It's like God is rubbing it in our faces! Let me tell you why... As if all the things that God has already done for us and through us weren't already amazing, recently God has given us more reasons to see him in everything we do. We had a wonderful time worshipping at St. John's in Milwaukee. We had to get up way earlier than I care to admit, but we made sure that all our arrangements were polished. We played two services and attended Bible study in between, and the congregation was very supportive and welcoming. Pastor Goldschmidt and Mr. Hirschmann were very kind and accommodating for us, and the congregation as a whole had a lot of really nice things to say to us--they even took a freewill offering for us. It was defintely more than we expected. We packed up and got to experience Wisco's graduation that afternoon because Sam's brother, Michael, and our Lannon host family's son, Austin, were graduating and we wanted to support them.
After spending the night at the Jeske home, we drove to Arlington, MN and met up with Principal Eric Kaesermann who explained some of the things he wanted us to do throughout the week. After that, we ate supper with Matt and Kristin Lukasek, who are also Caleb Schultz and Peter's host family for the week. Kristin is in charge of VBS and had a bunch of ideas ready for us to work on. Sam has a sweet vision for a time machine that will fit into the "Back to Jerusalem" theme of St. Paul's VBS this year. A few other art projects and prep work for VBS will also keep us busy.
Today, we canvassed a bunch of Gaylord, MN. Initial results were mixed, but we had some cool experiences also. Allow me to share just one story... I walked up to a house after not having much succes for the past half hour. I prayed to God that he would allow one of the people in the next few houses to be interested in St. Paul's and the soccer camp. At the very next house, a man named Mike walked out and told me that his son would be very interested in soccer camp. In the heat of the moment, I also began to tell him about Fide and worship on Sunday. He told me that he would probably be there on Sunday. Now that's exciting!
Tomorrow, we are playing at MLC for WELS Kingdom Worker's "Music for Missions" benefit concert. In order to fill our half-hour time slot, we tried to pick five hymns that really hammer home the message of Jesus as our only means for salvation forever and our only hope of peace in this life.
Keep praying for us. God continues to bless us through those prayers.
"The king of love, my shepherd is, whose goodness fails me never. I nothing lack if I am his, and he is mine forever."