This weekend, Joni, Hannah, my mom, my dad and I drove to Shreveport, LA where we were to speak at two different churches. We got in a great visit with Nan and Pops (my adopted grandparents), and early Sunday morning, we rose to visit our first church of the day, Church of Christ – North.
North has a wonderfully laid back attitude, and it was wonderful to see some friends from the past. To give you an idea of their relaxed atmosphere, the announcement maker gave a “farm report” about his cattle, to which the church responded in laughter. I loved the casual feel of the service, and my dad and I taught Bible Class and did our All He Needs for Heaven presentation during the worship hour. We had a wonderful time, and had a great reaction from the crowd.
We spent the afternoon having lunch with a member from North and then we drove about an hour to spend time with a relative that had just moved into the area.
An hour’s drive back to Shreveport found us at the University Church of Christ. Many friends from our days in Bossier City (1980-1991) were there, and it felt like a family reunion of sorts. In fact, after our presentation, we were asked if we would come back on an annual basis for a “McDoniel Reunion Day!” I love it! Several youth groups came as well, which made the singing that much better. So many people came out saying what a difference we had made in their lives, and we’re so thankful the opportunity to present our story.
All in all, the weekend was wonderful. Well, until we started the 4 hour drive back home and didn’t get to bed until 2AM. Even if our story only touched one person, it was worth it!