Monday, August 7, 2017

Filling Up The Tank!

The kids had a fun filled week at Vacation Bible School here at Northside Baptist in Burnet. The preacher and his church are always so kind to invite our kids every year. I got some Ebay listings done and my hard working husband worked two days on our van and finally got it back together and working again.  After worrying about our van all week and finally getting it to work again our family needed to refuel in the house of God!



We traveled to Temple and made it the whole way without any overheating which was a super big blessing! Our Pastor, Bro. Reed preached hard and strong on having a strong testimony; being the light of the world. I really appreciated this message and was looking forward to hearing Bro. Rodriguez, missionary to Durago, Mexico.

We decided to pick up some food at McDonalds and then go out and go soul winning in Temple before the night service. We were getting ready to go load up the kids in the van when a kind Christian brother, Bro. Travis (who was helping Zeke with his guitar playing,) offered to pay for our meal. This was a true answer to prayer.




We ate with Bro. Travis and another great Christian brother Bro. Jesse and enjoyed their Christian fellowship. Then we cleaned up our places and headed down the road to find the perfect place to hand out some tracts and share our faith. The weather in Texas is pretty hot and humid right now so we were boiling because we still need to do a little work on our air conditioning system. (little by little)

So we opted to go into a strip center and hand out tracts in the a.c. All went well and we were able to distribute several tracts and meet several people. This past week some of the kids asked to go pass out some tracts around the neighborhood and that too was very hot. But I was so happy that they wanted to give out some tracts and go soul winning! I always want my children to be soul conscious.

That night Bro. Rodriguez and his wife Mildred came and he blessed us with a super sermon on having a good sense of the fear of God in you! How that many people and children are growing up without any fear of God in their lives. He explained how that having no fear of God and acting recklessly in sin can cause you to loose your testimony and even loose your life!

Both messages were spot on and exactly what we needed to fortify our Christian lives and move forward for Christ!

After the services were over we went and got some food from a pizza place and parked in a parking lot to eat it. We were finishing up when my husband met a couple who asked for help. They had been living on the streets and wanted some money to stay in a motel. My husband wisely does not give out money to strangers and offered to help with their bill if they could make it to the motel just down the road.

They said that they could and we gave them lots of time to get there driving back and forth to see if they were walking that way, but they never showed up. We used this as a teachable moment and explained to the children that sometimes the homeless have addictions they are feeding and such like and they are really not wanting what they say that they want. That is why we never offer cash.

We really wanted to help a needy people and by having the opportunity to share the gospel with them. We know this is the best help but we didn't have a chance to do this in the parking lot because the security man ran them off. It was a bit sad but we knew that God had a reason for delaying our return home. Maybe time will tell just what all the reason was. We did have a chance to give the security man an invitation to our church which we hope will bring another visitor.

We finally made it home last night at about midnight. We were very sore and tired from our ride but so glad that our van did what it was supposed to and my dear husband was able to finally find its problem and get it fixed. Still praising the Lord for his goodness: we fell in our beds and rested our weary heads.

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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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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