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A “Little” Bus on a Big Boat

Tuesday morning, after a short night of sleep, we drove to the ferry terminal, arriving a little after 6 a.m., for the 7 o’clock ferry.

We had a plan. Everyone except Mary and I was going to bundle up to go out on deck, watching the sun rise, and observing the beautiful view. After the bus was parked, we headed up several floors to the passenger area. It was a cold, brisk morning, but the family enjoyed their time out on the deck while Mary and I stayed inside the passenger areas to keep warm and explore.

Family stayed close to the wall out of the wind.
It had been a misty morning, but it cleared up after awhile.

The sun rise

The narrow strait we just sailed through.
See the tiny lighthouse?

There were many little islands scattered across the water.

A sea gull enjoying a free ride by soaring in the wind, being pushed up as the ferry moves swiftly through the water.

In the meantime, after exploring the inside for a bit, Mary and I looked for a place to sit with a view out the side. We decided to try to find a place near the front for a better view, so at Christopher’s suggestion, we purchased something from the cafe and found a wonderful area to sit.

Part way through our ride, we saw “something” we were hoping to see, “something” that was even mentioned we might see as a blog comment.

The Orcas (killer whales)Â were surfacing and spouting in unison! One man who has ridden the ferry three times every month for years said he has never seen them before. We felt blessed to see them on our one day-light ride.

ALL of the family saw them! It was an incredible few moments of seeing God’s amazing creatures.

“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:21).

The Island Report

It seemed almost like a dream to be on Vancouver Island. We are grateful to the family who provided the invitation and then actually brought us over. Thank you!

This conference was held at the Saanich Fairgrounds, and the facility worked out great! Set up went smoothly, and even the coordinator’s children cheerfully pitched in to set up the chairs.

It was exciting to see the people the Lord brought to the conference. They were open to the message, and then from the discussions they had with Dad and Mom after the sessions, they seemed to have taken it to heart and be hungry for the Lord’s working. One mom e-mailed us today listing several benefits her family was already experiencing from the conference including a positive attitude change in her son!

Since we often do several songs at the end of Keeping Hearts, the young people are released for the session early so they can listen!
The guys talking after tear down Monday night.

“He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber” (Psalms 121:3).

Sunday Night

We had the blessing of sharing through music, testimony, and preaching Sunday evening in a little town called Sidney (not Australia!), or Sidney by the sea. We felt extremely welcome, and people were grateful we came.

The church is comprised of many elderly, so we felt right at home! We enjoyed talking with people before and after the service. It is such a joy to be able to share!

Jesse unloading things Sunday afternoon.
Pluckin' on her fiddle.
You wouldn't have known she was feeling so poorly! Way to go, Mary!
Daddy preaching.
The lady with the hat used to be a horseback lady preacher in her younger days, and the other lady was from Poland!

“I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word” (Psalms 119:16).

Chuga Chuga Choo Choo

This incredibly, picturesque moment from the past (which you’ll see below) was right next to us when we pulled up to the US Border Entry Checkpoint yesterday morning. At first it was idling, but then right as Dad was talking with the Border Agent the train started up and went off. Thank you to Christopher for taking all the pictures! 

We are on our way to our weekend conference in Fallbrook, California. We are a bit behind in our blog reports, but we’ll catch up in the next day or two. Thank you for your prayers as we drive 20 hours over the next two days, and some of that will be through mountains.




“I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works” (Psalms 145:5).

Thank You, For Praying

We wanted to update you on Mary. Her fever disappeared at some point today, and she’s doing much better. Thank you for your prayers; we are so grateful! Please continue to pray for protection for the rest of us.


PS – We just finished a great conference here on Vancouver Island, and we’ll be taking the 7 a.m. ferry back to the mainland. Mom and us girls will be speaking at a Mother/Daughter event in Lynden, Washington tomorrow afternoon.

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee” (Psalms 102:1).

Abbotsford Report

We aren’t in Canada too often, so when we are, it’s a special treat. This time, our weekend conference was just barely over the border, but if you’ve been reading the posts, you’ll see we also went to Vancouver Island (which is where we are currently).

Friday set up went well, and before we knew it, dinner had arrived. Our coordinator had fixed a delicious dinner and surprised us with a special dessert from Dairy Queen.

Anna started with a cold that hit her voice about Wednesday, and she was being careful not to talk much to save it for singing Friday evening. It was amazing listening to her sing: you never would have guessed she had any voice problems! I remember when we were doing the Red Deer, Alberta convention, the same thing happened, and her voice sounded crystal clear—truly an answer to prayer. Music went pretty smoothly, except for twice when an unnamed individual bumped the microphone which caused a loud clunk and those singing jumped.

Saturday morning dawned a sunny day, a treat after so many rainy ones! The Lord brought many families to the conference and the day went by in a whirl. One family had driven from over 6 hours north to come, and they had a neat testimony on how the Lord moved them up from California.

The book tables were swamped almost the entire day, so we kept extremely busy. We had encouraged people to make the purchases earlier on so that we could pack up since we had a ferry deadline. Hearts were open to the message shared (although the message and things shared were new to many of the families), and we pray the Lord will bring lasting fruit.

We don’t say this lightly, but we really believe that this trip has had so much more fruit than other trips, and we feel this is a result of all the prayer. We know specifically many who are praying; we are so grateful. One young man told John recently that he had felt strongly prompted to pray for us Thursday night, and that very night John had an opportunity to talk to a young man who was struggling (an understatement).

A full room of dads!
John and Anna gave the Unity session this weekend.
We were too busy this weekend to take many pictures, but we still managed to squeeze in some!

The coordinator's family brought in quite a few chairs, since the church didn't have the # that was needed.
Mom with the coordinator

We just received a testimony e-mail from our coordinator, and they shared from the e-mails they are already receiving that lives were truly changed and young people have been saved. It makes us almost weep with joy! Praise the Lord!


”… but I desire fruit that may abound to your account” (Philippians 4:17).