Trip Reports

Sharing the Good News

Learn about what God is doing on the mission field from those who have gone.  Details of the last trip are posted below:

India- February 2015

2/25  Thank you for the prayers! We made all our connections and arrived safely. We had 1 bag that didn't show up but was here by 5:30am. We are about to make a road trip so continue prayers for that. Traveling here requires a lot of patience.

 2/26 Today we had a great time of meeting with 15 believers. It was so encouraging to hear their stories and what they have given up to follow Jesus. Thank you for covering our time together in prayer.

 Russia - February 2015

 2/17- We have had an amazing day! We had a great lunch with Brad, Janine, Janet, and another one of Brads team named Kent. We met his wife last year but he was out of town last year. Brad insisted on going to the train station with us and he was a God send. We never would have made it to the train without him due to all the luggage we have. On the train we had booked our seats where there were two seats facing forward and two seats backwards facing them. When we picked the seats, the train car was nearly empty. But when we got on the train, there was a girl sitting in the other seat that we had not booked. She was shy at first but Sally talked to her and she quickly opened up and spoke very good English. She asked us if we knew God. She told us that she was Christian and it was obvious that she truly understood what that meant. We were blessed to meet her and she was blessed by getting to meet us as well. Even though she was continuing on the train, she helped us get our luggage off the train and gave us her information to keep in contact. Vera was there immediately to help us get our luggage out of the station and to get us a taxi as her car could not hold us and the luggage. We had a wonderful meal and conversation at dinner. God has been in control of our day and it amazing seeing him in all things big and small! Even though we were all tired and thought we would sleep on the train, God energized us and Blessed us. We are excited to see what he has in store for the rest of the week! Thank you for all your prayers.

2/17  This young girl on the train said she didn't speak English very well. I truly believe that God gave us the gift of tongues on this day. I was speaking Russian and she was speaking English!!! We understood everything! 2015 Acts in action. Thank you, Lord! In our weaknesses, Your strength is made perfect!!!

 We have had an amazing day! We had a great lunch with the Moscow Missionaries. We met his wife last year but he was out of town last year. B insisted on going to the train station with us and he was a God send. We never would have made it to the train without him due to all the luggage we have. On the train we had booked our seats where there were two seats facing forward and two seats backwards facing them. When we picked the seats, the train car was nearly empty. But when we got on the train, there was a girl sitting in the other seat that we had not booked. She was shy at first but Sally talked to her and she quickly opened up and spoke very good English. She asked us if we knew God. She told us that she was Christian and it was obvious that she truly understood what that meant. We were blessed to meet her and she was blessed by getting to meet us as well. Even though she was continuing on the train, she helped us get our luggage off the train and gave us her information to keep in contact. Vera was there immediately to help us get our luggage out of the station and to get us a taxi as her car could not hold us and the luggage. We had a wonderful meal and conversation at dinner. God has been in control of our day and it amazing seeing him in all things big and small! Even though we were all tired and thought we would sleep on the train, God energized us and Blessed us. We are excited to see what he has in store for the rest of the week! Thank you for all your prayers.

 2/18  Today was a wonderful day! We are tired, but happy. It's 11:00 pm here and we are working on certificates of appreciation for tomorrow's celebration. We toured Vladimir with two teachers and had a chance to share about our faith. Many deep conversations! Once again, we are being blessed!!!

 2/22 We have been so blessed this week by getting to visit. We have had many opportunities to share with them and to see so many friends. God has been preparing for our work here in Vladimir for many years. I have seen his hand in everything we've done. We also have been able to look at the accommodations and classrooms that we will use this summer. Please be in prayer now for the summer school camp. They said that the students want to be able to use the English they've learned with native speaking people. It helps them get better and know how they are doing. They said that there will be more students than we can accommodate so they will limit it to 15 students per classroom and accept students based on how many classrooms we say we can provide. We are having an information meeting on March 1st for anyone interested in going. We have 8 committed to go and a few more possibilities. We are planning for and praying for 12 in order to share with more students. Our dates for this trip are now June 12th-22nd. Some people require a little variation and we can work with that. Thank you for your support and prayers.

 2/24  We just landed at DFW. God has blessed us in so many ways. I am very grateful to him and our many prayer warriors. Through God's blessings, the foundation has been laid for the summer program in Vladimir. We have an opportunity to bless many students learning English but we do have a need for more participants from our church. We currently have 8 committed to go and we could use at least 12 in order to reach 90 students. Since we are working with 3rd-8th graders, parents and teenagers are welcome. The dates for the trip are June 13th-23rd. We are having an information meeting on March 1st at 4pm. We are looking to complete our group as soon as possible in order to let the school know how many students they can sign up for the program and to lock in some great rates for airfare, hotel, ect. 


chile - October, 2014

10/21 - We had the opportunity to visit with Pastor Alex, Gabi, Pablo, and his wife to encourage them and fellowship with them. They are such a blessing. We had a team make a home visit for a couple. The man was sick and he was a believer, but she wasn't...until the visit. We have a new sister in Christ! We had worship on Placeres and were challenged to get rid of our masks. We also had time to meet with Pastor Alex and key leaders to discuss discipleship. Joel Solomon (our key translator) said it was a blessing for his ministry, too. Afterwards, we had 45 for dinner where we teamed up with our five college age translators and served the leaders of JEV. Our translators were blessed this week too! We shared a final message and focused on Philippians 4:13, asking the leaders what that verse meant to them. Our team wrapped up the night reflecting on the amazing week we had. We are going to the Cerro La Cruz (where the most recent fires were) tomorrow and do some sight seeing before going to the airport. God blessed us in so many ways. Thanks for your prayers.

10/20 - The team was on Placeres today at the school and worked with the students around the theme of masks. The team helped with games in the courtyard, and JEV and First Hurst helped with various teams of kids doing different things. We also gave the Director a small gift in remembrance of the 3 faculty members who died this year. It was neat to share with the JEV members some parenting conference materials that can be used to reach out to the parents on Placeres. It’s a 13-week curriculum in both English and Spanish. Afterwards, we had dinner and skyped with Jeanie to discuss next steps. It’s exciting to see how God is working through this partnership as we discussed expanding our reach on the hill, trying new meeting places, and how we hope to move towards a more consistent leadership team on Placeres. God is so good!

10/19 - We had 44 in the church at Placeres and then went to two homes for lunch. We shared our testimonies and had good fellowship. Tonight we had over 100 in worship. We were able to skype the BiG DawGs, Girls in Grace and Mission Friends three times during the beginning of worship. Our team did a mask melodrama, Kimberly preached, and we had everyone write a
fear on their mask. At the closing there were over fifty who came forward to put their mask on the stage, symbolizing giving God their fear. Great night!

10/18 - We met up with JEV to make some home visits and prayer walk. There were four decisions for Christ! We went to 3 different JEV members' homes for lunch and shared life experiences. Then we enjoyed a three hour celebration of JEV's 10-year anniversary. People from the Baptist association were there. Also, people who helped start the church. A video from our church was shown, testimonies, recognition of key people over the past years (FBC was given a certificate of appreciation), music, preaching, and they showed a video: ten years in review. Afterwards they had 100 people for a formal dinner. Great day!

10/17 - What an AMAZING day! We met at the school on Placeres (where JEV holds church services). We divided into groups and made home visits. Each group averaged 5 people. FBC team members shared their testimonies at each home. One guy was saved, and we had super visitation reports. For some of our team it was their first time to share their testimony in this type of setting. Great responses. We will go out tomorrow for additional follow ups. The cream of the day was tonight! We had 64 at our school staff appreciation dinner. We started the night with Bingo and prizes. Did a mask mixer where everyone wrote something about their self on the inside of their mask and then put the mask on the back of their head to let others write about them on it. Wendy said the staff were enjoying it so much, they could have gone longer. We had music and a visual illustration using a $20 bill:  even crumpled & stepped on, it's still valuable. Then our entire team did a melodrama and the teachers laughed and got in it. Then we had a message about taking off your mask. Once we were done, the Director asked if he could say something, and he and his assistants came forward. The Director shared how he was touched and God was in this place. The other two also shared how meaningful the night was! The school people LOVED it! AMEN--God is good. Tomorrow we go door to door visiting then eat at JEV member homes. Then tomorrow night celebrate JEV's 10 year anniversary.

10/16 - The team arrived and checked into the hotel and then got lunch in town. They rested some before going to JEV. We let two stay at the hotel to rest longer. We met with JEV to go over the week's agenda and to pray. The mission team members of JEV were EXCITED to get their brown mask t-shirts. We told them that when we see pictures of them ministering in Chile & Ecuador we love seeing them wear the different t-shirts that they have received from teaming up with FBC Hurst. They said when they wear the shirts they tell people that people in Texas are praying for them. Friday we will be doing home visits and preparing for the evening dinner for the professors. We will have around 45 from the school plus FBC Hurst and some JEV team members at the hotel for dinner, fellowship and worship! Thanks for your prayers!!!

chile - june, 2014

6/13 - We're now on our way to pick up Cle. She took a bus here. Thank you, Lord, for Nelson and his dedication to our group. Fred is great! Our whole group is doing well. Every time something needs to be done, everyone takes a part. Yea! Prayer:  God has really blessed us, providing us with everything we need. This includes translators, but that would be something to pray for--translators when and where God needs them to work. Tomorrow is a long day for us at the church for almost 12 hours. Pray for us to maintain energy. The church members are amazing, and the school and teachers were really great today. The director was super! I think that is great! We really had a great time at the school! Fred said the difference between the teachers interacting with each other now after the new director is there is night and day. They were laughing and cutting up with the director and inspector both. Today was a big day here due to Chile playing in the World Cup tonight. They won--yea! Jennifer and Lisa both shared some encouragement and professional development for the teachers through a college translator. The teachers responded and actively listened. The kids really enjoyed the team being there. It was said that it made a big difference to the teachers that we spent time in every class.

 6/12 - We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! (Philippians 4:13) At the end of today, our team was preparing for our time with Chilean students tomorrow. We'll share this verse with them. In that, we realized that this verse applies to us very much today! We arrived in Chile and got settled, realizing that for today, and possibly tomorrow, we will not have translators! God provided--as He always does--through patient JEV members and Pastor Alex. The Lord allowed Lisa to use Spanish she has not used regularly in 13 years to translate for the Pastor and our driver Nelson. We're looking forward to seeing what God has planned for tomorrow at the school!

WEST AFRICA - APRIL, 2014

4/29 - We've discovered that you can get by just fine without as much stuff as we brought. Looking forward to luggage tomorrow - Ha! However, one never knows what might happen. Hope it gets here for the Phillips' sake. Lizzie told Tony today she was getting the movie “Frozen” for her birthday in 15 days. Really hope so; she is an adorable child. Had another good day today as we finished our teaching and said goodbye to the class. Tomorrow we're going to the Mehanna Road to two villages so Tony can see what he has been hearing about so long. See you soon.

4/28 - Another good day of teaching and sweating. Hotter today, and sweat was flowing. The men were very engaged and eager to learn. Believers from 7 years to one week. They shared a lot about their sufferings for making a stand for Christ; doing so with willingness to know that others have seen a difference in their lives and were being faithful to their Christian walk and witness. Time for a shower and some sleep. Half day tomorrow and then seeing some of the city and a little time to shop.

4/27 - Great first day of teaching some 15-17 men about the Bible, beginning with creation and the fall of sin of Adam and Eve. Tony went into "Jesus as the Answer," pulling out "Amens" and "Praise Jesus" from the group. It was hot, but not as hot as we expected. We're staying in town for these sessions, so travel is much easier and we're under cover with fans and a slight breeze today. We're just back from dinner with the Saleebys. We had shepherd's pie, green beans, and fruit salad--all delicious--and iced tea sweetened with Splenda. The A/C in our rooms works very well, so we should not have any trouble falling asleep tonight. Our luggage should get here tomorrow, which will be blessing with some more clothes and the missionary supplies and treats. Hope you are fine and appreciate the praying.

Chile - April, 2014

4/8 - We had such a great day today! We started out meeting with the parents who are involved in the school. This was the first time Pastor Alex or any of us had met with them. Carolyn was in her element and did such a great job talking to them about the importance of attendance and working with the teachers to help them know what's going on with their kids behind the scenes. They loved hearing from her and Pastor Alex. They were so much more receptive than any of us anticipated, and they talked about the fun activities and small things like pencils that we had given their kids over the years. We were surprised to hear that they remembered some of the things even better than we did. It was a special time, and we believe it is a new open door. At the director's request, we talked to additional classes about bullying and then we had the Tuesday night Bible study. They are going through a curriculum for building a foundation and discipleship, but tonight we had the priviledge of hearing from Pastor Joel. Joel and Wendy have been such a tremendous blessing to us and to the group from JEV. We truly thank God for them. Two older teens that Samuel and Jonathan talked to at the plaza event on Sunday showed up for Bible study and, at the end, accepted Christ. I think we would all fly down here every day to see that happen. It was wonderful! God is so gracious to let us see results. Tomorrow we'll speak to the teachers and 7th and 8th graders. In Chile, religion is discussed freely in school, and they have religion classes at every school. So, typically, the director will ask us to speak on a topic, and we can close by sharing the gospel. We'll also attend the church service at JEV and say our good-byes as we will head to the airport on Thursday. Please pray for eyes to be opened tomorrow and for hearts receptive to the gospel.

4/7 - We had an awesome day today! We went to the school and set up for the bullying conference. We met the new director, Ulysses Delgado, who is very concerned about the future of the children in his school. He has been so open and supportive of our work with the kids. We learned today that he is the interim director, and he should learn tomorrow if he has been chosen for the permanent job. It was great to have a chance to pray for him and the school as a whole. Kathy led the discussion with the 7th and 8th graders and shared the plan of salvation. The students listened and participated. After our time with the students, we were honored to be invited to the opening ceremonies of a soccer tournament between all the schools. The police sponsored and introduced the tournament. We ran back to the hotel, met our college translators, and headed out for empenadas, where we enjoyed spending time with Joel, Wendy, and Nelson, our driver. Nelson shared a sweet story with us about how he and Sara met. We're looking forward to another great day tomorrow. We'll be talking to parents about the importance of school attendance and meeting with the new believers on Placeres for Bible study. We would appreciate your prayers.

4/6 - Sunday was a great day in Chile! We started out in the Plaza on our adopted hill, Cerro Placeres, and then we attended the new worship service in the school. It is so exciting to see how new believers last June have grown. We heard from one lady, Maria, who became a Christian as a result of the help that we and JEV gave after her house burned down in the fire last year. She is so visibly filled with joy, and she talked about how her daughter's life has changed. We also met Nelson's (our driver's) mother-in-law. She can no longer walk to church or get around, so she prays over a list of people all day long. She was such a blessing. We had dinner in a church member's home, and it was a fantastic meal. We ended the day with the Sunday worship service at our partner church, JEV. It is so easy to love the people here! Pray for us tomorrow as we meet the new principal of the school, do a presentation for 7th and 8th graders, and visit homes on Placeres. God is so good, and He's opening doors!

4/5 - Wow, what a day! It started with prayer walking on JEV Hill with Pastor Alex and members from his church. Then we split into two groups and had lunch with two families from the church. The food was amazing. JEV plaza was reserved for the church to spread the word to the families on the hill. Little faces were painted with flowers, and Christian songs were played on the blocked street. Elaine & Karen talked to the congregration concerning single parents and foundation based on God, which was received very well. God is so good. Pray for strength and knowledge abounding for this group.

4/4 - After a rain delay that kept the team from departing until this morning, our team arrived around 6:00 tonight. They arrived at the hotel and started settling in, and a 5.8 quake decided to have Carolyn think someone was knocking on her door as a joke. Everyone is great. It's obvious that God has some amazing things in store! Keep our team in your prayers. Tomorrow will be an outside event over in the JEV neighborhood--face painting, etc. Elaine will be sharing the message. Tomorrow night is a single's conference--Karen is heading this up. Extra prayers for our awesome team leader Jeanie as she encourages everyone. They are an awesome group! Jeanie Foster, Elaine Benton, Carolyn Dean, Kathy Fairchild, Paulette Meek, and Karen Walsh.

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