We got up and out early so that we could catch the sunrise; as the campground host had told me the day prior, it was a beautiful sight to see. As we often do, we took the early morning walk as our opportunity to pray for all of the families in the campground, and pray that God would continue to use us for His glory.
During our morning “Prayer Walk”, we came across a group of young boys that were staying in tents. I approached the leaders and found out that they were a group of “Royal Rangers”; a Boy Scout-type organization associated with the Assemblies of God. They were spending the weekend in nature with the boys. It was great to see the men investing in those young boys; the leaders took the opportunity to share their mission with me as they were preparing breakfast.
We took a few pictures of the sunrise to capture the moment. It is times like this when you can see the magnificence of God, and hear as He speaks through His creation. As Adriene and I made our way back to our campsite; we noticed that Tim was out and about at his campsite. He came over to greet us and we could see that he had had an encounter with God; it was great to witness his overnight conversion. He told me that he and his wife had visited our website the night prior; it was then that I headed to our storage bay to give him the new Bible to take with him. Our Christmas Bible Drive was timely; we were able to give Tim a Bible of his own.
Tim told us that he and his wife (Dana), would be leaving soon and heading back home. We had not yet met Dana, so I asked him to come over before they left so that we could meet her. He also offered to give us some firewood and fire starters that they didn’t use during their stay. I didn’t accept it at first, but then I was reminded by God (and Adriene), that He would provide for our every need and it was time for us to be on the receiving end. We graciously accepted Tim’s offer and before they hooked up their trailer, he backed up his pickup truck to our fire pit area and told us to take whatever we needed; thanks Tim, you were a blessing to us. It wasn’t too long and Tim came over to let us know that he and Dana were about to head out; we met Dana and found out that Dana was a school administrator and had a passion for children; Adriene and Dana hit it off immediately. We took the opportunity to exchange contact information, go over and take a group photo, and pray for them before their departure. With handshakes and hugs, they were on their way. It was then that we “Built an Altar”, celebrating what Christ had done in their lives.
Around noon, the Ruiz family came over with a car full of food; they blessed us with lunch. We made our way over to our campsite picnic table and had a great time of fellowship and “breaking bread” with them. Edna is an amazing cook, after lunch we all went for a walk through the park; that was fun showing them what Fort Parker State Park has to offer. We later took a short tour of the City of Mexia; it’s not a big city, but it was great to see all of the landmarks. With Edna behind the wheel, we headed back to the campground; they dropped us off and we made plans for a campfire later in the evening … Umm, that didn’t happen; we were all too tired by that time and postponed it until the next day. I still went out and got some photos of the sunset while Adriene rested; all I can say about that experience is WOW … We serve an awesome God!