Friday, March 16, 2012

From Israel... to Hitting the Ground Running!

I returned home from my amazing trip to Israel this past weekend to a very full and busy week. I spent time on Monday in our Corporate office having meetings and doing the necessary things that were calling for my immediate attention after being gone for two weeks. We also had the privilege of entertaining our very special friends, Pastors Jerome and Lisa Lewis from Seeds of Greatness Bible Church in Delaware on Monday and Tuesday. They spoke on Tuesday morning to our staff and girls in Nashville, while I flew to our St. Louis home for a special time of ministry with Jane Hamon and her daughter Crystal. I had two full days in St. Louis with Jane and Crystal. The staff and girls were very blessed by our time on Tuesday and Wednesday. I returned home to Nashville for very full days yesterday and today.

Pastors Jerome and Lisa Lewis
Thursday I spent time with our very special guests from Australia who are the owners of Mollydooker Winery in Adelaide (McLaren Vale). Sparky and Sarah Marquis, owners of Mollydooker, and Janet Marquis, General Manager of Mollydooker, are very near and dear to our hearts and are also supporters of Mercy Ministries. They frequently donate auction items and also provide financial support to our various locations in the US. It was my joy to have them attend a graduation where we celebrated the lives of four beautiful, transformed women. After graduation, we went immediately to our in-house broadcasting studio where they were guests on our live, drive-time, radio broadcasts. It was such a joy to have them as our special guests! They also made an appearance at our Mercy Ministries of America and Mercy Ministries International Board Meetings today. Our Board was able to meet them and thank them for their wonderful support. If you want to check out what they do and the other ministries they support, you can check out their website at We love our special guests from Australia, and it is our joy to continue to host them, as they are still in town.

Sarah, Janet, and I in Mercy's in-house radio studio

Janet, me, and Sarah at the Mercy Corporate office

This week has definitely been synonymous with the term “March Madness.” Speaking of which, if you have some time this weekend, check out some of the games, both men’s and women’s, and while you’re at it, say a prayer that the Titans win the bidding war and the heart of NFL great, Peyton Manning… we need him! :)