Restful Night

We had a great night’s sleep, and we’ll be heading out soon for Huntsville.

Joseph took pictures of the St. Louis Arch as we went by yesterday evening.
We exercised this morning.

Love,
Sarah

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalms 89:1)

On Our Way

It’s a delightful autumn day. The leaves are beginning to turn, and the temperature is pleasant.

Today, we had a sweet time of worship, and when we came home, we finished last minute things. Christopher and Anna Marie made us a delicious lunch of tacos, and while Dad napped, the rest of us went over to eat. Dad joined us when he got up.

We left home about 2. Our plan is to drive to Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Tomorrow, we’ll finish out the drive to Huntsville.

This week’s schedule is Huntsville (Harvest) Monday evening, Mt. Airy, North Carolina, Thursday evening, and Charlotte, Friday and Saturday.

We have been covering this trip in prayer, and we would be grateful for those of you who would do the same. We desire to be used of the Lord at home or on the road.

Love,
Sarah

The girls played hide n' seek with the nieces Thursday afternoon.

Cleaning the bus.

Mary

Packing out.

John cleaning windows. We are grateful!

John loaded the bus.

Aunt Anna and Abby

Dad wasn't with us yet.

Praying before we left.

“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” –Philippians 1:27

18 hours and counting

We will be leaving tomorrow afternoon. We plan to attend church, eat lunch, and let Dad take a nap. Trip preparations are coming along well. The bus is mostly loaded, and we are finishing last minute things.

Please pray as we prepare our hearts for this ministry trip!

Here are pictures of our “party” today: it was a work party. We are so grateful for the help the C. family gave us today. It made our project go quickly!

I have trip preparations pictures too, but that’ll have to wait until later.

With love,
Sarah





Mom made us Rice Krispy treats for a snack.

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (Psalms 91:2).

Another Answered Prayer

Three-year-old Abigail and I were talking the other day, and she told me how she was praying that she could find a cicada. Normally, there are lots around here this time of year, but lately she hadn’t been seeing them. She said she really wanted to hold one.

Not long after that, we heard that Abigail had found a cicada–well, actually, her mommy found it for her. They were out on a walk when they found it. Abby was very excited because God had answered her prayer!

Then that evening, many of us were outside talking with Nathan and Abby when Aunt Mary found Abby another cicada. Abigail was also very happy to now have found two cicadas! Aunt Sarah had her camera out when we found the second one and got a few pictures of her new little friend!

How exciting it is when little children learn to talk to God, bringing their requests to Him, and then to have their faith strengthened when they see His answers. Some would say, “What an insignificant thing to pray about.” However, to Abby it was important, and Nathan and Melanie are teaching her where to take those requests. When she grows up, she will have learned to trust her heavenly Father to give her what is in accordance with His will.

Anna

Cicada!

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22)

Our Bus Guy

John spent several days this week working on the bus. Okay, from the pictures, it looks like we have a problem, but it’s really not serious. Removing the wheel made it much easier for him to access that area if it was off. It is all back together now and doing fine after a test drive.

One thing about John that really blesses me is how he does his work without complaining. He can be covered in grease, the project not going well, and he diligently goes about what needs to be done without complaint. He is a great example of persevering on task. And, need I mention? John’s our awesome bus mechanic.

Everyone else is keeping plenty busy. Two days until departure. We’re having a party on Saturday; I’ll try to get some photos.

Love,

Sarah

John

John

“Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer” (1 Corinthians 10:10).

St. Louis

We arrived in the area about 1:45 p.m. Friday. Bus got parked uneventfully, and Dad and I went on the “lay of the land” tour (aka scouting out the facility). After figuring out where each session would be, we were thrilled to see our friends, the coordinators, and two more friends show up. We spent the afternoon fellowshipping, setting up, doing music practice, and the dads prayed.

Then, Friday, during dinner, low and behold, Nathan, Melanie, and the girls come in! There was definitely much excitement and chatter that ensued.

The group that came for last weekend’s conference was simply put: incredible. The girls were one of the most attentive groups we have ever had, which made it such a pure delight. The guys were great too. The parents also were attentive and had open hearts.

We always have many stories to tell each other after a conference–and this one it seemed the stories and talk went on for so long. Even though we were physically drained (that’s normal as we push hard), our spirits were extremely blessed. It makes the anticipation for the next trip even higher after such a great conference!

Lots to do between now and Sunday afternoon.

Love,
Sarah

Bringing in boxes.
Anna and I
Joseph
Friday night before the conference.
Music
Nathan introduced his family.
Abby sharing Scripture.

When Nathan introduced Abby, he asked her to say “hello.” Her very enthusiastic “Hewwo!” caused a warm response from the group. On an impromptu whim, we asked Abby to recite several verses she has memorized from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Without any inkling of being shy, she recited it beautifully. It was precious. The enthusiasm she received when she was finished was also sweet.

Dad and Mom
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A family looking at the book tables.
Joseph sharing.
Notice a little girl smiling?
Doesn't she just melt your heart? I just love her.
Young ladies' session--and it was a full room.
Mary
A side look into the dads' room. It was jammed packed full.
We had to do some room switch-arounds. Can you believe the number of young people exceeded the parents at this conference? It was true.
Unity session--practical examples are a plus. Here Joseph is helping with an example.
Bethany is really starting to walk.
Courtship session.
Business session
A family who came from Illinois.
Sisters in Christ
Packin' up helper.
Packin' out help.
Okay, this ended up to be quite a girls' picture!
Rebecca K and I--Rebecca faithfully comments on the blog, and it was a joy to see her again.
John and a friend
Abi and I--she illustrated the last two Moody books, and we're about to begin on Winter Days illustrations. Abi does an awesome job!
Before we drove home, Dad took a nap, as he had woken up early Saturday, and we ordered pizza in for supper.Â

At the end, our coordinators gave us an amazing gift. They had a beautiful, framed plaque with a Scripture verse in the middle, and in the mat, most of the families who had attended the conference, signed and/or wrote us a note. It will be such a treasure. Thank you all!

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” Romans 16:24