Garden Hill

Garden Hill is a remote community in Manitoba that, until January, we had been to as a family only once before…over six years ago!

This is now the first fly-in community we have been to since the plane crash. It was difficult to fly again, but God was so faithful. And we are grateful to people who were praying for us through the whole journey of faith surrounding that weekend.

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we flew over miles of bush

we landed in Island Lake…

…and drove across the frozen water to Garden Hill

The church up there had invited us to come again and sing at some special meetings which also involved other people from the community and from elsewhere. It was a privilege to be able to be there.

Dad and Ernie…friends for many years

lots of people shared songs and testimonies over the weekend

Arnold (singing), the pastor, has such a heart for people to receive the gospel. Pray for him and his wife as they faithfully serve Jesus.

the boys are much taller than they were last time we were here!

On Sunday we went to the local TV station to sing and for Dad to share a message.

the guys rode in the back of the truck to the station!

During the course of the weekend we had a good time getting to visit with people we don’t see very often, and enjoyed some home cooking Garden Hill style!

…like bannock!

At the Sunday afternoon service we were blessed by the testimony of a man who is known by the nickname “Happy Feet,” because he is so full of joy and thankfulness for God’s salvation! As individual Christians, what are we known for? What comes to people’s minds when they think of us?

Sunday evening was a really special time…believers from the other nearby communities came together for the service. It was not constrained by time, and what a night it was as people shared songs and testimonies, prayers were lifted up, and God’s Word was spoken. It was so neat to be a part of a gathering like that.All weekend we were well-cared for, with people shuttling us around in vehicles, cooking food, and opening their homes to us. Thank you to everyone who blessed us!

Monday was head-home day. Back across the frozen lake to the airport we went!

waiting for the plane to arrive…and in case you’re wondering, those are sleeping bags all wrapped in white

the community where the airport is located

We got to enjoy the sunset that evening from the air. Amazing!  What a mighty God we serve!

Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name YAH, and rejoice before Him. Psalm 68:4 NKJV

Remembering God’s Faithfulness

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.”

Psalm 89:1

Four years ago today God spared our lives in a plane crash. As we reflect on the goodness of our Heavenly Father today, we simply want to point others to Him. It’s personal stories like these that we can look back on and remember that God was faithful then, and He is still faithful today. No matter what we may face, He never changes and He promises to never leave us or forsake us.

So please consider taking a moment to read (or reread) this story of God’s goodness. We hope that you will be encouraged by the miracle that God did for our family that day, and that you will take some time to reflect on His goodness and faithfulness in your own life as well.

Read it here: The Mighty Hand of God

November-December Blessings

We experienced many blessings as we drew near the end of 2019.  Here are several of them:

Blessing #1: Thanksgiving with family in Tennessee…

and there were more of us during the week, before we took this picture

We are grateful for each time we get to see family, since they all live so far away! There was lots of laughter and fun…and food.

Blessing #2: After that we spent a few days in North Carolina. Dad did some work on a Without Reservation project and we got to spend time with some dear family in the Lord.

…and since we were relatively close to the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters, we made a day of going there to process Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and some of also us took a tour.

one shoebox gift equals at least one gospel opportunity

every step of processing is important!

Blessing #3: Prison ministry in north Florida! This is something we so appreciate being a part of.  People from all over come to reach out with the love of Christ to those behind the fences.The times of volunteers coming together for corporate worship and testimonies of God’s working during the week are amazing. People share stories that only God can orchestrate!

At one prison, which we have been to twice before but not in two years, a man remembered us and told Dad that he prays for us. That is amazing. And it really blessed us. There are so many people in prison who are not the same person they used to be…you can see it on their faces. Jesus has changed their lives.

Thank you for all your prayers!

And, after being in some nice weather in Florida, we had to quickly transition to some bitter winter winds as we got closer to home. But we usually adjust quickly and we always love our winter wonderland!

The last couple months have been extremely busy…updates are coming!

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5 NKJV