Safely Home — Conference Report

We are home safely after our quick weekend trip to Jefferson City, Missouri. The drive went smoothly, and before going to the church, we dropped off our bags at a cabin someone graciously let us stay in. After getting to the driveway for the cabin, it was determined that Uriah wouldn’t make it over the cattle guards, and since the family had offered to “ferry” (aka – drive their vehicles down to the cabin) us and our luggage down to the cabin, we went for that option.

Set up went quite smoothly, especially since it’s been several months since our last conference. It dawned on me Friday night that we have 7 weekend conferences right in a row—I knew our trip was 5 weeks and 16 stops (including Jefferson City), but I didn’t realize that translated into 7 weekends 🙂 .

We had a delicious Mexican dinner provided for us before we started the conference Friday evening. Our music time went well—and we enjoyed sharing with those attending. Saturday went by quickly, and in between the sessions, we were each blessed by our conversations with other families. We found out that one family came all the way from Nebraska for the conference—they drove farther than we did!

Dad and Mom
Dad and Mom

Little ones always brighten the day. One young boy asked me how many miles we were going on this next trip, and I told him that it would be eight thousand (!!). A few minutes later, he was talking to John, and this four-year-old informed him that we would be going a quarter of the way across the world 🙂 .

The little girl had showed Dad some pictures she had drawn. Dad was encouraging her to keep practicing, and he showed her the drawings from the Schools book.
The little girl had showed Dad some pictures she had drawn. Dad was encouraging her to keep practicing, and he showed her the drawings from the Schools book.

Mom talking with a lady after a session.
Mom talking with a lady after a session.

We were grateful for the “loading out” help two families gave us, and we were on the road around 5 p.m., with a break outside of Columbia for dinner. It’s hard to believe Friday starts the beginning of the five week trip—we’re all excited and looking forward to what the Lord will do in these next weeks.

This is the newly added text on the back of Uriah!
This is the newly added text on the back of Uriah!

We would appreciate prayer as we prepare for the big trip! More pictures coming on that this week!

The instruments were carried in Saturday evening, and here is a portion of them!
The instruments were carried in Saturday evening, and here is a portion of them!

Only for Jesus,
Sarah for the rest

Ambassadors: Willing to Take a Stand for Right

(This is the fourth in a series of entries drawing analogies between experiences that Ambassador Joseph Grew shared about in his book Ten Years in Japan and practical aspects of being an ambassador for Jesus Christ.)

Ambassador Grew writes about an incident he had with the German Ambassador. Apparently there was some type of a diplomatic league that the various Ambassadors were all generally a part of. Different members of the League would make speeches at their gatherings. Before making a speech, it was the custom to send their speech around to the other Ambassadors for them to review and approve

When the German Ambassador sent his speech around, Ambassador Grew was faced with a dilemma. If he were to approve of the speech, he felt it would also be approving of the German country – something that he couldn’t do (the United States did not have diplomatic relations with Germany at that time). But he also knew that refusing to sign the speech would cause a “situation.”

Ambassador Grew was willing to take a stand for what was right and decided to graciously refuse to sign the speech. He included a note to the German Ambassador explaining that, due to the relations between their countries, he was not able to sign the speech, but that he hoped the German Ambassador would not take the refusal personally.

This, of course, caused a reaction of sorts from the German Ambassador, who was well aware of the situation between their countries but didn’t feel signing the League’s speech would be an approval of the German nation. He requested a meeting with Ambassador Grew… (to be continued)

What good is an Ambassador who is simply looking to be popular? What good is an Ambassador who is not willing to represent his country by standing for what is right?

Are we, as Ambassadors for Jesus Christ and His Kingdom, willing to take a stand — even when it will be an unpopular one? And, are we willing to take that stand even when we know it will cause a “situation”?

Jesus warned us as His disciples that following Him would be unpopular:
John 15:18-19. “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”

The unpopular stands (for right) that Jesus calls us to may even involve our family or extended family. Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), shared in Matthew 10:35-37: “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

Are we willing to graciously and with love stand for right, or do we cave in to pressure? Because an Ambassador is expected to represent his nation even when doing so results in animosity from those he is living nearby.

On the road for the Jefferson City Conference!

It’s been a busy last few days as we prepared to leave for our first weekend conference. We were able to get most of the bus loaded last night, which was a blessing.

Jesse loading the bus.
Jesse loading the bus.
 

Joseph loading boxes last night.
Joseph loading boxes last night.

This morning, there were more last minute details to finish such as hanging the clothes bar and loading all of our miscellaneous gear. Mom and I have felt some relief knowing we’ll be home for several more days before our 5 week trip—there is still quite a bit to be done. Mom said she had a momentary thought, “We don’t have our passports!” and then she remembered we haven’t left on the “real” trip yet :-). As we pulled away from the house, Christopher made sure we all had our conference clothes, because the clothes bar was quite empty—when we leave on this next trip, it’ll be FULL!

Uriah out front this morning.
Uriah out front this morning.
Prayer time before we left.
Prayer time before we left.

We would appreciate prayer for this weekend: for our hearts as we share, and for those attending. We are looking forward to meeting some of you!

Sarah for all the rest

Pre-First Day of School

Tuesday night I greatly enjoyed putting out the children’s school surprises at their places at the table for them to discover when they awoke on our pre-first day of school the next day.

School Surprises
More School Surprises

During my one-on-one meeting with each of the school-age children on that pre-first day of school, we go over all they need to know and get set up for their new school year. In our new book, Managers of Their Schools, we go into much more detail about our pre-first day of school.

Anna and Mom's School Meeting
Jesse and Mom's School Meeting

As we begin our twenty fourth year of homeschooling, we are grateful that the Lord has allowed us to continue to homeschool our children. Four have graduated, and we have four more to go.

“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“It’s Easy Once You Know It”

We now have the motor home back after having a structural issue investigated, the roof raised, and new windows installed. The old windows couldn’t open while moving, but they were a great way to get big items loaded into the motor home because they could be unlatched and swung fully open. After having the roof raised on the bus, we needed to put everything back inside so it would be ready for our upcoming trip.

Doesn’t look like “home sweet home on-the-road” yet.
Doesn’t look like “home sweet home on-the-road” yet.

All the bus “ole timers” tell us that removing and replacing the windshield is a quick and easy job. You just peel off a piece of rubber and then lift out the glass. Then the new one goes in, just as easily. Well, it’s easy once you know it.

Monday we gathered for the big event, and a friend wanted to come over to watch the “show.” With no little effort we were finally successful in getting the glass out so the loading process could begin. We were relatively pleased with the progress and anticipated a reasonable conclusion.

We need more tools. This isn’t going in like it was supposed to!
We need more tools. This isn’t going like it was supposed to!
Working on taking the windshield out.
Working on taking the windshield out.
Out comes the windshield.
Out comes the windshield.
Feeding Uriah our furniture.
Feeding Uriah our furniture.
Still hungry for more.
Still hungry for more.
We are so very grateful to have a refrigerator finally after using a cooler for so long.
We are so very grateful to have a refrigerator finally after using a cooler for so long.

Once all the large items were in, we began the process of putting the glass back in. Unfortunately, it didn’t go back in as smoothly as everyone had said it would. We tried and tried to get the glass edges to fit back into the rubber gasket we had just taken it out of. It became obvious that it needed to be slid in with a bit of force.

As the collective muscle force was applied to push a resistant glass into position, there was a loud “pop,” and we all stood there looking at a poor imitation of a windshield.

Well that was Monday and the only thing to do was begin the search for another windshield on Tuesday. We also were taking the bus in on Tuesday to a bus line that was going to do a bit of work for us, and I was hoping they would have a windshield.

Dropping Uriah off, we found out that they didn’t have a windshield, and so I began phoning other local sources. Thankfully, again, the Lord provided. A brother who owns a coach line had a windshield he would sell us, and he was only an hour away.

However, one other problem is that our family has a Honda Civic, and transporting new glass would be impossible unless I strapped it to the roof. Hmm. I wasn’t “brave” enough to try that so we needed to borrow Grandad’s older car that has a huge trunk. Off John and I went to pick up the glass and deliver it to the shop where it would be installed.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Thank You, Lord Jesus.

In Christ Jesus,
Steve

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