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.
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
After our stop in Idaho we booked it to Kansas City for a young adults Bible conference we girls were attending. I don’t want to fail in mentioning that we have friends in Colorado who have very graciously opened their home to us several times lately while we pass through. What a blessing! After we got to the conference, the rest of the family enjoyed the weekend with various friends.
This year the theme was “Overcoming.” Each message was very good..so it’s hard to pick just a few notes to share!>>The Christian life is not supposed to be one of defeat. We should be passing from Romans 7 life to Romans 8 life. Don’t stay in Romans 7 or use it as an excuse against the victorious Christian life.
>>”Without Me, you can do nothing.”
>>Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. It’s a promise.
>>Jesus came to save us not only from the penalty of sin, but also from the power of sin. Christ in you, the hope of glory, the hope of victory. We are not stuck in the “we can’t help it” situation anymore.
happy to have a friend from home!
>>Christ has made us free. Are you living free? We need to stand fast (stay put, plant your feet) in the freedom Christ has made us free for. Stand on the ground of victory knowing you have been made free.
>>We have a choice as to whether we will be entangled again. Don’t voluntarily take a step away from freedom. Walking is a choice—either in the flesh, or in the Spirit.
After a great weekend there we headed for home with the rest of our Minnesota friends!Everywhere we went on this trip we were reminded of our great God—through the ocean, the mountains, the waterfalls and rivers, the wonderful conferences, the fellowship of believers. We are grateful to be in this together, both as a family and with those of you who pray for us. Thank you!