christ and such a blessing to us. God has blessed us with opportunities to be able to help and serve beside other brother and sisters while in Florida.
Pray for us as we continue our travels today to Pensacola, FL and then tomorrow as we head to Texas.
Please continue to pray for our pastor friend Lonny Parson still in critical condition in Medical City. And pray for his family and the other families in the CCU waiting room. We’ve seen miracles for Lonny and it has been amazing to see God work.

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Michelle had 30 minutes to see the Atlantic Ocean and put toes in the sand.

Happy New Year 2019

We hope and pray that you had great times with family and friends during the holidays and lifting up the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you all for your prayers and continued support.
We continue to be so thankful to the Lord for presenting us with opportunities to share our ministry burden. We pray that God will continue to bless you and your churches in the coming year as you have been such a blessing to us.

We’ve started the new year with appointments in Texas and already have a busy calendar for February with only 2 dates empty (the 3rd & 6th).
God is good all the time!

We are still praying to be able to move to Mexico in March and asking God to show up BIG between now and then. God is already so good to us. But, if it is not in His timing to move by that time, then we will understand and continue to serve—but it doesn’t hurt to ask!
We are both in awe that our God chooses to use us in this way. We are truly thankful.

We did finish our newsletter today and it under the newsletter tab above or uploaded via this link https://mailchi.mp/059734834562/january-newsletter-2019

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God bless, Marty & Michelle

Fall Update

We are so thankful to the Lord for presenting us with opportunities to share our ministry burden. We had appointments all thru November. It’s the first time our calendar had been that full and what an exciting feeling. And what a busy month it was traveling from Missouri to Paris Texas to Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia. We saw beautiful sights and made lots of new friends along the way.

I realized today that I have only been posting about our visits on our facebook page and not as updates on here. So, I hope you are following us on our 5 Talents facebook page too.

We did finish our newsletter today and it under the newsletter tab above or uploaded via this link https://mailchi.mp/44b7cb86bbbc/december-2018-update-509125.
If you want to be on our email list for our monthly newsletter please email us at fivetalentsforChrist@aol.com and request us to add you to the list.

We are praising God that we are at about 35% of our monthly support and haven’t been on deputation that long. God is good!

Have a Merry Christmas and God Bless,
Marty and Michelle

November update

We are on the road again. Praise the Lord for presenting us with opportunities to share our ministry burden. We have appointments all thru November. It’s the first time our calendar has been this full and what an exciting feeling. 

We are currently on the road in Missouri and head to North Carolina in a week for medical missionary training. God has blessed us with meetings and opportunities to present along our trails. We have been blessed by meeting so many of God’s servants at each of our stops. 

We’ve recently been able to present our ministry in Aurora Texas to Aurora Baptist church and in Grove Oklahoma to Bible Baptist Church. We’ve had 3 meetings with pastors in Missouri and get to present our ministry this coming Sunday at Majesty Baptist in Lees Summit. 

We are thankful for getting to visit and stay with Marty’s extended family on this leg of our travels. 

God has blessed us in our travels this fall by seeing His beautiful creation. The leaves changing have been gorgeous. We are thanking Him that he has sent us   North at this time of year and get to see the beauty. He could have arranged us to go anywhere or Missouri at another time but we are here at the most beautiful time of year. 

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Thanks for the prayers and continue to pray for us on deputation. 

God bless, Marty & Michelle

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10 KJV

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Mid-October Update

God is so good to us. I don’t know why I get surprised when God blesses us or answers certain prayers. He is a loving father and just as I like to surprise or treat my daughter well, my God is a perfect parent and knows what we need and want.

We had an amazing time at the Fall  meeting of the World Baptist fellowship. We loved getting to see our mission family again. We were able to meet more members of our family too and making new memories. We were also able to book some new appointments with churches (praise the Lord). First Baptist Church of Canton Michigan hosted it and was so gracious to us. The food they provided was so good too. SouthPointe Baptist Church in Jacksonville Florida mailed a lot of goodies too for the missionaries and would like to thank their members as well. It may not excite you but I got some large baking pans I can use at the camp in Mexico 😊.

We also got to finally meet the ones that started the camp in Mexico all those years ago (Roman and Betty Alvarez and Marty and Jesse Starling). We had a good time visiting with these special servants. God answered a prayer and worked out our housing arrangements for when we move to Mexico and we are so thankful to Pastor and Mrs Alvarez for that blessing.

We heard great sermons those 3 days and were challenged in so many ways. I’ve been challenged not to pray for safety but to pray for boldness like the early disciples and Paul.

As I was able to view some of God’s amazing, beautiful, powerful creation this week, it brings to mind how beautiful the garden of Eden must have been and how amazingly glorious heaven will be!

Thanks for the prayers and continue to pray for us on deputation.

God bless, Michelle
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October update

We had a great week at the mission conference in Chickasha Oklahoma at Maranatha Baptist Church. Such a sweet church with a giant heart for missions. We felt so at home there. It was our first mission conference to ever attend and we had a wonderful time. And what good cooks too!  We heard great preaching from Joey Bacon (mission director of WBF) and enjoyed getting to know fellow missionary Todd DeWitt.  

We had a praise this week too having new church support show up on our month end report from the mission office. What a surprise and blessing. God is good!

Please continue to pray for us as we are on deputation trying to schedule churches to share our ministry/burden and for traveling/safety. We did hit a deer leaving an evening service in Oklahoma (on my birthday) but no one was hurt and the the deer was gone when we turned around. Car had to have some body work but wasn’t too bad. 

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