The annual Next Generation Ministries BBQ was held at the Hunter's home in Colton, Oregon, on August 16th.
Food had been prepared for the previous couple of days. The yard/compound was looking good. The swimming pool was vacuumed and ready for swimmers. Tables were decorated with the national colors of Uganda and centered with Ugandan artifacts.
But, it wasn't the food, the weather, or the swimming that brought all of us together. It was our common love for Uganda and the work of Next Generation Ministries there.
Some would love to make a short term mission trip to Africa, but for one reason or another, they are unable to. They have become a part of Next Generation Ministries through their prayers and financial contributions.
|Charles Eludai & David Ochan of Jinja|
|JQ Hunter ... the patriarch|
So many who attended last year's BBQ were amazed at the stark contrast in the physical condition and appearance of JQ. But, even more impressive was his outlook on his life and the goodness of God to extend his life. Many were blessed to be able to get a short visit with him.
|Don reads the name of the 2014 WINNER!|
The annual BBQ is not only a special time for gathering so many friends of NGM together so the Hunters can thank them for their involvement, but it is also the anniversary of two short term missionaries. Kristi and Matthew Bellamy met each other for the first time at the BBQ five years ago. They fell in love and got married. Tomanya! (You never know!)
Seven people came from the state of Washington for the BBQ. Don Neufeld came for his fourth BBQ all the way from Oklahoma. He was the person who drew the name for this year's winner of the $700 valued, two week stay, all expenses paid (after air fare), trip to Uganda.
|Dawson Hunter & Jeff Patterson|
This year's winner also happens to be a new member of the Board of Directors of Next Generation Ministries. As the Hunters and the members of the Board grow older, they are looking for younger people to join them. Young men and women who will lend fresh vision and passion to the work in Uganda. Jeff Patterson and Dawson Hunter have been added to the Board of Directors this year. Both of them have worked together before as student campus leaders for Real Life Ministries at Oregon State University. Now they are connected together again with this new responsibility. Oh yes. Before we forget ... Jeff Patterson is this year's WINNER!!
There are so many more people that should be written about who attended the BBQ. But, that would make this post too long. How about we just post some photos of them? Okay! Enjoy.
|Matt & Kristi Bellamy ... celebrating 5 years!|
|Barb and Jan|
|Janelle Burke & Charlotte Daniel|
|Craig, Tim, & Denise Pontius with Pam Hunter|
|David & Heather's photo from last year|
became her FB profile photo This is their photo from this year.