Well on Sunday, April 10th we were on the road again. This time we shot across 840 and down I-40 through Cookeville and Crossville to Lenoir City, just outside of Knoxville. We made our way to Crossroads Church of the Nazarene where Pastor Don Hawkins and the entire congregation gave us a warm welcome. We spent the morning service sharing our testimony through song, preaching, and presentation. It is amazing to see people get excited with us and to show that excitement through prayers, encouragement, interest, and the giving of finances, especially in times of crisis.
Sunday morning we arrived at Crossroads Church of the Nazarene only to discover that one of their most beloved and dedicated members had suffered a catastrophic health issue and was at the point of death. Ted Wampler is a man that we have known for years. He is a brother who served the church in many capacities, including being a Sunday School Teacher. The care and concern of this congregation was very evidently with their brother on that Sunday morning. Yet, their passionate love and worship of God was in no way diminished. Rather, it seemed to soar! Katie and I had the delight and honor of leading worship in place of the regular worship leaders who are family of Bro. Wampler. The Crossroads family eagerly worshipped and passionately received our passion and the message of the Lord that Sunday morning, following the example set by their dedicated brother who even in those moments was in a time of crisis.
This generous, loving, and faithful congregation contributed over $3,000 to the church plant! Wow! Included in this money was a check written by the hand of our brother Ted Wampler before facing the final struggle of this life. With a generous heart and hand he penned a donation for this ministry even before hearing a word of the service that would take place that Sunday. What Christian love and generosity! What a delight, what an honor, to find yourself among the family of faith that has found the secret, “to living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do anything through Christ who gives me strength.” Thank you to Pastor Don Hawkins! Thank you to Ted Wampler! Thank you to the entire Crossroads Church family! Thank you for the delight of sharing in the journey of the mission of God together! Our prayers and thoughts are with you!