Bursting Barns Ministries | Missionary Nurture | Lynnville, TN

 

Meet the Perry Family, my dear friends and the heart behind Bursting Barns Ministries in Lynnville, TN. A couple of weeks ago we had the honor of being guests at Bursting Barns for Jill Perry’s Jubilee Birthday Celebration & Ministry Launch!! And come to find out, we were their very first missionary guests!!

Eddy and Jill Perry were in Missionary Nurture Ministry way before they had a name for it. In fact, the vision for this ministry grew from  the many missionaries who stayed in their home over the years.

I first connected with the Perry family while I was attending the Iris Harvest School of Missions in Mozambique, Africa in the summer of 2011. Eddy & Jill’s daughter Brooke, then only 17, was part of a mission team from We Will Go Ministries. Holy Spirit did so much in Brooke and I during that week in the dirt, and our hearts are forever knit together! During the fall of that same year, Brooke traveled from her home in Franklin, TN to We Will Go to visit and serve with us in Jackson, and then she returned with her family and church family for a spring break mission trip! This spring break trip is when I met Jill,  the two younger Perry sons Brent & Blake as well as several from The Nest Church family. Little did I know, this church family would sew spiritual and financial seeds into my heart, vision, and ministry for years to come!

Over the years I have had many opportunities to stay in the Perry home, which we loving called the Perry B&B! This family does hospitality like nobody else! I have so many stories I could share, and many will appear on this blog in the future as I share my own Jesus story… but as I write this blog post about Eddy & Jill and Bursting Barns Ministries, the first thing that comes to my mind is the word FAITHFUL. What started as kind of a joke about the Perry B&B, became a vision. The vision grew through prayer and prophecy. And now, the vision has become a reality! Check out the full story on the Bursting Barns Blog!

Eddy & Jill, we love y’all so much! We believe your ministry of missionary nurture is VITAL to advancing the Kingdom!! We are so thankful for you and your example of faithfulness to keep pressing forward in order to see all that God has promises come into existence!! Praying for ABUNDANT PROVISION for you ministry so you can continue to nurture, refresh and equip missionaries who desperately need it!

 

Santorini, Greece

In September of 2013 I (Meridith) embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. I got on a plane with 5 friends, 1 suitcase, and my camera bag with a one-way ticket to the Mediterranean region. I spent the first six weeks scouting out the land and connecting with ministries in 4 different countries before beginning to settle down in my new home town on the Agean coast.

During our travel, we had a 24 hour stop over in Santorini, Greece and OH MY I do believe it is the most beautiful place I have ever seen! From sun up, to sun down my eyes were amazed by the scenes before me!

We flew from Athens to Santorini in the night and made it to our hotel on the island just before sunrise. Our hotel was on the east side of the island and I sat on the beach watching the light begin to explode from the horizon.

As we spent the day touring the island I fell in love with the white stucco buildings with bright blue and green accents. It felt like I had stepped into a movie… especially the moment when I rounded the corner to see this donkey, and then his owner coming out the bright blue gate.

We ended our day with a sunset dinner in the village of Oia, known as one of the best places in the WORLD to watch the sunset… and WOW. Words can not describe the beauty we witnessed… but I feel like I saw hints of the splendor of heaven as we watched the sun descend upon the horizon.

While this was my first visit to a Greek island, it was not my last. Jesus loves the people of Greece so much, and I hope to once again carry the LOVE of my Father into this beautiful country.

Will you pray with me for the name of JESUS to be lifted high in Greece as the heavens declare the GLORY of the LORD?

As the sun ascended above the horizon, rays of sunlight light up our hotel on the east side of the island.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” ~ Jesus ~ Matthew 7:7-8