United with a Purpose

Working at the Wilkes farmWe had no idea what the Lord had in store for the weekend as we rounded the bend and the Wilkes little farm house came into view. Not 15 min. later the Neely Team rounded the same bend and our three families were joyfully united once again. United with a purpose – To encourage families who are seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.Enjoying each other's company! We were so grateful for your exhortation to run the race with excellence!


Despite the challenges of limited time, lack of sleep, and attacks on the health of key members of the team, this purpose was accomplished in the strength of the Lord.

Enjoying game timeA chair full of cheerful children!

We've been blessed!The joy of the Lord is my strength!

I was personally encouraged to seek the Lord with my whole heart and keep my focus throughout the day on Him instead of my to-do list. Our family was motivated to pursue home businesses, amazed as we watched God answer prayer, encouraged when we heard about spiritual needs being met, encouraged by seeing and visiting so many like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ, encouraged to keep studying for the Bible Bee, and inspired as we saw and experienced energetic team work!

Halbach Family!Mr. Stelzl!

Daniel serving behind the scenesDonald's chalk talk

You can’t beat a weekend like that! Praise the Lord for so many families who are willing to embrace Biblical principles and live with a purpose!

It was encouraging to see the Thrashes again!Sweet fellowship!

Mr. and Mrs. Wilkes

Dad and Mom

Mr. and Mrs. Neely


  1. Jessi August 30, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    What a glorious time it was!! Praise the Lord, from Whom all blessings flow!! It truly was a blessed time of fellowship and exhortation. Thanks for posting, Esther!! We’re looking forward to all that the Lord has in store in the future!

  2. Daniel Staddon August 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Purpose! It is amazing how life changes when you grab on to the purpose God has for you and unite with others of like mind to carry it out. May the vision continue to spread! Praise the Lord for such an encouraging report, Esther.

  3. Crystal August 31, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    That was indeed quite a weekend. It was very encouraging indeed! The Lord knew just what I needed.
    I was wondering who would be the first to post a blog article 🙂
    Will more pictures be posted?

  4. Michael September 1, 2011 at 6:01 am #

    I appreciate all the families who came and encouraged us. It is a thrill to see all that God is doing in your lives! We read Psalm 90 yesterday, which is my desire: “…Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of our hands…”

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