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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)


Pickle Lake

Our annual January trip! And thus our annual picture of the snowy Ontario road leading north…It was time again for community outreach meetings in Pickle Lake. There was no winter road conference before the outreach this year, so the trip was shorter than usual. Our missionary friends the Rassmussens have such a heart for the community there. The outreach included four gospel meetings over the weekend and an addictions workshop on Saturday.

Mr. Rassmussen preached two meetings

Dad preached the other two

we sang three nights

love that smile!

two of the Sweats

Sunday morning special music

family practice in between things

Every year we are blessed by our “family” in Pickle Lake, both in the fellowship we have and also working together to reach out to the community. We may not see immediate results, but the gospel went out and it is God who gives the increase. Pray for the believers there who are laboring in the gospel.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV

November-December Trip

At the end of November we headed south to participate in a prison crusade. This was the second time we were able to be a part of this particular outreach. Prison ministry is something we enjoy and SO look forward to. And especially since January was the last prison outreach we were involved with, we were excited to be doing it again.

On our way down we stayed in Kentucky with some friends of ours, who always are amazing hosts when we are passing through. And since this was Kentucky, guess where our family had to go…?Yes, the Ark Encounter! (Starting about here we lost some of our trip pictures, so they will be a little sparse.)

the cross on the door of the ark reminds us that trusting in Jesus is the only way to escape God’s judgment

exploring…that is one huge ship!

It’s a great place to visit! The inside of the ark really helps put into perspective what it may have been like, and the displays give good reasons for the credibility of the Bible. (And while you are there make sure to visit the kangaroos in the zoo there if you want a few good laughs.)

Next, it was off to Tennessee for Thanksgiving with our grandparents and family. We always love seeing them.

lots of cousin games

ready to eat

pie time!

From Tennessee we went to North Carolina for a few days for Dad to do some ministry recording. We were able to stay at a camp that has very graciously let us use their place a number of times.  We have gotten to know the people associated with camp and enjoy great times of fellowship when we stay there.

And the Cherokee, North Carolina, area is such a beautiful place!

we stopped by High Country Tire to visit Mountain Faith

After North Carolina…Florida for prison ministry!

The first prison we went to was a different experience. When we arrived and came up to the gate, we tried to check in but discovered we were not able to enter. Most of the volunteers were able to, but something had happened with processing our family’s information, so we had to wait outside the prison while everything was being sorted out. Of course we were praying that it would all work out, but we were unaware of who else was praying. After sitting under the pavilion for probably at least an hour, we were cleared to come in, and by the time we made it through security and to the chapel it was well past our scheduled starting time. But the prison worship band was up on stage singing for those gathered while they waited! And when we walked in, one of the inmates said, “Praise the Lord! This is what we prayed for!”

At our second prison we held two services, and in at least one of those I know that between the volunteers and Dad, they were able to individually pray with most if not all the inmates. Dad preached the gospel in both of the services. The chaplain told us later that one of those groups of inmates was being moved soon, so it was wonderful that the last thing they heard in that chapel was the gospel message.

fun with friends after prison

In the third prison there was a man who represents a lot of the inmates we encounter. Just by looking at him you could tell he had a tough background…but he had been saved and made a new creation. When he came forward during the invitation Dad had a chance to talk with him. He’s getting out soon, and life is so uncertain, but he really wants to trust God in all of it. Pray for people like him, for men and women whom God has gotten a hold of, whether they are getting out or not.

Sunday morning was the last service and it turned out we were going back to a prison we had been in last year. It just seemed like such a joyful morning, with the inmates excited to be in the chapel to worship God. After we sang we sat in the back row of the chapel, and when the invitation was given, a number of inmates went forward to respond to however God was working in their hearts. Seeing them kneeling in prayer, and one standing with his hand raised, made me think of what a day that will be when all of us who are redeemed will be kneeling around the throne, worshiping Jesus.

Thank you so much to everyone who was praying for us. You got to be a part of this too!

On our way home we stayed with our cousins…

ukulele jam

…spent a couple nights in the Wisconsin Dells with friends…

…and kept in mind we were heading north to Pickle Lake a few weeks after that!