Thursday through Saturday, Ashlee and I attended a much needed getaway at Vision Baptist Church’s marriage retreat! I am thankful for Pastor Gardner and Missionary Jim Roberts III for being used of God to challenge me as a husband and leader in my home! I appreciate their level of honesty and openness to talk to us about things most other would try to avoid.
On the way to the Marriage Retreat, I was taken back when we passed the funeral procession of Marine Lance Corporal Skip Wells. Lance Cpl Wells was one of five service members that were killed by an Islamic extremist in Chattanooga, TN. I could not help but to fight back tears as I pulled off the interstate, and stood at attention as his hurst passed by on the other side. I am grateful for all who have sacrificed so much for our nation’s liberty!
Yesterday, we were blessed to present our ministry in two wonderful churches! I was greatly encouraged while at Rogersville Baptist Temple when at the conclusion of the service, Pastor Rackley and the church voted to partner with us to reach South Africa with the gospel of Christ! By their decision to partner with us, God has once again answered a prayer in a greater way than I had asked for! At the beginning of July, Ashlee and I began praying that God would give us 6 new supporting churches, and as of yesterday, He has provided 7!
I hope that you will continue to pray with us as we watch God continue to increase our faith and pave the way to reach South Africa!
Thank you for your continued love and support!
Your Missionaries to South Africa,
Stephen, Ashlee, Peyton, and Eli
The Underwood Family