Our vision is BIG, and we knew that the information that we would receive, would be pertinent for our ministry growth. It wasn’t long and other church representatives started to arrive. Since we had arrived early, I joined with the facilitator and welcomed people as they came in. It is always good to join with people with a mind for ministry, and a desire for learning.
Over the course of the workshop, we were able to network a bit with other ministries. We find that people are often very intrigued by ministries like ours that take the Gospel “Out” to the people. When we share our vision of a “mobile church”, people often want to hear more. One Pastor in particular from Tyler, Texas invited us to come and share our ministry vision with his congregation when we are back in the area. We also met a former IRS agent that was able to assist us; pointing us in the right direction in the formation of a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. God has a way of putting the right people, in the right place, at the right time; we shared our “ministry cards” with multiple churches, and asked that they keep us in their prayers. Even the workshop facilitator requested one of our cards; God only knows what opportunities that may present down the road.
As expected, we found that the software would more than meet our current ministry needs, and position us for future expansion as well; we purchased the program on site, at the discounted workshop pricing. We were ready to go, and equipped to move forward.
After the workshop concluded, we headed back to the coach for lunch and made the decision to head east; thanking the Lord in advance for preparing the way. Our first stop after leaving Garland, Texas was the Fernbrook RV Park in Longview, Texas; just a couple of hours away. This campground is not far from the ministry that Ariene works at, so there, we made our habitation and enjoyed a few more hours with her.