These are historic times. Since the 50’s, generations have been shielded from epidemics and significant consumer shortages, except for the “gas crunch” in the 70’s. If you have the money, you can buy what you want.
We are experiencing product shortages country wide. This seems to come as quite a shock to most US citizens who are accustomed to full shelves at the grocery store. People are afraid of not having food and supplies they are accustomed to and ultimately of getting the virus.
There is a silver lining. Previously, many who might have had little concern about dying are now thinking about it as evidenced by their fear in contracting the virus.
What might you do in addition to taking recommended safeguards?
Make a list of people who you suspect might not be saved.
Earnestly pray for them daily. Are there things you might do to help them?
Seek a time when you can have a heart-to-heart talk with them regarding Jesus Christ.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
Yesterday morning, early, we said goodbye to Anna and Mary as they embarked on a long ministry trip. They’ll be gone at least 4 weeks and perhaps closer to 6. We choose to leave the location undisclosed for the privacy of the ministry they are serving with.
My sisters have incredible servant’s hearts, and they’ve been praying and preparing for this over the past weeks. Please pray for their health, safety, and opportunities to share Jesus over and over again. Their lives are radiant testimonies for the Lord, and they have no greater joy than to serve Him! As the Lord brings them to mind, please pray for them.
Although it’s quiet around here (but busy!), we’re excited for the girls. The upcoming blog schedule has some interesting things! Stay tuned.
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except theybe sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:14-15)
((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, Teri
“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
We were at the fair last week. It was really exciting. We’ve had neat opportunities to talk about Jesus, and the Ten Commandments. The face painting and balloons were a big hit. There’s always a line for each. They really love it! We made so many new friends.
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
I’m excited to introduce to you “Lolly the clown.” Can you guess who it is?
Some of us spent Tuesday evening at the Leavenworth County Fair helping a church. “Lolly” handed out free coupons and lollipops. I shadowed her, and universally kids loved her! I was surprised how many people wanted pictures with her too. 😉
We twisted balloons for free thanks to “Lolly’s” coupons. We had a great night.
“A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” Proverbs 15:23
(Last post on the fair–we hope you have been blessed!)
Anna’s thoughts: I love children, and I love sharing Jesus! Balloon twisting at the fair pairs both of those together to make an exciting evening. Children are thrilled when you ask if you can make an animal for them, or if they are older, I like to offer to make a “crazy” hat. While I was twisting the balloon, I would either go through the “Good Person” test with the parents or depending on the age of the child, do it with them. If I didn’t have the opportunity to go through the “Good Person” test, I would give them a Trillion Dollar bill or this booklet. Kids were very happy with both of them and often would ask for more.
Serving Jesus, Anna
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16
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