San Diego, Texas, and Pennsylvania

city-2 Stephen and Sarah flew to the CFS Expo homeschool conference in San Diego last weekend. Before the flight, Sarah prayed that God would put her next to the right person. She found herself next to a man who used to be a Jehovah’s Witness but was now a Christian. (Apparently a Christian acquaintance had witnessed to him in a gas station and the Lord used it to get his attention.) He has only been saved for two years now. Sarah talked with him the whole way and left him with some materials for his family –which he was very enthusiastic about receiving. He said that God just keeps putting Christians in his path who have been discipling and encouraging him.

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The booth in San Diego

img_2928 Meanwhile, my parents and I were at the Arlington, TX Book Fair

100_15132 Simultaneosly, the Florio family was representing Bright Lights at the CHAP Pennsylvania homeschool conference for us. See a report of their week here. Thank you again, Florio family, for your help and hard work!

We felt like we were in “three places at once” last weekend, and we were grateful for the way God worked everything out.

Below are a few more pictures from Arlington.

img_2943 Alexandra drove up from Austin, TX to help us. It’s neat how the Lord provides. Since Alexandra had just interned with Bright Lights for 10 weeks, she already knew how to run the booth. She jumped right in and was a huge help.

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These twins came up to the booth and were excited to tell us how they were best friends.

img_2888 Haley and Megan (both 14 yrs old) lead a Bright Lights group together. God gave them both the desire to disciple young ladies independantly. When they met each other last year, they hit it off right away and excitedly made plans to start a group together. Their group has now grown to about 17 girls and they are very excited about what the Lord is doing.

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Tear down…

img_2948 As you can see we were one of the last booths to get packed up…we weren’t moving too quickly at the end of the day.

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I was a little worried about how we’d get through this conference without Stephen and Sarah because Arlington is one of the biggest conferences of the year. But thankfully none of our equipment broke, (answer to prayer!) Alexandra was a big help, and when we were ready to load up, the ALERT guys showed up and took out all our boxes really fast. Like, in about two trips. Wow, it would have taken us forever… (Not to mention, they also brought our boxes in before the confernece started…) God provides. :)

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Alexandra and I had a good time jumping on the trampoline with the daughters of the family we stayed with. The Friesens lead a Bright Lights group and it has now grown to become four separate Bright Lights groups. Each one is led by an older girl or a mom, and occasionally they all meet altogether. It was very encouraging to hear their positive reports! Praise the Lord.

“I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 89:1

12 Responses to “San Diego, Texas, and Pennsylvania”

  1. Allison Says:

    Looks like you had a great time! I’m glad everything went well for you all. I still wish I was able to meet you in Arlington since you were so close being in Texas. I had a wonderful camp out with my dad though. Blessings! ~ Allison

  2. The Fedewa Family Says:

    It sounds like you had a very busy weekend! We can’t wait to see you at the INCH conference!
    ~The Fedewas

  3. Haley Skrnich Says:

    Hi Grace!

    I love the pics! I had so much fun meeting you and Megan for lunch!

    Have a blessed day!

    Haley :)

  4. ~Desiree~ Says:

    Looks like an enjoyable time:) Trampoline’s are so much fun and my brother loves ALERT!

  5. sprittibee Says:

    We so enjoyed meeting you!

    Here’s my article about the fair in Arlington, Texas (including a photo of you with my daughter).

    http://sbees.blogspot.com/2009/05/texas-homeschool-book-fair-photo-essay.html

  6. Sarah Young Says:

    Glad that everything went well. I am praying that this coming weekend well go smoothly too.
    In His Service,
    Sarah

  7. Elizabeth Says:

    Sounds like you had a such a blessed time, Grace!
    I enjoyed seeing the picture of the Florio sisters, as well. I subscribe to a Christian magazine for young ladies called “The King’s Blooming Rose Magazine” and have been blessed by the Florio sisters’ articles!
    Thanks for the update, Grace!
    ~Elizabeth

  8. Meghan Says:

    Hey, there’s my brother! :) (Hi Grace!)

  9. The Pollock Family Says:

    Hello Grace, It was great meeting your family via your blog:) Our Aunt Mary was telling us last night how she enjoyed your blog and that we needed to check it out. We remembered seeing you on the Wissman Family “Bright Lights Post”. You’re family ministry is definately blessing many.

    We noticed that you will be coming to the Homeschool Conference in Orlando this month. We would love to meet you in person while you’re here, if it works out.

    Look forward to hearing from you,

    Mrs. P (The Mother)

  10. supriya Injeti Says:

    i like all those pictures and stories! Keep Shining for Jesus love you lots Supriya

  11. Rebekah in MS Says:

    We just got back today from the MHEA conference….seeing these pictures brings back memories from when y’all were here!! I hope you can come back some time soon!
    ~Rebekah

  12. Supriya Says:

    What a joy to know that the Bright Lights Blessing keeps on growing and giving! Philip.4:1-18. Love Supriya

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