Monday, January 15, 2018
"http://" What? Another Christmas Party? Yes, and this one is a special story. It was the Posada for the winning ministry in Mexico, hosted by Ricardo. On January 6 2018, off we went to Benjamin Hill, Sonora, Mexico to celebrate with xxx church and the city of Benjamin Hill. Preparation went on for months for this event. Gifts graciously donated and prepared and wrapped one by one by faithful servants. Gifts, food, provision were crossed over to Mexico in many trips. In total we had 500 presents for the children and 1000 meals; hot dogs, chips, cupcakes, candy. A park in the city was set aside for the event. We had pastors and church members, local families, plenty of children and the major and his family. They told us the event was advertised on the local TV channels the night before. What we see with our eyes! Again we are honored by what we see. I John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God, and so we are. So many contributed to the effort for this party. If you could have seen the faces of the children! The food, the gifts, the pinata’s. The word shared, the altar call! Jesus provided answers to prayer for these families. The pastors wife told us they stood in faith that their church would be selected for the Posada and she even planned for it before the raffle happened. New friends gained and great joy in our hearts. See the pics!
"http://" Room 24 New Year 2018 It began as an idea in 2016, repeated to open 2017 and now 2018. Only once before had we attended a prayer meeting to bring in the New Year - a way long time ago, in the church where we first encountered the Living Jesus! This year we began at 6pm on a Sunday night and had prayer, worship, testimony and Presence through the night and all day on January 1st. It is an awesome way to start the year. We had a faithful group through the night, some new and some old friends. We carried on with our family tradition of Chinese food on New Year’s Eve. Julianne brought home made egg rolls. We had breakfast together with a more middle eastern flare - eggs & fava beans and New Year’s lunch was prepared by Marilu, more Japanese, but a wonderful combination of chicken, rice noodles and salad. Thank you everyone for all that you brought with you, both in the natural and the Spirit. We reviewed in prayer, some of the amazing things that happened in 2017 and got ourselves ready for what God will do in this year ahead. Memorable worship and prayer through the 24 hours. We opened a jar for prayer requests that each of us had and collected prayers from all over, needs that we brought before the Lord. We are committed to carry these requests to our weekly prayer meetings. Watching always, for God’s answer to our prayers. We have a jar for the answers. Just a reminder, if something is on your heart that you would like us to pray for, please let us know. Thank you Lord for your wonderful expression of Love. Your banner over us is Love! Song of Solomon 2:4 Let him lead me to the banquet hall and let his banner over me be love. Happy New Year!
"http://" Room 24 attending the Christmas Party at The Ranch Dec 2017 & at Mary Lou's Home - Rio Rico AZ Dec 17 We were invited to join Ricardo as his ministry brought a Christmas Party to the men & women living at The Ranch - Mas Que Vencidores in Imuris, Mexico. The party represented the efforts of many different supporters and ministries. Several Pastors were in attendance and shared the word and prayed for those who live at The Ranch. What a blessing to see. We feel honored to have been in attendance. A dinner was provided for the residences. Actually, MaryLou purchased a cow (yes, a whole cow) to provide meat for The Ranch on that day and more. A freezer is now located in Sonora to keep the meat for future use. There were also gift bags for each of the residents. And, a lot of Piñata’s. In reminiscing we were all especially touched by the pure joy of the residents as they took on the task of bursting those Piñata’s. :) Take a look at the pics! By the way, we didn't stop partying at the Ranch. We had our own Christmas Celebration of all the gifts God has given us this year. The party was at MaryLou's house and the pictures are also included above. Isaiah 7:14New International Version (NIV) 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you[a] a sign: The virgin[b] will conceive and give birth to a son, and[c] will call him Immanuel.
"http://" We had a celebration at our house for Sukkot. One of the things that stuck out was the amount of children present. About 20 children joined us for the party that night under the tents. We have been praying for children to be part of our prayer and were thrilled to have them with us. We had food and music and fellowship, but I started thinking we need to do something just for the children. So, the “Thanksgiving Day Frolic” was invented. The day after Thanksgiving, it was too be a celebration for the children; face painting, dunking for apples, games galore, kid food and a pinada of course. Most of the children we invited were unable to come, family events and travel and such. But we did have some of our own grandchildren here and some of the children/grandchildren of our friends. We also had a group of adults ready to party on with the kids. Even a Happy Birthday celebration for our friend, Minerva. It was a great day and now looking at the pictures, I believe we did create an event that begs to be repeated. Take a look at the pics.