Wednesday, March 29, 2006

NCHEA


After enjoying a couple days of 'home routine', we are gearing up for an activity-packed weekend. We oldest 7 (Rachel, Ruth, Josiah, Bethany, Andrew, Elizabeth, and Matthias -- and even Dad will get in the action) are preparing to help with the Nebraska Christian Home Education Association's children conference.

With over 200 children signed up and many workers involved, it promises to be another stretching experience! We'd greatly appreciate your prayers -- both for us specifically as we carry out our various responsibilities, and for the leadership and children involved. We're looking forward to seeing what God will do through these next 3 days! Watch for pictures soon......

"And let us not us not grow weary in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
Galatians 6:9

Monday, March 27, 2006

Grandma's House

Good morning from our Grandma Wissmann's house! We've had a full weekend of sharing at three churches (in three different states!!!) and spending time with friends and family in the area. But ask any of us what the highlight has been and we're sure to answer, "Grandma's!" It's been a treat to have a couple days to enjoy time talking, cooking, and traveling with Dad's mom (yes -- she even loaded up on the bus with us). We love you, Grandma!

Grandma's Hugs Are Made Of Love!
Everything my grandma does
is something special made with love.
She takes time to add the extra touch
that says, "I love you very much."

She fixes hurts with a kiss and smile
and tells good stories grandma-style.
It's warm and cozy on her lap
for secret telling or a nap.

And when I say my prayers at night
I ask God to bless and hold her tight.
Cause when it comes to giving hugs
my grandma's arms are filled with love!

~ Author Unknown ~

Bethany and others enjoy the player piano our grandpa restored.
(Yes, we finally got a picture with our 'family photographer' on the other side of the camera!)

"One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts." Psalms 145:4

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Let it Snow!

Oh, what joyous weather we're having! In case any of you haven't been watching the weather reports for Nebraska -- we're having winter this week!

Actually, this has been a testimony of the Lord's goodness to us children. You see, winter is usually a big highlight for us with the fun of sledding, making snowmen, snow football, ect.... But to our disapointment we didn't have a good snow before we left on our long trip south (and it usually doesn't snow in those southern states). So we'd pretty much resigned ourselves to waiting till next year's winter.

But you should have heard the cheers yesterday morning when we all woke up and saw the fresh blanket of snow -- with more quickly falling! We praise the Lord for this special surprise!
"But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day, for I do not know their limits. I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only."
Psalm 71:14-16

Monday, March 20, 2006

New Orleans Ministry Trip

Just hours after returning home from our southern ministry trip last Sunday (March 12), our guys headed out with some men from church to work in New Orleans. They arrived home on Saturday, and we are so-o-o glad to have them back -- while at the same time, enjoying all their stories. I asked Josiah to write a short report on their time.....

This past week Dad, Andrew and myself had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans with seven other men from our church to help with repair and cleanup from Hurricane Katrina. What a great experience it was! We worked through a local pastor who organized our time to include lots of work projects, as well as see the devastation of the area.

The first two days, with the help of our roofer/foreman (thanks, Matthew), we roofed a house for an elderly Christian man. It was a joy to see his gratefulness as this whole crew ascended to his roof. It was great to learn the skill of roofing. The next day we finished gutting out some duplexes, and tore down a block garage with sledge hammers.

Although it was a lot of hard work it was also a lot of fun. One night we were able to go to the French Quarter and have some seafood. And one night "someone" (yours truly), put a little lizard in our pastor’s room [maybe he liked lizards??], which, by the next morning found its way into his boot [okay, so he doesn‘t like lizards].

When tearing down the block garage we discovered several large wooden beams that were supposedly junk. However, due to the thriftiness of some on the team, the pastor called to see if his wife’s co-worker could use the beams. Unbeknownst to us she had major repairs to do on her house, but didn’t have money to buy the beams needed. She burst into tears saying, “I knew there was a God, but I didn’t realize He was this personal.”

It was a great trip, and through it all I’d have to say my highlight was having time to fellowship with the guys from church, and to see God’s hand at work.

--Josiah

Saturday, March 18, 2006

God, Love, and Marriage....


A friend of our from church recently sent us an article she'd written. It was such a blessing to me personally -- and various ones in our family -- that we've asked permission to post it for your encouragment. I know there are many things being written on love and marriage, but this was a refreshing perspective. Thank you, Emily! Check it out here....

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Mount 'Never Rest'

Can you guess some of the activities around our home today!?!


Where no Wissmanns are, the wash machine is empty;
but much increase comes by labor and dirtying of clothes.
(Proverbs 14:4 -- 'slightly' revised)

Monday, March 13, 2006

Home!


The saying is true -- there's no place like home! We arrived home safe and sound yesterday afternoon after adventures of driving through tornado warnings, heavy rain, and hail (many thanks to you who pray for travel mercies!). As we were away from online contact most of this past week, I realize it has been awhile since we've updated here. Hopefully in the next couple days as we unpack and have 'home routine', well get things up to speed again! God bless you all -- and we again want to say "thank you" for your prayers and notes of encouragement!

We were blessed by this verse in family devotions this morning:

"And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."
Isaiah 58:11

The Covenant House

After a fairly busy and full month of travels, our family had the unexpected surprise of having a couple 'free' days in northern Florida last week. We were so grateful for the time to be refreshed as a family -- and also sharing in the ministry of the Covenant House. The Covenant House is a home for men struggling with addictions and needing spiritual, mental, and emotional help. With a radiant love for the Lord and His Word, two couples run the complex of houses and turn this group of men into a warm family. What an encouragement it was to fellowship with them and hear how the Lord provides -- literally daily -- for their needs.

The 'bank house', where most of the men stay.

Daddy and Nathanael enjoying a boat ride!

We like to take every opportunity to get out for a little exercise.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Happy Birthday Susanna!

It's Susanna's 9th birthday today!

We are so thankful for you, Susanna, and the joy that you are to our home! Every morning it makes us smile to see the energy with which you tackle your daily tasks; we love your enthusiasm and whole hearted-ness. We pray that the Lord will continue to work in your life preparing you with the skills and vision for what He has for your life! We love you!

"Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices...You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalms 16:11

Friday, March 03, 2006

Day of Fellowship


Over the past years we've been blessed by the testimony of the Arnold Pent family -- the story of their family's traveling ministry is recorded in the book, "Ten P's in a Pod". Today we had the special privilege of spending time with several of the Pents and their families. Beween visiting, reciting Scripture in true 'Pent-style', playing a vigorous game of soccer and feasting on Mrs. Pent's delicious food, it was a full day of fellowship. We praise the Lord for their testimony which continues on through the generations!


The girls enjoyed time to play together with their new friends.


Bethany captured the brilliant sunset on the lake tonight with some fun silhouettes.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Lights...Camera.....Action!

A day of new adventures. Today we had our first experience with film crews, big cameras, and 'live' interviews. Through our Orlando host family we had the opportunity to film a 28 minute program for a Central Florida TV station. The camera crew and show hosts were so kind to help us along with this new adventure -- even stopping a moment before the final 'take' to pray with us.


The weekly program, called "Today's Family" will air several times in the coming days, and we'd encourage you to pray along with us that many hearts will be touched as they tune in to watch.

This is My Father's World


"Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing." Psalms 66:5


Yesterday our family was able to spend several hours at the beach -- what a joy it was to spend time as a family enjoying God's creation. God sent us a beautiful day (and yes, we did come away with a little too much 'Floridian glow')!


The whole atmosphere was wonderful -- the sand, the waves, the taste of salt water, searching for shells, feeding the sea gulls; it was all just incredible. The more we see the beauty of the creation, the more we stand in awe of our Creator's power and creativity. This is our Father's world!!