A Word from Josh

Kayla and I recently celebrated our 12th anniversary. We had the opportunity to spend a short weekend in Branson kid-free. My mom and dad were brave enough to watch our four boys for the two days we were gone. On the second day we were there, we ventured down to Silver Dollar City. If you haven’t been there in a while, they have made some great improvements, most noticeably with their roller coasters. I love roller coasters, but I had not been on one in almost 8 years. We decided to start with one of the big roller coasters first. As we waited in line, the excitement started building and I couldn’t wait to get on the ride. We made it to the front and buckled in … then we started the slow journey up the first hill. As we headed up, a knot formed in my stomach. I started to get really nervous and then thought to myself, “Why am I doing this?” Once we made it to the top, I couldn’t believe how crazy I was to think this would be fun. Then …the drop. I didn’t scream; but only because I was too busy holding my breath. The coaster zoomed down the track through sharp turns and     upside down loops. What started out a little nerve racking, turned out to be a great and exciting ride.


Our weekend visit to FBC Desloge was a lot like this experience. We traveled about four hours from Miller, MO and I was excited the entire time. We checked in at the hotel, rested for a little while, and then headed to the church to meet the deacons and their families. As we were driving from our hotel in Farmington to the church, my stomach started to knot up and I felt nervous. I thought, “What are these people going to be like? Will they like us?” Then, just like the roller coaster … we walked in to meet everyone and the whirlwind weekend officially started. Only it was better than the roller coaster. The next morning began with a tour of the Parkland area,    followed by a delicious BBQ lunch and a meet and greet with a great group of youth and their parents. Later that day I attended committee meetings, another church     dinner and a Q&A time. Then the next morning Pastor Bradford was brave enough to let me preach the Sunday message. The vote immediately followed and what a    blessing is was to be accepted by the whole church family. The entire weekend was incredible. I enjoyed the great conversations, the interaction between FBC Desloge and my family, and especially the food. I am so thrilled that God has led me to be a part of this loving church family. What started out a little nerve racking, turned out to be a great and exciting ride.


Josh Rinker

Youth/FMC Director