"When the Lights Go Out." This was the name of the message Derrick preached at First Stepptown Baptist Church on Decebmer 13. First Stepptown is in Kermit, WV; we had the honor of visiting there last year. Derrick's message was an encouragement that even after the lights go out at Christmas, to continue to persevere and remember the promises of God. The congregation is always so warm and welcoming! We do remember and pray for their Pastor's wife who is struggling with cancer.
Planning for a "Super" Summer
As 2021 quickly approaches, we are planning and thinking about what summer camp may look like next year. Even though there are changes and uncertainty around every corner, we are pressing forward, yet with hands open, as to what the Lord has planned. Please be in prayer with us as we look forward to a "Super" summer where Jesus' name is magnified and kids draw closer to him. More details to come!
Amazing Staff & Volunteers
Even though this picture was taken last year, we just wanted to brag not only on the Lord, but also the wonderful staff/team here at Bancroft. What a year it has been! Aunt Evelyn (center), Aunt Martha, Uncle Jeff, and Josh have all been so faithful during this time! We are also thankful for several more rentals this month!
Protection & Provision
On December 11, Marie had the opportunity to go with a group from our church to Boone, NC to help at the Samaritan's Purse Processing Center (Operation Christmas Child). On the way back home, a deer hit our van. Thankfully, no one was hurt and a man from our church offered to drive the van back to our church. We are thankful it was still drivable! Thank you, Lord, for your protection!
We also have had problems with our dryer since we moved here almost 4 years ago. Long story short, a family bought us a brand new dryer! The Lord continues to provide.
The theme of our newsletter from a few months ago, "Plans change," came into affect the Saturday before Christmas. We were planning to go to Georgia to visit Marie's family for Christmas, but Marie began a fever and we found out several days later it was COVID. Thankfully, Derrick and the kids have stayed well! While Marie was quarantined in her room, Derrick did an amazing job of cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the kiddos. Martha and Jeff dropped off some delicious soup, and Derrick's parents dropped off so much good food too! Marie is getting better every day.
We hope you and your family had a great Christmas. It may have been different for each of you this year as well. "In everything give thanks!" No matter what has arisen over the last few months, I keep reminding myself to give thanks! There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. Keep counting your blessings. God is faithful and will continue to prove Himself in 2021. Thank you for your prayers and support. We are indeed humbled and thankful.