Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fort Worth Trip A.C. Problems and Blessings

We left Saturday afternoon at about 2:30 for the Fort Worth area. We first had to stop at the Stripes gas station to pick up an electric wheat grinder we had gotten on Craig's List. This will help us make home made bread to keep us healthy and strong for the road. We met our party and they were great to wait for us and deliver the unit. I can't wait to get that going we had one before and it was ran until it finally gave up the ghost!

Then we were off to meet the preacher down at Killeen who helped us understand our A.C. better and showed us how to make it run cooler. That worked real good for a little while and then the A.C, quit on us completely. I believe it was the belt. So we should be able to get that repaired and running soon.

Then we were back on the road and finally made it over to our friend's house in the Fort Worth area for a great place to stay in the nice cool air with sweet Christian folks and amazingly scrumptious food. The kids enjoyed playing with their toddler and baby and then we showered and bedded down for the night. I took some much needed pain medicine for my back and prayed for relief in the morning.

We rose early the next morning, got dressed and ready and had our breakfast that was already ready in the crock pot of Mrs. Oldenkamp. What an wonderful blessing she was on top of juggling her own family and home life she managed to fit all of us in to her schedule. I know God will give her blessings for her involvement in the work of the Lord! Praise God for this faithful family! They were a huge blessing to us!

We rushed off to the bus and deposited our still sleepy bodies into our seats. Bro. Harrod got out our directions to the church and hit the trail. We arrived and met our contact Bro. Dodson and he showed the Z-kids to their Sunday School rooms and myself and Bro. Harrod to the auditorium. They also asked if I could play the piano and help them out because they didn't have a permanent piano player yet. Jojin us in praying that God would bless them in their need! ( I met a young lady there who was teaching herself to play the piano and was doing a great job at it with no prior piano lessons. I helped her a little and am really looking forward to what God will do with her) The morning Service was great we even were asked to sing a song for the morning special to get the services started.

That afternoon we were planning on taking our Baptist nap in the Sunday School rooms which I really needed because my back was still giving me a lot of trouble and when we got back to the church the power was out. Oh no, I thought, hoping that the air would be cool in the other building. When I climbed the stairs I found out that the air was not cool and I tried to make myself comfortable any way. Then I asked all of you that follow our facebook group to help out by praying that the electricity would come back on. It wasn't long after I decided to bring yall into it that sure enough God answered and came through for us. the electricity came back on and I hit the a.c. button right away. There was a window unit and our room was super cool in no time. Bro. Harrod brought up our air mattress to help my back and we rested until the evening service. I'm so glad God gave me a man that cares about how I feel. That was so much better than laying on some chairs.

Unfortunately I didn't get any sleep but at least I was cool and comfortable. I forced myself up and got our things ready to go back on the bus. Took some pain medicine and prayed for relief. I was excited about how God was going to move and what he was up to in the services because I knew that God works his best when we are at our weakest. Before the services got started good there was a prayer request time and a lady that was talking to me before the services, asked that the church pray for my back. That brought tears to my eyes and after a while I started to feel the pain relief that we had all prayed for. Thank you Jesus for helping me through.

The kids sang a few songs and then it was time for the preaching. The preaching was great and I could tell that God was at work in the service. People got involved and the attention to the message was great! We are praying that God will raise up some young people, men and women there that will turn the world upside down! We really enjoyed the church's involvement in the bus ministry; that was a blessing to see how much they care about the children in the area. The front pews were filled with children and teens that rode the bus and they were rewarded for paying attention during the sermon. That made me smile and I'm sure that made the heavenly Father smile with joy!

God met with us that night and showed us great and mighty things. He showed the Harrod family how he provides for our every need even when the need is great! We had been praying about some special prayer requests and God had come through once again.  He showed me his healing if even for a few minutes while we sang and preached. He showed the people that he loved them and wanted them to keep going fighting the Devil!

We got back on the bus and headed toward home. Stopped at a fast food place to get some food. After we ate we asked if we could sing for them since it was about empty and gave out our family tracts to them. Thank God for his gospel! Pray for the seed that was sewn.

We finally made it home about an hour later than planed because the GPS took us down some back roads that were really windy. Thanks to everyone who prayed there were zero engine troubles and that is a miracle for a bus that sat for 4 years! God is so good!

Oh boy today is the twins birthday I better get off of here and get busy there is a cake to be had sometime today! That may  mean I have to make it. Gotta go! Keep us in your prayers.

Check out Jr. below he is so sweet! I just had to share his great smile with the world!





Monday, September 11, 2017

Clifton and Meridian

We woke up at 5 a.m. and left the house by 7:15 in our Beautiful Behemoth. (Bus) We took the back roads and enjoyed some awesome scenery of the rolling lush hills. Thank you Lord for the rain! Arrival time was around 9:30 and the set up went pretty fast.  It was so good to see Bro. George Watson and his wife Kim and to be back in their church. I had not been there for about 14 years. Bro. George and his wife had a rough week with a fire on their property and Mrs. Kim with sickness. God brought them through to rejoice in his provision. I was so glad that we could cheer them up with God's music and message.



After the morning service there was a fellowship and we got to know some of their people and enjoy some good home cooking. From there we crashed on their pews for a few minutes. (I can't wait until we get our bus set up with places to sleep.) Before we knew it it was time to hit the road and find the Nursing Home down the street. The nursing home was ready for us and we went on in to the meeting room. There were only a few people when we started singing and then before we knew it the place was full and people were lined up in the halls. It was so neat how they do things there. They pipe all services through to each room so that everyone can here.



After we sang Bro. George was charged up and ready to Rare back and letter rip! He preached good and hard on salvation and I wouldn't be surprised if more than one person received Christ as their personal savior. When he was finished preaching the people knew how they could get saved and they knew that Jesus was the one that saves! I really wished that I could have got that sermon recorded. The Holy Spirit was upon him!

We went from there to get a snack at Dairy Queen and enjoy God's goodness! The kids had some friends from summer camp ride along in our bus and had a great time reconnecting over an ice cream cone. Thank you Bro. George! I really needed that extra sugar to help me through the long day.

Next came our trip down the road to Meridian Texas, where Fundamental Baptist and Riverside Baptist were joining their services for a special service to honor the elderly. We had the privilege to sing there at Riverside and uplift the congregation. There were at least 2 people there who were over 90 years old. I'm so glad to have been a part of what God was doing there. We also enjoyed their time of fellowship afterwards where the kids met up with more of their camp friends and had a great time. Bro. Harrod and I enjoyed great Christian fellowship in the Lord. the Ladies really brought out some good truths from their journey with Christ that encouraged me on my way.



Zach was under the weather and suffering from allergies. We let him sit out so that his throat could have a break. Pray that he will return to great health we are trying a new allergy medication.

Bro. George's grand daughter. Cutie!


PRAYER NEEDS:

speaker hauling dollies or smaller speakers.
*Meetings for our calendar
*Traveling Mercies
* James and Gerri Hoover (my parents) - Dad's in the hospital recovering from foot surgery and has infection pretty bad 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:

* 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!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

God's Wondorous Ways

All last week was tough on me. My Dad is in the hospital recovering from foot surgery and my Mom is home with Lukemia not doing so good. I am privileged to take care of them and do for them when they can't do for themselves. Please keep them in your prayers. They need extra grace right now.

We sang to Dad on Saturday in the hospital then we went and sang to my Uncle John at his place. It was a joy to see them both perk up and enjoy the goodness of God through music and fellowship. We all got some hugs and handshakes in as well.



We were up at 5am and off by 7am we traveled to San Marcus and visited Open Door Baptist Church with Pastor Evans and Mrs. Evans. They had a pretty building and a friendly church family. We enjoyed the congregations singing and the pianist was great he was playing the piano in a brace from having suffered a bad fall breaking his back and neck. Wow that is great that God spared his young life and he is giving God the glory through playing the piano. That alone encouraged my heart!



Between services we stayed in their mission house. We didn't realize that was available and it proved to be a huge blessing to be able to really get some rest between services. It was decorated nice and built well also. Somebody did a great job!

The church was blessed with the singing and preaching we were blessed with God's presence and the sweet fellowship with God's people.

PRAYER NEEDS:

* speaker hauling dollies
*Meetings for our calendar
*Traveling Mercies
* James and Gerri Hoover (my parents) - Dad's in the hospital recovering from foot surgery and has infection pretty bad 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:

* God provided school books through a great Christian friend in ministry praise the LORD!!! (coming this month 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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