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Hans and Amelia Thomford with limousine

A big Texas welcome

When Debby and Bill Perry heard that Hans Thomford was assigned to the new WELS mission in Amarillo, Texas, they wanted to welcome him and his wife, Amelia, to the “neighborhood”—Texas style. It wasn’t a problem that the Perrys attend Abiding Word in Houston, a nine-hour drive from Amarillo. Since they would be passing through Amarillo on vacation, they thought it was the perfect opportunity to encourage this young couple in their new ministry.

“When we heard about it in the sermon [at church], we looked at each other and said, ‘We’re already going to Amarillo! Why don’t we meet them and encourage them in their mission work?’ ” recalls Debby.

So the Perrys called the Thomfords and offered to take them out for a special dinner at a West Texas institution—a tourist destination called The Big Texan. Bill even talked restaurant staff into picking up the Thomfords in one of the restaurant’s iconic limousines, complete with a pair of Texas longhorns mounted to the hood (pictured above).

Continue reading this article from the November issue at forwardinchrist.net/texas-couple-welcomes-home-missionary.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

In October, Forward in Christ is featuring photos of pastors submitted by you in its "This is WELS" column. Phill Lepple shared these photos of Pastor Collin Vanderhoof. He noted, "Pastor Vanderhoof began the school year at Pilgrim, Menomonee Falls, Wis., with a lively and memorable devotion for our students and staff."
Mark Gass leading prayer service with construction workers
Mark Gass leading worship outdoors in a trailer
Pastor Collin Vanderhoof giving chapel at Pilgrim, Menomonee Falls, Wis. Child shown dressed up and holding University of Wisconsin--Madison flag.
Do you have a photo and message that you'd like to share with a pastor? Submit them to FIC. We'll be sharing these special messages throughout the month of October in our e-news and on social media. To see more of the photos featured in "This is WELS," visit our Community page.

FIC's Bible-reading plan

Trace God's story of grace in this Bible-reading plan for 2021. Participate online and you'll have access to the full Bible passages for each week. Start at any time. All the previous readings are listed at forwardinchrist.net/bible-readings-2021.
Bible Study Month Oct 2021
Bible Study Week 39
Bible Study Week 40

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