I'm writing this post from my hotel room in St. Louis. It's been almost a week now since Gina, Joshua, and I pulled out from Asheboro on our way to spend time with our new friends at Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC) in Muncie, Indiana. It was a terrific weekend, and I regret that I didn't have presence of mind to take some pictures to share with you.
Our dear friend Gary Cox is the pastor at WPC. In addition to officiating our wedding ceremony 15 years ago, Gary became my mentor at Meadowview Presbyterian Church as I went through seminary and afterwards began planting Grace Fellowship. It was so good to see him again - and to get to know his precious wife, Rita.
WPC welcomed us warmly and fed us well (maybe too well). Someone even thought to make a big bowl of grits for breakfast on Saturday in hopes of making us feel at home! During the missions conference, I had several opportunities to share about our calling to help plant churches in the Japanese city of Nagoya, and it was obvious to us that our stories resonated with the congregation. It was one of those special times where it seems like you've known a group much longer than just a few days. They sent us away strongly encouraged and laden with gifts in the form of a very generous offering. Thank you, Westminster!