Saturday, February 28, 2009

Andrew


Andrew Michael

“courageous” :: “who is like God?”

One who is courageous in making Christ known and bringing others to Him.

“I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever;
with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness
to all generations.”
Psalm 89:1

Happy 21st Birthday Andrew!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Schedule Update


Just a quick post here to alert you to a couple additions to our schedule for this upcoming week. We'd love to see you if we're headed through your area! [smile]


Miami Springs Baptist Church -- 7:00 PM
378 Westward Drive
Miami Springs, Florida

Tuesday, March 3rd -- 7:00 PM
Calvary Mennonite Church
Brewton, AL

Wednesday, March 4th -- 7:00 PM
St. John's Lutheran Church
Red Bud, IL
(Special Music only)

Thursday, March 5th -- 7:00 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church
214 West 5th Street
Washington, MO


Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works!


Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!

Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!

Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.


Give to the LORD the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him.
Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!
verses from 1 Chron.16

Monday, February 23, 2009

Josiah


Josiah David

"fire of the Lord" :: "beloved"

One who imparts a love and passion for the Lord to those around him.

“For I proclaim the name of the LORD:
Ascribe greatness to our God.
He is the Rock, His work is perfect;
For all His ways are justice,
A God of truth and without injustice;
Righteous and upright is He.”
Deuteronomy 32:3-4

Happy 24th Birthday, Josiah!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Pilot

This is almost a month over-due, but we can't let the occasion pass without even a quick post! So here we go.....

We have another pilot in the family!

Yes, its true -- after hours of studying and learning from Josiah, Dad passed his flight test and is officially a full-fledged pilot! Congratulations, Daddy!

Flying with his first passenger.


Study, study, study!


And for any of you pilots out there -- here are a few humorous 'words of wisdom' for you...

  • It's always better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here.
  • The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.
  • When in doubt, hold onto your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.
  • Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.
  • There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing: Unfortunately no one knows what they are.
  • There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. There are, however, no old, bold pilots.

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might."
Ecc. 9:10

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Week in Pictures

In addition to the prison ministry this week, our time has also been filled with other activities and special moments. Bethany has captured several of these highlights, so here's a "week in review" via pictures...


:: Music Practice ::

:: Fun with Friends ::


:: School ::


:: Laundry ::

:: Horses ::

:: more horses ::

:: and still more horses! ::

:: Inner-city ministry outreach ::

:: Expressive faces ::


:: Hot chocolate ::

:: Campfire ::

Many thanks to our dear South Carolina friends!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Prison Re-cap

How mighty is our God! How tender and compassionate!

We saw this in a special way this week as we shared in the Gospel Express Prison Crusades. Each of the services had its own testimonies as we once again caught a glimpse of God's love towards those behind bars.

One such testimony happened to Ruth this past Saturday. She wrote out the details to share with you...

Photo courtesy of We Care Ministries

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding,
in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

During chapel this week we were challenged seek the Lord's pleasure and allow Him to direct our steps. Our family has had many opportunities to sing and preach in prisons over the past 5 years, but Saturday was the first time we girls had the privilege to spend a day with the lady inmates.

As we walked past the prison walls, it was my prayer that the Lord would direct my steps and glorify His name.

The day's activity was volleyball! We were organized into 4 rotating teams and encouraged to mingle and visit with inmates when not needed on the court. After finding an empty chair, I started visiting with Charlotte*, the lady on my right. She had just finished the "Bondage to Freedom" seminar that morning, and had found victory in Christ over some areas in her life. Family was very important to her and she shared her deep love for her 4 grandchildren and her daughter, who was incarcerated in the same prison. We visited for over an hour before the volleyball games were over.

The story kept unfolding during the evening service when 30 ladies came forward during the alter call. Due to the large response, Mom, my sisters and I went with the volunteers to pray with them. As we went forward, the leader motioned me over to an area where 6 ladies were kneeling. I hesitated a bit, wondering and asking the Lord which one I should pray with.

At that instant, I heard an inmate behind me say, "Pray with that one, please, pray with that one;" while pointing to the lady right in front of me. So kneeling down, I began to pray with her.

The next few minutes uncovered the fact that she was very discouraged because she hadn't heard from family in a long time. Her children weren't able to visit her, and she wasn't allowed to communicate with with her mother -- even though they were in the same prison.

Something *clicked* in me as I remembered my conversation earlier that day. I asked her mother's name and was amazed by her reply -- "Charlotte". Overwhelmed by God's kindness, I realized that this lady was the very daughter of the one whom I'd spent the afternoon conversing with! I was able to share with her the great love that her mother had conveyed to me just hours earlier.

I'm so thankful that our God cares about the little details of our lives! I was told there are 735 ladies in that prison, yet among the 5 ladies I met that day - 2 were the mother & daughter. What a blessing to see the Lord's mighty hand at work on the behalf of a young believer!

*Names have been changed to protect privacy.


Photo of Gospel Express Orientation


"Praise the LORD!
Praise, O servants of the LORD,
Praise the name of the LORD!
Blessed be the name of the LORD.
From this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its going down.
The LORD’s name is to be praised.
The LORD is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
Who is like the LORD our God?"
Psalm 113:1-5

Thursday, February 12, 2009

People Need the Lord

We just concluded our morning chapel service here in South Carolina as we prepare to spend the weekend visiting four different state prisons.

The need is great, but the All-Sufficient One is greater.
The lost are all around us, but the Way, Truth, and Life has promised to go with us.
In places of darkness, we proclaim the Light.
The hurting and broken are longing for the Comforter.
And precious souls are seeking the peace that only comes through the Savior!

What a glorious gospel we have to proclaim!!
Every day they pass me by,
I can see it in their eyes.
Empty people filled with care, headed who knows where...

On they go through private pain,
Living fear to fear.
Laughter hides their silent cries,
Only Jesus hears!

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
At the end of broken dreams, He's the open door.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize, people need the Lord?


We are called to take His light,
To a world where wrong seems right.
What could be too great a cost,
For sharing Life with one who's lost?

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
At the end of broken dreams, He's the open door.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize, people need the Lord!




Through His love our hearts can feel
All the grief they bear.
They must hear the Words of Life
Only we can share.



People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
At the end of broken dreams, He's the open door.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize, people need the Lord!




Many thanks to We Care Ministries for giving us permission to use these photographs.


Please remember us -- and the 400+ volunteers -- in prayer as we share in the South Carolina prisons this weekend!



Monday, February 09, 2009

For He is Worthy!


Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!


Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!


Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!


Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!


Remember His marvelous works which He has done.
His wonders, and the judgements of His mouth.



He is the Lord our God;
His judgements are in all the earth.


He remembers His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded for a thousand generations.



For He remembered His holy promise,
And Abraham His servant.



He brought out His people with joy,
His chosen ones with gladness.



That they might observe His statutes
And keep His laws.




Praise the Lord!

Excerpts from Psalm 105

Saturday, February 07, 2009

How Beautiful...

...is the body of Christ.

Once again we were touched by this treasure of fellowship as we traveled back to Nebraska this week. To weep with those who weep, embracing our dear friends in this great time of loss, and through the pain being reminded again that we live to proclaim a living Hope.

The hope and promise that we will one day be re-united with our loved ones who are in Christ.

And while we will deeply miss the energetic, cheerful radiance of Alaina's life, we cling to the promises in God's Word that she is rejoicing in His presence. I'm sure Josh would appreciate your prayers in the weeks and months ahead.

Many thanks, also, for your prayers for us as we traveled many miles this past week. I know we've said it before, but we truly are grateful for you, our dear blog readers and prayer partners!


"Better to go to the house of mourning
Than to go to the house of feasting,
For that is the end of all men;
And the living will take it to heart."
Ecc. 7:2
"The LORD is close to the broken hearted..."
Psalm 34:18

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Change of Plans


We've been reminded this week how quickly life can change. Our family has spent the past couple days interceding for our dear friends back in Nebraska, grieving the loss of Alaina -- a beautiful wife, sister, daughter, in-law and friend.

This morning its been decided that we need to return home for a short visit, to be with the family and our church family during this time of grief. How thankful we are that we do not sorrow without Hope!

We'll be putting in lots of miles over the next few days, so prayers for safety in travel -- in addition to wisdom and grace to minister during this difficult time -- would be greatly appreciated!


Also, please note -- Our service in Westminster, SC has been re-scheduled to Tuesday, February 17th.



"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us..."
2Cor 1:3