Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Week in Review

Has it already been a week since my last post!? It's about time for an update! [smile] We're eager to share with you how beautifully and specifically we have seen the Lord answer prayers this week. Through the struggles of unexpected changes and events, we again marvel at our God -- Who is able to do "exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think..." (Eph 3:20)

And we once again say, "Thank you!!" for all your prayers and outpouring of love to our family. Though I haven't been able to respond to each of you individually, your notes have ministered to our hearts in a very special way. We are so grateful for each of you!!!

So, for a picture review of our week.....

Once again the Gospel Express Prison Crusades were a highlight for our family. Not only were we able to see several first-time commitments to Christ and meet many believers behind bars -- but this year, the Lord also touched the hearts of a couple guards in the services. Saturday evening one of the volunteers glanced over to see tears streaming down the face of a prison security guard. We were able to visit with him afterwards, and pray the Lord will continue to work in his heart.

This was a huge confirmation to us personally, as that very morning we had knelt and laid all the uncertainties of the future before the Lord -- purposing to focus on the opportunities for ministry, trusting that "...all these things shall be added unto you." We were reminded that our job is to continue seeking Him first!

Andrew has returned to his place behind the banjo and guitar. As we prepared for our first prison service last Thursday, he picked up the guitar and started making it sing again -- and you can just imagine our delight!!! Taking it slow at first, by the weekend he was back to full strength on both instruments. We are so thankful for all the prayers -- he healed so much faster than even the doctor suspected! Oh, and does this bus look familiar?!

It was like a taste of home seeing our old bus pull into our South Carolina driveway early yesterday morning!! With many thanks to the Jeppeson family for their kindness in letting us finish out this trip using 'Ol faithful' -- and to Ragnar and Angela for making the long trek south -- we're ready to head on the road again!

Now this week we've been sharing a family seminar in Westminster, SC. The evenings have seemed to pass so quickly, with tonight being the last session. We have been blessed by the warm hospitality and fellowship!! Besides sharing music and Dad's teaching on the family, we've enjoyed leading activities for around thirty boys and girls.

Such happy, eager faces!

Again, thank you for your prayers! We are daily praising the Lord for His protection, His working in our lives -- and for ya'll (as they say in the south!)!!

Continued prayer:
  • Wisdom concerning a future bus
  • Dad's hip has been bothering him since the accident -- prayers for quick healing.
  • Health -- we're battling the flu bug again!
  • The Lord's work and presence as we share -- for His name to be exalted through this continuing saga!
  • Safe travels!! [smile]

"For this reason I bow my knees to the Father... that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height -- to know the

love of Christ

which passes knowledge."
Ephesians 3:14,17 &18


Goldfish said...

Beautiful, wonderful, post! Praise the Lord for sooo many answered prayers (and an update :))!!!! That is soooo great about the bus! I don't know Ragnar and Angela but they like *really* good friends to have!! Happy valentine's day!

Goldfish said...

I meant, they seem like really godd friends to have! Sorry for the mistake! :( :)

Kori said...

Yay! An Update!! Looks like ya'll have been really busy lately! I remember that bus! It's been awhile since we've seen it! I can't believe Andrew is back to playing already! What an answer to prayer! I hope ya'll have safe travels down here to Florida! :)

I can't wait until next week! :) YAYYYY!

Anonymous said...

It's great to "hear" that your family is doing well! The seminar sounds fun. It's been a while since I've been to a family seminar with IBLP, or something like that.
It is so neat to hear about the ministry in the prisons!
Prayers and blessings your way!

Anonymous said... the 1st pic. were you're singing, "He'll Make a Way"? And is the 2nd one "How Deep the Father's Love for Us"? We were just wondering??

BTW--What part of the 'Do Right' theme is Ruth doing, we've drawn a blank!:)

Anonymous said...


rehm family said...

Thank you so much for the update ya'll. It was great to hear from you! We continue to pray for you, and trust that He is proving Himself strong on your behalf! The bus does look familiar. Praise God for His provision!

We love you,
The Rehm's

Anonymous said...

How wonderful to see that the bus arrived in South Carolina. We have had some miserable weather up here and we were really glad to see that they(Ragnar ana Angela) made it safely.
So glad to hear that Andrew is doing well with his thumb and is able to play his instruments.
We pray that "Dad" will soon be feeling well also.
God be with you.
Milo and Marian

Kris said...

hey, this is Amanda and Kris. we just read your post and are so glad that everything is going well. We'll comtinue to keep you in our prays.Safe Travels.

Goldfish said...

I meant to say really *good* friends! I just cant' type!! :D

Rachel said...

Anonymous --

Well, you're half correct. The bottom picture is "How Deep the Father's Love", but the other is during "Answer's in the Bible." Good guess!!! [smile]

And you're right -- we decided to add an object lesson to "Do Right". Always fun to experiment with new teaching ideas!!

Goldfish -- Say, I'm glad to discover that I'm not the only one who trips over my typing every once in awhile!! How many weeks now 'till camp!??! [smile]

Thanks for your notes/comments. And I guess I'm a day late, but a Happy Valentine's Day to ya'll!

Melanie said...

We are still praying for you guys. Our Bible study and our church is praying for you too. We are all excited to have you come for our family festival this summer! We love you!

bontrager family said...

Hello Wissmanns!!
Glad to hear the family seminar is going/went well. we've been praying for ya'll(yep, we just got back from SC, can you tell??!!):)
Hope the sickness clears up soon.
We're looking forward to seeing ya'll in March!!
Chelsy 4 the Bontrager 11 soon to be 12!!!

BrittLeigh said...

Happy Valentines Day to you, Rachel :D Even if it is a bit late :( ;)

Thanks for the great update. I loved the pictures. Wow, that bus is kinda cool looking :)--I'm afraid I don't have a recollection of it... must've been strangers for too long :)

I'm praying for you guys! It's so exciting to see how God's working in your lives and in the lives of those you have the opportunity to reach out too. May God continue to richly bless you!

Love and miss you!

Anonymous said...

Hey peoples! I just looked up your website-which is even more awesome now 'cause I know all the great personalities belonging to each face...better.
Your whole family (even tha baby-little-girly) did such an excellent job last night! Your music and your accident-testimony were such a blessing to me! Thanx!
Sarah S.