Friday, July 25, 2008

"Catch Up" Post - Part Three

Remember Cameron's new guitar I told you about? Here it is - thanks, Uncle John, Pastor Budensiek and the Covington people!

We were privileged to minister as evangelist and singers for the Ono Campmeeting last week near Lebanon, PA. This was our third time to minister here - and we enjoyed our time so much! We were also invited to sing and preach in the Lebanon God's Missionary Church on Sunday morning and present our missionary work in the afternoon service. We are so thankful to the dear people at Ono for all their hospitality, love offerings and support. May God bless each one of you!

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!

Call me crazy but I love putting up fresh vegetables! Missy's mother in law, Judy, came over on Tuesday and we all snapped beans together - it was a first for Logan and brought back many memories for me.
Braxton and I had fun working together

Logan, Braxton, and Caden
After the bean snapping was done, we went over to my parents' house for an early birthday supper for my dad and to have a cookout together. Our kids had a blast on the trampoline...our boys' old trampoline from Franklin days!

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.....


Dave said...

Its so nice to see you guys on here and catch up with everyone! Hope you guys are enjoying your summer. It sure looks like it! God Bless!

Missy said...

Awww...i loved the pictures of us snapping beans. even though our husbands thought we were crazy for wanting to do that it was a lot of fun! glad you were able to be with us for a few days. brax had so much fun with logan. can't wait for you guys to come back soon. lv...

The Alabama Messners said...

Melodie, I really enjoy seeing all your pictures and keeping up with your family. I also enjoyed talking with you at Alabama Camp. Hope I didn't bore you with my talk of my son's illness. Your experience was so much worse! I am so thankful for God's touch on him and pray for his continued healing!
We had a missions service this past week and I got your family as my new prayer partner for this year. It doesn't matter though-you're in my prayers quite regularly regardless!
God Bless You and Keep you as you travel many miles!

collette said...

Hey Melodie! Good to catch up with you all and see all the fun you're having. Alicia said she saw you at Ono Camp and that the boys were glad to see her too! Looks like you are having some great family time with your siblings and parents as well....I am so glad for you. Take care.


Andrea said...

Hi Melodie,
It was great to meet you at Ono Camp. We really enjoyed your family's ministry.
We will be praying for you all as you travel and then as you head back to Mexico.
God Bless!