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

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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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Update: We’re making great progress!

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. It’s really not showing much more wear than this morning, and we attribute that to prayer.

Thank you for your prayers! Lord willing, we’ll be in Orlando tonight, and then we’ll be able to buy new trailer tires there tomorrow or Wednesday.

Only for Jesus,
Sarah

The Trip Begins with a Little Unexpected Twist

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.

Thank you for your prayers!

Sarah for the rest

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