In A Small Town…

tucked on the front plains of Colorado was the location for our weekend conference. Fort Morgan. I looked up the town’s history online and found indeed it was a fort at one point from 1865-1868.

We rolled into town about 1 p.m. Several families were setting rooms up for the conference. Our coordinator did an amazing job of handling the details (and beyond!) that go into a conference. She even made signs to direct people where to go for the sessions. Book table set up went smoothly, and practice was great too.

The Lord brought families from the nearby areas. It was an absolute joy and delight to talk to those that came. We love hearing how the Lord Jesus works in hearts and lives. After each conference, we share together as we drive about those we have interacted with and their amazing stories. One story in particular this weekend was heart-wrenching of extreme courage and dedication.

Hearts were extremely open and receptive to what was shared. We pray for lasting fruit!

Joseph gave his new session for youth, Who Is Jesus to You?. The Lord so blessed it! He will give it again in Memphis this weekend.

Saturday morning, the guys often help direct families to the sessions.

Sweet trio.

Often, moms with little ones sit near the back, and this was a tender duo.

Anna, a blog reader (hi!), and Mary

Fellowship is enjoyed at conferences.

We ended the conference with something new: family to families, a panel discussion. The idea was to end the Memphis conference this way; to give families a chance to ask questions about things they learned or just ask a question in general. Then, we decided to add it on to many of our upcoming weekends, except for Pittsburgh, where we don’t have time. There were definitely a major question on some of our minds. Simply this: would there be any questions posed? We had encouraged people to write their questions out and place them in a box on the book tables. Sure enough, by the time the panel discussion was to begin, questions were in the box. We all thoroughly enjoyed the panel, and the time flew by quickly. There was just enough time to answer all of the questions. When Dad asked those listening if it had been beneficial, there was a resounding “yes.” So, for those who will be attending any of the upcoming weekend conferences (again, except for Pittsburgh, where there were time constraints), you’ll have the same opportunity.

The Z. family: blog readers!

Packing out.

We would be grateful for your prayers as we pack for 6 weeks. There is a lot to do over these next three and a half days, but the Lord’s grace is always sufficient. We praise Him for giving us a message to share!

Love,
Sarah

“But now having no more place in
these parts, and having a great desire
these many years to come unto you.” 

Romans 15:23 

Good Morning!

After the conference, we drove several hours to North Platte. We stopped at the same RV park as we did on the way out.

We are very grateful for the Lord’s blessing on this weekend. We’ll report later.

We give thanks to Jesus for a great night’s sleep in the quiet RV park. We are refreshed and on our way home!

Love,
Sarah

“Bless the Lord, O my soul:
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits:”
Psalms 103:1-2 

On the Plains

It’s great to be back in Colorado. Our drive was for the most part uneventful yesterday, although we went through strong wind for a few hours. We spent the night in North Platte, Nebraska at an RV park. This morning, we drove the last three hours.

I’ll post a weekend report later, but I’ll leave you with a few pictures for now. Please join us in praying for hearts tomorrow. Tonight went great!

Love,
Sarah

Praying yesterday before we left with Christopher, Anna Marie, and Joshua.

Practicing late afternoon.

“And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord:
it shall rejoice in his salvation.”
Psalms 35:9 

The Continental Divide

Last Wednesday evening, we drove up to the Divide for Joseph to take sunset pictures. John had work to do, so he stayed back at the cabin.

It was a beautiful evening, with characteristically cool temperatures on the Divide. The drive up from our cabin is picturesque, and that night was no exception. The rugged mountains, the sun casting a gorgeous glow on one section, curvy roads that wound up to the divide–the only thing missing was a bear lumbering through a grassy meadow. That, in fact, we saw on our way home, before we hit Colorado Springs. A huge, lumbering black bear. Back to the Divide. I think that night was the quietest we’ve seen  there. Another vehicle had followed us up, but after enjoying the scenery, they left, and  an occasional car would drive by, sometimes stopping long enough to grab a shot of the beautiful sunset before disappearing down the dirt road. Someday we want to explore that side of the mountain, going into the valley.

The van definitely traversed some rough roads. Thankfully, it stayed together and made it home to Kansas.

It was peacefully quiet up there. The kind of quietness that makes you want to sit and take in the scenery.

While Joseph took pictures, we girls did some.

Joseph took the below picture.

I love the lighting in this one.

We used an external flash with a wireless transmitter (thanks, Christopher!) for these pictures.

So, where are Joseph’s stunning pictures? We shared one earlier, and I’m saving the others for times throughout the year to post, along with a few other scenery shots.

Love,
Sarah

“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same
the Lord’s name is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens.”
Psalms 113:3-4 

We’re Still Around … Well … Not for Long

Life has been full as we prepare for our first of seven, possibly eight, weekend conferences. This weekend we’re just running out and back to Ft. Morgan. We’ll be home for a few days before leaving for six+ weeks. I have more pictures from last week to share, but I’ll leave you with some current ones.

On the conference side of things, Conyers, Georgia, for September 18th came through. Watch for more to be added.

We leave this afternoon for Colorado. Please join us in praying for lasting, eternal fruit in the lives of many.

Love,
Sarah

Dad worked on huge electrical project on the bus Saturday and into this week.

Welcome back to Kansas humidity. I was spoiled by the Colorado dryness, which I love!

Family times, and how the babies are growing.

Yes, that’s spinach, and we weigh it out and freeze it for our breakfast smoothie. Yumm. Really. You can’t taste the spinach.

Another bus project.

A great new addition to the bus, at least soon it will be: air horns!

Last night, the guys brought many boxes of books to our friends’ home. They kindly ship out all the Titus2 orders while we’re on the road. They also made it possible for us to go on our family trip, as leaving shipping for two weeks would not have been good.

The grandgirls showed up while we were loading.

“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” 
James 5:7-8 

The Fall Trip

We arrived home last night and will be here for a few days. The Lord was so gracious to us, and our trip was refreshing and drew our hearts closer to the Lord Jesus.

Our fall trip is just around the corner, and I wanted to share the dates we have scheduled so far. We still have 9 openings for evening conferences, so if you glance through the dates below, and see that your city might be a possible stop, and feel the Lord’s prompting to host a conference, please contact us. There is still time.

Maxwell’s 2012 Fall Conferences

September 7-8th – Ft. Morgan, Colorado (an hour and a half from Denver)
September 14-15th – Memphis, Tennessee
September 17th – Tupelo, Mississippi
September 18th – New! Conyers, Georgia
September 20th – Available
September 21-22nd – Greenville, South Carolina
September 23rd – Simpsonville, South Carolina (Homecoming Day)
September 24th – Mt. Airy, North Carolina
September 25th – Available
September 27th – Available
September 28-29th – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
October 1st, 2nd, and 4th – Available
October 5-6th – Hammond, Louisiana
October 8th – Available
October 11th – Oshkosh Area, Wisconsin
October 12-13th – Chicago Area, Illinois
October 15-16th – Available
October 18th – New Albany, Indiana
October 19-20th – St. James, Missouri
October 23-24th – Pacific, Missouri
October 25th – Home!

“For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you
some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;”
Romans 1:11