This past weekend, God gave me the opportunity to speak in Enterprise, Alabama, at County Line Baptist Church. For this trip, I was privileged to take my second daughter, Angie, along. My brother, Kent, also came to videotape some of the meetings, and Daniel Johnson was there to help me with the book table.
The 3-hour drive on Friday quickly revealed to us that Angie was not the least bit thrilled with a car that smells like Wendy’s fast food. But she managed to survive the torture as we got to the church in time to enjoy mingling with the congregation while they gathered in the kitchen for dinner. Those chili dogs were pretty good.
Speaking that night, I was able to share my God Quest message with a very receptive audience. I can’t wait to see if the video coverage turns out all right. We’re hoping to make that available as soon as we can get a good version of it.
The night got even more interesting when we tried to witness to the bartender at Mellow Mushroom; she turned out to be the daughter of a deacon from a nearby church. She was familiar with Way of the Master’s gospel tracts, so we gave Ray Comfort a call and had him give her some encouragement.
Saturday I thought it would be a good idea to let the others sleep in while I took Angie out for the day to entertain her the best I could. The rainy weather limited that a bit, but we still had a great time together. We picked up the others back at the hotel and went to eat lunch at a local burger place called Cutts. We met there with youth leader Tim Gordon from El Bethel Church, whom we met last year when I spoke at his church.
We eventually found our way back to County Line Baptist for another dinner. This time it was Sloppy Joes. Good stuff! The message I shared that night is from a new series we’re working on called The Proof of God. After speaking, I was surprised to find out that my daughter had spent most of the meeting in the bathroom, pulling out her loose tooth. It’s her third one and she’s very excited about the new “hole-y” smile.
That evening, I had some very interesting conversations with a few people; I’d like to ask you to keep a boy named Gage and a girl named Kayla in your prayers. Then, when everything settled down, it was nice to spend some time relaxing at Ruby Tuesdays with some good friends of the family that live there in Enterprise.
The fun continued the next day as I spoke during the Sunday School service, shortly followed by the regular church service. It’s always such a thrill to get to share the truths of God’s word with people all over the world — even to those who are as close as Alabama. The church provided a lunch for the congregation and we spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out at the home of one of the church families and sharing with several of the others there.
They took us on a tour of downtown Enterprise and, before returning to the church for the evening service, we stopped for a quick photo at the “world famous” Boll Weevil Monument. I think I’ve just about seen it all now!
Sunday night, I decided to finish up the meetings by talking about dinosaurs. That’s always a popular topic these days. Angie was really excited for me to share that message. Overall, we had a great time this weekend, and it’s our prayer that God was able to use us to speak to any and all who were involved with the meetings and events of our visit to Enterprise.
By the way, if you ever find yourself along Highway 10 in Bonifay, Florida, stop in at Los Rancheros for a tasty little visit. We certainly enjoyed making it our last stop on the way back home to Pensacola. My, how good it is to sleep in your own bed again.
I would like to say a special thank you to Pastor Danny Wiggins and Gary Watson for their willingness to host a Creation Today live event!