We are thankful that our kiddos rocked their plane ride here on Wednesday ( 6-12). Hudson's 1st flight was perfect.
Our good friend Roslyn Hoy was our chauffeur for the day, toured us around for a little bit, got official Seattle Food- Ivar's Fish & Chips & Starbucks :)
Then began our trek to Okanogan... a little town, East of Seattle. We drove and drove then stopped for a stretch and eat break at the sweetest town- called Levenworth (sp?)- it's a Bulgarian/German looking village, with YUMMY food and cool shops! Then we continued our road trip to the County Fair Grounds where our trailer was waiting. Now, here I am ready for a tent and wondering how our family will handle a tent?? However- the Lord knew! He already had it mapped out and had taken care of us! Why did I even doubt?? Oh ye of little faith! The trailer has 2 bedrooms, us on one end, a couch that pulls out in the middle of the trailer for Hudson, and then a kitchen area, and then bunk beds by the back and the bathroom for Harrison & Hannah. We have PLUGS! We have running water!! We have AC!! It seriously is like a mini apartment- and is PERFECT for us for these weeks here.
Tom & Ruth Hoy joined us that night ( Wednesday), and they have an AMAZING trailer!! Their RV like contraption is our 2nd home, and is fancier than people's normal house! Their hearts are huge and their love for the lost is remarkable.
We have sown the seed with texts and invitations over the weekend.
The assembly here in Okanogan, is just 5........... 5! 5! I seriously can not take it in! These 5 dedicated believers, invest and sacrifice so much for our Lord. Maybe we feel like we sacrifice too & maybe we feel we are dedicated- but what would it be like for each meeting, just 2 brothers taking part. 2!!!!!! EVERY MEETING!!!! These 5 have the hearts like 50! We have been blessed beyond words by their care. We have a yummy lunch & dinner for us each day provided by the 3 sisters. Our laundry is done at one of their homes. (That was one of my biggest concerns with Hudson & Hannah- that they would go through ALL their clothes soo fast, and it would have happened if we didn't have Tina & Wolter).
Our schedule is busy, but when we are serving our Master, it seems like nothing compared to HIS sacrifice.
Breakfast, Bible Study of the book of Acts & Prayers at 730-9
Get ready ... drive by places to pick up kiddos for VBS..9-945
VBS begins 10-12
Lunch & Seed sowers 12-4
( Hudson & Hannah nap from 12-3, so I get to man the post while the seed is sown :))
Supper at 6
Prayer Meeting for guys & girls at 7
Dessert & Planning for next days Skit and VBS activities 9-10
THEN homework! Read the next days chapter for VBS(Exodus- as we are doing the life of Moses for the lessons/crafts etc) and for the Bible Study.
The amount of time with God's people and in His word is SO encouraging. I pray that I along with our family can keep this awesome schedule happening even when we come back to "reality".
Pray for souls! There are about 25 kids attending VBS, mostly unsaved kids. Pray for the nightly Gospel messages, that they would be appropriate for the audience(8-10 unsaved have been attending! Praise the Lord! More to come- we are planning to drive around and "compel them to come in!"), and would lead to Salvation. Pray for our continued unity & the Christians here at the Assembly to be encouraged and blessed!
So thankful that I can postpone all the big school assignments until July 1. We just discovered we have Wifi here- someone in a close by trailer must have it- unsecured- so we can access it. Before, we were driving to Omak- to the Starbucks, but as you can imagine, getting school work and work (for Matt) done, with 3 kids, in a Starbucks, is not the easiest or most pleasant use of time :) :)
God has been GOOD to us, and we are THANKFUL.
Please be a prayer warrior for us!
We have yet to purchase return tickets. Pray that we will know when to do so. The work is MUCH. The laborers are few & we are able & willing, so not in any rush to get purchasing ;)
The tent's going up. Our 1st time helping set up a set. H.U.G.E. job!!!!! ( and yes that guy is in prison garb- the grounds keepers are inmates on work release)
Enjoying dinner and fun with Wolter & Tina Abbink. (Kai their grandson & Harrison by their crazy tiger on the wall :)