Turning Hearts

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We attended the Labor Day Turning Hearts Celebration hosted by the Bontrager family in Kalona,Iowa. It was a sweet time of fellowship and music.  Gil gave two encouraging messages for strengthening families: “Beware Where You Stare; It May Become a Snare” and “One Failure No Family Can Afford to Make.” It was exciting to see such a large crowd of …

Father/Son Weekend

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Nathan’s birthday recently gave us opportunity to host a father/son camp-out at Watts Bar Lake. Our boys have always enjoyed their father/son retreats with Dad and other participating families. No matter what the activities may include: rafting, camping, repelling, hunting… the time to get away for fellowship and Bible study has been time well spent! These weekends remind us how …