Summer 2012 – exerts from emailed updates

Jun 7, 2012   //   by carla estell   //   News  //  No Comments
May 25th,
We are now slowly working our way back east, and presently in Albuquerque, NM. This Sunday morning will be sharing then heading on to Oklahoma City.  Brian’s dad is doing pretty well, he sure is looking forward to our visit. I’m not sure how long we will be in OK before heading to KY for family camp in July. Once again our itinerary is empty (between Sunday and camp) but I know God has it planned. God has crossed our path with several interesting people whom we have been able to share with. One was an atheist at a campground in CA. We had over an hour long talk, which he initiated and kept going. His main thing was not being able to believe in a God who has always existed. He thinks the idea of God was just invented by man, but now man has come to see he has no need of God – science has shown He does not exist.  Another man we met was a geologist at a rock shop. He showed us some great petrified wood that had been drilled into by clams! I left him with one of our DVDs and he said he would watch it.  While back in CA we shared at 2 schools which want us to come back in Nov! So fall is filling up.
On the home front – we came down on our price and our buyers have agreed to buy – so we are in the paper work, appraisal…. stage and hope to close by mid June. Then we will be ready to see where God wants to relocate our family. It will be so nice to just travel part time. We are wrapping up our school year. All things considered it has gone pretty good. Along with their other work, the older 4 have written essays and journals of the whole year.  Jonny and Hannah have focused on math and reading.
A week ago we had our first accident – Bekah was running barefoot and slit her toe on a brick. A quarter size flap of skin had to be cut off in order to clean all the dirt and gravel out.  I was so thankful our friends knew a nurse who was willing to help us, Bekah was a real trooper through it all and it is healing well.
I’ve added some Hawaii pics to our web site. Hopefully I’ll work on it some more in OK.
June 9th,
As I think back over this year on the road I am amazed at how well God has taken care of us, He has truly held our hand (Isaiah 42:5-7). Thank you so much for your prayers and words of encouragement.
We enjoyed 2 months of no storms, then ironically the moment we cross out of NM and into OK, there in the distance were lightening filled storm clouds!! While we stayed the night in a Walmart parking lot, OKC was getting blasted by baseball size hail! I am so glad we had stayed an extra day in Albuquerque and arrived the day after the storm! We’ve had a few more storms since we’ve been here – but nothing like the one we missed!
Last Sunday we did not have anything lined up, and it ended up being a good thing. James and Hannah both had a stomach bug Saturday night and were up all night. Hopefully everyone will be fine tonight, for tomorrow we will be sharing at Bible Baptist Church in El Reno for both Sunday school and children's church.  We've had a few good meetings with pastors which will hopefully open future doors.  We have been working on our web site again, and have added some youtube videos. under the video tab "more videos". The lighting is not very good in some, but the sound is OK.  I'll add more video of Hawaii and Grand Canyon soon.
Brian's dad has been doing alright.  We helped him with a estate sell yesterday and today, and have had some good visit time.

Next week we should be closing on our house. It has been a long process, but considering GA's economy it is a answer to prayer that it has even sold.
June 18th,
We pull out from OK this morning, so this is just a quick update. The Lord has really blessed our stay in OK. After 2 weeks with Brian’s dad, we relocated to the parking lot of Bible Baptist Church about 30 min away. The pastor there is into graphic design, so we now have new prayer cards, new DVD cover, ministry logo, and 100 more copies of our DVD!!!! (We ran out last Sunday of DVDs) Also we have worked more on our web site, and added more video. (so you can see some Grand Canyon, and Hawaii video.)

The kids have loved having a gym to play in and more kids to play with. We have had no more storms! And to top it all off, our house closed on Friday, (so we are now officially “homeless”, but have money in the bank and can seriously think about relocating. Please pray that we will follow God’s lead and not move ahead of His timing. (We are all ready to be out of our cramped camper.)

June 25th,
We have not had one drop of rain since my last email about storms! Now I have another worry – brake failure – I’ll put that hair raising video on soon. We so appreciate all of you who faithfully pray for our safety. The kids say that since I only email when things are going well, you do not get a true picture of life on the road. So, here is a more realistic view:
Jonny – Get 4 of your biggest friends and go live in a walk-in-closet for 8 months.
Hannah – I miss my doggy
Josiah – I never feel like I belong anywhere, I’m always the outsider
Jerry – I have no place to put my stuff
Bekah – Every time I make a friend – I have to say goodbye
James – I’m always surrounded by little people – I have no space.
Brian – I’m tired of driving, This wind is so strong today, How far is the nearest gas station?
Mom – Hannah is outgrowing her clothes, I wish I had my sewing machine. When is the next place with a washer and dryer. I am so ready to just pull out a drawer instead of hauling up the suitcase every day.
We are all getting a little road weary, But God is faithful. and really no one does too much complaining. In fact for the most part – life has been going better then one would expect with 8 in a camper.

We had a great week of family camp at camp Nathaniel. I had over 6 hours of teaching time with about 40 kids. Did we ever get to cover a lot!! After Camp Nathaniel we spent a few days at Camp Cedine in southeast Tenn. (God kept us safe though quite a storm as we drove to camp.) Brian was asked to be the Bible teacher for the family conference Aug 6-11th at Cedine.

Aug 9th,  We are in the middle of family camp in Tenn. Brian has been the Bible teacher and does 2 lessons each day. It is going very well. Last week we attended a creation conference at Ridgecrest in NC. That was a great time of learning – This weekend we will pass through GA on our way to FL. I was really hoping to be relocated before the end of summer – but God’s timetable does not always line up with ours – we pray for patience.

Aug 28th
Things have been really busy. We are back in Fl and have shared both Sunday nights and a Sunday school class of teen boys last week. Sept 16th is our last meeting here and the 23rd is scheduled for SC. We’ve completed our first week of school – the first one was very hard. But, these last 2 days have gone very well.
Every home we have lived in, I have painted a mural. Well, now the camper has been officially marked as “home” I have painted a mural of the grand canyon on the back. It was hard to do, at times I thought I had ruined our camper, but it turned out pretty good and only took 2 days. Now we will do some advertising lettering and have a traveling billboard.

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