Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hope Baptist Church :: Loveland, Colorado | Charter Service

Sometimes I do marvel to see God work & make our lives cross paths with other brothers & sisters in Christ — thus bringing opportunities of ministry that we would've never asked for or dreamed of. And the great thing about it? It's all God!

I have journals from when I was 15 & 16 years old, and I wrote of my surrendering to God for His service & ministry — whatever that meant. Whether that was a Pastor's wife, a missionary... I didn't know, but I knew that I wanted to serve the Lord in some kind of ministry. When graduating from high school, I thought about going to a Christian University to major in Woman's Ministry for counseling, but I just didn't have God's peace about it. And then the Lord called me to be a PHOTOGRAPHER. Yes, a photographer, people! I thought to myself, "Um, what about ministry? What about being a missionary? I've never heard of a missionary photographer." And so, I layed the idea of ever being involved in vocational ministry on the 'back burner' and decided that if God wanted me to do that, He would work out all those little unseen details. As you know, God works in mysterious ways and calls nothing impossible. Throughout the last four years, I've been able to use my photography in churches, conferences, and in 4 foreign countries: New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand, and the Philippines. I even got to photograph a wedding for a Muslim couple in Bangkok while I was on a missions trip to Thailand... with only 24 hours notice! It was a tremendous witnessing opportunity.

ALL of that to say, when I was asked if I could photograph the charter service for a new church in my town, I jumped at it  — because I love to use my photography for ministries.

Pastor Barclay & his wife, graduates of Tennessee Temple University, moved to Loveland, Colorado from Ohio to start a new church — Hope Baptist Church. (http://​www.hopebaptistcolorado.org/)

Take a sneak peek of their charter service!

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Pastor Barclay welcomes people to the Sunday morning service —
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"And Can It Be?"
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"The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." —Psalms 119:130

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Pastor Barclay preaches —
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Pastor Duttry, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Milford, Ohio came out here for the Barclay's charter service.
(Pastor Duttry is from the Barclay's sending church.)
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Mrs. Barclay fellowships with other ladies after church —

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Pastor & Mrs. Barclay's son ... ready to go EAT! :-)

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After the morning church service, there was a potluck lunch for everyone.. including a special cake!

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Pastor Barclay sliced & served the cake for all of his new church members!

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