The first stop on our trip was a baseball game with friends. Fun fun!
we like batter’s practice for a chance to get a baseball
After that it was time for family camp in Iowa. Every year we’ve gone has been an encouragement and we leave with challenging messages lingering in our minds. Are we being a wise steward of the time God has given us? Do we have a godly vision for future generations? And what are we doing about it?In addition to the hours of wisdom that camp provides, we enjoy fun activities and lots of fellowship.
Dad and Abby went ziplining
Due to an injury Jonathan was on crutches so sometimes he had a personal chauffeur!After camp we went to North Carolina to sing in a couple places, one of which was a community awards dinner…a great chance to share the gospel in song with many people.
While we were there we had the opportunity to visit a living history Cherokee village. It was really interesting and educational. One thing we found fascinating was a hand-powered drill they invented way back in time.
Jonathan did a great job getting around
some of us enjoyed a walking trail afterwards
Our next destination was Tennessee to visit our grandparents and extended family.
And on the way home we enjoyed more mountain scenery. It’s an amazing world God has made!
I will praise You, O LORD, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to You among the nations. For your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth. Psalm 108:3-5 NKJV
August was a rather full month for us! Here are some of the highlights.
Lake Itasca Family Music Festival…
jamming with friends
Mom runs the snack shack and Dad is the stage manager (photo by Hannah Schoenfelder)
Counseling at Bible Camp…Gospel outreach at the fair…It’s a great place for planting seeds through music, literature and conversations.
We sang at several different church-led outreaches, including one where multiple vehicles driving on the highway behind us thought it was a great idea to honk as they went by (it was amusing, actually)…It’s really neat to see the different ways churches reach out to share the gospel with their communities.
And somewhere along the way we came across free Ferris wheel rides…so why not?
Update on September travels coming next!
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