Operation Christmas Child

We have been getting ready to go to Boone, NC to the Operation Christmas Child distribution center. We are all excited to be able to go and see just how the distribution center works. We will be working for three days and will also be able to visit Samaritan’s Purse Headquarters as well.

This week AFA had a packing party to pack 200 shoeboxes that we will be taking with us to Boone. And I thought I would show you some of the pictures from the packing party. My husband, Ms. Coni Gann and Ms. Angie May were in charge of the whole thing and I think they did a great job. Just to explain, there was a boy’s side and a girl’s side and then there was a neutral table also. So depending on which box you were packing, you would go down that side. Some of the items that were put into all the boxes were: soap & wash cloths, toothpaste & toothbrushes, pencils, notebooks, stickers, goo goo eyes, and much more. In the boys’ boxes they got a hacky sack, a ball cap, matchbox cars, socks and combs. In the girls’ they got compact brushes, socks, lip gloss, teddy bears, and hair bows.

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My Honey!

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My Baby packing a box.

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The teddy bear for the girls’ boxes.

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The cake we had made for the party. It was almost gone by the time I got out to make a picture.

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Our van loaded down bound for Boone.

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The song Waterfall

Have you ever heard a song that touched your heart? I might have heard the song many times, but all of a sudden the meaning just hits me and touches my heart deeply. This has happened many times. I think its one way God has of speaking to me. The song “Blessings” has been one of those. The Lord used that song to get me through some hard times. Recently the song “Waterfall” by Salvador has been another song that I feel the Lord has touched my heart with.

Waterfall by Salvador

So many times I stayed thirsty
When all along I had Your cup
Within my reach

So many times I’ve gone weary
When there’s a water edge
Where I could rest

Renew me, refine me
Refresh me
Bring me to life

Overcome me like a waterfall
Overwhelm me, let me see You as You are
Pursue me, all of the days of my life
Let Your water fall

So many times I’ve run on empty
When all along I had Your word lifting me up
And when my life is like a desert
You’re like a precious spring that rises up within

Renew me, refine me
Refresh me
Bring me to life

I think many times we, as Christians, get into a “rut” in our Christian life. Do we actively seek God? Do we ask Him to refresh and and refine us? I know, that at times, I find myself coasting through my life. I also know that I don’t always seek God’s counsel, I try to figure things out for myself. This song has helped me to see some of my shortcomings. I love that it reminds me of God’s love and how He wants me to come to Him for refreshing. I can also see that I need God to refine me and to instruct me in be His servant. I can go to Christ with any and all problems that may come my way. This song also uses some wonderful imagery. Words like “there’s a water’s edge” and “You’re like a precious spring that rises up within”. The imagery of the waterfall is so uplifting and helps me to know that God is always here to renew my walk with Him.

I know I’m rambling, but knowing that my Father is there for me is so comforting.

Blessings!

We had such a wonderful time we have decided to go in July on our own. If you ever have the chance to go you really should. The place is beautiful, the food is great and of course the teaching is second to none. You can find a schedule of events here.

We worked hard during the conference, but it was still great. Here is a couple of pictures of where we were set up.
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We were set up just on the left of this beautiful fireplace.

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This is our booth. We had both the information table and the recording area together.

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Jim working hard.

They had a really nice gift shop that was called Ruth’s Attic. I thought it was funny because it was essentially in the basement. I found a nice Willow Tree display. They had some beautiful ones with flowers.
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Jim got me the one with the huge bouquet of roses. It’s so pretty.

We also got dad a hat, mom an umbrella, and Abby a neat Bible and bracelet that helps in witnessing.
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I also bought some postcards with some great pictures.

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This is the Training Center building. We were set up right inside off the balcony.

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This is Shepherd’s Inn where our room was.

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This is chapel. Jim and I went in on our way home. It was so beautiful!

On our way to NC, we stopped to do some geocaching and saw this sign.
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So of course I had to stop. We bought a couple of t-shirts. Jim took some pictures and sent them to a friend that is crazy about chocolate. So on our way back we had to stop again and get her some chocolate covered twinkies. They make everything there, I tried a sample of the fudge, it was outstanding. Here are some pictures of all the chocolate.

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The chocolate covered twinkies.

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We got Abby a Chocolate and caramel covered apple.
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Chocolate covered whoopie pies.

Our trip took us an extra day to get home because of a wreck on I-40. So we stayed in Hurricane Mills. Then made it home on Friday. I took Jim to work, but he decided not to stay too long. We headed on home after I went and got papers at the Journal office. I’ve started couponing, so I’ll post about that soon.

Billy Graham Training Center – The Cove

Today we have arrived at the Billy Graham Training Center, The Cove. We are here for The Heart Cry for Revival Conference. This place is so beautiful! We are up in the mountains and the facility is very nice. But before I go into all the pictures and such, I just want to say that yesterday was a wonderful day. We were both so stress free and relaxed that I am energized and I seem to have a new outlook on life. Maybe we need to do this more often. I wonder what would happen if we would all try and de-stress our lives some, would we feel like we had more energy, would we feel more loving and kind toward others. I’m hoping this experience will follow me home!!

Ok, back to our travels and work today. We left Fairfield Glade around 8am this morning. We did stop and eat at a Cracker Barrel, I’m not sure if we have ever been on a trip that we didn’t eat at a Cracker Barrel at least once. We did a little caching today, but not much. We drove on some very curvy roads through the mountains. While it was beautiful, I’m really glad I was driving or we would never have made it (I get extremely car sick). Because of the time change, and us forgetting about the time change, we were an hour later than we had planned. We did get unloaded and set up before supper. The booth is both the information booth and the broadcast booth, so we will be a little crowded. We have a big space though so it should be fine. We also have a booth for the “Behold Your God” video series and it looks great!

The supper tonight was amazing. It was buffet style but the food was really good. We had tomatoes with basil and cheese, bruschetta, Italian vegetables, pasta, roast beef with a mango demi, and a shrimp and crab combination dish. For dessert there was Creme Brule.

So now for the pictures:

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This is our room door. After the cabin theme from yesterday, I thought this was just too funny.

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This is a view from our balcony. It’s one of the trails that you can walk here at the Cove.

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Another view from the room looking back at the Inn.

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This is a view of the room from the balcony.

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The “Behold Your God” booth with Mr. Matt Robinson.

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The buffet from tonight. If this is what the food is going to be like the entire week, I’m in trouble or at least my diet is in trouble.

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The dessert table. I did eat half of one, Matt ate the rest.

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I’ll leave you with a view from the training center building looking over the mountains.

Blessings

Menu Plan Monday ~ I know its Tuesday

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This week is going to be a little odd. American Family Radio is having their Spring Share-a-thon, so we will be there two nights this week.

Monday – last night we had Dirty Rice.

Tuesday – We will be a Share-a-thon.

Wednesday – Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread

Thursday – Share-a-thon

Friday – Another crazy day – Abby is leaving to go on a mission trip to Jackson, MS and Jim and I are leaving for our Asheville trip.

Next week we will still be in Asheville, so I won’t post another Menu Plan Monday until April 29th.

Hope everyone has a great week.

Our last day at NRB

Well today was our last day at the NRB Convention. It has been a good convention, but I am pooped! I am not accustomed to being on my feet and walking so much. Both my feet were swollen last night and tonight. I think most of it has been because it is a lot of concrete.

This morning Jim, Abby and I went to a breakfast with people from Ron Hutchcraft ministries. I hope I got the spelling right. I think the meeting went well. They asked Jim to tell all about AFA and AFR. It was very informative for me just as much for them.

I went on to the booth and worked until noon. Angie and I work well together. I was surprised to find out that she has authored an article in the AFA Journal. She has another coming out in May. The article in May is about an extreme couponer. Look for it, it sounds like it is going to be very interesting.

For lunch, we met up with some of the people that were on the Peru trip with Jim. There was a long wait at the restaurant, so Jim couldn’t stay. Abby and I did stay and I’m so glad we did. It was fun to hear more about the trip from another person’s point of view. It was also fun to make new friends. Roxie and Jerry Koon will be friends for a long time to come.

I went to the booth after lunch and stayed until closing. Angie and I packed up everything and Jim came down and took it up to the suite. I was able to talk to a Christian Jew by the name of Jeffery D. Miller. He is a full-time Messianic Jewish evangelist. I’m hoping he will be able to come to the Tupelo area to speak. He was so gracious to speak to me even tho everyone was packing up. I’ve been thinking about something I talked about in a previous post. The statement was about showing our love through our deeds not just in words. I think one way we can show our love for Israel is to teach our children to love Israel. I think one way to do that is to teach them about the Jewish customs. Mr. Miller and I are going to keep in touch and he is going to help me learn about many of the celebrations in Jewish custom. I’m so looking forward to it.

Tonight we had planned on taking Abby to the Irish pub, but it was closed for a private party, so we went to the Mexican restaurant again. It was good, but I ate way too much.

Tomorrow we will leave to go home Jim says we will not be getting up early, so we get to sleep in. Yay!

I’m ready to go home. It’s always good to go home after a trip. Home is definitely where my heart is! Although being able to travel with both Jim and Abby is a great experience. Our next trip is in April, but Abby will not be going with us. We will be going to Asheville, NC to The Cove. I can’t remember the event, but looking forward to going and worshipping, studying and praising my Father in heaven.

I have a prayer request tonight. Please pray for the Smith family. Buddy Smith is AFA’s Executive Vice-president and his father died today. Mr. Smith had been ill, but losing a parent is a hard thing no matter what. So may our Lord touch each one in that family tonight and give them peace

Love and Blessings.

NRB Day 2 wrapped up!

Yesterday was very busy!!  In the morning we went to a breakfast with some great people from the Revive Our Hearts ministries.  We almost got lost getting there, but we finally did make it.  I have to fault the signs in the hotel.  It definately sent us the wrong way.  We walked a quarter of a mile to get to a room that was just around the corner from us.  Evenso, the breakfast was great!  We fellowshipped together and everyone told what event at the convention had touched them so far.  That was wonderful to hear the stories of God’s grace and provision.  I also scored some loot.  Here are some pictures of the books I received.

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I’ll write about each one in the future.

I then went to the booth.  If was busy but not crazy.  I met many people.  I had Angie May with me, so that made it fun also.

Abby and I went in the Samaritan’s Purse exhibit.  It was a disaster relief trailer.  They took you through a tornado, showed you the destruction, and then the relief efforts.  It was very dramatic!

In the afternoon, Angie was gracious to allow me to abandon her to attend some classes.  I went to a class about using YouTube, Facebook and Google.  Abby actually attended a class on using Twitter.  They were good, but the Google guy was talking above my head!  Thats probably not that hard to do, but I truly felt lost.

After the last class, I met up with Jim and went to eat the Moody Publishing dinner at Old Hickory Steakhouse.  Here a picture showing the restaurant inside the Gaylord. 

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It was wonderful!

We then came back to the room and rested.  I was exhausted and my feet were swollen. But it was a good day. We made some great contacts and met some wonderful people.  So that’s day 2 in a nutshell. 

 

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