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First Flight

This has been a very different year for us. Sometimes it seems like it’s been defined by the plane crash. And in a way it has been. But maybe it’s more accurate to say that this year is defined by God working through the plane crash. We’ve been able to share the story with so many people and speak of our powerful God. Of course, it’s not an experience we would have chosen to go through beforehand…but on the other side of it we are so grateful for the testimony we have to share. A friend recently challenged us that this a gift God has given us, a ministry tool to use for the rest of our lives. And not only that, but for us personally it is a faith-builder! Having lived through that experience, it reminds us that God is in control and we are immortal till He is finished with us.

A question that people ask us frequently is, “Have you flown since?” or they wonder about the fear factor.

The answer to the first question has been, “We haven’t had to,” and the answer to the second has been, “It will be hard, I’m sure, but God will give us the grace if He wants us to fly again.”

Now the answers have changed. Now it’s, “Yes, we have flown again. It was hard, but God helped us.”img_1731

The ministry that owned the first plane bought another one. It is very similar, with six seats and the same set-up. A few weeks ago, the pilot Dan and his family flew out here in the new plane with the idea of our family going up in it. Dan is a good pilot and we trust him.

walking out to meet the new plane

walking out to meet the new plane

exploring

exploring

img_1741The first flight after the crash is a hurdle all of us siblings would have to get over sooner or later, so our whole family decided to go. Before we climbed in Dan huddled us up and prayed.

And then we went flying. Mom and the girls went on the first flight, and Dad and the boys went on the second. Each of us experienced our own levels of difficulty, but God gave us each the grace and strength to do it.

off we go

off we go

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our house (center)

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Dan

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Jonathan

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on the ground again

We are so grateful for our God and for each other, and for His grace and help in our first flight after the crash.

img_6545-4And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

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.

P.S. Gutter balls are very common (we shall blame this on the fact that there were no bumpers).20160115_134016(0)

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.

Church VBS

Ok. Life happens and some things don’t seem “worth” blogging about…but then when all the adventures happen there doesn’t seem time to share it online.

Thus has been our summer so far. We just came off a three-week busy-ness marathon. So now with a little bit of time before our next “big thing,” I am attempting to report on some of the latest happenings.

So, three weeks ago…the first Vacation Bible School for the summer at church. A college group from the University of Minnesota came up to run it. After we met them on Sunday, we knew it was going to be a good week. These people love Jesus and were excited to come share the gospel with the children.

And I’ll let the pictures pretty much take it from here…

the stage was transformed into a foresty campground

the stage was transformed into a foresty campground

there were lots of action songs!

there were lots of action songs!

craft-time always tied in with the gospel message

craft-time always tied in with the gospel message

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outdoor games are always fun

we had good weather for outdoor games

the last day they set up a mini carnival and invited families for Korean barbeque

the last day they set up a mini carnival and invited families for Korean barbeque

prayers

prayers

the amazing Korean barbeque

the amazing Korean barbeque

We praise the Lord for the many children and even some adults that heard the gospel during the week. Several children made professions of faith…pray that God will grow them and protect them from the enemy. There is still so much that needs to be done. So many people to reach. So many lives to touch. So much prayer that needs to happen. Will you pray?

It was such an incredible blessing to be able to help this group. Their love and humility was encouraging and challenging. We’re glad to have made some new friends!

prayer at the end of the week

prayer at the end of the week

Sara and friends...deflating beach balls...

Sara and friends…deflating beach balls…

Jonathan, Franky, Daniel, Linus

Jonathan, Franky, Daniel, Linus

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1:5-6