Reaching the Halfway Mark

 

Entering Whitman

As we reach the half-way mark of our furlough, we are grateful to all that God has done through us and the blessings we have received.

We have re-cast the vision of all that God is doing in over twenty churches, plus visiting many individual partners.

One of the fun part of our travels has been to visit fun and interesting places.  On our recent trip to Massachusetts, we made two interesting discoveries.

Whitman, Massachusetts and chocolate chip cookies

Yum!

How could we pass off an opportunity to visit a town actually called Whitman?

It turns out that it is kind of a scary town (There was an abduction the day we were there!).  But historically, it is home of one of the greatest American inventions: the chocolate chip cookie!

The Wightman Cemetery

Wightman Family Graves

Wightman Family Graves. In the forefront, Timothy Wightman and his wife.

On our way from New York City to Massachusetts, we stopped at an old cemetery outside Groton, Connecticut, near where there used to be a Baptist church.  The plaque on the cemetery claims that it was the first Baptist church in Connecticut.

The interesting thing is that this church and cemetery were founded by Valentine Wightman, a Baptist pastor whose father was an immigrant from England.

Wightman Monument

Monument to the Reverends Valentine, Timothy and John Gano Wightman

Valentine’s son and grandson also became pastors of the same church.

Their tombs and their lives remind me of the great heritage our family has had for many centuries in Christ.  In Paul’s words: “I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience” (2 Tim. 1:3 ESV)

Thank you for your continued prayers, and we look forward to sharing more blessings with you as we head into the second half of our time here in America.

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