Baby Update

Last Sunday I preached from 2 Tim 1:1, where it starts, “Paul, an apostle (messenger) of Jesus Christ by the will of God…” The congregation was a group of residents from a local nursing home. I was sharing with them that God has a plan/will for their lives – even where they are at right now. John 6:40 clarifies that God’s will, big picture, is that everyone believe on His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. But even beyond that, He has a will, a day to day desire for each of those dear people that were listening to me.
John 6:40, “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life…”

I was struck that our little one, still being formed in the womb, is under God’s care and that He already has a plan for that little life – a plan that at this point even we as his/her parents don’t know. Salvation is His primary desire for Baby Maxwell, after that?? Eph 3:20 gives us a clue though, we are told that it is beyond our ability to ask or imagine. This has greatly encouraged Melanie and I.
Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…”

Baby Maxwell continues to grow and get stronger. At a recent ultra-sound, the tech pointed out a little calf muscle, indicative of an active baby. We enjoy seeing the baby’s profile and also watching the cute little hands, arms and feet appear on screen. The child still has a stomach issue that will require surgery immediately after birth. What other special needs the baby may or may not have, only time will tell.

Our biggest prayer request right now is that Baby stays in the womb as long as possible. His/her stomach issue means there is excess amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, which can cause labor to come sooner. We are also praying the Lord will direct us to the correct (maybe even Christian?) perinatalogist, hospital, neonatalogist, pediatric surgeon, and whomever else gets involved.

Nathan

Change of Plans

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: “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” We make plans, but the Lord directs our steps. We were all disappointed, but we know this is for the best, and we’re grateful for the fellowship we had last night. I truly am grateful for such a wise father who listens so closely to Jesus.

Serving Jesus,
Sarah

Trip News

Last night wrapped up the sixth and final conference for this trip. Our hearts are full of gratitude to the Lord Jesus Christ for His work during the last two weeks. As you know, we started off with thinking we had a bent axle on the trailer. Dad and John secured replacement tires for the trailer when we got to the Orlando area. The tire on that axle is doing well, and we attribute it to prayer and the Lord’s protection. Last Friday, Mary and I came down with colds. One “remedy” our family uses are the Ziacam tablets. If you feel you’re getting sick, you take a tablet, and if you’re sick, you also take them. For this last week, it has been a regular occurrence for someone to ask for the Ziacam to be passed :-). Wednesday evening, at a hotel, we had a “garlic party”. Yes, we actually cut up raw garlic cloves and swallowed them, in hopes that the garlic would help the cold symptoms. 🙂

Mom and Dad both came down with colds, although Mom’s hit her pretty hard. Friday morning, when we were preparing to head to Jackson, Mississippi for a weekend conference, we found there was freezing rain and ice. Thursday night at the Memphis conference, a father offered to give back road directions to get to Jackson. We can tell that Jesus clearly prompted him to offer us directions, because with those directions, we were able to take other roads for awhile instead of the interstate which was stopped at the time we were leaving the hotel due to many accidents. The roads were great for us, and we praised the Lord for allowing us to make it safely to Jackson.

Every conference we felt the Lord’s blessing. Hearts were receptive and open, and families were incredibly gracious to us. We were overwhelmed by the generosity each city showed to our family.

Sunday and Monday evenings we had our first Christ-Led Family Conference. Then, this weekend, we had our first full weekend of the Christ-Led Family. We weren’t even sure with colds and Dad’s voice if we’d be able to do our music session Friday evening, but Dad decided to go ahead with it. Dad’s voice held out, and our only bit of excitement was the bass bridge popping off near the end of the session. It did rattle some of us, and we stopped abruptly in the middle of our song. But, we soon started the song again, this time without the bass. For those who are wondering, even though from the picture (at the end of the post) you’d think the bass would need a major repair, it’s not hard to set the bridge back up. Throughout the weekend, hearts were open and receptive to the message. A few families had even driven several hours to come to the conference. We were blessed by the generosity of several ladies from the church who provided lunch for the attendees.

Thank you to every one who has been praying for our family and those attending the conferences. We are headed to Texas today for a brief visit with some friends of the family. We will be driving home Tuesday, missing the winter storm that will be going through several states :-).

Only for Jesus,
Sarah
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This church was where the full Christ-Led Family conference was held this weekend. 

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Christopher, with the bass, after the music session.

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Dad, whose absolute joy and delight is being able to share from God’s Word!

What a Joy

While driving down the highways, I love to glance in my rearview mirror as cars pass us. Almost without exception, as the cars pass, I see those in the front seats turn their heads and read the decal on either the back or side of our trailer. It says, Families for Jesus and beneath that, smaller, but still very readable, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life.” John 3:36

Families for Jesus Trailer

I know this may be one of the few verses most of these people have ever read in their lives. If the Lord Jesus prompts you, would you pray for the souls of those who read it, that they may be concerned about where they will spend eternity?

This has been an amazing trip. Never have I interacted with so many people who already know Jesus and read their Bibles most every day. Gas station attendants, cashiers in stores and hotel personal, have been a delight as their faces light up when I ask them whether they have a personal relationship with Jesus. The primary exception that I can remember was the man at Wal-Mart who helped us with the trailer tires. He does think about where he will spend eternity some times and I was able to give him some tracts and a Soul Winner’s New Testament. Please pray for him.

Thank you for those who have been praying for our conferences. The response by so many has blessed our hearts deeply by their comments and emails. I have given twice now the new session, The Christ-led Family and God has greatly blessed that session with bringing deep conviction and challenge to families. May families be challenged to a closer walk with Jesus as a result? Please pray for the hearts of fathers to respond.

In Christ Jesus,

Steve

Conference Update

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
Dad and Mom

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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 :-).)

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