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Summer Update

It’s about time! Our summer has been fairly full, so here’s a quick review of the events we have pictures for.

Our home church from Illinois came and we partnered for VBS on the Red Lake Reservation.

VBS was in the afternoon…

…then we headed to a church in Bemidji to help with their evening VBS

it was a good week…and by the end we were ready for dairy queen

Next was Bible camp for Redby/Red Lake kids! A church from NY came to run it…here we are with some of the counselors after camp.

The end of July was the United in Christ conference in Bemidji, bringing together hundreds of Christians from all over North America, including people from many different Native American tribes/First Nations. It was a beautiful thing to see so many believers coming together for the glory of Christ.

our family kept busy behind the scenes

people from all over shared music in the evenings, including the Shugaks from Alaska

even locals got to join in the music

Paul Straubel and Huron Claus, the men who had a vision for this conference

so many people praying for Native North America

August brought the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival. It was another great year of music and fellowship. Mark your calendars for next year!

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And we spent time with friends who stayed with us.

being outdoorsy

The week after that was the county fair, where we have a gospel booth. Last year we started using a Bible quiz as a way to get talking with people, and it went so well we did it again this year. We also sang on the outdoor stage…a great place to share the gospel.So that pretty much brings us up to date. Thank you to everyone who prayed for the different ministry opportunities we had.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12

To Winnipeg and Pickle Lake

It has become an annual occurrence now for us to go north to Canada in just about the coldest time of the year. Yes, it happens to be our Pickle Lake trip. This year we went to Winnipeg first to visit with friends from when we lived up there “way back in the nineties.” We are so thankful for all the brothers and sisters there who pray for us and we enjoyed visiting with many of them.

We stayed with good friends of ours whom we lived down the street from when Canada was our home.

Sara, Deborah, Jayne, Abby

Sara, Deborah, Jayne, Abby

early-morning visiting with Uncle Byron

early-morning visiting with Uncle Byron…

...who made us these scrumptious lattés

…who made us these scrumptious lattés

Sunday we went to the church we used to go to, and we were told, “Welcome home!” It was good to visit again after not being there in a few years. Everywhere we went we were blessed to catch up with friends and hear what God is doing in different lives. Thank you to everyone who showed us hospitality during that short weekend!

Then we were off to Pickle Lake. We stopped in Dryden to spend the night at Beaver Lake, where the NYP staff is so gracious to let us stay so we don’t have to drive remote roads in the dark. Tuesday found us pulling in to Pickle Lake and setting up for the Pickle Lake Winter Road Conference at Friendship Baptist Church. (See our previous Pickle Lake posts for more details.)

Mr. Rassmussen, the one who started the conference a number of years ago

Mr. Rassmussen, who started the conference a number of years ago

we sang

we sang

the speaker, Mr. JD, was from North Carolina

the speaker, Mr. JD, was from North Carolina

Mrs. Crisco, Mom, and Mrs. Rassmussen (as well as others) kept everyone well-fed

Mrs. Crisco, Mom, and Mrs. Rassmussen (as well as others) kept everyone well-fed

this is after we took a brisk walk through the woods

this is after we took a brisk walk through the woods. fatigue? you decide.

helping Mr. Crisco with the wood

helping Mr. Crisco with the wood

Over the weekend, after the Winter Road Conference, the Freedom in Christ Conference (outreach meetings) was held at the town hall. Each night God brought more people out, and we saw specific prayer answered; for example, a certain a young person who may have never been to church before came. We know the gospel went out to a number of people who don’t know Jesus.

prayer before the service

prayer before the service

the girls sang

the girls sang

the Sweat family sang

the Sweat family sang

the Rassmussens sang

the Rassmussens sang

we sang

we sang

Gary Quequish shared the message each night

Gary Quequish shared the message each night

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we were glad to see Chief Connie again

we were glad to see Chief Connie again

making sandwiches for after-meeting food

making sandwiches for after-meeting food

Saturday morning we held a kids club (with some extra help) at the town hall for the community children. We had a lot of fun singing with them, playing games, and acting out the story of Jericho.

Sara leading the kids in making a rain storm

Sara leading the kids in making a rain storm

Rahab and the two spies

Rahab and the two spies

During the week the boys were excited for an opportunity to go flying. A missionary friend took the guys up.  Daniel and Jonathan had quite the experience.  Unforgettable.  Ask them.

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And, as also has become a tradition, we went Canadian bowling. For those of you who are not familiar with this, let me paint a picture. There are only five pins. The balls are quite small and all the same weight with no finger holes. You get three attempts each turn.

Needless to say, it is more challenging than “normal” bowling (or maybe “American” bowling?). I think that must be why they give you three tries instead of two.

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two deborahs

It was so much fun to just bowl and laugh and with everyone. In a two-lane bowling alley a game takes a while and everyone is engaged in the whole thing.

But then when one lane breaks down and it turns into a one-lane bowling alley…well, then you have a bowling experience that is even more abnormal than Canadian bowling.

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bowling buddies

bowling buddies

the mothers and others

the mothers and others

We love going to Pickle Lake. Every year we see God answer prayer and every year we leave looking forward to the next.

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good-byes

Dad, what do you think about indoor cats?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oh, okay.

And this time we leave wondering, who will win an arm wrestle next year?

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did she win? he says, “not by much.”

All the way my Savior leads me, what have I to ask beside? …For I know whate’er befall me Jesus doeth all things well.