Week #5: Unposted Pictures

We’re on our next-to-last post on the unposted pictures. I marvel as I look back over the pictures and all the Lord brought us through. Several things that I want to praise the Lord for:

  • The Lord’s protection over the bus. We have to get into some very tight, tight areas, and never has the bus become stuck or Daddy not been able to get the bus out of an area.
  • The “small” answered prayers. We were supposed to park the bus at a family’s home near Federal Way, but as we approached the driveway, we could see there was no way the bus could manage the driveway with the low tree branches. We had been looking forward to spending time at this family’s home, and one small detail was going to be catching up on laundry! The gracious family also offered us their Suburban to use if we needed it. It ended up that we drove back to the church to park (with the church’s permission), and then the next morning, Dad dropped part of the family off at a laundromat, and the rest of us went to run a needed errand.
  • We made it semi-uneventfully through the border! It had been a busy week, and I was still working on our border paperwork as we drove to the border late that Thursday evening. Jesse put on a head lamp and very kindly helped work through it, and with the curvy roads and the late night, my stomach wasn’t feeling well, so it was such a blessing to have his help! Even though the bus was given a thorough search (sorry, no pictures of that!), my paperwork went through great, and we were on our way around 3 a.m.–one tired bunch of Maxwells!
  • Our time in Canada was so blessed. Hearts were very open and receptive to what was shared, and from what we’ve heard, lives will never be the same again. Praise the Lord! We felt very welcome there!
  • Mary became sick with the flu that Sunday, and our minds drifted to what would happen if we all came down with it. Truly, it was a miracle, and thank YOU all for praying–no one else got it! And, you know in the small, enclosed space we’re in, that REALLY was a miracle.
  • A family in Canada let us park our bus at their house, and it was delightful to have internet access, laundry, and a beautiful view!
  • As a special treat, the Lord allowed us to see the dolphins on our ferry ride back. Yes, our Lord cares about even the small details.

We've gone down some steep grades, but we were shocked to see a grade that said 15% right near the church we spoke at in Port Orchard. We thought about driving down the hill, but we decided not to.
Transferring boxes from the Suburban to the bus. We had boxes shipped ahead to the family's house we ended up not being able to park at.
We generally can go about three days between water fill ups. Here's how the water process work. John hooks up a hose to a faucet.
And hooks the other end into the tank!
We see lots of moms with their little ones in front packs or strollers...
Jesse does a wonderful job at the door, directing people where to go!
Late-night work on border papers...
The church where our conference was held in Abbotsford, BC.
Jesse and Anna doing the book tables.
On the island...
At the church we sang at that Sunday evening, they had some of the names of God on their stage; it was beautiful.
Half of the family went hiking Monday morning in Sydney, and from the pictures and their descriptions, it was gorgeous!
Mom was always our great navigator on the trip!
The fairgrounds, where our Monday evening conference was held.
This was a picture from the ferry the morning we left to cross back to the mainland.

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalms 8:3-4).

2 thoughts on “Week #5: Unposted Pictures”

  1. Still praying for baby and grandma. We carry you in our prayers and count you a blessing to our lives.

  2. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures! They’re all great, but I especially liked that 2nd one of the sailboat out on the water – – so peaceful-looking. ~ Am thankful the Lord guided your family safely throughout your trip, and am also thankful for all the many lives you touched as you traveled! Hugs from Georgia, Patti M. 🙂

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