April 2003

                        On the 17th of March, Teri and I rushed out of a used bookstore in Burlington, VT to discover the source of the belligerent honking that we could hear in the streets.  Once outside, we watched a group of cement trucks parade by, decorated with shamrocks to celebrate ST. PATRICK’S DAY!  As I saw the parade I asked myself…just who was St. Patrick anyway?  And why do people all over the world celebrate his birthday?

              Since his birth in 389 A.D., Patrick is one of the few men who is famous for something he never did!!  Turning Ireland to Catholicism!!  Rather than the Roman Catholic from Ireland who “drove the snakes out of Ireland” as we commonly hear today, Patrick was actually a Bible-preaching missionary from Britain who defied the pagan Druids and declared the gospel of Jesus Christ to thousands in Ireland.  He baptized an estimated 120,000 converts, built 300 churches, and eventually helped send missionaries out all over Europe.  He was not a Roman Catholic, nor was he their Saint!

              Eleven of our nineteen meetings in March were in the New England area.  Through the influence of my former pastor, Moses Yoder, a church-planter in Vermont, we scheduled three weeks’ worth of meetings in and around the “Green Mountain State.”  Our base for these three weeks was an RV set up behind the Yoder’s house that Todd and Rebekah Bellavance, members of the Yoder’s church, graciously allowed us to use as a temporary residence.  During our stay, we knocked on doors, taught in the Patch-the-Pirate Club, sang and played piano for the services, went sight-seeing, visited the nursing home, attended a funeral, and witnessed on the street.  The Yoders were very hospitable hosts to us, and we thank the Lord for the time we spent with them.

            We also want to thank the Lord for the abundant blessings of last month:

1-Three new supporting churches that increased our support to 45%:

Trinity Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA
Bethel Baptist Church
in Bethel, VT
Berean Baptist Church in Cumming, GA

2-One profession of faith in Hardwick, VT,
3-Bill Compton of Washington, IL who fixed our car free of charge,
4-Safety as we traveled 5,200 miles, and
5-The 80 people who signed our prayer journal.

            Thank you for your prayers and please continue to pray for safety as we travel, for doors of utterance to be opened, and for the Lord to give us 100% of our support by April of 2004.

  Yours to Evangelize the World in Our Generation,

  Travis and Teri Snode

   P.S.  Please make a note of our new mailing address:  209 Bald Cypress Drive, Clover, SC 29710.

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