Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
This statement has rung true more times than I can count this year. And this Christmas especially.
A big "thank you" to each of you who were in prayer for our prison service today. Once again I regret there are no pictures to share, but sufficient to say it was another precious and unforgettable afternoon.
And to give you a bit of the story --
Entering a prison is always a sobering event -- guards, metal detectors, razor-wire. But this time, once we passed all the security checks, walked through the large courtyard, and set up our equipment in the cathedral-style chapel, it suddenly seemed our most overwhelming hurdle was still ahead --
"What?!? Stephen always starts this song with mandolin? How are we going to fill in for that?!"
"Um, I have no idea what Elizabeth sings for this harmony part!"
"Do you think you could play something on the fiddle to take the dobro's place?"
Yes, only we oldest 5 were able to enter the prison -- leaving lots of holes, not only in our physical numbers, but in each song. We never quite realize how much we rely on eachother until someone is missing. Especially 8 missing!
It was a mad scramble for a short while as we had a few minutes to practice. Then time was up and we gathered for prayer. Our feelings of inadequacy had to be given to the Lord. It was once again that we realized "without [Jesus] we can do nothing." (John 15:5)
And on that note the service began -- with around 80 men in attendance. From the first carol to the last 'Amen', they were almost on the edge of their seats. Yes, we missed a few notes here and there -- but the Lord's grace was so evident and the men seemed genuinely touched. At the end of Dad's gospel message, around 15 men responded to the gospel. Their warm handshakes and 'thanks' told us what we shared was taken to heart.
It was exciting to visit with the chaplain as we packed equipment -- to hear how he is active in getting new believers discipled in the Word. We're looking forward to hearing continued reports & keeping these men in prayer.
As we loaded up the bus and drove away, we were in awe at the Lord's working -- and the great encouragement the service had been in our own lives. Truly, "you can't out-give God!"
"Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church through Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, Amen." Eph 3:20-21
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Now, due to my lack of mechanical skills, I can't give you a detailed report (sorry to all you menfolk!!), but it did appear that alot of the tubes and 'thing-ies' seemed to be connected -- which I assume is a good thing. And the engine looked like it was in the right spot. Besides that, there were lots of smiles and good-natured conversation taking place, so upon that evidence, I'm guessing we're getting pretty close to the finish line.
And it's a good thing, 'cause we leave tomorrow!!!
And big projects like this are always best as a team project. Many thanks for your help, Ragnar & Ron!
Update: The bus is done and ready to be loaded in the morning! Just in time. [smile]
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
And now we look forward to one final Friday. I'd like to extend a warm welcome to you all -- and come early for carriage rides and a harmonica lesson! [smile]
Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight or' all the earth.
Ye who sang creation's story, now proclaim Messiah's birth!
Come and worship, come and worship...
Worship Christ the newborn King!
The "Friday Night Harmonica Choirs" continue to grow. Our guys have been thrilled with how quickly these boys and girls learn!
"Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
With 90 minutes to go before our Christmas concert this afternoon, we received 'the call'. Although we're a 30 minute drive from Lincoln, it was agreed I should hop in a vehicle and bring the boxes home. (And yes, I did make it back with a few minutes to spare!!!) What jubliation!!! A huge 'thank you' to all of you who have kept this project in your prayers!
"O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise...for Your mercy is great."
And now we begin the project of mailing out all our pre-orders to get them to you by Christmas. If you'd like to order a CD or cassette, there is still time. With thanks to our webmaster, our online ordering store is up and running again. For Christmas delivery, please place your order yet this week.
Answers in the Bible :: Going Home :: Fountain of Life :: Fret Not :: He'll Make a Way :: At the Cross :: Amazing Grace :: Follow On :: The Blood is Still There :: Rejoice :: It Won't Be Long :: The Bible Stands :: Who Will Go to America :: Above All
Saturday, December 09, 2006
It was our first concert at "The Lights" -- Seward's annual light display, and we were asked to try something new. Something to help other young people get excited about music. Armed with a box of harmonicas, our boys gave some quick lessons to 3 willing brothers before the service started. They proved to be real quick learners, for when we asked for our 'harmonica choir', they jumped right up there and gave it one hundred percent.
I only wish we had recorded those sweet strains -- "Silent Night, Holy Night".
The joys of learning and sharing together.
...along with the manger scenes...
pretzels get dunked...
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
No fair! Here I plan all day on blogging a 'Charissa post', and my sister beats me to it! [smile] But can there ever be too many pictures taken of babies!? At the risk of being redundant, here are a few more pictures of our bundle of joy. And to add a fun history twist, do you think she resembles an earlier Wissmann baby?!
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
So-o-o...... Thank you for your patience as we get this sorted out. And if any of you can figure out how to fix my problem, I'd love to hear from you!!!! [smile]
Update: Thanks ya'll for the suggestions! We're getting closer to our 'individual status', as you can tell by the updated profile picture. Ahhhh......... the joys of technology!!!
As if to kick off our month of Christmas concerts in this spirit, we were able to share in a special 'Walk Through Bethlehem' last Saturday. Literally drawing us into the story, the actors portrayed the announcement, long journey, and stable scene of Christ's birth (interrupted by a few shepherds and soldiers along the route!!!). It was a special event, and we were so grateful to play a small part!!!
And now for the promised pictures......
Friday, December 01, 2006
Has it really been a full week since my last post?! I guess I haven't done well at updating here! Yes, there have been a couple clever (or so my sisters tell me) posts dancing around in my thoughts, but I guess as of now they haven't materialized! So for this morning I'll just leave you with a quick note.....
As I write, the bus is parked near our house and various ones are finishing the last minute packing -- getting ready to pull out within the hour. We just finished with two days at home -- getting caught up with mail, house needs, and those various 'post-trip' projects!
And now as we re-load, we're looking forward to the opportunities of the weekend -- a church outreach called "Walk through Bethlehem", and a couple services along the way. Hopefully I'll be checking back in soon with pictures!
Oh, and a happy December to you all!!!
"I will bless the Lord at all times;His praise shall continually be in my mouth.Oh, magnify the Lord with me,And let us exalt His name together."Psalm 34:1&3
Prayer note: A couple of us (okay, mostly me!) are battling a nasty head cold this week (*sniffle, sniffle*), so we'd appreciate prayers for a fast recovery -- and for the healthy ones of our bunch to stay healthy! A full 'Wissmann epidemic' is not a good thing!!! [smile]