What do you do on all these trips?

I am often asked what it is like on one of the trips that I make around the world. I thought that maybe you could get an idea if I told you what I just did in Northern Ireland.

On Tuesday of this past week Betty carried me to the Atlanta Airport at 1 pm. The flight left a couple of hours later for Newark, New Jersey where I sat for several hours. I then flew through the night and arrived in Belfast at approximately 9 am their time.

Travis Snode met me at the airport. We then drove a little over an hour to their home in Londonderry.

We visited and spoke of what was on the work agenda for the week and I tried to catch up on some work that I had missed being in the air and traveling. By the way on the plane on the way over and in the airport I read 3 books. None very big just regular size. Two of them were the series by Ed Dunlop–by the way I really like the series.

Wednesday night I preached at the Northwest Baptist Church and finally off to bed for a good night’s sleep. It was cool at least but I like their weather very much.

On Thursday morning I was up, showered and working for a couple of hours and then off to teach for 2 1/2 hours ending at 1 pm. Then we returned to the house and ate lunch.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights I preached to the church again and on Friday morning another 2 1/2 hours of teaching.

Saturday morning we went out and passed out invitations and tracts. I gave out 100 on one street while Travis was on another street. All together the church people that went out gave out about 800 invitations.

Then we grabbed some lunch and went to a youth meeting that hosted about 45 people from around Northern Ireland. I preached and so did Travis.

Then we immediately started the evening service and got home later and got to bed.

Sunday I taught Sunday School, preached in the morning and evening service.

On Friday I believe it was Travis and I went out to eat with another missionary friend for some fellowship and ministry discussion.

I just want you to know that these trips are not tourist trips. I only saw the country from the airport to the house to the church and back to the airport.

We ate out in one restaurant for the meeting with the missionary.

Sunday night we stayed up late going over the week, new ministry ideas, etc.

Monday morning we were on the road to the airport by 7:30 am. Travis dropped me off. I was up that morning by about 1:15 am Georgia time and traveled from there back to Newark and finally to Atlanta arriving at about 8 pm. I was back home on Monday night at 9:15 or so.

To be honest with you I do not remember if I took a nap after arriving on Wednesday morning but I think I did.

I travel to help the missionaries that we love so much. Missions is not a ministry we have it is our reason to be–we want to see God glorified all over the world by obeying His Great Commission.

If you make a trip with me I will work at making the trip more fun and less work but this has been a basic outline of what most of my trips are like.

I hope this will help you pray for me and then also understand that no I do not like to travel but I feel it is my duty and responsibility. I would not have you think that I do not feel honored that the missionaries feel that I could be a blessing because I do. I just want you to know that I am not on perpetual vacation.

2 thoughts on “What do you do on all these trips?”

  1. I wanted to add my “thanks” to you, Pastor Gardner, and to Vision Baptist Church for allowing and encouraging their pastor to be such a blessing to missionaries like myself who are working around the world. God has gifted and blessed your pastor with alot of experience and wisdom. Missionaries like myself sometimes get in a rut or find it difficult to do the ministry.

    Having a man like Pastor Gardner come to see the ministry, preach and teach, and give us wise counsel and encouragement is an incredibly valuable thing for us and for the ministry around the world. I appreciate how hard Bro. Gardner works and for his coming. It was a huge help and blessing to me, and I know that his visit will have an eternal impact.

    I can vouch for the fact that he pretty much worked none stop while he was here and did not do really any tourism stuff. It was a complete ministry trip, and it was one that I know will have a lasting impact in our lives and our ministry.

  2. It means a great deal to me that you would comment here. I thank God for the chance to be with you and the other guys. It is a great opportunity to help in the work. I want to be a true yokefellow to all of you

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