Albuquerque

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.

Abby~

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.

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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)

 

Midwest 26 Below

Shortly after getting home from South Carolina, the siblings headed out to Iowa for a conference. We picked up a few friends along the way…including two who flew in from New Mexico.

Brady Collier spoke on the theme of “God’s Path for You.” The message topics included salvation, commitment to total obedience to Christ, marriage, work, the church, the Great Commission, and intimacy with Christ. Here are some thoughts from the notes I took.

In whatever place you are, God is calling you to be His missionary today. Will you obey? It’s hard but always worth it.

Part of God’s path for you is to serve the church, other Christians. You never graduate out of the local church. The assembling of ourselves together is a safety net.

Your life is going to be the average of your top five acquaintances. Find passionate believers and get close to them.

What does “Go and make disciples of all nations” look like for you? Jesus Christ started where He was with making disciples, and went out from there. Personal discipleship along with the local church is God’s means for changing the world.

Little bitty people like us can accomplish great things when we do it in the power of God.

missions Q&A panel, where someone said, “You are called to a Person, not a place.” You follow that Person to the places He leads.

If you are dedicated without an intimate relationship with Christ you will become a Pharisee, just going through the motions. Be a person consumed with knowing God.

You need to learn to think like God through His Word. The more you spend time in His Word the more you will think like Him.

Redirect your thirst [for whatever it is] to the Object of your thirst for which it was created.

Abide in Me. God’s heart is to have a relationship with me.

Even if you’re not feeling it, abide—wrestle until you prevail (like Jacob).

Don’t forget the main thing—your relationship with Christ.

sunday morning worship

There were also a few breakout sessions taught by different people that included the topics of discipleship, dealing with fear and anxiety, and world missions.

During our last meal, when the conference was over, Micah Tuttle stood up on a chair and got everyone’s attention, and then preached to us a passionate message to live obedient lives in such a way that we could gladly say like the Apostle John, “Come, Lord Jesus!”He also gave a challenge in the discipleship session I went to that I want to end this with…

“One man wakes, awakens another. Second one wakes his next door brother. Three awake can rouse a town and turn the whole place upside down. Many awake will cause such a fuss, it will awake all of us. One man wakes with dawn in his eyes, surely then it multiplies.” (Lawrence Tribble)

Be that one person to wake someone else up. Discipleship is the most effective way of multiplication.

 

Atlantic Ocean

While we were in South Carolina we took the opportunity to go to the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first time we had all been there together! So here are some pictures along with portions of Psalm139 (NKJV).

Oh LORD, You have searched me and known me.You know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thought afar off.You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;When I awake, I am still with You.Search me, O God, and know my heart;Try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me,And lead me in the way everlasting.*****