Happy Saturday to you. I am so thankful for the last few weeks of busyness and guests in our home! Just when we need it, God fills our lives with great people and wonderful experiences. Music Camp, the crew that came to serve from the U.S. Sovereign Grace Churches, and having Gracie Brown stay with us over the last two weeks were God's provision to us.
Gracie is a kindred- spirit- friend of Keaton's whom she met while we were at the Pastor's College. I will never forget, upon leaving Lancaster for the PC, John Haughery telling us of his special childhood friend whom he had met years before when HE was a boy in Gaithersburg. Same type of PC training model...families together for months, then sent out to churches all over. John's boyhood friend ended up being a friend for life and stood with him on his wedding day. Keaton had no such hopes for her year at the PC...yet God blessed her with Gracie.
These past weeks and days, we've also had the chance to bond more with Chris and Stephanie Jessee. Chris is the director of worship, youth, and children's ministries at Metro Life Church in Orlando. He stayed with us back in April? when the Orlando prophecy team came. We met up with he and his lovely wife and kids during our short stay in Orlando this July. Then we were able to work together during our week of Music Camp, and host them for a few nights after the rest of the team headed home.
We also met some wonderful adults and teens from Niceville, FL, Philadelphia, Clearwater, FL, Miami, FL, Charleston, SC, and Gainesville, FL. We were blessed to the gills when mission team members showed up with bags of coffee, 9 containers of Goldfish (which my girls requested), toiletry items, books, chocolate chips...the list goes on. They already were serving us so amazingly just by coming to help staff our Music Camp, but they went above and beyond by bringing us treats! God continues to amaze our children by the way he provides gifts like this that we often can't provide for ourselves. It's our "manna" we tell them. Can't keep it and horde it, but while it's here, let's enjoy it, share it, and give God thanks.
I meant to give a resounding "THANK YOU LORD!" for the amazing turnout we had at our Music Camp held August 6-9. All in all, 97 children came at one point or another to our camp, with an average attendance of 85 each day. Only 15 of those were from our church. So...70 or so visiting children were exposed to the gospel each day. Along with that, we had 83 children perform Friday night...in front of all their parents, siblings, and extended family. I have never seen our church so full!! We pray God will water and fertilize these gospel seeds that have been planted. In conjunction with this Music Camp, Keith would like to begin a Community Children's Choir with practices held in our church either weekly or bi-weekly. He mentioned this idea at the concert last Friday night, and it was met with hearty applause from the parents. This would be a way to provide underprivileged kids with an opportunity to belong to something positive and skill-related. They would receive musical training, social connections to Christian children, and ultimately be exposed to the gospel weekly. We pray God works out the details and provides all that would be needed for such an endeavor. Will you pray along with us?