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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

Oklahoma

This fall we were in Oklahoma for a Native evangelism conference, which was geared for encouraging and equipping believers. The boys and Dad were the tech team, and after the sessions during the day we sang for the outreach service each night.

during the morning sessions we broke into small groups to work on Bible storytelling

afternoon sessions

At the evening services there was some good preaching!

We also sang at a few other churches while we were down there, where we met new people and saw familiar faces and friends…some of those we haven’t seen in a while!

so good to be with the family at Blue Baptist again…people we have served with in South Dakota

One of the neat things about traveling the continent is there are believers to fellowship with just about anywhere you go. Oklahoma definitely has people who love Jesus!

Since we were so close to Branson, we hopped over there for a night and enjoyed a rousing family game of mini golf, Sight & Sound Theatre’s production of the Christmas story, and time with friends.

to experience an amazing, live Biblical drama, visit Sight & Sound Theatre!

Pictures from our latest trip coming next!

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 NKJV

Alaska, Part 2

Finally, the long-overdue second half of our time in Alaska! For this part of the trip we were mostly in the Anchorage area. There was so much we experienced…here come a lot of pictures!

beautiful views on the road to Anchorage

the night we arrived we shared at a gathering called Native New Life

the view from where we stayed at InterAct Ministries

We sang at a few churches where we met some neat people. It was kind of surprising how many of them weren’t originally from Alaska…we even met other Minnesotans who now live there!

practice!

someone to us on a hike through the woods

We did a lot more sightseeing and such on this part of the trip.

doing the tourist thing

visiting the Iditarod race headquarters

we found a nice little Korean restaurant

fun at the batting cages

One day we went down to Homer and also visited Whittier. The following pictures are of Homer…

the view going into Homer

experiencing the water up close and personal!

Whittier was a neat little place as well, and only accessible through a one-way tunnel. The sea of boats tethered there was a colorful sight.

we also spotted another glacier while we were there

On our way back to Anchorage we pulled off to view a chunk of glacier that was actually floating in the water. And, of course, how often do you get to take a family picture with a floating glacier…?Back in the Anchorage area some new friends invited us to come over and celebrate Mother’s Day. It was a special time!We also have a friend from Minnesota who now lives in Alaska so it was fun to get a chance to visit with her before we headed for home.

And in case you haven’t seen enough pictures of the scenery we enjoyed, here are a few more!

the white dots are sheep on the mountain

It’s a bit mind-boggling to think that the amazing world we live in is just a microscopic part of God’s creation. Alaska is vast, but His universe is so much bigger!

Our time in Alaska was full of making memories for a lifetime. We had such a good time together…and we had to get one more picture in Alaska before we crossed the border towards home!On our way home we sang at a church in the Yukon, where we were blessed by their hospitality. A few other things we did…make a sign to add to the signpost forest, visit a hot springs, and finish driving the Alaska Highway.

so if you are ever here and see our sign, let us know!

the hot springs was a new experience

somewhere along the way there were buffalo on both sides of the highway

we didn’t see very many sheep up close!

the start of the Alaska Highway…or the end, for us

And, of course, once we reached this point we still had many, many miles ahead until home. Fast forward a number of days, and we were at last driving down our road in the middle of the night and a song came on the radio called “Almost Home.” Perfect timing! We are so thankful for the opportunity God gave us to drive the whole way to Alaska and back, and everything in between. And thank you to everyone who was an encouragement to us along the way. What great memories we came home with!

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. Psalm 90:1-2 NKJV