Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Surprise!

Sunday we were scheduled to be at American Baptist Fellowship Church in Temple, Texas. The Pastor and his wife told us that they had a Surprise for Zoi.....


We got up early to go to church in Temple. We took the bus this time because Bro. Harrod had to fix the brakes on our van. When we got to the church Bro. B and Mrs. Michelle told Zoi that they got her a guitar case full of candy but when she opened it up it was a new guitar!!! She was so excited to see her new guitar she had to sing the only song she has mastered on the guitar for a special!


The service started with us singing a couple of songs and then Bro. Harrod got into the Sunday School lesson on, "The Heart of a Queen." The Sunday School Lesson was so good that he continued that lesson right into the service.


After the service they had prepared a great feast for the whole church and then the people from our church came over and ate with us it was such a blessing to see everyone again. We always miss our home folks. After the meal We sang a few more songs which was a challenge on a full stomach but we never shy away from singing for the Lord! Then we got to hear Bro. Reed preach a great Sermon on the, "Foolishness of Preaching!" The church sent us home with leftovers galore and they have been a big blessing. The ladies there really know how to cook!

Then we went from there over to our home church just down the road and spent some time resting and preparing for the night service. Zeke sang his new song and it was a blessing then we got to get in one the question and answer service which was really good. Our pastor, Bro. Reed takes the Bible and answers Bible questions and questions from life as well. This is such a blessing to the family and encourages us all to be reading our Bibles.

After the services we were privileged to go and see Bro. Gentry in the hospital. He has been moved the recovering part of the hospital and only has about 3 pumps feeding him right now instead of the 12 pumps that were keeping him alive a couple of weeks ago. Praise the Lord we heard good reports of how God turned him around after he almost died with a blood clot. The blood clot dissolved and they say that he should be able to go home in another 2 weeks. Thank you God for miracles! We let Zeke sing his new song to him and it was an encouragement.
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PRAYER NEEDS:

* Recording equipment so that we can record our music 
and make cd's.
smaller speakers
* wireless mikes* fold up bunk beds that fit just right in our bus and a queen size bed for Mom and Dad. Portable toilet, storage for instruments and tools.
*Meetings for our calendar
*Traveling Mercies
* James and Gerri Hoover (my parents) - Dad's in the Nursing Home recovering from foot surgery and Mom's battle with Leukemia is serious. Prayer for wisdom and healing.
*Health while serving our Lord 
*God's direction and help in everything we do!

ANSWERED PRAYERS:

Bro. Harrod was able to repair the bus A.C. (September 2017)* God provided school books through a great Christian friend in ministry praise the LORD!!! (September)
The Lord gave us a transit bus!!! Yippy Hallelujah! (End of August 2017)
Bro. Harrod was able to repair the van and it drives without getting hot now.*  Our van was hauled home and we were taken home safe and sound. (7-30-17)
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!



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Flower Mound Texas

This weekend we were privileged to attend Grace Baptist Church in Flower Mound, Texas. The people there were very kind and friendly.......



On Saturday we traveled to Flower Mound near Fort Worth, Texas. We arrived at the church and were met by a great sound man, Bro. Danny Alfred, who helped us get our mikes tested and the sound set for the Sunday services. We also met up with our friends the Oldenkamps and had some of the best chili I have ever tasted made with pumpkin. It was great thank you Mrs. Oldenkamp.  After everything was set for the next day's service we were scheduled to sing downtown. The church was a holding services at the downtown homeless mission. We were really excited about the services because we love ministering to the homeless.



We got there and went into the meeting room where there were about 250 homeless men waiting for our arrival. It was amazing to see them all hungry for what the Lord had for them. We sang 4 songs and they really liked them by the looks on their faces. The pastor of Grace Baptist in Flower Mound, Bro. Warren Johnson, really preached a soul stirring message!  We were about ready to get saved all over again! Just kidding, once saved always saved! It was good to feel God's Spirit at work and see the men come forward at the close of the sermon.




After the services everyone loaded up taking some of our children with them so that we didn't have to take the bus, and we followed the men over to the Cracker Barrel. Everyone had a great time there, I loved the handmade lemonade and Bro. Harrod had a nice time getting to know the man that illustrated our children's school work. The kids stayed entertained by another man who played games on paper with them. I really appreciated this kind of thoughtfulness. God is good to seat us with the right people.



We got to the Oldenkamp's house and enjoyed their hospitality and the warmth of their beautiful home. We set up the air mattresses that I had been traveling on (much better on my back than the hard seats) for the younger boys and the bigger one for the girls. Our friends had some extra blankets ready for us and we slept cozy until the next morning. Thank you Jesus for providing once again.




Bro. Harrod taught the Sunday School class for the youth and the kids got a taste of their Sunday school classes there. Zoi met a new friend and they hit it off right away. We sang later that evening for the afternoon service and went through several songs. We enjoyed our time there and the people that we met. I met a lady that told me about her 7 children and how they got together for family reunions in different places. It was really nice to see Mrs. Vickie and her husband again.

We pulled ourselves on to the bus and rested until our next stop in Waco at Greater Waco Baptist church and we were met by a man, Bro. Ellis, that we knew from our younger years when my husband and I went to Trinity Baptist Church in Arlington, Tx. The pastor also met with us briefly and had us sing one song. it was great getting to sing there and then we enjoyed a great sermon from the pastor.

I remembered Mrs. Ellis from the fact that she was Mrs. Gonzales' mother the Spanish Pastor's wife. I went to the Spanish department at that church years ago when I was in my last year of college. Oh, it was so good to reunite with her and find out that she was doing good and to hear about her daughter and that family that was so dear to me. God encouraged my heart and I am grateful! Don't forget to encourage someone along your way.



It was a long day but a good one. Keep praying for our needs. God knows them all, but here are some of them:

PRAYER NEEDS:

* Recording equipment so that we can record our music 
and make cd's.
speaker hauling dollies or smaller speakers.
* fold up bunk beds that fit just right in our bus and a queen size bed for Mom and Dad. Portable toilet, storage for instruments and tools.*Meetings for our calendar
*Traveling Mercies
* James and Gerri Hoover (my parents) - Dad's in the Nursing Home recovering from foot surgery and Mom's battle with Leukemia is serious. Prayer for wisdom and healing.
*Health while serving our Lord 
*God's direction and help in everything we do!

ANSWERED PRAYERS:

Bro. Harrod was able to repair the bus A.C. (September 2017)* God provided school books through a great Christian friend in ministry praise the LORD!!! (September)
The Lord gave us a transit bus!!! Yippy Hallelujah! (End of August 2017)
Bro. Harrod was able to repair the van and it drives without getting hot now.*  Our van was hauled home and we were taken home safe and sound. (7-30-17)
God gave us our first supporting church and sold all of our hair bands/bracelets!
*
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!





Tuesday, October 24, 2017

At Calvary

This weekend we were going to spend some time back at our home church in Temple........


Friday my family got together to celebrate my Mom and Dad's anniversary. My brother Andy went over to the Nursing Home to pick up my dad and bring him out to Bertram to be with my Mom where she is staying with her cousin Mrs. Amidon. Mom spent the day in the bed as she has been doing lately; sometimes she will go to the living room to be in the recliner but most of the time she is too week to do that for long. My Dad was content to sit in his wheelchair with her by his side. He has missed seeing her and she him. (Pray for Dad he has been having a lot of soreness in his shoulder.) It was a good time together with family from both sides of the family attending.



Then on Sunday we got up early and went up to Temple back to Calvary Baptist Church where we got to hear our pastor Bro. Reed preach and see our sweet friends who are faithfully praying for our ministry and family. We took a nap in the pews between services and for the kids time before service Bro. Reed asked me to fill in for sister Reed because she was out sick.  I got together with Zach and we did a short lesson and a craft activity of making cards, posters and letters for a dear man who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has been in the hospital there in Temple. Our kids got to know him through youth camp. He and his wife and family went to the same camp and are from Riverside Baptist Church in Meridian that we attended with Bro. George Watson a while back. Please keep Bro. Rick Gentry wife Tiffany and their children in your prayers. Here is their gofundme page.



During the discipleship class between services Bro. Reed asked Bro. Harrod to preach his sermon on, "Purpose." We sang a few songs and Bro. Harrod brought the sermon that God had been laying on his heart. Later, after the services we headed down to the hospital and got to see Bro. Gentry and his wife. We surprised them with a mini concert and God really blessed. Bro. gentry has been in the hospital for about 3 weeks and has had at least 2 surgeries to remove tumor infected areas.

We gave them the posters that the kids from church had made and saw that their girls were super great artist and had some beautiful artwork on the walls, so we just added to all of the beautiful work already there. They said that the posters and cards are a real encouragement to him and their family and they would look at them and remember our visit.



We hugged them and went out to the lobby to look out the window one last time at the view; we were on the top floor and it was pretty neat. But as we were going to do that there were nurses and technicians speeding through the halls. I knew that wasn't good and heard bells going off. It was a matter of life and death. Then I looked over in the waiting room and saw a lady who was crying and the chaplain beside her I kept looking at her because I knew she needed something from me. Then the man said that they were trying to save her husband. I told her that I was praying for her and gave her a hug. Such a heart wrenching moment. It was sad to see she was all alone to deal with this but then I remembered that she said it was all in God's hands now. She was not alone! God sent me to give her a hug from him. I know that hugs give strength to the weary. I'm glad I could be used to help this hurting lady.

Last night my Mom went into the ER to get platelets her platelet count was down to a 5. I called my good friend Mrs. Vickie Pierce (she had offered to stay with the kids if I needed her)  and she stayed with the kids until Bro. Harrod got home from work, what a blessing! I spent the night with her in the hospital. It went pretty good but she was in some pain and didn't get much sleep. Pray she gets to rest today.

We are preparing for a longer trip again to the Fort Worth area this weekend so pray all goes well.

PRAYER NEEDS:

* Recording equipment so that we can record our music 
and make cd's.
speaker hauling dollies or smaller speakers.
* fold up bunk beds that fit just right in our bus and a queen size bed for Mom and Dad. Portable toilet, storage for instruments and tools.*Meetings for our calendar
*Traveling Mercies
* James and Gerri Hoover (my parents) - Dad's in the Nursing Home recovering from foot surgery and Mom's battle with Leukemia is serious. Prayer for wisdom and healing.
*Health while serving our Lord 
*God's direction and help in everything we do!

ANSWERED PRAYERS:

Bro. Harrod was able to repair the bus A.C. (September 2017)* God provided school books through a great Christian friend in ministry praise the LORD!!! (September)
The Lord gave us a transit bus!!! Yippy Hallelujah! (End of August 2017)
Bro. Harrod was able to repair the van and it drives without getting hot now.*  Our van was hauled home and we were taken home safe and sound. (7-30-17)
God gave us our first supporting church and sold all of our hair bands/bracelets!
*
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!

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