Riverside Engagement Session in Memphis

Memphis Engagement Session

My time with Peyton & Ken Friday on Mud Island for their riverside engagement session in Memphis was so full of laughter my cheeks hurt on the drive home! The Word says that laughter is good medicine, and Friday was truly balm to my soul!

Peyton & Ken both live on Mud Island in Memphis, TN. Mud Island is a peaceful riverside community just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Memphis. We spent most of our time along the river, which has become a very special place for Peyton & Ken.

How God Brought Them Together

My newest Meridith Lee couple met at Mississippi State during their freshman year. They were in some of the same classes and even shared a chemistry book. He told Peyton that he liked liked her right before the summer as he was going off to camp with no way of contact except through letters! So this sweet couple wrote old fashioned letters to each other that summer and began officially dating when they returned to MSU in the fall.

How He Proposed

Peyton and Ken both recently moved to Memphis. He started his job there and she is starting school. Peyton continues, “My favorite thing to do is go on picnics. We have always gone on them since we have been together. We live on Mud Island that is surrounded by rivers where we like to go on walks. What I thought was just a normal picnic date night in one of our “spots” ended up being the BEST surprise ever! Ken is the best and I am usually the worst and try to figure out surprises, but he kept this one from me which made it so so special!! He put in so much thought to our engagement and planned a surprise party with all of our families! It was the most special day that I will treasure forever.”

My Prayer For You

Peyton & Ken, I have prayed for you as I have edited the images from your Riverside Engagement Session in Memphis. The word that keeps coming to my mind is “encourager”. You are two of the most encouraging people I have ever met! This is truly a gift that the Lord will use to advance His Kingdom! Hard times WILL come. Jesus said, “in the world you WILL have trouble. Take heart, I have overcome the world.” Your gift of encouragement will help both you and those around you get through the hard times. It will even help you to see God’s hand at work in the midst of the hard.

Holy Spirit, continue to fill Peyton & Ken with joy and strength as they move forward into all You are calling them to! I ask you to surround them with like minded community as they look for a new church body to join in Memphis. Give them peace and wisdom and they begin their life together, knowing that you are guiding their steps. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

My time with you was such an encouragement for me! And your prayers have greatly blessed me!! I can’t wait to see you both again at Fairview Inn in March!!

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Bursting Barns Ministries | Missionary Nurture | Lynnville, TN

 

Meet the Perry Family, my dear friends and the heart behind Bursting Barns Ministries in Lynnville, TN. A couple of weeks ago we had the honor of being guests at Bursting Barns for Jill Perry’s Jubilee Birthday Celebration & Ministry Launch!! And come to find out, we were their very first missionary guests!!

Eddy and Jill Perry were in Missionary Nurture Ministry way before they had a name for it. In fact, the vision for this ministry grew from  the many missionaries who stayed in their home over the years.

I first connected with the Perry family while I was attending the Iris Harvest School of Missions in Mozambique, Africa in the summer of 2011. Eddy & Jill’s daughter Brooke, then only 17, was part of a mission team from We Will Go Ministries. Holy Spirit did so much in Brooke and I during that week in the dirt, and our hearts are forever knit together! During the fall of that same year, Brooke traveled from her home in Franklin, TN to We Will Go to visit and serve with us in Jackson, and then she returned with her family and church family for a spring break mission trip! This spring break trip is when I met Jill,¬† the two younger Perry sons Brent & Blake as well as several from The Nest Church family. Little did I know, this church family would sew spiritual and financial seeds into my heart, vision, and ministry for years to come!

Over the years I have had many opportunities to stay in the Perry home, which we loving called the Perry B&B! This family does hospitality like nobody else! I have so many stories I could share, and many will appear on this blog in the future as I share my own Jesus story… but as I write this blog post about Eddy & Jill and Bursting Barns Ministries, the first thing that comes to my mind is the word FAITHFUL. What started as kind of a joke about the Perry B&B, became a vision. The vision grew through prayer and prophecy. And now, the vision has become a reality! Check out the full story on the Bursting Barns Blog!

Eddy & Jill, we love y’all so much! We believe your ministry of missionary nurture is VITAL to advancing the Kingdom!! We are so thankful for you and your example of faithfulness to keep pressing forward in order to see all that God has promises come into existence!! Praying for ABUNDANT PROVISION for you ministry so you can continue to nurture, refresh and equip missionaries who desperately need it!