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Vessels of Honor

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 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!

Pacific Northwest Trip – Colville Reservation – Reno

May was quite a whirlwind for us! Not too long after we got home from Albuquerque we went to Washington State for a regional United in Christ conference on the Colville Reservation. (You can read about the UIC conference from last year, here.)

It was so much fun to drive out there as a family. Dad was the only one of us who had ever been to Montana or the Pacific northwest before now.

riding luggage carts in a Montana elevator

The conference was nowhere near the coast, but since we were in Washington we had to go to the Pacific Ocean, which was another first for us. The night we arrived we found a place to eat called Moby Dick’s—if you are ever in Ocean Shores, this is a tasty option!

delicious…and Abby is about to try clam chowder for the first time

In the morning we made the trek from our hotel to the mighty Pacific Ocean.

And one of the most interesting signs we saw on this trip really told us we were far from home…On our way to Colville from the coast we drove through the Cascade Mountains…so amazing and beautiful, especially with the waterfalls!

at Deception Falls

The conference in Colville went Thursday through Saturday. This event happened as a result of a lady who came to the one in Bemidji wanting her people in Colville to have the same experience.

here she is with a couple who ministers in Colville

conference location

So many people pulled together to make this happen. Our family stayed busy doing kitchen work, tech, leading music, and singing in the evenings. We had such a good time working alongside friends from home and abroad as well as new ones.


Personal stories of coming to faith in Jesus are so powerful. No one can argue against a changed life, or against your own personal experience. I think one of the highlights of this conference was hearing the testimonies of believers…each story is different, but they all demonstrate the same thing—Jesus saves!

these sisters prepared a traditional meal for everyone

prayer time for Native America

the conference center was on the shores of the Columbia river

After the conference we went to visit a missionary couple who had an impact on Dad when he was a teenager. Dad hadn’t seen them in almost thirty years! We had such a great time of fellowship and hearing missionary stories… good reminders of how amazing our God is.

Our next stop was in Reno to sing and to record a testimony for The Storyteller.

Then we made a visit to some friends in Idaho that we figure we haven’t seen in at least ten years. It was so much fun to reconnect with them for the short amount of time we had.

Abby made a friend right before we left

Next, we’re headed for Vessels of Honor for what is always a great young adults Bible conference.

Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Psalm 150:1-2 NKJV


We recently got back from a trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Gathering of Nations (North America’s largest pow-wow) was going on and we were invited to be a part of an outreach there.

We enjoyed great fellowship everywhere we stayed.

we got to spend several nights with these sweet friends

We always love the mountains on our drives through Colorado.After much hospitality from several families along the way, we arrived in Albuquerque. Now we had left home with a number of inches of snow on the ground, so coming down here was quite a warm change.We’ve been so blessed by the Delaneys who have opened their home to us the last several times we have been to ABQ.

Dad and Mom went to the Gathering of Nations the three days it was going on, and Sara and Abby each went for a few hours two of the days. From here I’m going to let Abby fill you in on the details of that.


I had the privilege of spending a few hours at the Gathering of Nations. We met a lot of people from all over the US and Canada. We were helping the All Nations Baptist Church with their gospel booth, by handing out tracts and different gospel-oriented CDs to give to people who were interested. We brought over 1,000 Storyteller CDs to be given out at the Gathering.

There were a fair amount of people stopping by and taking materials, and sometimes wanting to talk. However, at the booth behind us, they were handing things out to anyone who would take it. I thought that maybe I would try that. So I stood at the edge of the booth, and as people walked by, I would offer them CDs. A lot of people received them and were grateful. Others were not interested. And some would ask what it was, and then decline after hearing the name of Jesus in the description.

When kids would stop at the booth, someone would often use the EvangeCube to share the gospel with them.

Once I handed a Storyteller CD to a lady, who asked what it was. When I told her that it was stories of how people overcame their addictions through Jesus Christ who changed their lives, she said, “That’s what I need. When you just said that, I got chills.”

Another woman declined a CD as she walked past, but came back a minute later to ask what it was. She then shared with me some things she was dealing with. She took some materials from the table, including that CD, and we also prayed together before she left.

Over the weekend, all of the 1,000+ Storyteller CDs were passed out along with many other gospel materials. Pray for the salvation of all who were influenced by the Gospel in some way that weekend, and for those who laid their materials aside and forgot about them—God has not forgotten about those people. He can still use those forgotten materials to bring souls to Him.

It was exciting to go and be a part of the Gathering of Nations and share the love of Jesus with people.


We also had the privilege of singing at two Native churches on Sunday.

with the pastor of one church

The believers at each of these churches were an encouragement to us. And actually, the place we sang at on Sunday night was a combination of three churches, including a Spanish one, that came together to make the evening possible.

And some other snapshots of our week…

we thoroughly enjoyed our time with Sarah Delaney

fire-baked pizzas…

…with fun friends

skipping stones in the Rio Grande

Sandia at sunset

convertible rides before we left

Sing to the LORD, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 96:2-4 (NKJV)