Tuesday, June 23, 2009
In the meantime... the action will continue in our absence around here! We'll be praying for a group of girls this week in the cabin "Buckskin Charley"- they're from Salem OR. Their leaders are Krista, Emilie, and Lyndsay- and the girls are Jade, Michelle, Hailey, Katie, Zoya, Hollie, Galene, Alex, Ali, Amber, Erica, Chelsea, Mckenna, and Maria. Their leaders will be walking by their sides this week... experiencing new physical challenges, laughing hysterically, being goofier than any highschooler would ever be in her hometown, and listening to the gospel of Christ presented to them in small (yet big) pieces each day. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes to the gift of God... eternal life in Christ Jesus and that they'll know so deeply that it's by grace we are saved... freed... made brand new!
Whenever we fly on a plane or even talk about it, I ask mommy if we'll be going to heaven... it is somewhere way up there, right? She always says "not today"... but then stops in her path and thinks for a second and says something like... "well, I guess we might be going today but we never really know when He's going to come get us! We better be ready!" My question is always a great reminder for her. Today I told her "Yeah... Jesus is just up there now moving some furniture around." She looked a little confused... but then she remembered one of my favorite Steve Greene songs... giggled... and asked if that was what I was talking about... so I sang it for her... it's straight from Jesus' lips... he promised that... "In my Father's house are many mansions... so I go to prepare a place for you!" So if you don't know Jesus already, please know that he loves you so much that he's moving furniture around for you up there even as you read this... and you can't get there on a plane or a trian or a boat or even with your own two feet... for just as we hope our highschool friends will see this week... it's a free gift (one we can't ever earn and don't even deserve) that we're saved through telling Jesus we need him... accepting His gift, believing in Him... who died for our sins but came back to life so we can have a new life too! He's the only way! We' ll keep telling you more about this amazing gift throughout the summer as we get to share stories and pictures.
We love you all and can't wait to see quite a few of you we've been missing way out here!!!
Friday, June 12, 2009
This next movie is rated G... that stands for Grandparents... meaning it may only interest those who hold that title. However, the amount of times that it will be viewed by at least one titleholder I know of ( i love you Mimi) will make it truly worthwhile to post. Here's tonights dinner... kids definetely love it:)
And finally.... the campers are coming!!! Week One of the summer camping season! This is why we are here... to see campers come to know Jesus and get to enjoy and live forever with Him! Daddy's been sooo busy (but when he should be running low on energy, it seems he just gets more and more pumped!) The rest of us won't have as much direct contact with campers but we will be praying and supporting Daddy with whatever he needs. Will you pray with us? Mrs. Wagner recently reminded us that the fruit of our labor may not be known till eternity... but we do know that the faithful prayers of a righteous man (or woman) avail much. (James 5:16) Also, we know our labor is not in vain (I Cor 15:58). Will you labor with us this summer in prayer... we can be like that persistent widow woman, now she's got it figured out... I should know- if I ask Mommy at least 20 times for another cookie she usually caves (and she's no softy either). ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2018:1-8;&version=31; ) As a family, we'll be specifically praying for one cabin of campers and their leaders each week throughout the summer. We'll keep you posted on these cabins and all the happenings around here. Things are getting exciting! Can't wait to share more!