Monday, November 10, 2014

Leaving for Branson

After a Saturday full of packing, sorting, cooking, and laundry, our living room looked like this: 

Yes, we're actually headed south to Branson for 6 weeks of sharing the timeless message of Christmas in one of the top tourist destinations in the Midwest. Yesterday afternoon we finished loading the seemingly-endless piles into the bus. Anticipation is high as we look forward to seeing how the Lord is going to work in the coming weeks. We covet your prayers!

Kitchen smiles

A place for everything




...and more loading!

Finally, we said our goodbyes with hugs all around. We're going to miss being so close to Josiah & Andrew's families, but we're already looking forward to their upcoming visits!

And the bus headed out mid-afternoon. We arrived in Branson at 2:30am. This morning we are starting to unpack and start the numerous preparations before our first show next Tuesday (November 18).

Thank you for joining us in prayer for this endeavor and we look forward to sharing more in the coming days! 

So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture,
Will give You thanks forever;
We will show forth Your praise to all generations.
Psalm 79:13


Lexi said...

Praying for ya all. Ya girls r so gorgeous! R ya all staying at a hotel or is someone housing ya all?
In Christ,

Ruth Ann Miller said...

Bless you on this Christmas Ministry..what an opportunity.I can only begin to imagine what all you take there with all the costumes etc!

Tashia said...

Thanks for sharing pictures! Hope you all have a lovely time in Branson! Praying for y'all!!

Jessica said...

Looks like you've been very busy! May the Lord bless your time there as you sing for His glory!

Caravan Sonnet said...

So glad that y'all arrived safely! :) Praying that these coming weeks are filled with lots of joy, precious and sweet times of ministry, and rest and peace in the midst of the busy times. Keeping y'all in my daily prayers,
With love and hugs,
Rebecca :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Wissmann family. I love reading your blog. I found you through the Bontrager family blog. I have a question for you if you dont mind my asking. While having a big family can be fun exciting and a blessing there can be difficult moments with different personalities and dispositions. Do you have time when you have disagreements and have a hard time each others point of view in different situations? I have one sibling who is older and we definitely have our own moments of disagreements but I'd like to know how do you solve disagreements?
Thank you for all you do in your ministry. Id love to see you in person but I live in Southern California. Have you ever thought about coming to the west coast?
God Bless you,
Jennifer Watson

Anonymous said...

Hey, Wissmanns!!! I love your blog...just wish it would be updated more often!=) Praying for your concert in Branson!!! Know you'll do great!

Rachel (Wissmann) Busenitz said...

Hi Jennifer!

Thank you for reading our blog and for taking time to leave us a note! The family is in a very busy season right now, so I'm stepping into help with some of their online communications. I hope you don't mind me answering your questions -- I used to be part of the 'group'!

You shared some great thoughts. Yes, being in a big family has its joys, fun, and 'happy times'. But it also has its frustrating, challenging, and patience-stretching times. But guess what?! All of life is going to be that way! Any relationship you'll ever develop...or dream you'll pursue...or responsibilities you'll be given will have both joys and challenges. The question is how to deal with the difficulties in our path. Right!?!

Many times the Bible talks about God's desire to refine, prune, or chasten us as would a loving father. This is an unpleasant process, but it is often the relationships in our lives that He uses to help us grow. So I can look at personality clashes as a 'bad thing', or I can view it as a good thing -- the Lord is giving me an opportunity to die to myself, to learn to communicate with love, and to grow in character.

Growing in your own walk with the Lord is a huge first step. We can always tell when we're not in the Word like we should be. Selfishness is a sneaky foe! Pray the Lord's blessings on your sibling. Look for ways that you can show care and find common ground for friendship and laughter. And make certain your communication is seasoned with love -- not the drive to be 'right'!

And, as I'm now married and don't get to see my siblings as often, I will tell you -- treasure these times with your family! The days may be long, but the years are short! The relationships you're building today are valuable -- and you'll be reaping a life-time of blessings!

I hope this answers your question! I know the family has occasionally talked about heading west again -- its been several years since they headed that direction. We'll be sure to post about it if they start working that way!