Saturday, February 09, 2008

Upheld


Sitting here enjoying the South Carolinian sunshine, I have reason to reflect on the words of a song Dad led us in singing this morning --

"I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart..."

While it has been a full week for our family, it has also been a very good week. We've arrived and settled into what has almost become our second 'southern home' near Abbeville. After making Gospel Express Prison Crusades an annual event for the past four years, it is good to see many familiar faces again and catch up with friends in the area.

In addition to this, our grandparents from Iowa have joined us for the week -- as well as a group of men from our home church. The men have been serving as volunteers in the Trenton SC prison and will continue until tomorrow morning. Please keep them in your prayers as there are over 500 men in the facility with limited time to minister to them before the crusade is over.

On Thursday we shared an evening service in the prison where they (our friends from home) are serving. There was a large group of men in attendance but we could sense spiritual warfare from the start -- the inmates were more distant and cynical than many facilities we've visited. While singing, we prayed for the Lord's Spirit to break down the barriers. God used 'Fret Not' to break the ice and turn their hearts -- and by the time the message of the gospel was shared, they were in rapt attention. Praise the Lord! Several responded to the salvation call as many more came forward for special prayer. We left with hearts filled with rejoicing!

Please continue to pray for the men and women in South Carolina prisons. Tomorrow morning concludes the week of crusades and our immediate opportunity to share with them the love of Christ.

We also were overwhelmed this week -- in a GOOD way -- as we were sent a precious care package from our home church. A huge THANK YOU to our dear friends at Millard Alliance!!! Opening it together was like receiving a warm hug from each of you and we daily thank the Lord for your love and support. We miss you!


"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;
for He is faithful that promised
And let us consider one another
to provoke unto love and to good works."
Hebrews 10:23-24

6 comments:

~Tori~ said...

Praise the Lord! Glad to hear things are going well. May God continue to bless your ministry down there! :)

naomi said...

I love the last picture, especially Rachel's expression. ;)

rehm family said...

It is a priviledge to uphold you all before His throne! Can't wait to hear more testimony, of our Savior's hand at work. Missing you all!

With love,
The Rehm family

Bridgette Brenneman said...

God bless you all!

A child of the King said...

We thank God for each of you! We are so thankful for His protection over you! We dearly love each and every one of you!! We thank God that He sends friends and loved ones to encourage and bless you! We thank God that He chooses to use you for His kingdom! We pray so much, so often, that you would know more fully the love of your Heavenly Father!! Valentines Day is a day to remind others how much you love them. So Loren, Gloria, Alaythia, Andrew, Bethany, Charissa, Elizabeth, Hannah, Josiah, Matthias, Nathanael, Rachel, and last but not least Ruth, we love you very very much!!!

Stephanie said...

Praise God that he is working through your ministry.