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September Trip North

Not too long after getting home from our more southern excursion we loaded up to head north. It was a beautiful time in the season to drive to Thunder Bay, Ontario. NEFC (Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada) was hosting an outreach weekend of music and messages and it was exciting to have a chance to be a part of it! We knew many of the people involved and in some ways it was almost like a family reunion.

there were a number of music groups that played several times over the weekend

Daniel and Jonathan did a great job helping with the sound

along with singing some shared their testimonies

smiling faces at the book table

On Saturday evening there was a group of young people that came who probably had little to no church background. Most of them really seemed to be paying attention to the message being shared that night.

Gary Quequish preached several times

these two may have had too much fun together

we were grateful to be here

The gospel went out so many times over the weekend in Thunder Bay and through the radio. Pray for lasting fruit! God is the one who gives the increase.

Spirit Lake

In October we had another chance to go to the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota. Paul Young from Dakota Baptist Church had several singing opportunities lined up for us, including going into another public school!

our first concert was at Dakota Baptist Church

Mr. Gary, the music teacher at the school we were in last year, was teaching at a different school this year, just off the reservation. He had us come and sing for just about the whole school. We told the airplane story, complete with pictures, and shared how Jesus protected us. Before we sang we went into two different music classes to show the kids the instruments and tell them a little about bluegrass music, and we sang/played a song or two. Then the teachers¬† opened it up for questions, with the idea of having the kids ask about music…one girl raised her hand and said, “Are you Christians?” She obviously was listening to the words of the song! It was also fun that we knew some of the kids there…as we passed one of them in the hallway, he told his friends, “Hey! I know them from church!”

setting up

God can open doors for the gospel anywhere!

Our last concert was at another church that we hadn’t been to before on the reservation. It was for the Sunday morning service, after which we enjoyed meeting people and eating lunch together.

The Young family, who takes care of us when we go out there, is faithfully serving God in Spirit Lake. Please pray for them.

food and fellowship with the Youngs!

O Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds? Deuteronomy 3:24 NKJV

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!

mountain faith

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