I have a little photo review to share from the last few months or so. I was going through these pictures of events and thinking. I am so thankful for the church! There are no people like God's people! But it's not us that are great - it's His Spirit that lives within us. The Spirit of God working through people is a beautiful thing. He didn't have to choose to work with us, but He did! All of these pictures would not mean much if it wasn't for the Holy Ghost! The people of God are a family. It's beautiful to know that through the ups, downs, and in betweens that we all have each other. We have each other's prayers that hold us up when we feel all strength is gone. We are blessed! As preached last year at Pacific Coast Camp by the late Bro. Jason Hood, there is no better life than living for God, and no better place than to be in the Church! If you are in the church, count yourself blessed and don't ever leave.
Also back in February, we had our first official youth snow trip!! We got up before the sun did and met at the church, piled into the church van, and headed on our merry little way. This has been an even lighter winter than usual (for California) and we were a bit worried as we got closer to Tahoe and still weren't seeing snow! It took us quite a while of driving until the snow became consistent enough for us to sled in.
Then of course, what's a snow trip without a little adventure? We hopped in Sis. Halstead's van to drive to a restroom nearby, only to find that it was closed. Thankfully, Sis. Halstead thought to bring toilet paper. It was definitely a funny memory with about seven of us that had to.. be relieved. Hopefully it doesn't happen again, though! We'll leave that topic alone... Moral of the story: Always bring toilet paper on snow trips.
In other news, Jelani has been really seeking the Holy Ghost and is sooo close! It's awesome to see him praying the way he has been. I know God will fill him really soon! Looking forward to his baptism as well!
Recently in March, (the week of On Course) The Kevin Nix family (from Missouri) came down to be with us for services and On Course youth conference hosted by the Atwater church on the Merced Fairgrounds. Bro. Nix preached some awesome messages at our church and there was a beautiful touch of God in both that Sunday morning and evening service. Then on Monday we went to the Bay Area to do some serious fellowshipping and sight seeing!
So thankful for good friends! These are some of the best! I'm not sure what was happening in this picture, though.
I figured I would end this post with the remaining pictures I have from our November trip to Peru. These pictures are all from Lima on a Sunday. There was a baby dedication that morning! (Aww)
The presence of the Lord fell in a beautiful way on that group of young people. I love Peru and cherish the memories I have there with those awesome people. There is something very special about them that I cannot explain. Keep them in prayer!
Yes... truly, there is no people like the people of God. I am so blessed to have such an awesome family, church family, friends, and acquaintances in different parts of the word. I feel so very, very thankful.