Thursday, February 28, 2019

Andrew




Happy Birthday Andrew!




I think the biggest event in Andrew and Kori's last year has been the arrival of a darling blue eyed boy name Wyatt! Watching them be parents is such a joy! They are living in Orlando, Florida and we are so grateful for the every single opportunity to visit them in the south or have them up at our place. They are enjoying setting up their home and adjusting to life with a little one.







Andrew still enjoys working out and managing a business, Kori enjoys being a wife and mother and doing some secretarial work, and they both continue to be very intentional in local ministry opportunities and building relationships.


"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way."
Psalms 37:23

Monday, February 25, 2019

Universal Studios


On our very first trip to Orlando back in the early 2000's our friends took us to Universal Studios. It was one of our first experiences at a theme park with roller coasters and we came away with lots of stories and pictures. So this year when one of Andrew and Kori's friends asked if we would like to go spend a day at Universal we said yes!



Since most of us were really little (or not even born) last time it was fun to finally experience the big rides that we'd heard about from our older siblings. Of course we ended the day getting absolutely soaked on their water ride!


"Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day."
1 Chronicles 16:23

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Josiah


Happy Birthday Josiah!
Here is a glimpse into his last year...




Josiah and Abi still live in Milford, Nebraska, and celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last September. They homeschool their three children, Joanna, Asher and Jenifer. It is always see what they are learning in school and in everyday life skills. They are growing up so fast!!



Josiah is still an Ag pilot and him and Abi keep busy with numerous things in their local communtiy.



"Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!"
Psalms 32:20

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Florida


After doing 25 concerts or having prison related meetings in 26 days we were thrilled to pull into Orlando, Florida for a little bit of a slower schedule.


Getting to see Andrew, Kori & Wyatt every day has definitely been the highlight so far! We've come down here every year for about 18 years and are so grateful for the Knuth and Johnston families which have generously welcomed us into their homes year after year. God has given us some of the sweetest friendships in Orlando, and we are so grateful!!


There have been a host of wonderful moments while we've been down here! It has been great to stay in one place long enough to get some work done on random projects and get some fresh air and exercise!


The guys have enjoyed working with Andrew a few of the days, we went swimming and boating, enjoyed big family evenings with games and food and had a good ol' cookout by the lake complete with s'mores!


"Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope."
Psalms 16:9

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

It's A...


BOY!!!
Baby number three for Alan and Rachel is another little boy and we cannot wait to meet him!



"Every good and every perfect gift is from above, 
and comes down from the Father of lights."
James 1:17


Monday, February 11, 2019

Unexpected

We are currently in Georgia enjoying sunshine and sweet southern hospitality! The prisons that we went to last week in South Carolina went really well and we were blessed to see the power of the gospel transform lives. But the week didn't quite go as planned.


Before we left home Dad was feeling a little bit of tightness in his chest, but didn't think to much of it. Until last Monday when he spent most of the night awake with serious chest pains that wouldn't go away. The next morning he talked to a friend that was an EMT who said he should go to the hospital right away! Another friend drove Mom and Dad in to try to figure out what was wrong. After a long day in the hospital they found out he had 2 minor heart attacks. Meanwhile we kids are back at the bus realizing that we were going to be heading into prison that evening without our parents. So we pulled out the instruments to try to figure out how to do the program without them. Right before we walked into prison we got a text from mom saying that they were moving him to a room for the night with surgery  scheduled for the next morning.


The first prison service went really well! As soon as we made it out we were swamped with text messages and comments from people from all over that were sending love and prayers. We felt so blessed!! The Gospel Express ministry that we worked with lent us a vehicle so that we could pop over to the hospital to see Dad and Mom. Tuesday morning Andrew and Kori came up from Florida which was such a blessing! They did surgery on Dad and found one of the three main arteries was 80% blocked. Everything went really well, and he was released from the hospital yet that evening. After us kids finished the second prison service we had a family meeting and decided that the best way for Dad to recoup was to go home with Andrew and Kori. That would leave the seven of us siblings to do the next weeks worth of concerts until we joined them all in Orlando.


So currently Dad and Mom are recovering in Orlando with strict orders to not overdo anything and us kids switched up some instruments and are continuing to do the services scheduled in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida until we meet up with them on Thursday! We are so grateful for God's mercy and the beauty of the body of Christ which we have experienced in a whole new way this week!!

"Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds."
Psalms 36:5

Sunday, February 03, 2019

We Care






Last week our family went into the Alabama prisons along with over 300 other volunteers. Year after year it is such a blessing to be able to go in and share about how Jesus has changed our lives! Sunday was spent in training and preparation with worship, special speakers, prayer, and training from the State DOC, then we went in Monday through Thursday evenings.


In the mornings we have area devotions with other teams, family devotions, breakfast and then the usual - school, exercise and other random odds and ends that need to get done. This was the first time on this trip that we could finally pull out the short sleeves and enjoy the sunshine! Well, except for Tuesday and Wednesday... The temperature dropped and they predicted a bunch of snow, we ended up missing the snow, but it was really cold out!


The guys always bring a weight set along on the bus, so that they can get in some quick workouts.



Then mid afternoon, those of us who were old enough would start the process of making it into the prison for our evening service: dress up, put on name tag, grab photo ID, unload equipment and instruments, be at the gate at the appointed time for check-in. Many prayers were answered and lives were touched because of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of the truth of God's Word.

We would greatly appreciate prayers as we do the same thing with a different ministry in South Carolina this week.

"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
John 10:10

*picture used with permission