Monday, July 17, 2017

Amazing Blessing!

I can't express to you the utter blessing we have experienced at Texas Baptist Church! I really can't imagine there is another church remotely like it in the world! Bro. Keith Bell and his wife, staff and church family were full of the spirit and fire of God. There was some real religion going on there. Church was in session! These people were eager to serve and full of excitement for the ministry God has placed them in.



When we arrived late on Saturday night a preacher boy (Bro. Tony Orosco) met us and let us in the church to set up our sound system and showed us in to the two prophets chambers. The prophet's chambers were wonderful. All of the kids had a bed the boys in one room and then the girls had a set of bunk beds and we had our air mattress along and set it up in the girl's room; it was great! This was the first time we have seen a prophet's chambers that had a bed for everyone we could have even doubled up some of the boys and used their bed room. They fed us by leaving a great gift basket with snacks and fruit and in the kitchen they had food left for us for breakfast and lunch. The folks there were the down home type even in a big city.

Bro. Tony Orosco

Church Bus and Outside the Prophets Chambers



Our room! I know we are messy. lol


We were so privileged to be able to minister to these people. The people of God at the church were loving and kind. We had a great time running over to the homeless ministry they had in their gym and singing a couple of songs there for those hurting people! This was our first time to be included in this type of ministry and it was great for the kids to see these people and pour their voices into touching these people with the message of the hope of Jesus! It touched me so much, I found myself praying all through the regular service for God to work in Preacher Tony there and to use the songs that we sang. At the end of the service Bro. Tony brought in 2 people who had been saved and they got baptized. Praise the Lord!

Bro. Tony leading 2 homeless people to the Lord!


Then Bro. Harrod was surprised when after I forgot his neck tie and asked the pastor if we could borrow a tie from him. When Bro. Harrod got up to teach Sunday School with the tie that the preacher's wife brought for him on, then Bro. Bell took off his tie and gave him that one also. He then began to encouraged other men from the congregation to add their tie around my husband's neck. The men were eager to not wear their ties for the day and we couldn't get over the tie offering and the joy of the Lord it brought to our family. (we love Bro. Bell a real man of God and a hoot as well) To be loved like this! God is so good to us! This was so touching to our hearts. It was also a healing ointment to this heart of mine. You get so tired of people who are just going through the motions and it is so wonderful to see people who aren't afraid to enjoy the Lord!

2 Corinthians 9:7 - Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

If you look close you can see a bunch of ties hanging around his neck. lol


Bro. Harrod was trusted to preach 3 different times in the services there and God sent his spirit to bless each time. Our family were able to sing three different times as well. Plus between services we were able to leave some recorded piano music so that they can use it for singing specials. That was fun as well! (The piano there records onto cd so that they can have their background music for specials)



The kids had worked hard on making some pony tail holders for us to sell for donations and give a boost to the bus fund helping our family get down the road more comfortably. We expected maybe to sell a few but the Pastor brought the hair bands up and every one of them was sold and he bought some as well! I just can't explain what this did for our spirits! God is working in our midst. He is doing things above what we can ask of think! What an awesome God we serve!

 In the evening service we found out that Texas Baptist was going to take our ministry on for support! Wow we didn't even expect this. I think Bro. Harrod and I were in tears and maybe some of our children as well. We were just talking about how that we needed to start talking to pastors about monthly support and God just blessed without it being mentioned. I think God was just reassuring us that we were doing the right thing and in the right place! Wow God just can not be praised enough for how he takes care of us!




z-kids creations- crocheted hair ties/bracelets (5 of the z-kids make these)
After the services we ate our supper left for us in the kitchen again. (It was like the story of the elves and the shoe maker) The boys and Lonnie loaded up the sound equipment and the girls and the younger ones packed up our belongings. Our next stop was to drive a couple of hours and drop off the kids at Menard for Youth camp for the very first time. We finally got in the van at 11 and made it in to Menard at around 1 am. We didn't have the address but we found a little info on the internet about it being across from a river. We went around one direction and didn't find it so then we decided it must be on the other side of the river and went back the other way and finally spotted the sign then the whole van shouted for joy! We drove around looking for what would be the dorms and then I spotted a bunch of vehicles and knew this had to be it! I climbed out of the van and ventured to a door that was marked Girls dorm. I took a peek through the girls dorm door and found someone who wasn't too far asleep. Thankfully there was a kind woman that was still awake and she got on her cel phone and woke up her husband so that we could get both the girls and the boys situated into their bunks and safe for the night. I'm sure they were ready for a bed!

The kids were all snug in their beds and we kissed, hugged and prayed with them before we left and experienced the odd quiet in our van all the way home. I couldn't help but pray for the kids and pray that we didn't run into a deer crossing the road because they were everywhere. We made it home 2 hours later and Bro. Harrod was able to get about 3 hours of sleep before he headed off to work in Austin an hour away. Please pray for him as he works today. Also, please continue to pray that we can get a bus that will work for our family and take us on the road so that my husband can quit his job and not be burning the candle at both ends!

On the bright side maybe we can get a little rest now that the kids are away at camp. I have already checked in with their counselors today and have seen great pictures of my children having fun at camp! Praise the Lord! It was hard for me to leave them but I know we both needed it! Pray that God will give them a great time of fun, Christian growth and fellowship!


What we saw when we arrived! lol
I'm so glad God placed us into this ministry and this is the way we spent our weekend. We didn't get much sleep but it is good to be spent for Jesus! Keep praying for the Lord to lead us to our next appointment!

PRAYER NEEDS:

* Reliable and comfortable transportation for our family (our van is on its last legs)
* Tour Bus that is Large enough for our family of nine to live in comfortably.
*Meetings for our calendar
*Traveling Mercies
* James and Gerri Hoover (my parents) - Dad's feet pain and Mom's battle with Leukemia
*Health while serving our Lord 
*God's direction and help in everything we do!

ANSWERED PRAYERS:

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God gave us our first supporting church and sold all of our hair bands/bracelets!
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God was great in our first Revival Meeting!

*We were able to use our new sound system.
* The fellowship at churches has been great!
* We are picking up a few more meetings.
*  Our sick van made it home safely!


I'll try to find more pics to share on our face book page at The Harrod Family please like our page and follow our journey if you haven't already. We need the prayer support!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Here and There a Little

(From the memorial)


This weekend was long and eventful even though we had no scheduled meetings in churches. Friday we packed the van and headed to a friends house in Corinth Texas. We needed to go to a Memorial for our dear Great Aunt Lenora and our friends lived in this area and offered to put our whole family up for the night. They were so kind to us and treated us like the host of yesteryear. We came in late and they stayed up to greet us and serve us homemade pizza! Oh the house smelled so wonderful as soon as we opened the door. Then they had areas for all of the kids to sleep in set up and ready to go. Plus they allowed us to have their room and they slept with their children. This was amazing! I remember doing this same thing back when I was little whenever a missionary would come through our church where my Dad pastored.  I would give the couple my bed and sleep on the pull out couch in the living room. I always thought it was such fun when I was little! It was nice thinking about how things come back to you when you give with a willing heart! God is so good!



Then the next morning we all had a homemade breakfast of pancakes and strawberries and even omelets. Wow Mrs. Oldenkamp can cook! It was healthy and tasty all at the same time. You can't beat that! Most of all we had a great time fellow-shipping with the couple, just wish we had more time to enjoy them before we had to go. Maybe next time!

Then we were off to the memorial and pot luck. It great getting to hear more about our great Aunt whom our youngest child Zenora was named after. She loved her grandchildren and best of all loved the Lord! I'm so glad we will see her again in Heaven! We were asked to sing a couple of songs there and that had to be the hardest time I've had singing with the family when we were all thinking about how we missed Aunt Lenora. She was definitely loved and will be missed much!



We came back home to attend a friends birthday party but on the way home I ha to get out and stretch because my hips were giving be trouble and when I did the van began to overheat. We then had to turn on the heater to get the heat off the engine the kids didn't feel that heat in the back because their blower is separate but us parents felt like we were turning into that nights supper. It was rough. We finally got to Lampasas and stopped there to cool off the van and replace fluids. God blessed and we had no more trouble with the van that night. Praise the Lord! Thank you for all who follow our facebook page and were praying for us during that trip. Prayer changes things!



Then we got up the next morning or rather we scraped ourselves up the next morning and headed to church with a song in our hearts! We always like to return to our home church in Temple. We were weary from travel but it was so nice to see a friendly face holler and give me a hug! There is nothing like being loved and knowing that people are in your corner! Thank you Calvary Baptist Church in Temple and Bro. Rick and Melinda Reed. We love ya'll so much!

After church we signed the kids up for church camp and then headed over to American Baptist Fellowship church a sister church that was having a meal and afternoon service. (God fed us through that church for lunch and they sent us home with our supper in foil!) We were a little late but they delayed a little so that we could hear most of the service and then sing for them. We got to hear our Pastor preach again and he was on fire!

Then we took an afternoon rest at back at Calvary on the church benches for a few hours some of us slept and some of us wished we could but at least took a load off of our feet. After a while we got up and got ready for heading over to another church we had planned to stop in and visit. Bro. Harrod visited with the pastor there for a while and then we headed home. Along the way we stopped at Bro. Sullivan's church and had a little picnic with the food that American Baptist prepared for us. (Bro. Sullivan we kind and told us it would be fine for us to use their patio since they were already gone home) They even included plates and forks. What great people and what a blessing of the Lord!

This can be a long hard tiring journey at times but it sure does help to have sweet friends in the Lord who truly love God and it shows!



PRAYER NEEDS:

* Reliable and comfortable transportation for our family (our van is on its last legs)
* Tour Bus that is Large enough for our family of nine to live in comfortably.
*Meetings for our calendar
*Traveling Mercies
* James and Gerri Hoover (my parents) - Dad's feet pain and Mom's battle with Leukemia
*Health while serving our Lord 
*God's direction and help in everything we do!

ANSWERED PRAYERS:

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God was great in our first Revival Meeting!*We were able to use our new sound system.
* The fellowship at churches has been great!
* We are picking up a few more meetings.
*  Our sick van made it home safely!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Standing On Holy Ground!

Saturday a week ago, we wanted to be a blessing to some people that are struggling with grave illnesses so we loaded up the van and headed to see our friend Bro. Phil Stevens (missionary to Africa) and his wife Melody. He was in the hospital in Austin and we knew that he liked to hear us sing and it really blessed him when we had seen him at a church in Lampasas recently. We finally made it there after going to the wrong hospital; he was in so much pain but enjoyed our singing and wanted to share a little testimony with us. He had witnessed in the hospital and God was working on him to be available in any and all situations. Oh that was a blessing to hear him speak from his bed of anguish. We love good preaching! What a man of God! Faithful in all things!




Then we had to travel on and stopped by to see my friend and my mother's friend of many years who had been going through stage 4 cancer treatment to encourage her all that we could. We texted her and found out in the process that it was her birthday as well. God sure knows how to time things for sure! We made it to her house and just had a good time talking to her about her craft room and her jewelry making then we came back into the living room and we sang a few songs for her and she sang one for us in the Indian language that her mother used to sing to her about God. Oh my goodness! Yodi was such an inspiration to us all. She spoke of our Savior with such love and confidence. She told us of how she would never let Satan get her down about this illness. How that if she got down she would look to her God to bring her back up! She would only allow God to use her illness for good not Satan to use it for himself. Then she told us about how the doctors had told her that the cancer looked to be gone and that they were just going to finish out one more round of Chemo to make sure. Praise the Lord! She had to tell me before we left about a time when she was radiating with Christ while at the doctor's office and trying to tell a woman there about Christ but she didn't understand English well and that she just pointed up to the sky and said Jesus! Then a week or so later a man stopped her and told her that that lady was his relative and that she was so impressed by Yodi and her faith and wanted what she had that she found a church and her whole family had come to Christ! Praise the Lord for Christ's work in this willing witness!



After we got back home Bro. Harrod took our dog Hannah to our friends in Marble Falls to stay there while we were gone while the rest of us finished up packing our stuff in the van. We finally got off from the house at about 10 pm. that night and made it to Bro. Welton (Red) Watson's church in San Saba where they had a mission's apartment waiting on us. They were so kind to let us use their place and even went out before we arrived and bought us some breakfast for the next morning. I love bro. Red and Mrs. Arlene they have always been such a blessing to my whole family. I've know them since I was a little girl going to the fellowship that my Dad started.



The next day was Sunday and we got up ready to be a blessing to the people at the revival meeting! God is so good and let us get in on a whole lot of that blessing for our self! This was a good old fashion meeting where God showed up in a mighty powerful way and blessed us in ways that we can't begin to understand or tell. We met so many Watson's and Berrios and loved every minute of that. We met another singing family who also had 7 children some of theirs we older but they were precious to us and treated us like family as did everyone there! It was like coming home and everyone there loving you no matter if you didn't have the greatest outfit or if you totally played the song in the wrong key and had to stop and start over because everyone sounded like hyenas. They just let God in and he loved us through them. Oh how we Harrod's needed that. That spirit of God worked all week at the church till our last night on Wednesday. We saw a young man get saved and also a young lady, Praise the Lord! During this time we also had the privilege of going to the nursing home there in San Saba and singing for the residents there. We just sang several songs for them and then got to spread out and shake hands and introduce ourselves. I got to talk to one lady that reminded me of my Aunt Lily and that was a blessing because she had already passed away. The I got to talk to another lady who wanted to tell me about her time working at the onion marsh for 4 years. We saw that God really loved on them through our singing and we loved their hugs! The zildren enjoyed eating ice cream with Bro. Red afterward and and tried out some "new to them" types of ice cream treats. God is so good and I wish you all were there to have enjoyed it with us!

HERE is some of the music that we shared! 
Also HERE enjoy! 

"Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul!"

God is moving in and through us and we can't be happier about that!

PRAYER NEEDS:

* Reliable and comfortable transportation for our family (our van is on its last legs)
* Tour Bus that is Large enough for our family of nine to live in comfortably.
*Meetings for our calendar
*Traveling Mercies
* James and Gerri Hoover (my parents) - Dad's feet pain and Mom's battle with Leukemia
*Health while serving our Lord 
*God's direction and help in everything we do!

ANSWERED PRAYERS:

*
God was great in our first Revival Meeting!*We were able to use our new sound system.
* The fellowship at churches has been great!
* We are picking up a few more meetings.
*  Our sick van made it home safely!

I'll try to find more pics to share on our face book page at The Harrod Family please like our page and follow our journey if you haven't already. We need the prayer support!


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