Its been a couple weeks in coming, but we're still recounting the special times at the Lake Itasca Music Festival. Unfortunately, we weren't able to capture many pictures due to our other commitments. But here are a few from a friend's camera to show you a bit of the weekend, along with our highlights:
Integrity, according to Wikipedia is "a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes." In that light, The LIFMF has utmost integrity! It is such a joy to watch the Berge [plus extended] family work together: serving, encouraging, teaching, organizing, cooking, ministering. And always with a smile and genuine love.
We marvel and seek for more of that selfless service in our own lives. Praying for the love of Christ to radiate from our words, actions, and attitudes. More than just excelling in music -- or any number of areas -- this is the challenge we desire to implement into our daily interactions. Investing in others and cultivating those relationships.
We were able to share several workshops over the weekend:
Banjo, mandolin, dobro, violin,
and Dad's teaching on Family Ministry & Revival.
Hannah at the violin workshop
Another highlight was having Josiah's family join us for the weekend via airplane!
Charissa always enjoys making new friends!
A huge answer to prayer was the pristine weather. All who were present during the downpours last year understand how delightful the sunshine and mild temps were this year! This probably helped to draw the record crowds all weekend.
Working the Snack Shack
And of course -- a highlight for us is always the lively Storybook Theater. The facilities were packed as we transported the eager participants to the colorful land of India. Matthias & Hannah led the singing this year, teaching a couple new songs from our latest project. The children caught on quickly and sang with gusto!
Stephen and Susanna taught the Bible memory verses, including exuberant actions and practical applications for each verse. How precious to hear children excitedly quoting God's Word!
The drama followed the life of Ida Scutter, a missionary to India.
Elizabeth & Hannah in their Indian saris, enjoying time with friends.
Again, thank you for your prayers! We're so blessed to minister together, knowing that many of you hold us before the throne. If you're looking for a great family get-away, mark your calendars for the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival, 2014 -- always the first weekend of August!
"I will praise the name of God with a song,
and will magnify Him with thanksgiving!"