Orlando’s Conference

I am sitting at the dining room table in the river house marveling at all the Lord has done this past week. Only one week ago, we were motoring along the interstate, hitting heavy traffic, slow downs, and rain. The Lord used those tire alarms to get us off the busy interstate and direct us to the repair shop. The transmission is to arrive at the shop tomorrow (likely morning), and then we should be able to pick up the bus on Tuesday, Lord willing.

We spent the weekend in Orlando with the conference and came back to the river house last night.

We clearly saw the Lord’s hand working throughout the conference. Set up went just fine, considering the unloading process was different with the van and truck. A sweet widow from the church made us a delicious dinner of lasagna—and it was an extra special blessing since we’re without a “kitchen.” Friday night’s music and the Building a Vision session ran smoothly. A highlight for me was meeting Annie, a sweet young lady who gave me a bookmark she had cross-stitched. It was precious.

When the sessions were through and after we had talked with several families, we headed for our hotel. Since we were going back to the river house after the conference on Saturday, we had packed light in order to make it easier to load in and out of the hotel for just one night. We were grateful for God’s provision of the rooms.

When we began Friday evening, hearts didn’t seem too open. But as each session progressed, hearts were softened, and the Lord was doing a mighty work! It was exciting to see.

Young people also told us that they were blessed by their sessions. I think the newest one, A Necessary Skill for Life, is having a big impact in young people’s lives.

Lunch was catered in for only $5 per person by Chick-Fil-A and was very tasty. Eat mor chikin! Right?!

We truly are grateful for those of you who are standing by us in prayer. We need your prayers, and we feel them. Thank you!

We look forward to Palm Coast Monday night. Palm Coast is outside of St. Augustine.


Practicing Friday afternoon.

The sweet ladies who made our dinner.

It was different preparing for the conference without the bus.

Annie and I.

At the hotel.

The guys

Talking after a session.

A little girl gave Anna a picture.


Little two-year-old Anna helped with the pack out process.


Emily helped too.

“For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth forever. Praise ye the LORD.” Psalms 117:2

7 thoughts on “Orlando’s Conference”

  1. So happy to hear how well the conference went. You truely are a gift to so many and God does use you to share his every word and deed–you know whaat an inspiration you are to me, daily 🙂

    Continued prayers for a speedy recovery for Uriah and your being back on the road soon.

    As always, I love the pictures and the little girls helping is too precious.

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari

  2. Glad you saw fruit from your efforts! Annie is adorable! The bookmark is so pretty, Sarah! That was kind of her! I like the picture of Anna and Mary in the hotel. Oh! Maxwell ladies, your pink skirts are so pretty!

    God bless! Rebecca K.

  3. Thanks, Steve! That is great and very timely. I have taken on the task of teaching in our children’s group on Wednesday evenings at church, and it amazes me how many children with so many issues we get from the community around us. Our children’s minister’s montly meeting with us was about how we influence children by how we speak to them and reinforcing that they can be the hero of their own story through Jesus Christ…that, in Him, they are so much more than their circumstances…they are his children.

  4. I’m so glad to hear that all went well. And so glad that Uriah will be able to be back on the road much sooner than anticipated.
    The newest session sounds like a good one~will you be offering it in CD form?
    In time.

  5. you guys are truely a great family. my wife marina and i enjoyed talking to you two and even your son john is such a delight….the Lord is so amazing!!! i thankyou for your ministry in teaching families the prize is the children and for me coming from such a lost world and only accepting Jesus as my lord and savior within the past seven years, i know there is a God and he restores all…people like you guys follow him in all times and your reward is looking into your childs eyes. wow i am blown away! our beast is leaving and so is all his little demons like nintendo wee dvds its all going and we are buying instruments, to glorify Gods music amen
    You two were a very great encouragement to all of us.

  6. Praying for y’all! I love the pictures… it’s so cute to see little ones helping you out! Thanks for sharing.

    The new session sounds like one that we all need to so very much hear!

    The Lord be with you!

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