Tuesday, March 24, 2015

South Carolina

The beautiful countryside of South Carolina is far behind us. But the memories of a great week from our tour are still filling us with gratitude, so we'll post one of a couple 'catch-up' posts. Thank you for your patience as we've been working the kinks out of our new website format!
After wrapping up the prison ministry in Alabama --with a few stops in Tennessee and North Carolina -- we pulled in for another week of prison work in South Carolina. I know we've mentioned this before, but the prison opportunity is such a highlight for our family every year.
Stepping out of our comfort zone.
Seeing lives dramatically changed by the Gospel.
Standing in awe of the Lord's power as His Spirit moves.
Feeling the fellowship of God's people as you all cloaked our ministry in prayer.
Enjoying the encouragement of other believers, all gathered with the same mission.
It's hard to put it all in words. We serve an awesome God!
Here are a few photos from our week:
In a teaching/training session.
A local church so generously welcomed us as a temporary 'home' during the week. We used the space and afternoon hours to work on new music. We're sincerely excited about the message and themes of the music the Lord has been giving us. These songs were especially powerful as we shared behind bars and on the remainder of the tour.
More practicing.
And in a big family, the ever-needed trips to the grocery store are a regular occurrence.
Typically, the music ministry teams (such as our family) enter the prisons for the evening service but this year Elizabeth and Hannah had the opportunity to spend a full day in a woman's prison with the volunteers. This was an incredibly opportunity to be able to engage in conversations and spend more time with smaller groups of women instead of the large service format.
A special moment of the day happened as Elizabeth & Hannah were sent with a group of volunteers to a specific dorm. After singing a few songs for them, they noticed one of the ladies trying sign to one of the other inmates. Since our family used to sing a song with sign language, we decided to share that particular song for her, signing as we sang. Her eyes lit up, sparkling, as we started singing and signing! Thankfully, we also knew enough sign language to communicate with her after the song. It was a special moment as God caused our paths to cross so she could sense God's love in that personal way.
Thank you to all who prayed for us during that week!

"In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him." 1 John 4:9

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