We finished out our final three days at the fair and came home feeling very blessed at the opportunities. We’re also grateful to the family who pitched in to help at the booth and give out cards while the girls worked.
I figured out Anna and Mary (each) spent approximately 27 hours twisting balloons and face painting over the course of 5 days. Children and parents alike were grateful that these items were offered at no cost. How many things in life are free?!
Here are some things I noticed about:
Balloons: These were especially popular with the boys, but tons of girls wanted them too. They literally smiled from ear to ear as they left with some amazing balloon art. Anna frequently had two lines watching her: those in her balloon line, and then the face painting line often did too. In addition, children would gather around her, as she sat on the floor with them and made them animals.
Face Painting: Some children had never had their face painted, and the joy they showed was priceless. Parents especially loved watching their kiddos get a face paint, and sometimes I would smile to myself as a group of adults would be gathered around Mary, ooohing and exclaiming over what she was doing. So many wanted their faces done, from the parent holding her one-year-old, to teenagers, to the parent herself!
We made new friends and most importantly, shared Jesus! We also had many opportunities to learn more about people and just love them and lend a listening ear.
“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:27)
Dropping in to give y’all a report of the first two evenings at the Leavenworth County Fair!
Opening night, Dad and I were the support team, so we walked around and handed out cards and told people where the face painting + balloons were. I loved seeing children’s excitement as they want to hurry to get to the booth! Opening night was also parade night, which afforded us great opportunities to hand out cards to those waiting.
Occasionally, we’d go check on the girls, and when the line was long, we knew we’d better take a break on the cards. I enjoyed talking to moms while they waited, and I especially loved meeting a blog reader Tuesday night. Super sweet lady! Christopher also came for part of the evening with Joshua, and Christopher helped Anna out with balloon twisting.
The next night, it rained, so there were less people over all at the fair. John handed out cards, while I stayed in, but you know the amazing part? The girls’ line stayed steady all night! Perhaps because the rain kept more people inside?
Anna and Mary work steadily and faithfully. They love interacting with the children, and they also love to delight them. What kid doesn’t like to get a cool face paint or an awesome balloon?
Please continue in prayer for tonight and then tomorrow as we wrap up the fair. Pray for opportunities to share Jesus and continue to shine His light. We’ve already been blessed to have some great talks about the Lord with many folks!
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)
(Last post on the fair–we hope you have been blessed!)
Anna’s thoughts: I love children, and I love sharing Jesus! Balloon twisting at the fair pairs both of those together to make an exciting evening. Children are thrilled when you ask if you can make an animal for them, or if they are older, I like to offer to make a “crazy” hat. While I was twisting the balloon, I would either go through the “Good Person” test with the parents or depending on the age of the child, do it with them. If I didn’t have the opportunity to go through the “Good Person” test, I would give them a Trillion Dollar bill or this booklet. Kids were very happy with both of them and often would ask for more.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every
one that believeth; to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16
We went to two county fairs recently to share Christ. The first one I wasn’t very prepared for, was somewhat uncomfortable, and didn’t think it was very profitable. Yet, it was good because I determined to do better next time.
Other family members were successfully using balloon animals to begin conversations about spiritual things so I went home determined to learn balloon twisting. I soon got to where I could consistently make a fair-looking dog and was content to go with that.
The second night came, and I was really looking forward to it. Equipped with a balloon pump, balloons, tracts, and five dollar bills off we went. I soon found a picnic table to sit on near a food court and began making balloons for some children.
One very articulate ten-year-old young man and I had a great conversation while I made him a crazy hat. I was so saddened to learn that he had never even heard of God’s Ten Commandments. He happily took a tract with them on it to read at home later and prepare for next year, and even asked for some for his friends.
I was able to share with others and was especially pleased when I compared the first fair endeavor to the second one.
“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5
Jesse’s Thoughts: I enjoyed the opportunity to go to the fair and witness last week. I spent most of the time walking through the carnival area looking for a chance to give a tract to and speak with young people. A number of the groups were interested in talking, and we had enjoyable conversations as a result. There were some who participated politely and then others who moved on. I appreciated every young person who took the time to talk about their eternal destiny, and I pray that the Lord might use the discussions to bring them to Him.
One of guys that I talked with and remember in particular was at the previous fair that we had gone to and had been part of a group of guys that I engaged with at that point. This time, though, he was with a different friend and as we were starting into a discussion about what he thought, he encouraged me to take his friend through the Good Person Test. His friend was extremely interested and thoughtful about what would happen to him after he died. The Lord also blessed us with nice weather that night which made for a great time altogether.
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10
Mary’s Thoughts: I love opportunities to share Jesus. There’s no better witnessing opportunity than when a group of people are gathered together. Christopher has been an inspiration to me in sharing Christ. Although he’s not in these pictures, we had a great time going to another fair and sharing together a couple of weeks ago.
I try to look for other teens and ask them if they can name 8 of the Ten Commandments. It’s really wonderful to get the synergy going as they try to come up with the Ten Commandments. Often they call out to their friends for help.
I then take them through the “good person” test. It’s really amazing to watch their faces as the reality of their sin and their inability to get to heaven without Jesus hits them. Not everything was so easy, though, because there were a lot who weren’t at all interested. It took persistence to find receptive groups.
Sometimes I would make a child a balloon. I either gave them Living Waters’ “Hey Kids” tract (now renamed Albert Brainstein) or a trillion dollar bill tract. What’s really encouraging are the children who help giving out the tracts. I had a lot come back asking for more saying they wanted to give them to friends.
These times are exciting. Who knows what God’s plan is with those conversations!
“When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” Ezekiel 3:18
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