July

An update from our mid summer! Some of the things we were involved in were a couple singing opportunities, helping with a local conference, three of us helping with a conference in Iowa, and counseling at camp. And, of course, we enjoyed watching fireworks. We don’t have pictures from everything but here are a few.

We always enjoy it when we can help with Bright Lights conferences. We traveled to Iowa for this one.

Sara shared a testimony

skits with a point…in which we might have been three of the four girls under those blankets, pretending to be horses

we always love the sweet fellowship

And girls camp at Storybook Lodge!

skits at mealtime

the speakers always presented the gospel so clearly

dress-up night, where we were given fascinators for our hair…

…and had an elegant tea party complete with a chocolate fountain

cabins got more points if the cabin inspector found a Bible verse sign

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Psalm 95:6-7 NJKV

June

Summer! It came quickly and is still upon us…and what a summer it has turned out to be!

So here is an update from June.

We were excited to go to a Native family camp in South Dakota and serve with Blue Baptist from Oklahoma again! Camp was full of singing, good Bible teaching, fellowship and fun.

getting ready to be baptized

and gathering to watch

The next week our home church in Illinois came and we did double VBS again this year…afternoons on the reservation and evenings helping a church in town.

grateful for a good week!

Update on July coming next!

Vessels of Honor

After our stop in Idaho we booked it to Kansas City for a young adults Bible conference we girls were attending. I don’t want to fail in mentioning that we have friends in Colorado who have very graciously opened their home to us several times lately while we pass through. What a blessing! After we got to the conference, the rest of the family enjoyed the weekend with various friends.

This year the theme was “Overcoming.” Each message was very good..so it’s hard to pick just a few notes to share!>>The Christian life is not supposed to be one of defeat. We should be passing from Romans 7 life to Romans 8 life. Don’t stay in Romans 7 or use it as an excuse against the victorious Christian life.

>>”Without Me, you can do nothing.”

>>Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. It’s a promise.

>>Jesus came to save us not only from the penalty of sin, but also from the power of sin. Christ in you, the hope of glory, the hope of victory. We are not stuck in the “we can’t help it” situation anymore.

happy to have a friend from home!

>>Christ has made us free. Are you living free? We need to stand fast (stay put, plant your feet) in the freedom Christ has made us free for. Stand on the ground of victory knowing you have been made free.

>>We have a choice as to whether we will be entangled again. Don’t voluntarily take a step away from freedom. Walking is a choice—either in the flesh, or in the Spirit.

After a great weekend there we headed for home with the rest of our Minnesota friends!Everywhere we went on this trip we were reminded of our great God—through the ocean, the mountains, the waterfalls and rivers, the wonderful conferences, the fellowship of believers. We are grateful to be in this together, both as a family and with those of you who pray for us. Thank you!