Monday, June 19, 2017

Stranded But Not Alone!

This Sunday my husband was scheduled to receive his license to preach. (In a few weeks he will be ordained as well) All we had to do is drive over to our home church in Temple and wait for that moment. That was easier said than done.

Our van had started the bad habit of overheating and my husband worked the entire Saturday on that problem with no remedy. He changed the radiator to a brand new one and did all the right things he thought and still it overheated. So we all got together (and you should have seen this the neighbors probably thought we lost it) and layed hands on the van and one by one cried out to God from the bottoms of our heart for him to answer our prayers for reliable transportation to church the next day.

The next morning by faith we loaded up the kids and hit the road for the next step of faith!

We were on our way and stopped about 20 minutes or so before we got there to get some snacks and take care of business. When we got back to the van it was running hot and we tried to cool her down but it just wasn't working so we turned off on this road because we missed our turn in all of the hullabaloo. It was only 10 minutes to our church but she had to cool down.

We stopped beside a pond and the boys began refilling our water vessels and running them back to my husband, Bro. Harrod. Unfortunately it really was going no where fast. We text our preacher to let him know what the situation was and meanwhile a kind passerby ( the good Samaritan) came and offered his help. He was persistent and didn't leave until he had followed us all the way to the church. What a great servant of the Lord he was and a great example to his daughter that was in the truck with him.



We made it in and found out we were not late after all; the church was eating Father's Day Breakfast!
God is so good! We saw Bro. Harrod and his Preacher friends receive their License and heard a wonderful sermon about Christian service.



Later that night the zildren got to hear their dad quote some great verses for our memory verse competition that we are having at church. What a great way to stand up and be a man for Christ! I'm so thankful for what God has done and is doing in our lives.

We watered the van and took off down the road again. Heading toward home we stopped and enjoyed some burgers and the kids enjoyed an ice cream cone from their big brother Zach! The little ones had fun on the inside play ground and we headed home. God kept the engine cool all the way and we are so grateful! Thank you for all who were praying for our safety!



PRAYER NEEDS:

* Reliable and comfortable transportation for our family
* 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:

*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!

Thank you for being a prayerful part of our ministry. Things go so much better with your prayers!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

When He Moves Among Us!

This weekend was nothing more than amazing!

About this time every year my Mother's family has two family reunions one for each side of their family and in the same location. (Which I am very happy about it is very convenient) We went to the first one on Saturday and had a great time visiting with family and eating some great food. Then we went home and got ready for church for the next day was the Lord's day and another reunion in the afternoon.

We dropped in on Bro. White at Main Street Baptist Church and enjoyed a great Sunday school lesson that encouraged us to keep fighting the good fight and loving others!  Then I was asked to play the piano by my brother Andy who goes to church there. It was fun to be his pianist again like the old days back at Skyline when my Dad used to Pastor. After that we were called on to sing a few songs for the church. It was fun to add to their service and be with my brother and his family in worship. The zildren even got to go back with their Uncle Andy and enjoy his Sunday school room.

In the afternoon we traveled down the road again to the other family reunion and had some great food from some great cooks once again. Then we were huggin and visitin and once again had fun watching the reunion auction. Right before it was over my Mom told my husband that she wanted us to sing so right before everyone left my husband Lonnie got up and told the people not to leave yet because we would like to sing to them and many of them sat back down and we were privileged to sing to our family for a little while. My Aunt Patsy took some pictures of us and I am sharing them with you. Just remember we weren't all dressed for church most of the kids were in their running outside and climbing trees clothes.






That night we were scheduled to be at Calvary Baptist in Killeen, Bro. Sullivan's church. He wanted us to take the whole service and sing. Lonnie gave a devotional message of encouragement between each song and the spirit of God came down and filled the church. It was a really great experience to feel God's presence working in the service and encouraging hearts. The people were blessed and we had such a wonderful time basking in Gods spirit.

Then afterward we had to take a look at their new building project next door. The building is going to be very nice and a great tool in God's hands but I am saddened to know that the old building where I have had so many great memories of a childhood gone by is going to be removed because it is deteriorating. I spent many days as a child going to fellowships chasing around that church building with other preacher's kids and friends after inspiring sermons from great men of God!

Thank you Calvary Baptist for allowing us to come and share our ministry with you!

PRAYER NEEDS:

* 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:

*We were able to use our new sound system.
* The fellowship at churches has been great!
* We are picking up a few more meetings.

Thank you for being a prayerful part of our ministry. Things go so much better with your prayers!
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Loving Others

Sunday we were scheduled to be with the congregation at American Baptist Fellowship Church. (an independent Baptist Church in Temple, Texas) We were able to get there nice and early, ok a few minutes before they started and the kids asked if we could get out our new sound system that a preacher had given us. Bro. B said sure and the boys brought it in and set it all up. There were a couple of pops in the system since it had been sitting in storage for a while but after they worked their way out it was smooth sailing. It was so helpful and was a great blessing so that the people of the church could hear the message of our songs clearly.

After church the preacher and his wife had lunch ready for us and we really enjoyed a healthy lunch with lots of great fresh vegetables and cute little round sandwiches. Then we were privileged to be able to go with Bro. B and his family over to the nursing home where Bro. Chuck Hernandez (the Pastor of the church) was in rehab from having both of his legs removed from diabetes. He was feeling bad and they put him in a wheeled reclining chair and brought him out to a visiting room where we asked if he would like us to sing to him. We sang several songs and gave him a good Baptist singing right there in the rehab. We thought we would be ready to return to his room, but he was blessed and asked if my husband would preach to him for a while. Oh this blessed our heart and my husband prayed for just the right message for this dear man of God. God blessed and we could feel His spirit there working to encourage him.

Later, when we were finished with the night service and I was talking with the ladies Mrs. Hernandez told me that her husband wasn't feeling well when we got there but that he was feeling so good when we left he wanted to go back to his church and preach. Please pray that God's will be accomplished in his life and for the strength of his dear wife.

The zildren were blessed by Mrs. B who brought them some new guitar picks because they are trying to learn the guitar and Zoi had broken her favorite pick. (and only pick that her Dad had just bought her.) Thoughtfulness like this comes from the Lord I know!
It was so refreshing to sit and talk to the ladies there and listen to their stories. This  was just the best for my spirit. It is one of our ministry goals to be a blessing to as many people as we can.

Please keep praying for my pain levels to go down. I have arthritis, tendinitis, scoliosis and carpel tunnel and it is a challenge sometimes. Right now I am taking a wonderful supplement that really works great I have to be on it for a while before it does though. So pray that it soon kicks this pain away for good! Thank you.

The girls were playing around after service and I snapped a photo.
PRAYER NEEDS:

* 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:

*We were able to use our new sound system.
* The fellowship at churches has been great!
* We are picking up a few more meetings.

Thank you for being a prayerful part of our ministry. Things go so much better with your prayers!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Rain Blessings and Sweet Friends in Lampasas!

Showers of Blessing!

Sunday night we were invited over to a sister church to enjoy a licensing service. We really enjoyed the preaching and the family enjoyed adding their music as well. I have a love for old church buildings so this one was extra special and fun for me. The preacher that was going to receive his licence to preach was Bro. B and he was a great Christian brother. After church there came a great pouring of rain and we decided that it would be better to wait the great part of the storm out.

My husband was talking to the preacher and he invited us all to come to his house to eat and wait it out for as long as we needed. This is one of the great distinctives of a good preacher; being  hospitable. When we got there the preacher's adult daughter led us to their living room and told us to make ourselves comfortable. Some of the kids colored pictures and some watched a children's movie. I went to check on helping in the kitchen and sweet lady there said that she didn't have anything for me to do.

When I returned to the living room I found one of my sons in a recliner so I joined him I was really tuckered out. We had attended 3 services that day and they were all wonderful. One at our home church in Temple another at a nursing home in town where the people were very sweet, and the last also in town at the sister church. God has been using us to brighten people's days. I'm so glad we can do this.

After a little while came Bro. B and his wife and they brought home some yummy Mexican food that we all could eat. They also brought out a long folding table and put it in their living room as well as some folding  chairs. What a blessing they were. Everyone was happy and enjoyed time getting to know one another.  The little kids even got to enjoy one of the "ancient" customs of floor skating in their socks down their hall. It was really a refreshing time and we made some new friends!

Unexpected Friends!

Wednesday we had plans to try to make it to a church in Killeen but we were not ready in time to get to that church so we went to plan B. We went to Lampassas Texas and we were surprised to see our great Missionary friends the Stevens there. We had been praying for them for a while now because Bro. Phil Stevens had been deathly sick in Africa and here he was staying with the pastor of this church who was a great friend of his. God works in mysterious ways because my husband and I were hoping to be able to see him and his wife on this journey of ours. He is always such a joy to be around. His spirit is always like a little piece of heaven.

It was so good to see Mrs. Melody and Bro. Phil but please keep him in your prayers right now he still has a long road of recovery to go. A real blessing they were to be with. Next as we were about to have a seat in the back row and listen to the service the Pastor there came by and asked if we wanted to sing and preach for them. Of course we were happy to do so and wanted to be a blessing to our dear friends. God moved and used us to brighten some more folks' night this time. I love how God can use a loud child's voice and enthusiasm to lift spirits to the Lord! I Praise the Lord when I hear about the tears in eyes because I know that we are being used right where God needed us!

The church there was good to us and the pastor and his wife handed us a huge bag of bagels and asked if we liked them. God works in mysterious ways for sure; we love bagels and have been enjoying the fruits (or bagels) of the Lord! God Bless each of these dear church families!


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PRAYER REQUESTS:

* 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!

* A dear Christian brother and sister offered us their sound system that they had in storage and weren't using! This is a great praise and answer to prayer! We went out and picked it up from their house on Memorial Day and that was a joy to see them at their house.  Thank you so much! 

Isn't it good to see God answering prayers?

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