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Faithful

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
and Your faithfulness every night.”

-Psalm 92:1-2 (NKJV)-

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The packing process

“Faithful” is one word that describes our 2005 Ford fifteen-passenger van.  If vehicles could talk, oh the stories our van would tell!  Up north on the Canadian winter—bush and ice—roads.  On down to the sunny south.  Up and down the East coast.  Out west to various reservations in the Dakotas.  Driven into an Alabama prison yard.  Stolen and recovered within 6 hours in a city of 1.4 million people.  Countless kids bouncing up and down on the seats on the way to church and VBS.  Instruments and luggage packed all the way to the ceiling and every nook and cranny available.  Over 214,000 miles of safety!

No extra room!

It only broke down twice.  Once was several years ago—in a safe and familiar place—less than a half hour from home on an evening outing.  The other time it broke down was this February—in our driveway, right next to our new-to-us 2014 van, less than 24 hours after returning home from a three-week ministry trip, the day after we bought the new van.

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;
with my mouth will I
make known Your faithfulness to all generations.”
-Psalm 89:1 (NKJV)-

Have you ever smiled when your vehicle broke down?  We did.  As the old van had just enough momentum left to get up the driveway and died right beside the new van, we smiled and some of us even laughed.  Why?  Because God knew, and He provided for us before we ever knew we had a need.  We have an always-faithful and amazing God.

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License plates for the new van

We had no clue the old van was that close to quitting.  After having it towed to the local mechanic, we were told the engine was dead.  It wasn’t fixable and needed to be replaced.  We couldn’t afford a new van—at least not the one we ended up with.  But God provided through a brother-in-Christ who gave us the money we needed to purchase us another vehicle–before the old van died.

We stand in awe of the perfect timing and provision of our faithful God.  He’s so worth serving.  Next time you’re wondering or worrying about a situation out of your control, remember that He is faithful.  He will provide.  His timing is never late.  His plan is perfect.  Trust Him!

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Church Bible Camp

The three of us girls were thrilled with the opportunity to once again help with the Redby Bible camp this summer, assisting a group from New York. The great thing about this camp is that the kids that come are the ones that we have the privilege of working with at the weekly Kid’s Club during the school year at Redby Community Church.

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DSCN0203There’s something about camp that strengthens relationships unlike Sunday school, VBS, or Kid’s Club.  At camp, you get to live with the kids for a week.  You don’t have to start over each day with relationship building.  You aren’t disconnected from their lives that week.  Some of them have some pretty difficult challenges in life.  It is so special to see them smile, laugh, and have a good time.

DSCN0125Yes, your campers may get out of hand every once in a while (such as singing at the top of their lungs in the cabin after midnight instead of going to sleep, turning the water off in the bathroom, or hiding from the counselors).  They may even get mad at you for enforcing the rules.

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DSCN0155All that to say that camp is exhausting – in a good way.  Days are packed full of singing, gospel messages, games, swimming, and just hanging out and talking.  It all comes down to building relationships, showing them the love of Christ, and speaking the truth of God’s Word into their lives… the quantity and quality of time you can spend as you minister to these kids at camp is priceless.

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And when you see them again, the relationship barriers that have been there before are often broken down.  They come and sit next to you in church, snuggle in for a hug, and stay after Sunday school to just talk with you and reminisce about camp.  What a privilege it is to share the love of Jesus with these precious children!

“Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.’ And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.”

Mark 10:13-16