Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Finally! The promised pictures are uploaded! We're so grateful for your prayers this week...it's been a very full schedule but we've been so blessed by many ways we've seen the Lord working! Here is a quick update along with pictures from the show...

Last week we were blessed with very good health. With a full schedule, we were grateful for everyone being able to run at full strength! I'm currently fighting a sore throat, so would appreciate prayers. Thankfully, everyone else is doing well!

We've been blessed with great crowds this last week. We've averaged about 70 people at each show thus far, and having a couple buses already has helped. This is an amazing number when you consider that we're only here seasonally and are fairly little-known. Praise the Lord for drawing many to come!

We've been praying that the Lord would enable us to be a blessing to our theater hosts, the Horn family at the Circle B. This month they have had the largest crowds all year and have needed lots of extra hands cooking, serving, and cleaning up after their evening supper show. And guess what?! We have lots of hands! Its made for many extra hours at the theater, but we have great fun doing food in such a 'big' way! And its another specific answer to prayer!

We've also specifically prayed for good conversations with our crowds. Although a Branson show is usually a 'come and go' event (most people don't hang around and visit afterwards), we've seen small ways that God has given us a glimpse into our guests' hearts as we share.

For example, a lady shook hands with Mom yesterday after our show saying, "You sure have earned yourself a place in heaven for having all those kids." She seemed very shocked when Mom replied that nothing she could do would merit heaven, but it is only through Jesus Christ and His work on the cross that makes her right with God. We continue to pray for seeds that are sown each day!

As most of our advertising takes place in restaurants, we've been praying that we find favor with the staff and cooks of these establishments. We've seen amazing ways that this has been happening. Yesterday I got a call from a manager at IHOP saying that they'd missed our visit that morning and just wanted us to know that they love having us come! As these are people we interact with every day, it was such an encouragement to know they look forward to our visits. We're praying for more opportunities to share Christ with them!

Again, we thank you for your prayers. As we gather for family devotions each morning, we think of you all and thank the Lord for you. We know much of the effective work here and blessings that we're experiencing is due to your investment. Hopefully these short updates are an encouragement to you and help you know more specifics on how to pray! May the Lord be glorified!

"Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
And let them say among the nations,
"The LORD reigns."
1 Chron. 16:31


Anonymous said...

I would LOVED to have been there!

Ruth Ann said...

Oh my.

Charissa is a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e. and I wish I could here her. :) When are y'all doing your next CD so she can have a singing part? [smile]

I hope you get well quickly Rachel, and whoever else who might be sick.

Pollock Family said...

May the Lord continue to richly bless your time there and grant you many opportunities to share His wonderful love for mankind and His ultimate sacrifice for each one of us!!

You're doing a great work. We so enjoyed you when you were here in Orlando.

Lord's blessings to you,
The Pollocks

Josiah and Abi Wissmann said...

Oh, so fun!!! Thanks for posting!! We loved looking and laughing at the pictures together! :) Brightened our morning, and made us miss you more! Can't wait til we can see it in person!! Lots of love and hugs to all!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pictures and the update, looks like another great show! We will continue to pray.

Daniel Bryson said...

Great pictures! Keep 'em coming - the expressions on the faces of the three hillbillies are perfect! :) I'll be praying for the continued good health of all, and that attendance would stay high.

God bless all of you. In Christ,

Daniel Bryson

Anonymous said...

Do ya'll think you could film your show and put it on utube? I really wish I could be there to see y'all!!

Love all the Pic's! Keep up the good work:)

~Desiree~ said...

Charissa is so cute!! I like your new dresses:)

Arnie said...

Gloria - well done, dear Sister, WELL DONE! That was 1 Peter 3:15 in action! The Lord bless you all!
Miss you!

Anonymous said...

Hey! It's good to see pictures! I have been praying for your family and I know that the Lord will give you plenty more chances to spread His Word! Thank you soooo much for your willingness to share!

~ An Indiana Aquaintance :)

David K. said...

Hope your sore throat is gone by now Rachel!... otherwise bear grease from Admiralty Island bears will cure you (or make you worse).

Praise the Lord for drawing many to come! Amen, and may many more be drawn.

...help you know more specifics on how to pray! Thanks for keeping us up to speed and posting. :smile:

I don't know how you find the time to do all you do, it takes me seemingly forever to do just a simple post.

May God continue to bless you all,

David K.

The Brockett Bunch said...

Thanks so much for posting the pictures, looks like lots of fun.
We were in Missouri two days before your family got there but we had to get on the road and we were very disapointed that we could not make it to your concert.
Kepp serving the Lord and following HIM.
Thanx again,

Ellie said...

Charissa has it down! She is so cute:)

Tabby said...

Looks like so much fun!! I miss you all SO MUCH!! I'm at home right now for Thanksgiving, it's so nice to have a break and be with my family. I haven't been keeping up with my blog latly, Tomorrow might be a picture day!! Call me whenever you get to Lincoln! You're in my thoughts and prayers esspecially durring this EXTRA busy time for your family!
God bless you guys!

Kimberly said...

WOW!!! Charissa is still soooooooooooo
adorable! I wish I had a little sister just like her.