“Here’s a Story…”

(You will laugh when you figure out why I gave that title to this post. Maybe. Or you might roll your eyes. But I laughed.)

Would you like to hear a neat story?

Once upon a time, a very young, struggling military family lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Their names were Dan & Jean Burrow, and their children were Aleassa, James, and Philip.

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One day, an evangelist named Chuck Brady and his family of talented gospel singers set up a tent meeting in a cow pasture near the Air Force base. The Burrow family attended the meetings, and God used the preaching and music of The Brady Family to turn Daniel Burrow’s “heart toward home.” Aleassa was a little girl at the time, and doesn’t remember that her family was struggling or that her dad wasn’t serving God. She only remembers her dad as the man he became after those meetings–a godly man who faithfully led his family to serve and love God.

The Burrows became lifelong friends with the Brady’s and their children, and still keep in contact. They went to their meetings in Michigan whenever they were nearby within a few hours’ drive, and had an extensive collection of “Brady tapes”.

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Aleassa still remembers the night they all went out to a diner after a service, where she serenaded the restaurant with her moving rendition of “Have You Seen the Wiggle Worm”.

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The Brady’s were very involved with a Bible printing ministry called Bearing Precious Seed, and even went on missions trips into Mexico with a man they knew well, named Carlos Demarest.

The Burrows were never familiar with that part of the Brady’s ministry, but that’s where it gets interesting.

Fast forward to 1998. Jack and Cheri Jarvis’ church had been visited by Bearing Precious Seed missionaries. As a result, Jack Jarvis was led of the Lord to leave a lucrative job and beautiful home in Minnesota and move his family to El Paso, TX as Bearing Precious Seed missionaries themselves. There, they worked with Carlos Demarest in the printing and missions trip ministry. They never knew the Brady family, though.

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Fast forward one more time. 2002. Adam Jarvis and Aleassa Burrow met at Pensacola Christian College, while working in the A Beka Book print shop. They became friends, fell in love, got married and worked together at Bearing Precious Seed, El Paso for three years, before moving to First Baptist Church of Milford, OH–the main hub of BPS.

After 6 years in Milford, they surrendered as missionaries to Honduras and began deputation to raise support for the field. Deputation led them to Plant City, FL on Easter Sunday 2015. They had no meetings scheduled that day, but decided to visit Harmony Baptist Church, since it was nearby and they knew it was a BPS church. Aleassa remembered hearing that some of the Brady’s were on staff there, but figured they’d never remember her.

In fact, they almost didn’t go to church that night. It had been an exhausting weekend, and many area churches had cancelled evening services. They didn’t want to show up to an empty church for no reason. But, they decided to go for it and when Aleassa went inside, there was Pastor Steve Brady, his wife Laura, Dr. Chuck Brady and his wife Darlene!

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They did, in fact, remember the Burrow family,and it was like a joyous little reunion to see and hear the familiar voices of those dear people who had always had such a special place in Aleassa’s heart and the heart of her family.

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They all went out to eat that evening, although Aleassa did not sing the Wiggle Worm song this time.

While gathered at the table exchanging old memories about missions trips, revivals, and faithful men who have gone on to Heaven, it felt like the story had, in some way, come full circle. And Aleassa couldn’t help but think…if it hadn’t been for the Brady Family, and if it hadn’t been for the missionaries of Bearing Precious Seed, she might never have grown up in a godly home, Adam’s family would have never moved to El Paso, neither of them would have ended up together at Bible college, they might never have met or married, and they would never have been on their way to serve the Lord together in Honduras.

Sometimes, like that Easter evening in Plant City, God reaches down and hugs us, as if to say, “See? You don’t need to worry about anything. Just follow Me and trust Me, and you’ll have many more moments like this one, where you look back and see My Hand in every single detail of your life.”

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God is a good God, and He does good things, doesn’t He?

(P/S We went home that evening with several CD’s worth of new Brady music, and Aleassa is hoping that someday, her kids too, will have lots of “Brady lyrics” memorized, to encourage them on their way, as they did so many times for her.)

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    • Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

      “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt 5:14–16)

    • From the dusty trail of Brother Eleazer to the space age highways of our day, all along the way we live amazed by the good hand of God being upon us and leading us for our good, the good of all peoples, and his glory through Jesus!

      “And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master’s brethren.” (Gen 24:26–27)

  1. Amen! What a blessing!! It’s always amazing to look back and see how God has been orchestrating all the events in your life! 🙂 Thanks for sharing; I really needed that bit of encouragement!

  2. Those moments when warm tears flood from what once was a heart of icy stone…

    How very gracious our Heavenly Father is! His grace, lavished upon us, is astoundingly amazing–it’s nearly too good to be true. Grace truly is G.od’sR.ichesA.tC.hrist’sE.xpense lavished upon God’s treasured kids.

  3. What a blessing !! As i finished the story i was thinking how when Aleassa and Adams family grow up they will get to tell a story also about the Brady’s and how they met , God is good to those who serve Him !! The verse’s come to me as I read your story Pastor. Matthew 9:36-38 about the few laborers for the task.I am so very thankful that Asessa and Adam are going to follow the task that God has given them to do.. My prayers will be with them always !! As with you , Jean and the boys and their family. Love you each very much with lots of Hugs too !!!!

    • Hallelujah! You, Jim, and so many others have poured your lives into helping our children and us, too. We remain eternally thankful and ever give God glory, praise, and thanks for having called each of you into living out what our Savior commanded: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt 5:16)

  4. I want to expand a little on the story, I am so excited to see that you are following the Lord in His work!!! My name is Tom Liubakka I was the Preacher that had a little church meeting in my garage close to the KI Sawyer Air force base, across the street there was a huge unkempt field with a rundown billboard. Every morning early before dawn I would walk out to that field and go to a special spot and pray that God would use our work to reach souls. Then one morning the Lord impressed it on my heart that I should hold a Old Fashioned Tent Revival in this field. So preparations got going I first painted a huge billboard stating “watch this spot” with the dates, contacted the Brady family to sing and Dr. Don Green from Parker Memorial to come up and preach also ( they also have a bearing precious seed ministry out of there church) As the time got closer we gt a huge grass cutter and started clearing the spot, rented the tent and then got in the portable potties and we were set!!! I know that God really moved in that meeting we reached many souls and I am so glad that your Dad was reached!! What an awesome testimony to Gods grace!! May God richly bless you in your ministry!!

    • Bro. LLubaka, Wow, that is so neat! Thank you so much for reading and sharing more of the story! What a blessing! God bless you and thank you for praying and staying faithful all of those years ago.

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