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Monday, January 29, 2018

2017 Freedom Outreach International Warrior Connection Conference

November 10-12

Yvonne and I attended the 2017 Freedom Outreach International/ Ministry to the Military Warrior Connection Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

The conference was hosted by Eastside Praise Church of God. Their sanctuary made a beautiful setting for the conference! The worship services were awesome and uplifting! Several of the movement's founders were present (seated in the front row). A powerful and spiritually uplifting weekend. Although personally, I think there needs to be a much bigger Navy presence next time!

Ocean Lakes Church of God

November 5, 2017

Yvonne and I had a great day today! We worshiped at Ocean Lakes Church of God this morning.

Pastor Steve Bergfield preached about the first communion service - in the Old Testament (read Genesis 14 and Hebrews 7). He talked about Melchizedek (try pronouncing that one!) and who he really was - an appearance of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament.

Afterward the congregation had their first Sunday of the month pot luck dinner on the grounds. The food was great! Dessert too!

Then Yvonne suggested we go "prayer driving" on Dam Neck Base! I got a chocolate attack and had to stop at the exchange on base for a "chocolate fix". God had a divine appointment waiting for us. We went in to look at the MWR Liberty Center in the exchange complex. One of the center employees came over and asked if he could help us. So we introduced ourselves to him and started chatting. Before we knew it, we were in an awesome conversation about Jesus Christ and the Gospel message. We shared our testimonies with him, what we did in our ministry, and the Gospel message.

An excellent day serving the Lord!

Freedom Outreach International Features Our Ministry in their Newsletter

It was really cool, and quite an honor to be featured in Freedom Outreach International Ministry to the Military's Sept-Oct newsletter. The newsletter highlights the ministries of FOI/MTTM servicemen's centers around the world!

Our Naval Reservist Sailor Comes to Town!

October 27-29, 2017

Our Naval Reservist 'son' came in here from Lynchburg for his drill weekend. Helping to keep our country safe! I already feel safer just having him here!

Tonight, Saturday, after Todd got home from work we ate hamburgers and chips while we watched the OHIO STATE/PENN STATE football game. What a nail biter!!! Ohio state was so far behind all the way to the third quarter I wrote them off! Then in the last quarter they came alive and won the game by 1 point! Score was 39 to 38! Wow!

The EncounterThen we watched a couple episodes of the ENCOUNTER series with Bruce Marchiano. This is a really interesting series. Makes you thing about the question: "What would Jesus look like and how would he behave if He were alive and physically walking among us today?"

Sunday afternoon Madison Cronin and Megan Sparks came over from the USS Leyte Gulf.

We ate home made rosemary bread, vegetable lasagna, salad, and for dessert apple crisp! Delicious!! Then we watched the movie "Facing the Giants" and finally, we had prayer together.

This was a great weekend!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Welcoming Madison Home From Deployment

October 6, 2017

It's been a long time since I've updated our blog and decided it was high time! Too many irons in the fire I guess.

But anyway, we had an awesome day going to the Norfolk Naval Base to welcome back the USS Leyte Gulf from deployment. We connected with Madison Cronin's parents - Patrick and Erica in the tent set up on the pier. It was fun talking story and getting to know them.

John Ortiz came to welcome her back too. Talk about one big happy family!

I love the festive nature of these home comings! It's like a great big huge party!

That's a thumbs up!

Madison with her mom and dad!

John O. and Madison with their "adopted" Virginia parents...

Madison brought back a beautiful doll from Norway for Yvonne's international doll collection.

And just for fun, this is what manning the rails on a ship coming back from deployment looks like with a kaleidoscopic filter added. Pretty cool huh?