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"…that they should seek God…" Acts 17:26-27

April Showers

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You know the phrase April showers bring May flowers?

Well, if what we are doing is considered showering in April, there are gonna be lots of flowers blooming in May!

And all this showering–known as ministry–is a big reason as to why I haven’t been able to keep y’all as updated as I would have liked.

The first weekend in April was spent educating lots of women about Mobile Home Park Ministry. Each of the four breakout sessions I taught at the WMU NC Missions Extravaganza Conference had about 30 women. Every one was there for a different reason, but many said their churches were working on outreach in their local trailer park or apartment complex. Many were there for ideas for their ministry. I was glad to be able to tell them what we have done and hopefully spur on more outreach events. It was a very humbling experience that made me proud to be used for God in this way. That doesn’t make any sense, I know, but it’s the best way to say it.

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My session room

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The chairs were intimidating at first, but I enjoyed speaking after I got all the nervousness out.

The next weekend we had our Countryside Easter Egg Hunt. Hot dogs, worship and an Easter message were all given before the madness of the hunt began. It’s amazing how it only takes approximately 48 seconds to gather 1,500 eggs. Did you know it also takes moms approximately 48 seconds to gather two tables full of free underwear and socks for their children? I don’t know which area was attacked with more enthusiasm—the eggs or the briefs?

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Worship time

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El Siloe Praise Team

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Covenant/New Hope Praise Team

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Heading to the Hunt

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Golden Egg Winners

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The Underwear Chaos–“Before they knew” and “After they knew”

Spring Break was the next week and it gave us a glimpse into what summer would be like. I guess we forgot how it felt to have kiddos at our house from 9am to 9pm, so we had a little reminder. It was a fun time, full of bike riding, sand playing, connecting, smiling, and board gaming. It made us focus in on making a plan for scheduled rest and family time when summer does roll around. We certainly count it a privilege to be able to love so many people. Me and the kids were also blessed with a little getaway to the mountains with some wonderful friends while Grant taught a Wednesday night service at an old friend’s church in NC.

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And finally it was Easter! I had planned a family of four meal of ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, deviled eggs, sourdough bread, and strawberry shortcake. As the afternoon grew on, more and more people came to the house. Neighbor Carmen helped me peel eggs and slice bread. The kids hunted eggs in the yard. In the end, our small meal ended up feeding fourteen. As Grant said last night, “What better way to celebrate all that God has done for us than to love that many people today!?”

But the takeaway quote heard from the dinner table won’t be forgotten…

White people food is better than Mexican food.

I don’t know about that one, Sweet Thing, but I do appreciate the compliment!

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