After we got up this morning, we discovered the storm system that was supposed to go through the Midwest today is coming a day later. Dad felt it was best that we head home a day early because of the ice/snow that is predicted for tomorrow. We thought of Proverbs 16:9: â€œA manâ€™s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.â€ We make plans, but the Lord directs our steps. We were all disappointed, but we know this is for the best, and weâ€™re grateful for the fellowship we had last night. I truly am grateful for such a wise father who listens so closely to Jesus.
The conference went extremely well last night. We all have our “jobs” for set up, and the setting up was pretty smooth, especially for the first night of the trip.
For the first time slot, we had four different sessions: Mom spoke to the ladies, Dad to the men, Christopher to the young men, and I to the young ladies. Hearts seemed to be quite receptive! We enjoyed seeing several families whom we had met previously at the Orlando convention a year and a half ago. One family drove 300 miles to attend the conference. We were so blessed that they took the time and effort to come. For the second session, Dad and Mom jointly gave Keeping Our Children’s Hearts while Christopher gave Evangelism to the young people. Hearts were very open to the session. As the closing to the Hearts session, our family sang a few songs–gospel bluegrass style.
We were very overwhelmed by the way that Jesus provided for our traveling expenses. The coordinator had done a great job of organizing the conference–thank you! They even gave us a box of delicious fruit, pound cake, and other items. We now know how good a fresh orange is :-).
Today was a quieter day. We took a walk at Wachiva State Park, which we accidentally found last night after a wrong turn. The weather is wonderful: it feels like spring to us. It almost seems surreal to be experiencing such nice weather when back at home in Kansas, they’re having snow! We also are amazed at the green grass, flowers, etc. We enjoyed our family time today as we admired God’s creation.
We’re on to Albany, Georgia tomorrow. Thank you for your continued prayers. We hope to continue meeting ya’ll!
Sarah for the rest
School continues even on the road! During sessions, when the children are back with the book table, they’re able to work on school! (They also do school other times during the trip :-).)
We wanted to post a quick update on our progress. Jesus gave Dad the idea last night to rotate our trailer tires. So, this morning, Dad and John rotated the tires before we left. We stopped mid-morning for gas, and Dad checked the tire. It was definitely showing wear but still holding out. We stopped mid-afternoon, and Dad was amazed at the condition of the tire. Itâ€™s really not showing much more wear than this morning, and we attribute that to prayer.
Thank you for your prayers! Lord willing, weâ€™ll be in Orlando tonight, and then weâ€™ll be able to buy new trailer tires there tomorrow or Wednesday.
We are in Kentucky tonight! The morning felt like a normal trip morning as we scurried around, finishing last-minute preparations. After the guys finished packing the trailer, Grandad and Grandma came over. Even though the temperatures were chilly, we gathered together outside while Grandad prayed for us. We said good-byes and headed off for church. Our dear fellowship was glad to see our family, and we had a blessed worship service. Around 11 a.m., we were officially on the road.
The 500-mile drive passed quite uneventfully, and we only made one stop for gas. Mom is a pro at making sandwiches in the van! We listened to two sermons and enjoyed talking together and watching the scenery.
After we unloaded at the hotel, Dad and John went to fill up with diesel across the street. When they came back, Dad made some comment by which I could tell we had a problem. Dad felt Jesus prompting him to look over the trailer, and he discovered an axle on our trailer is going bad, thus the tire is becoming bald. We planned on driving 800 miles tomorrow, but it looks as if our plans may change. We will need to find a place to find trailer tires. Dad will be watching the tire carefully as we drive tomorrow, and he’ll be placing a call into the trailer place in Kansas City to get their advice. A big praise the Lord is we don’t need to be in Orlando until Tuesday night, so we have an extra day. Please pray for safety as we continue: number one we want to wear the tire down as much as possible without it blowing, and number two the half-used spare might make it the rest of the way to Orlando.
Our family is beginning to prepare for a 2 week trip which includes 6 conferences. It is always amazing how pressures seem to come the week of a trip. Please pray for us as we work through the details that must be completed before Sunday. We will be doing our normal Sunday morning worship service at the nursing home, and then weâ€™ll be â€œtaking offâ€ (akaâ€”in our van!) for the trip.
For those who might be interested, hereâ€™s a brief look at the schedule:
Weâ€™ll be posting â€œon the roadâ€ updates, too. We are greatly appreciative of your prayers as we prepare our hearts and then as we embark on our journey, for safety and for those attending the conferences.
We hope to meet many of you!! Blessings from all of us.
Only for Jesus, Sarah
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