The Lord tremendously blessed us once again at the Fair yesterday evening. Close to 600 sodas or waters were given out. The van’s temperature gauge showed 104 degree’s as we arrived at the Fair (and the sun was still shining!). However, the heat is a blessing as it results in people being more thirsty.
Last night was the parade night. We could see a portion of the parade from where we were located. We are still grateful for our location, as almost everyone had to walk past us to get to the parade area, and then had to walk back past us when the parade was over. During the parade, the booth was a bit slow. As soon as it was over, we were absolutely mobbed.
We gave out close to 1,000 tracts, and had opportunities to talk with a number of people one-on-one. We are praying that the Holy Spirit will be working in hearts as people take the tracts home and read them later.
Included are some photos from the booth. We’ll try to get a photo of the entire booth at some point this evening.
Yesterday evening was our first night at the Leavenworth County Fair! We had never been to the County Fair before. Nathan and his wife, Melanie, rented a booth as an evangelistic opportunity to give out free soft drinks and a gospel tract. We’re helping man the booth. The plan is to be there each evening Tuesday through Friday, and then all day Saturday.
The Fair organizers put us in a great location, and we had a lot of traffic. The booth was a hit with young and old alike. Throughout the evening, we gave out over four hundred sodas, and most people were given (and accepted) two tracts with each soda. The truly amazing part of the tract distribution was how many people said “Thank you!” Of all those sodas, I do not remember a single person rejecting a soda because of the tract, or simply rejecting the tract itself. We started tearing down around 9:00 (even though the fair closes at 10:00), because we had run out of Pepsi, Sprite, and water and just had Diet Pepsi left.
Besides giving out tracts, a number of us had opportunities to share directly about eternity and Jesus with people.
The evening was VERY warm, and the temperatures are supposed to be close to 100 all week with high humidity! Nice and hot.
Now, all we can do is pray that people will read the tracts and will respond to the call of the Holy Spirit!
Sunday afternoon found Jesse outside in Grandad and Grandma’s backyard. In the heat of the afternoon, Jesse strolled across the lawn when he noticed a little creature in the grass. He looked down and there was a little baby squirrel. Jesse hurried inside and sounded the alarm that there was a little squirrel outside. We walked out and sure enough it lay in the grass. Every once in a while it tried to crawl around, but it seemed very wobbly. It had a noticeable face of an adult squirrel, and was covered in reddish/brown fur. It also had a tail that was about 4 inches long. After observing it for a little bit, we decided to take our Sunday afternoon naps. We thought that maybe his mom would come and carry him back to the nest [which was up in the tree].
Once we were awake from our naps we decided to check on the squirrel again. It was still there. After getting permission from Dad, Joseph went outside to pick him up so that he could be put into a little box. While trying to get the squirrel in the box he (meaning the squirrel) decided to go for a little run. He raced down Joseph onto the tile floor. Thankfully, he didn’t have enough traction to run fast and we were able to catch him. We decided to give him some Pedialyte in a syringe to see if he could recover from sitting outside all afternoon in the heat.
Monday we got him some milk, which he loves. We decided to give him the name Chippey. John called several places and the best advice they told John was to keep him until he could climb a tree and fend for himself. That is what we decided to do.
Recently, Dad declared several Chore book work sessions; we absolutely love to work together! Even Grandad (Mom’s parents live right next door!) joined us packing boxes.
Myself, Anna, and Jesse compiled the book and kits. Dad measured the paper, Mary was the refill girl (she constantly heard the calls of “More paper, quick!” or “ChorePacks, please!” as the compilers rushed to keep ahead of the fast shrink-wrapper, Joseph). Joseph operated the shrink-wrap machine at a lightning speed. John put boxes together for Grandad, taped them up, and then moved them!
We’re excited to announce our family’s blog! We are the Maxwells: Steve, Teri, Nathan and his wife Melanie, Christopher, Sarah, Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary. You can read more about the family here.
We will work to keep you updated on our family and what’s happening in the Managers of Their Homes ministry. One thing is certain, life is always busy around here!