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!

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