Family Encouragement Weekend!

Dad was the main speaker of the weekendAfter much soul searching preparation, people relating information, and church building reservation, the Family Encouragement Weekend was ready to begin! Many thanks to the Wilkes for organizing this event!

A full house on Saturday morningBetween twelve and fifteen families attended totaling about 140 people. Not only did families from Virginia show their dedication to seeking God’s best, but also travelers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, West Virginia, and Tennessee.

Fathers and sons discussing their family goal on Friday eveningConversation during a breakDiligent study It was so encouraging to see fathers and sons writing out their family goals. What a sense of purpose there is when families hear from the Lord and are unified in working toward His plan for them. We were blessed to see the openness and responsiveness to God’s Word as the final authority in life. There was also much joy as we joined in singing, praying and sharing fellowship together.

Mr. Wilkes opens the meetingGiving a message on the five responsibilities of every person Donald giving testimony of his experiences overseasEsther Robert explaining God's work in his lifeJonathan speaks about making brothers and sisters best friendsJames talkingDaniel sharing about the importance of sticking to a schedule

How exciting to meet so many like minded families who are listening to God’s call to come out from the world and seek God’s best! For more details and pictures be sure to read the Hynes and Wilkes overviews of the weekend!

A father's ensemble!Blessing the Lord in songA very enjoyable family of singersJonathan, Daniel, and David played an increadiblly complex number on the bellsThank you wilkes for hosting this wonderful weekend!A final song


  1. Allen P. August 11, 2008 at 9:41 am #

    That sounds like a blessing! How come the one picture only says “James Talking”? What was he talking about? How about Esther?

  2. Esther August 12, 2008 at 7:04 am #

    Hi Allen! Thanks for the comment. James told about a time God opened the door to explain the bigger picture and reasons behind his standards instead of being ashamed of them. I talked about making your siblings your best friends. 🙂

  3. Don August 12, 2008 at 7:07 am #

    One of the things I observed through the weekend was all the joyful interaction between young men and young women as brothers and sisters with all purtiy. How encouraging!

  4. Chad August 12, 2008 at 6:54 pm #

    Sounds like an awesome weekend! It is always so encouraging to spend time with like-minded believers. May the Lord bless those who attended the retreat.

  5. Amanda August 20, 2008 at 4:30 am #

    Thank you, Staddon family, for all the hard work you put into preparing for the Family Encouragement Weekend! We were blessed by meeting your family and encouraged by everything you shared in the teaching times! Thank you for being willing to be used of the Lord!


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