Just when you were wondering if I had dropped off the map...(for those of you who follow this on a regular basis)...here I am! I have not really been neglecting writing. Internet access has unfortunatly been very limited the last few weeks. April 4-16th we took a rest from our tour and headed to our base house in North Carolina. What a treat it was to have acres of land, a big house all to ourselves, and a lake nearby. The kids enjoyed playing soccer for hours, painting pictures, skipping rope, reading, and relaxing. Easter was great! Kings Park International Church put on a giant easter egg hunt for the kids and they loved it. Of course we also spent the whole week talking about the events leading up to Jesus' death and resurrection. I've never seen people (especially children) who feel so deeply the meaning of Easter. It's not about the easter bunny people!
On the afternoon of Easter I got one of the biggest scares of my "parenting" career. While I was single handedly watching five of the kids at the lake...Mo managed to get a small stick lodged in his eye. When I saw all the blood and the stick poking out I was pretty scared. Praise God for the woman who was at the lake with a suburban and took us back to the house. After an evening of prayer and uncertainty, Mo returned from the hospital with good news. The stick didn't wound his eyeball and he is okay! What a relief. God was watching out for us once again.
We are now back on the road in Georgia. It's been a bit difficult getting back into the swing of things but we are getting there. Two small but encouraging Wal-mart stories for you: Yesterday I went into Walmart on the way to our evening concert to get some change. The lady at the customer service counter said she was not allowed to "sell change." However, she called her manager over. The manager proceeded to tell me that they are not allowed to make change....but she said she would do it for me anyway. She mentioned she had heard we had a great concert that morning and many people were blessed. I walked out with $150 in five dollar bills! Amazing. A few moments later I was waiting for Andrew when a woman tapped me on the shoulder. She said she had followed our bus into the parking lot and searched all over Wal-Mart looking for us. She explained that God had laid it on her heart to give us something and she handed me a $100 bill! She gave me a huge hug and said thank you for the work you are doing. Wow! It had been a really long hard day already and I was on the verge of tears. It took everything in me not to burst out crying in the middle of Wal-Mart. So there ya go...God even works through the people at Wal-Mart (just when you thought there was nobody nice or helpful there).
Would you please keep our team in your prayers this week. It's been an emotionally rough week and people are dealing with some personal stuff that I am not yet at liberty to share. I covet your prayers for peace, comfort, and God's guidance for our team though. Thank you for your faithful support. I wish I could post some pictures, but I'm writing from someone elses computer. Next time :)