Let me be one of the first to wish you a “Happy Thanksgiving!” November has arrived and we’re advancing head on into the holiday season. I hope you’ll be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with some of your family and friends later this month. Thanksgiving is much more than a holiday, it’s a way of life. And yet it seems that grumbling is so much easier than gratitude. Instead of being consumed by the negativity & divisiveness that is so prevalent in our world, now more than ever we need to take the opportunity to count our blessings, for we are called as God’s people and followers of Jesus to “Always rejoice, constantly pray, and in everything give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:16). We are called to give thanks in everything—in happiness & heartbreak, in delight & disappointment, and in peace or pain—so let’s strive to live with an attitude of gratitude by the power of the Holy Spirit in November and in each month that follows. Here are a few things I’m grateful for this month.
Rural Home Missionary Association
Bill and Gloria Bagley
Bill and Gloria Bagley are our featured missionaries for November. They serve with Rural Home Missionary Association in Garden City, Utah. They pastor at The Village Church and also have an amazing outreach as they are now the owners/landlords of the Village—the area around their church that has ten businesses renting space.
“We are blessed in that the original owner offered the Village to us on a five-year lease option, and it is working beautifully. Half of the businesses are operated by believers, and that is such a blessing as we seek to get to know and be a blessing to those who come in to buy something in a flower shop, a bistro and bakery, our two thrift shop buildings, a tea shop, and an office for a construction company whose owner is a young Christian who came out of Mormonism. One thing that makes the thrift shop and tea shop special is that everything that comes in financially above our monthly expenses goes to missions—specifically to El Shaddai in Preston Idaho, and El Shaddai in Uganda!”
The Bagleys wrote the above words in a recent prayer letter. As you can see, they are very busy reaching out to the many visitors to this tourist area as well as the locals. In August 2020 the Endicotts—Charlie and Machaela with their children Judah and Millie came alongside the Bagleys. The Endicotts trained at Frontier School of the Bible and serve under the Tentmaker Bible Mission.
The Bagleys had severe water damage to their house last February when a water pipe broke while they were away. They lived in a hotel condo while working with insurance companies and a restoration crew.
Some prayer requests from a recent prayer letter are for physical strength and energy, for sharing God’s good news with those who wander into The Village, and for workers to help with the thrift store, and pray for workers.
The Bagleys are our “church-planting missionaries in Garden City, Utah, by the beautiful Bear Lake.” A note of encouragement can be sent to PO Box 444, Garden City, Utah 84028 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.