Last Weekend’s Conference

Our hearts are overwhelmed by the blessings of the Lord this weekend in Perryton, Texas. We arrived in town around 2 p.m. and quickly checked into the hotel and then headed for the church. We had our family devotions in the bus together before going in to set up.

The conference hostess provided us a delicious dinner before our evening started. Thank you! Our music session went quite well. Nathan was able to join us, so he played lead guitar. Some elderly members of the community came to the music session, and we were blessed that they took the time to come.

Nathan and Melanie were a joy to have with us: they would look for ways they could help and fill needs. Even Baby Maxwell did so well; he/she didn’t even make any noise :-).

Each session went smoothly, and we were thrilled that families took their day to come to the conference. Most people had driven a distance to attend. One family brought lunch for us, which made it easy to be able to eat before the afternoon sessions. Thank you!

We met many families, and a highlight for us is being able to learn about their lives. A special treat for the boys this weekend was being able to chat with a father who repairs bluegrass instruments.

The Lord also graciously protected us on our drive home. We were only a little over an hour down the road, when we hit fog. It was very difficult driving for Dad, but we finally came out of the fog. We checked the weather on the Internet, and it appeared we were headed for bad weather. We hit the snow/slush in Wichita. After a quick stop (including ice cream, thanks Nathan!), around 10 p.m. we were on our way again. We weren’t too far down the interstate, and suddenly we came up to an accident. Uriah doesn’t stop too quickly, and the accident was in our lane. Dad braked as quickly as he could. We were horrified to see everyone (including children) involved in the accident standing near their cars, in a very vulnerable area. After switching lanes, Dad decided to see if they could help (no one appear injured, but Dad was going to see if they wanted to come in Uriah), so he pulled Uriah off, and John, Christopher, and Dad went to the scene. The family didn’t want to come, and some KDOT salt trucks showed up, and they were going to help.

We continued through really bad road conditions for another few hours, which slowed down our progress. Then, near Topeka, the roads cleared up, and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way.

Another wonderful conference :-)! Our next trip is only four weeks away. That trip will include several stops in Oregon, two in Canada, one in North Dakota, and the last at the MACHE convention (Minnesota).

Sarah for the rest of the family


We snapped this picture quickly as we drove through Greensburg, Kansas, a small town that was devastated by a tornado last year.


Nathan working on his laptop.

Two cute sisters

Two sisters :-).


The boys listening to the father who works on instruments.


We each have at least one type of bag we carry, and this is our stack of backpacks (and not everyone has one :-)).

6 thoughts on “Last Weekend’s Conference”



    It was a good trip. We are working on our schedule for our fall trip and put it on the website if we are invited to that area.

    In Christ Jesus,


  2. YIPPEE!!!! Our turn is next. Looking forward to seeing you at one of your Oregon stops.

    Still praying for Melanie and baby??


  3. Dear Maxwell family
    Greetings of love…please know we are praying for you & thank god u are all back & safe. We are always blessed by your family. Spoke w/ u long ago and we keep u all in prayer. Remembering u 4 the up coming funeral. May there be one to hear God’s calling. 

  4. By the way, how’s Melanie doing? Is Nathan and Melanie planning to find out the sex of the baby before or will it be a surprise? Keeping them in my prayers!!!


    Nathan posted a blog comment a little while back. So far they are choosing to let it be a surprise.

  5. I’m glad your trip went well & you are home safely! Icy roads can be scary, I imagine even more so with a very large vehicle. The Lord was truly with you. 🙂

    Just a quick comment about your next trip. I grew up in MN and spent some time in Duluth. It’s a beautiful area, on Lake Superior, and there are some great hiking opportunities. I know from reading your blog that your family enjoys hiking. I’d especially recommend Gooseberry Falls, a short drive north on Highway 61, but there are many parks and scenic spots around town. There is a beautiful beach/park right across the aerial bridge too (trust me, you can’t miss the aerial bridge). Of course, time allowing on your schedule, but I wanted to mention it to you folks. Wait till you see all the seagulls down by the lake!

    God bless you and your ministry!


    Thank you.

  6. Thanks for coming to Perryton! My family was blessed to meet you. We’re thankful you made it home safely. Praying for you as you plan your upcoming trips…Also for perfect peace in yours and the family’s hearts of your friends who have passed on.



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