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a journey with the Thomason family

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Thomason Tour: Stop 1

Just yesterday we left Kingsburg where we spent four days (Friday – Monday) serving at Grace Church of the Valley (GCV). We stayed with a great family, the Andersons, and our kids loved playing with their dog Remi and their kitten Boots (pictured above).

I (Shay) have begun helping lead music for GCV every other weekend. It was a joy to serve with their music team and sing songs that exalt the Savior. Our previous pastor at Placerita Baptist Church (PBC), Scott Ardavanis, is now the senior pastor at GCV and it’s always fun to see him and spend time together. A few of our friends from PBC came and help with guitar and percussion which was a wonderful blessing.

GCV Comm Meeting

In addition to leading music, Pastor Scott has asked me to help in the area of communications at GCV. Above is a photo of their first communications team meeting. There’s a great group of people there who really want to serve in that area and I think it’s one of the most vital teams in the church. They are the people who will help communicate to the body on a number of events, programs, prayer requests, etc. and help reach the lost world using the tools God has given us in technology and the Internet. This is almost identical to the role I will be assuming with Josiah Venture in the Czech Republic and I truly believe God has given us many wonderful tools to communicate His message.

Now I’m sitting here in Walnut Creek, CA at a friend’s house just enjoying some rest as we prepare for a few meeting with churches today and tomorrow. Please pray that we would communicate clearly our story and what God is doing overseas and that we might gain some new partners in ministry in the next few days.

Thomason Tour

Thomason Tour

For next two weeks our little family is taking a drive up the West Coast to spend time with friends and family and to share about what God is doing in our lives. We’re calling it “Thomason Tour” and we hope you will follow along with us as we travel. If you’re following along on social media, be sure and watch for our Instagrams and Tweets by searching for the hashtag #ThomasonTour. You can follow us on on Twitter and Instagram.

Right now I’m writing from “the road” in Walnut Creek, California where we’re spending three days. We just spent the past 4 days leading music at Grace Church of the Valley in Kingsburg and enjoying meeting many new people.

The “Missionary Van”

tt_vanSome who are following us closely have already seen that we now have a van. We’ve been driving a Ford Escape for the past few years, but the Lord opened up an opportunity for us to buy a used 2003 Honda Odyssey from our friend and so now we’re traveling in mini-van style. Our friends have allowed different missionaries to borrow this van over the years and so it’s been kindly dubbed “The Missionary Van” which puts a smile on our faces.

Thomason Tour Schedule

You might be wondering where we’re going, so we thought it would be helpful for you to see our schedule:

Oct. 4-7 – Kingsburg/Visalia, CA | Leading music at Grace Church of the Valley and helping with junior high ministry.

Oct. 8-10 – Walnut Creek/San Francisco, CA | Spending time with friends and supporters and meeting with two potential new church partners.

Oct. 10-11 – Redding, CA | Seeing family

Oct. 11-14 – Portland, OR | Spending time with friends and planning to share at their community group.

Oct. 14-16 – Yakima, WA | Seeing family and friends, meeting with current supporters and connecting with two supporting churches.

Oct. 17-18 – Travel and Roseville, CA | Traveling days, but connecting with current friends and supporters.

Oct. 18-21 – Kingsburg, CA | Back in Kingsburg to lead music again and help with junior high ministry.

From Kingsburg we’ll head back to our home in Santa Clarita, spend four days regrouping and repacking, and then we will hit the road again for a month long training in Colorado!

Prayer

We would ask you the please pray for us during this time of travel and connecting with people. Please pray for safety as will put over 2000 miles of travel in. Please pray for God to use this time to encourage our hearts and open the doors for more partners in ministry. Our hope is for God to use this time to grow our prayer and financial support, encourage those around us, and for us to be able to share all of what God is doing in our lives.

See you on the road!

Grace That is Greater Than All Our Sin

It wouldn’t be right to have a Web site called “It’s All Grace” and not talk about grace. That’s why today I figured we would just sing about it.

A classmate and friend of ours, Greg Clark, is the music director at a church near us. He’s been posting some great videos of hymns and some writing he has been doing and the above video is just 2 minutes of “Grace Greater Than Our Sin.” It’s a wonderful hymn and I think you will be blessed by Greg’s playing and singing on this one. Here’s all the verses for you to read as well:

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

Refrain

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

Refrain

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.

Refrain

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

Refrain

Titus is 3

We had a little birthday party a few days before his actual birthday and enjoyed breaking the fire code in our condo with all the kids and families. It was a sports themed party and we had funny taking “baseball card” photos of all the kids. Here’s a few photos of the day.

Titus' 3rd Birthday

Titus' 3rd Birthday

Titus' 3rd Birthday

Titus' 3rd Birthday

Titus' 3rd Birthday

Titus' 3rd Birthday

Titus' 3rd Birthday

Titus' 3rd Birthday

Titus' 3rd Birthday

All the photos from Titus’s party can be found here.

Day Out With Thomas (and Titus!)

For Titus’ third birthday we really wanted to do something special, and since Nana & Papa (aka: the grandparents) were flying into town to celebrate too, we thought we would go and enjoy the Day Out With Thomas event that was happening just 20 miles from our house.

If you’re not familiar with Thomas, he’s just a simple train engine that gets himself into trouble on occasion and has to find the right way to solve his problems. Titus really likes the show and honestly, who doesn’t love trains?! But every year in a little town near us called Fillmore, they host a special Thomas event where you get to ride a full-size Thomas train and enjoy some county fair-like activities. I was pleasantly surprised by how well done it was and Titus really, really loved it. It was a great start to an extended weekend with our family, and below are a few photos our time together. But for the full experience, you can view all 26 of our photos (with captions) on my Flickr page by clicking here.

Day Out with Thomas

Day Out with Thomas

Day Out with Thomas

Day Out with Thomas

Day Out with Thomas

Day Out with Thomas

Day Out with Thomas

Day Out with Thomas

Day Out with Thomas

Day Out with Thomas

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