This month we wanted to interview a very special couple, Bud and Nicole. They are involve in various misnistries and have a very humble atittude. You may think you know them , but you may be surprise of the things they been throught and how at the end of all the Lord gets the glory!
How long have you been part of BBC? Bud - since the church was built in 1993
Nicole - since 2000 when i started dating bud
Favorite Bible verse and why?
Bud- Job 37:5-6
5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding.
6 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,
and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’
We don't have to understand everything God is in control. Everything happens according to his will and purpose. Is there any other picture of what God has done for us in taking away our sins such as freshly fallen snow.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
You guys are part of so many ministries with kids and teenagers. Can you tell us
a time where you saw the impact that Christ can make in a kid's life?
Bud - The greatest impact I've seen is watching the kids at camp Calvary open up with their broken hearts and broken lives trusting in God with their lives to mend their hearts for eternity.
Nicole - I see it in the joy that kids have coming to vacation Bible school or the basketball program or youth events just the fun and the laughter that they have during those events. And helping them to except the Lord as their Savior.
In your opinion, what is the more challenging and the most rewarding aspect of serving
Bud- The most challenging would be helping the kids realize the spiritual warfare that we face. The most rewarding would be seeing the Lords power work to draw their hearts to him.
Nicole- my most challenging aspect of serving the Lord is praying out loud it has always been a challenge for me to pray out loud with other people, but I'm working on that. The most rewarding aspect of serving the Lord is being with a child that has just asked the Lord into their heart. It is so rewarding to see the seeds planted grow.
Nicole, you shared with me that your parents didn't go to church and thanks to a friend that took it to church as a kid you got saved, can you tell us more about that?
Growing up my parents did not attend church regularly my grandmother and grandfather would pick me up and take me to church on Sunday mornings. I remember first being saved in vacation Bible school and asking the Lord in to my heart. As a teenager I attended church with one of my friends from high school. Her family would pick me up and take me to services. Whenever I met Bud his family regularly attended church services and activities at the church. I have always felt like part of the Beavertown Bible Church family.
Bud, you went through some rough times and you were wrongly diagnosed with a terminal disease, can you elaborate? how did that impact your walk with the lord?
I was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease by eight specialists at Allegheny general hospital in Pittsburgh. This statement did not tear me down. I was asked by a foreman at work what I was going to do about this? I answered it was not in my control. If this was what really was going to happen it would not be up to me. I would end up and glory with the father. My wife and children's eternal destination was my greatest concern over what could or could not happen to me. My wife and I had previously made plans to spend the weekend away with Christian friends. After much discussion and after many prayers I decided the best thing for us to do was to trust in the Lord and wait to see what his next step would be for me. Turns out to be a miss diagnosis. A scare tactic from Satan.
The Lord was not done with me yet. Trust and obey is the only way!!!! Fear and doubt are of this world. Fear is a liar. There is a difference between fact and fiction. The more we study God's word, and the closer we grow to him the easier it is to tell.