Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Branson Report

Have you ever known beyond a shadow of a doubt that people are praying for you?! Have you seen the Lord do amazing things because of other's prayers?!

That's exactly what we experienced in a wondrous way yesterday, during our first Branson show. After a [very] discouraging rehearsal on Sunday afternoon, we headed to the theater Monday morning praying. Knowing we needed a touch from the Lord. Feeling [very] inadequate.

We spent some time in prayer and family Bible time before the doors opened. And then we knew that people were praying for us....

We had far more people come than we expected. With so many shows in this city, getting the word out about new shows in town is a tedious and difficult task. Other groups we talked to had only a small handful (2 to 6 people) come to their first show. So we were greatly encouraged with the 22 who walked through the door!

And we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that friends were praying for us. The songs, interaction with the crowd, and message on our hearts to share came through much clearer than we were even hoping. The people left sharing their gratefulness and words of encouragement.

Do keep us in prayer -- as every day is another step of faith and stretching experience. Our show goes from 10:00 - 11:30 every morning, and we cannot tell you how grateful we are for your prayers!

And a post isn't complete without just a few pictures....


We are camping at the Wilderness Campground in the beautiful Branson hills -- home for the next two months!

Seven of us older ones were blessed to head back to Nebraska to help celebrate a friend's wedding on Saturday -- and guess who caught the football, and then the bouquet?!


:: the ole' time carolers ::


Now as we look forward to this week filled with singing and ministering, we still covet your prayers and can't tell you thank you enough for your part in our lives. May God richly bless and reward you for your impact in our lives!



"O LORD God of hosts,
Who is mighty like You, O LORD?
Your faithfulness also surrounds You."
Psalms 89:8

18 comments:

The Mayo Family said...

Dear Friends,
We will continue to pray...for all things for you all during this time of ministry...keep your eyes on HIM!
love & prayers & blessings,
The Mayo Family

Joanna said...

Rachel,
You all have been in our prayers:) God has a purpose for all of you being there and I know He will accomplish the work He has in store for all of you. We were looking at the possibility of being there sometime it is a good 750 miles!!!! But you never know ;)...... God be with you all. Love, Joanna from Michigan.

The Bryson Family said...

You all have been in our prayers, and will continue to be throughout this adventure! God's richest blessings be upon each and every one of you; I am confident that He will use your ministry down there (and elsewhere) for His glory.
Phil. 1:6 & 4:4,6,7,13,19,23
In Christ's love,
Daniel, for all the Brysons

Melodie said...

Wow! I love your old time costumes! I'll be praying for you all! Can't wait to see more pictures!

--
Melodie

rehm family said...

We have been praying for you, and will be continuing to pray. So many challanges, and new situations you face at doing something that you have never done before! But God IS FAITHFUL! We miss you lots, and it was fabulous to get to see you at the wedding Saturday! Wish that it could have been longer! What a beautiful area you get to stay in, and what a reminder of God's goodness. We will be keeping you in our prayers!

Love and Prayers,
Bekah for the Rehm Family

Pine Pod Farm said...

May God bless you abundantly.

God bless you,

Amy

Gods little girl said...

smile because He will never let you fail!!!
Even if it feels that you have failed (by doing what you say a "bad" performance) get up and rejoice!!! remember...
"If we win, we're gonna praise Him, and if we lose, (what we call "fail") we're gonna praise Him! either way we're gonna praise Him!"

God's Blessing with all of you! I think of you all often! and will keep praying for y'all!

Lesley said...

Praying for you all!

Stephanie said...

It pretty funny that Rachel and Andrew caught the bouquet and football. I love your costumes. May God bless your Christmas programs!

AJ said...

I'm glad all is going well. :D I will continue to pray for you...

May God continue to bless you in your efforts!

Anonymous said...

hmmmm..... the football and the bouquet. do you really believe in all that stuff about the next one to marry??? :) love the ole time costumes! ~me

Anonymous said...

Word of mouth is your best advertisement sometimes. With 22 mouths to spread the word, that's pretty good.

Love the costumes. Too funny about the football and bouquet. Is mom and dad worried? hehehe

Continueing to pray for you.

Linda, ND

Anonymous said...

I loved the 7th comment. Maybe because I love 'Facing the Giants' :) It's great to hear about the power of prayer! I'll be praying for you.
~*Lissa*~
P.S. Thank you so much for finally updating! Maybe you should remind your sister that she has a blog too:) Just kidding!!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures. Kimberly.

Anna B. said...

Ooo...nice outfits! Glad to hear that our prayers are being answered!
Praise the Lord!

Ruth Ann said...

thanks for sharing an update with us! May God be glorified through all that you do. Thank you for your testimony for Christ.

Pam said...

Praising God that He has met with you in your ministry. We will continue to pray for you. He has brought you to mind during our school prayer time at 9:30 every morning.

Looking forward to attending your show as soon as we can. =)

the Harris Family
your Wilderness Neighbors

Amber said...

That is wonderful, we will keep praying!
~The Brown Family