We've been in South Carolina for almost 2 weeks now. Enjoying the fellowship and friendships here. We're thankful to all be healthy again, and for the rich evenings of music and ministry that we've had.
And now this weekend is the Gospel Express Prison Crusade. We'd been looking forward to this weekend as the hours in each prison are a special privilege. Time to share the gospel with men and women who are especially seeking. And encouraging our brothers and sisters behind bars.
But yesterday, halfway through our weekend of ministry, everything suddenly screeched to a halt. South Carolina is not used to snow. And especially not the 4 inches that quickly accumulated. All Friday evening and Saturday services and one-on-one opportunities were cancelled. Our family was grateful to have an afternoon service yesterday, so we were still able to enter and had a rich, sweet service from 1 - 3:30 in the afternoon. But most of the prison were unable to allow the teams to continue as scheduled.
Please do pray for the inmates this weekend as they really look forward to this crusade every year. May the Lord give extra grace and encouragement to them. Pray that our final service tomorrow will have extra impact. The Lord can do mighty things and bring glory to His name in the midst of all these changes to our plans. May we be in tune with HIS plans!
As one brother challenged us this morning -- Did we wish we'd been more whole-hearted and bold during the few, short hours we were behind bars on Thursday?! We little suspected that our opportunities would be abruptly canceled. How often we think we'll have another day, another hour. Would we have done things differently if we'd have known?!
And how about in view of eternity?! If our life is abruptly cut short of our expectations, will we have wished we'd lived differently? A sobering thought in light of this weekend's events.
Several of you have been asking what a typical day is like for our family on the bus. I mentioned this to several of my siblings and they just laughed...."Typical"!?!
But even if each day isn't very 'typical', it is unique and full of interesting and practical challenges. Having 12 people living in 360 square feet has its challenges -- although, without Bethany and Andrew traveling with us, we almost feel like a small family! The bus is quite spacious on this trip [although, in case you're wondering....we'd always rather have the added company of our whole family than the added space in the bus]!!
Right now Hannah has been working with Bethany's spare camera and mega-zoom lens. This makes taking pictures in the bus rather challenging, but we'll be working to put a 'life on the road' dialog together. Many thanks to everyone who has been upholding us in your prayers!
"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."