Yuba City and the East Bay Conference Report

Last Thursday was a rainy, cool day in Yuba City. We had a quiet day at the hotel, catching up on computer things, and the children worked on school. That evening, as we girls were setting up the book tables, a young boy offered to help. He had a sweet spirit, and he told me about a business he has selling candy bars. We were amazed to hear about his diligence and industry, but then what impressed us was when we heard what he did with the money he earned: he gives it to the poor! A lady provided a dinner for us: complete with tri-tip marinated meat. This was only the second time we’ve had this meat, and it’s the most unbelievable tender, juicy meat. Thank you for this special treat :-).

Friday morning we drove through stiff winds, but we made it to Livermore safely. Cornerstone Fellowship graciously let us use their facilities, and the rooms they gave us worked out extremely well. Meals were provided Friday night and Saturday—we are grateful for the wonderful food!

Conference Sign

Many families we talked to had driven several hours to be able to come. We are grateful for their extra investment of time. Friday night’s music session for the most part went smoothly, although we had a few minor things, like the dobro being knocked off it’s stand. It wasn’t even noticed by the person starting the next song, so things continued :-).

Since there are so many of us, we have chances to talk to quite a few of the families throughout the weekend. After the conference, we love to sit around and share about the different people we talked to and what they told us regarding their lives and what the Lord Jesus is doing. One very special highlight was meeting a family who started a nursing home church last year. We were thrilled to chat with them, as brief as it was, and to meet another family who had started such a ministry.

Mom giving Loving Your Husband

(Mom giving the Loving Your Husband session Saturday afternoon.)

We will be posting some more thoughts on the trip later, but we wanted to give you a weekend report!


The little ones that come to the conference are such a delight. Here’s a cute little girl playing on the floor near her mom.

Only for Jesus,
Sarah for the rest of the family

A Look Back at the Fair Week

This might seem odd to post now. Why a post on last year’s County fair in January? I was about to delete this post that was written last year when I had second thoughts about it. We had discussed it and decided not to post it because we didn’t want the focus to be us. That still is our heart’s desire, but as I reread this now, I feel, it might be a needed encouragement for families to be busy about God’s leading. So please as you read this, it isn’t about us, but about the Lord Jesus Who wants us to be busy telling others about the reality of Heaven and Hell, and Jesus, Who is the ONLY Savior of our souls and way to the Father.



(Update previously written by Sarah)

Thank you all for your prayers during the fair week. We were so grateful. It was an amazing thing to be able to hand out tracts, make balloons, and share Jesus. One girl I spoke with, when I asked where she was going to spend eternity, looked a bit puzzled, and asked me, “What’s that?” I remember another woman said she was going to face it when she got there. Sadly, it would be too late. May we all be faithful to share Christ!

Usually I’m the one taking pictures in the family, but during fair week, Dad took quite a few pictures. He even went to the grandstands to get a different perspective of our booth. We hope you are blessed by a pictorial view into the fair week.


I have a feeling Christopher was sharing Jesus while he made the balloon! 🙂


A perspective on the booth from the grandstands (directly across from us!)…


A family who had just been by our booth–the dad and daughter had balloon hats!


Christopher was going over one of the tracts with these girls.




Christopher had quite a group of guys, and I think most of them wanted “crazy hats!”


I thought this was a cute picture, a cowboy Grandpa with his cowboy grandsons!


“What would you like: a flower or a crazy hat?” was the sort of question we would frequently ask. It was easy when they just wanted a dog :-).


My daddy sharing Jesus!


Crazy hat and it’s designer.



Someone graciously took our group picture. Left to right: Nathan, Melanie, John, Anna, Joseph, Dad, me, and Christopher

Cold Temperatures, Wind, and Snow

We are so grateful to be home today. The front we caught up to (near Flagstaff) and then stayed ahead of yesterday has now reached Kansas, and we have cold temperatures, strong wind, and snow. If we hadn’t been able to get ahead of the storm, we would have been stuck somewhere for a day or two.


Thank you, Jesus, for bringing us home!

Sarah for the rest

32 Hours and 1900 miles Later

We are HOME! It was an incredible 32 hours, but we are safely home, and Uriah is unpacked, and after dinner and devotions, we’re ready to get some rest. Thank you to everyone for praying.

We’ll comment more about the trip later. 🙂

Only for Jesus,
Sarah for the rest of the family

Anna getting off the bus

Anna getting off the bus when we arrived home!

Ladies’ Retreat in Lenexa, KS this Saturday

We wanted to post and let ladies know that Mom will be speaking at a Ladies’ Retreat in the Kansas City area this Saturday, February 2nd, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The registration deadline is the 30th, so if you are interested, we’ve included the link here.

We’re still motoring along, heading closer to home! 🙂

Sarah for the rest

Still driving…

We are now in Oklahoma, and the sun is definitely up :-). Dad was able to sleep for 5 hours while Christopher drove. During that time, a lot of the family was able to sleep, but we always kept one person awake to talk to the driver! We have managed to stay ahead of the storm, and the areas we are now passing through will have even stronger winds than we’re experiencing right now this afternoon.

Thank you for your prayers. we are very grateful. We hope to be home by dinnertime–an amazing whirlwind drive home.

Only for Jesus,
Sarah for the rest of the family

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