Monday, August 28, 2017

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

This weekend has been a huge blessing! The rains came and we had Bro. Harrod home so we wanted to get out and do something even though it was raining. We thought about what to do and finally came up with going to visit the capitol in Austin. The kids had never been and wanted to go so we were excited already.

We got there and it was raining so Bro. Harrod dropped us off real close and we hurried to the front door. We went through the medal detector and Zach had to be rechecked because of his watch I think. I think that may have raised his excitement level a little as well. lol

We checked out the very large paintings in the front entry and waited for Bro. Harrod to arrive. Once he caught up to us we enjoyed the great architecture and the stairs to the circular balcony. We decided that the acoustics were great in that building and we wanted to try out singing in the Capitol and see if they didn't run us off. It was great fun and we heard several people around the building clap when we finished it surprised us a bit. You can see us singing there on our face book page. I will try to add some more videos later we had a load of fun.

When we left the capitol again it was raining and we were walking out without umbrellas. (its hard to keep that many umbrellas) A man behind us offered to let me and the girls share his large umbrella. It worked somewhat but there was a lot of wind. I didn't mind a few drops. When we got to the main road there was a tour bus parked there and the man running the tour asked us if we wanted a free ride to our van in the parking garage. He said he was going that way anyway and we were so excited to ride in a tour bus. Riding in a tour bus made us think that we would be doing that soon on a regular basis when God gave us our own.

Sunday we got ready to go to Mountainview Baptist Church. I was in a lot of pain from my arthritis in my back and I was praying that all of that would clear up for the service.  We had a good time singing on the way in the rain. We set up the sound system and got ready to sing for the Adult Sunday School hour. The Lord is good and I began feeling a lot better after the services.

The Pastor is a 4th degree black belt and had some training equipment in his office that he was showing the younger kids while we were loading up the van and the older boys got to learn how to break a board. It was so fun for them because we have been praying about taking martial arts lessons for a long time. God is so good to give us some of the desires of our hearts along the way. The Pastor and his wife, Bro. and Mrs. Whitley offered to take us to Golden Corral. The kids had never been there and they thought we had died and gone to heaven! Lol. It was a good time of food and fellowship.












We decided to drop in at a church that night that we hadn't been to as a family, Northside Baptist in Killeen. We were met and greeted and some of the kids got to attend the Master's Club program going on in the back. They were just starting thier program back up again and there was snacks the kids enjoyed. The rest of us were pretty tired and enjoyed resting and looking around. Zach and I got a tour of the school building and baby quilt ministry room. The ladies there make quilts for needy families and distribute them to the fireman and police to help cover a child in some of the greatest time of need. It was really neat!

The pastor preached a great sermon on our adversaries within and without and our Great Advocate the Lord Jesus Christ! Then after church he wanted to hear us sing in the fellowship hall after the kids ate their ice cream left over from the Master's Club.







We were just about on our way back home when Bro. Harrod got us all together and told us that God had answered one of biggest prayers on our prayer list! Surprise we got a bus!!!! B-U-S! the folks at Charity Baptist church had voted to give us their bus that they were not using. It had been sitting for a while but the Pastor told us that it ran well when they parked it. the Pastor at Northside was so kind and prayed God's blessing upon our ministry before we left and we were on cloud nine as we jumped back in the van to see our new bus up close and personal!

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! 





better pictures to come. lol

God's handiwork!


Now Bro. Harrod , Zach and Zeke are off to work on the Bus and see if they can bring her home!

Thank you ALL so much for praying for our family and holding us up in prayer. This bus is a miracle from the Lord. We are looking forward to the great work that God has mapped out for us to accomplish with great joy. YOU were a part of that you prayed that bus in for us and your faith added to our faith has been great to keep us going. Its not all roses all of the time there are many everyday stresses in our lives and we are praying now for the funds to fix the bus the way God wants us to and praying about how we should do that. We are also praying about the right time for Bro. Harrod to quit his job and go full time in this ministry. Thank you for following our ministry and being a part of this joy we have!


PRAYER NEEDS:

*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!
* funds for buying our older children's school books.

ANSWERED PRAYERS:

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The Lord gave us a transit bus!!!
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!


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