Hello there. We’ve just experienced what is a blogger’s most heineous sin – not blogging in over two months. Life intervened.
We left November 5th for the St. Petersburg, Russia area. We were privileged to help with a pastors’ conference on the Leading From Your Strengths personality assessment. Our part was to show how knowing your personalities (pastor’s and his wife’s) help make a “Team of Two” that works well together to enhance their ministry to others. How his strengths cover her weaknesses and her strengths cover his weaknesses. It was well-received.
We also went to Gatchina and held a marriage seminar in the church there. Sharon was surprised to see a dear Russian friend whom she had not heard from in almost 10 years. That was a blessing straight from the Lord.
d to Vyborg near the Finnish border to teach marriage coaching to a wonderful group of couples from Vyborg Christian Church. What a blessing to be with them. We also got to give testimony about homeschooling because there were several couples about to embark on that adventure and they wanted to know what it was like to homeschool “all the way through” and how our children had turned out.
When we returned from Russia we were one of several couples who gave marriage testimonies at a Marriage Miracles Conference in Springfield, Ohio. All the couples had gone through a very hard time in their marriages but had been healed and restored by God. We had worship in between the testimonies and then a wonderful time of praying for attendees at the end. It was so encouraging to all of us.
The next week we traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, where we met both of our kids for Thanksgiving in a hotel. It was the first time we had ever done anything like that, but all of us had less traveling to do and we still enjoyed the time together.
The day after we returned from Kansas City, Sharon went to see her brother officiate a Cleveland Browns game in Cleveland. The next weekend we met our son, Matt, in Indianapolis for the Big 10 Championship game where the Nebraska Huskers had a humiliating defeat at the hands of Wisconsin. Painful for Nebraska, but it was great to see Matt and his friends. It was LOTS of driving in a short period of time.
After that the kids came home for Christmas just a week later. Sharon was getting over a terrible cold and Matt came home with the same thing. So, we had a quiet Christmas Eve at home and a very sweet Christmas day together.
We’ve had year-end things to take care of concerning the farm and just trying to regroup from the past two months.
After Christmas we gave our testimony and were interviewed by Penny Bragg of Inverse Ministries on WAPN Radio in Daytona, Florida. I will upload the show in our next post.
In the future, we are planning to go back to Israel at the end of February to help with a discipleship conference and possibly do some marriage ministry. And we still continue to work with couples teaching practical communication and conflict resolutions skills and marriage coaching.