Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Jordan was a camper at Youth Camp this year and I was so proud of him. He thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the intense schedule, services and activities and was a great asset to his team - the Witnesses, led by Jessica and Jacinda Cravens. There were 13 members on his team. He did say he didn't enjoy the getting up early to "report" at the Flag Pole though. He had to be there at 7:10 am each day except Friday - that day he had to be present at 6:40 am!
We were so happy to have Jordan in this atmosphere: the atmosphere of teenagers having fun, playing and working hard, worshipping God, and so much more. We love you, son!
This was one of my favorite moments - Jordan praying at the altar. This is worth it all. And having a dad to pray with you....thank you, Marc, for the incredible father you are to our boys.
It was so much fun to be with my cousin Sherilyn and her husband, Andrew at Youth Camp. We love you guys!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Congratulations, Brant and Merrilee - we love you all!
Friday, July 25, 2008
The lovely little cabin where we stayed
Another special thing about being at Ono was to be with one of my dearest friends, Wendy Spitler and her 3 boys: Ben, Christian and Bradley. Wendy and I became friends when we attended God's Bible School together. For reasons we will never understand on this earth, our Heavenly Father chose to take her wonderful husband Bradley home to be with Him just a few months ago. But Wendy is carrying on in God's strength and is an amazing example of sustaining grace. Thank you for sharing your time with us, Wendy and for all you did for us while we were in Pennsylvania. We love you and are praying for you and the boys.
It was great also to be with Dwight and Lois Rine and their family - associate pastor at Lebanon God's Missionary Church. Thank you, Rines, for the wonderful meal in your home, sharing your kids and their 3 and 4-wheelers, dirtbikes, etc...(not to mention washer and dryer!) We love you guys!
The first few days of this week I got to be with my sister, Missy and her family. We had so much fun. Thanks for letting Logan and me come, Missy and Gerald!
Whew...I think I am caught up to the big event of this week - Youth Camp. Hopefully I will find time to post about this tomorrow then I'll be truly caught up! We'll see.....
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Our hosts, the Hynes and their lovely home pictured below
Boys fishing in Idaho
Marc thoroughly enjoying his chocolatey campfire S'more
Beautiful scenery in Spokane, Washington
Thank you, Pastor and Mrs. Hynes and your wonderful church people for inviting us to come to Idaho and share with you about our missionary work and for your prayers and support!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
We took a little time off to visit Spring Mill State Park and stay in the Spring Mill Inn....just beautiful.
Having fun with friends, Micah and Josh Barrett and kids at Holiday World!
Our kids with the fabulous diving team - they were amazing!
Having fun splashing in the water - it was a hot day!
We were privileged to be with 2 of my sisters and their families one of the Sundays we were in Indiana. What fun we had....I won't post the "crazy" picture we did after the normal one was taken!
We enjoyed seeing my parents at Alabama Bible Methodist Camp - they were the song evangelists.
Here's a couple shots of our Missions Service there in Alabama. Jordan is translating Marc's Spanish greetings to the people into English, and then Stetlers are singing with our family on the special song, "Father, I Adore You".
Ok, gotta take a break....watch for Part Two coming soon!
In response to all the "pleas" for the crazy picture, here it is! What a loony bunch!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Just a quick note to say we've arrived safely back East and specifically have arrived here at Rock Lake Camp in Michigan. This is our first time to be here and it's a really beautiful campground.
We arrived, found our room, set up our Missions display, and were taken to the dining hall for nachos and about an hour of impromptu Q & A with the conference young people, pastors, etc. It was interesting to say the least. Of course we had no idea what was coming next, but it turned out really great - the Lord helped us "think on our feet" and everyone seemed to enjoy it. We have a nice dorm room to stay in - very clean and air conditioned. Outside of some jet lag from the Idaho trip, we're doing fine.
It's nice to be with "Uncle John" Parker again. He brought Cameron his new guitar - an LXM Little Martin - that Pastor Phil Budenseik and the Covington Bible Methodist Church bought for Cameron. So neat! He's loving it already. I'll put a picture on my blog when I get them uploaded.
Our Missions Presentation is this afternoon and after service we're packing up and heading for PA. We need to get at least part of the way today. We start Ono Camp (singers and evangelist) tomorrow evening through Sunday.
Thank you for praying for us - we've traveled a lot of miles already but the Lord's kept us safe. Thanks so much to Steve, Beth and kids for keeping the missionary work going in Mexico while we're gone. We love and miss you, Stetlers! Can't wait to be in Mexico together!
Love to all,
Melodie and family