Category Archives: summer

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


Our summer has been quite normal so far…which means really busy. And there are a few things we’d still like to blog about.

So going way back to the beginning, we took a trip down to Tahlequah, Oklahoma. A couple years ago we were down there to sing/preach at some revival meetings, and this year it worked our for us to go back with the same purpose. Our friends the French’s were very gracious to host us again. We always have such a good time with them…much laughter included!IMG_1390

The revival at Eldon Baptist Church lasted several nights. We were blessed by the people of the church taking turns to bring us a meal and fellowship each evening. Dad preached from 2 Chronicles, drawing a parallel between God’s Temple and our hearts. Do we have idols that need to be destroyed? Rubbish that needs to be taken out? Do we have a low view of God?IMG_1325

IMG_0427 (2)

Jess French has such a heart for God

DSCN0556 (2)

every night started with music

DSCN0564 (2)

we shared a number of songs each night

Dad preached from the Word

Dad preached the Word

God was working in people’s hearts and after the last night we got word that a young boy who had been there received Jesus as his Savior.

And a challenge to all believers remains: “Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place.” 2 Chronicles 29:5

We have some friends who moved to OK last year, and we were so glad to be able to see them again. One thing that usually happens when we’re with each other and around instruments is we sing a song or two together. And this time was no exception as we sang and visited into the night.DSCN0551 (2)We also went to Braum’s one night with them for ice cream. We were introduced to this tasty place last time we were here and were happy to go back!DSCN0570 (2)

Addison and Abby

Addison and Abby

good friends

good friends

After the revival meetings were finished, we were able to visit our friend Leo and his family. They fed us Indian tacos (a.k.a. frybread tacos), probably our favorite but not-often way to eat tacos. After the delicious meal and visiting, we drove out to a church building that felt like it was in the middle of nowhere for Dad to record the testimonies of a couple of Leo’s family members for The Storyteller. It’s so neat to be able to travel and meet other believers who love the Lord.

it was a beautiful drive

it was a beautiful drive

Leo and relatives

Leo and relatives

Leo's mother sang Amazing Grace in Cherokee

Leo’s mother sang Amazing Grace in Cherokee

we're pretty sure this huge tree is covered in poison ivy

we’re pretty sure this huge tree is covered in poison ivy

a dog we met there...look at those eyes

a dog we met there…look at those eyes

Leo and Frasers

Leo and Frasers

It was really a profitable time in Oklahoma…thank you for every prayer on our behalf. Also thank you to everyone who made our time there possible and special. We apparently don’t have a picture of our hostess, Mrs. French, but we so appreciate both her and Mr. French.

And I do have a picture of her flowers.

IMG_1405“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 7:12