Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A quick look at April 2013 in Florida!

April in Florida!  We had two birthdays, two visitors and MANY ministry opportunities!

The month started out with a great visit from one of our friends from the Waynesboro, PA church - Linda McFarland!  She was able to visit with us in our home AND attend the Sunday morning Spanish worship service!  What a blessing!

Then we celebrated Glenn's birthday!  Susie heard that our close friend, David Groh, would be in the area and together they surprised Glenn on his birthday night...what a great way to celebrate!
Next we celebrated Glenn's Mom's 8oth birthday as a family!

The "girls"!  Jessica Pettitt, our niece; Susie; Mom Wittmann; and Laurie Pettitt - Glenn's sister!
Glenn's parents - Dad Wittmann is now 82 1/2 and Mom Wittmann is 80!
Throughout the month we continued in one on one discipleship, in English classes for the Hispanic population, and Glenn helps out with the Spanish classes for church and community members.  We also were very involved in the 'Got Fruit' Evangelism efforts of our church - something our Hispanic Church members have actively been a part of!
Every Tuesday evening we join with other church members for a light dinner...
followed by a time of evangelism training and encouragement.
We then break into teams, get our Spanish Bibles and the names and directions for those we're to visit...and we head out!  The Spanish ministry usually sends out 2-4 teams and we follow up Hispanic contacts made at the March Egg Drop!
The teams all meet back at the church, to share stories and praise God together before heading home for the night!  (by the way the man on the left is Fico - whom Glenn just started to disciple this month!)

Thanks again for your prayers and support - making it possible for us to be here, serving God with Crossworld, in Plant City, Florida!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Meanwhile in March...

March found us still in Florida, still loving the Hispanic ministries here, and ever thankful for the support of our friends, family, mission, and home church!  We started the month by serving God at Plant City's Strawberry Festival.  Our church wanted a Spanish speaking presence in their outreach booth and we had many opportunities to share the good news of God's love in Spanish AND in English!
Glenn's parents joined us one day at the end of our ministry time and we enjoyed seeing EVERYTHING with strawberries - even this stuffed bear!

We also had a Wittmann/Pettitt Family gathering this month!  Glenn and I, his parents, his sister Laurie, husband, Tim and son, Jason, (Jessica had to work), and Tim's family - his dad, his brother, Dave and wife, and their daughter Vicki and her family!

We celebrated the one year anniversary of John and Vero Foxx's ministry at First Baptist of Plant City..what fun!  The members of the Hispanic ministry organized it all and it was truly a celebration of thanks to John and Vero, and praise to God for what He's done through them in the ministry!

 the set-up...
 the confetti-filled surprise...
Glenn and Jose kept John from entering the room too early...
flowers, gifts and later delicious food...

the Hispanic ministry has grown SO much and we all love being together!
John then taught surrounded by confetti and balloons...
and we ended the super-special night with the dedication of Barbara's baby, Ariana Nayeli, with her big sister Juliana!
Please pray for Barbara, who just finished her discipleship book with Susie; for Teresa (back left with Susie) who is going through the book with Susie...
for Nena, as she continues with radiation and soon begins a new phase of her cancer treatments; and for baby Ariana, who has hearing loss in her left ear.  Thank you!
March ended with the 7th Annual Egg Drop Festival.  Once again, a Spanish-speaking presence was requested as we reach out to a city with over 30% of it's population Hispanic!

Besides translating all announcements into Spanish, Glenn was on the registration team, getting names and contact info for follow-up of the many Hispanic families...
there was face-painting, a moon-bounce, and prizes...
but the highlight of the day for those in attendance was when a helicopter dropped 50,000 candy-filled eggs onto 4 different fields for 4 different age-group egg hunts!
The highlight for our Hispanic Ministries team, though, was sharing the good news of God's love with those who'd just walked through the "Trail of Miracles" - a dramatic representation of the Easter story!
God is truly at work here in Plant City, FL...thanks for making it possible for us to be a part of it!