((Sarah’s apologies due to the lateness of this.))
While we had a brief county fair report, we wanted to give you a more detailed one. Our family spent much time preparing for the fair with family prayer meetings, banner design, balloon twisting, and face painting practice. For several weeks before the fair, Anna was daily twisting balloons, and Mary was heading over to practice face painting on nieces and nephews.
Anna had learned some complex balloon animal twisting so it often took her as long to make a balloon as it did for Mary to do a face paint. Mary got to where she could do most face paints in 3 minutes and more complex ones were up to 6 minutes. We had a bulletin board with the children’s options for face painting.
As Anna twisted balloons, she talked to children. After each balloon animal was finished and each face paint, the children were sent off with a child’s evangelistic tract. If they weren’t old enough to read, they were encouraged to ask their parents to read it to them.
One family came back a second night and told us they had begun to read the tract to their daughter until the grandstand noise had become too loud, but they were planning to finish it.
Each night, we would go out into the fair grounds and hand out coupons for a free face paint or balloon animal. Then we would go back to our booth and watch the line. When it began to diminish, we would go back out again. Usually that was only necessary two or three times an evening, and then the line would remain.
The girls were busy from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday evening and from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, except for a late afternoon half hour dinner break on Saturday.
While the parents were in line waiting for their child’s turn, we would talk to them and give them a Gospel tract too.
Some of the other vendors in our building told us that they really liked having us in that booth because we drew so many people to the building.
We are praying for spiritual fruit in people’s lives from that outreach ministry.
Trusting in Jesus,
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11