Thursday, March 19, 2015

Zak and Beth's Wedding, Part 5

Final installment of photos :)

An interesting twist to the day was a big rainstorm which came shortly after the ceremony ended. Those who had slipped out to get some fresh air came scurrying back in, and everyone stayed cozy in the building which rapidly grew more humid. Thankfully there were fans in the windows, which helped bring the temperatures down!

While Zak and Beth Klein enjoyed greeting family and friends following the wedding, a group of girls and guys from the Rhinelander congregation kept things moving along for the reception, to be held in the same room. We are so thankful for their help!

Jorden, Abby, Pauline and Crystal getting the water pitchers ready

After greeting folks, it was time to assemble the many Kleins and Bales together for family pictures. We had planned to take them outside, but with the rainstorm, we ended up using the blue backdrop instead. Ben Bale used a mic to gather the various family members together.

Zak and Beth's siblings - 23 in all!

The Bale family

The Klein Family

Zak requested a photo with his two new brothers who married Bale girls,
captioning the photo "The Three Wise Men." :)

The four married Bale siblings with their spouses

Both families

The guestbook had many photos from their engagement days

With Beth's grandparents

Susanna climbed up behind the stage and got this picture with most of the
people present
Harmony snagged Brandon's plate to pose for this :)

Nikki refilling dishes

Daniel with his good friends Andrei and Esther

Bale siblings from New York, Wisconsin, and Romania

By the time things began winding down, the rain let up. As it drew near the time for Zak and Beth to leave, the sun broke through the clouds and the Lord gave us a beautiful sunset, perfect to take some photos of the couple!

And so ended that beautiful day... but it only marked the very beginning of two lives joining as one, ready to follow the Lord every step of the way. After the wedding, the couple spent the rest of the year traveling around the country, living in a travel trailer, visiting with family and friends in both the States and in Mexico, and seeing many natural and historic landmarks on their route. It has been amazing to see where the Lord has taken them as they followed His leading. Truly "there is a wonder and wildness to life, and freedom for those who obey."

"...we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Thessalonians 1:11-12

2015 Missions Fair Recap

February 20 was the second annual St. Louis Homeschool Missions Fair!
We are very thankful for the many
that braved the winter icy road conditions
that evening to attend and participate!

This year we learned about:


South Korea


The ministry of Gospel for Asia

(some) Unreached peoples in China

and Iceland!

It was a very neat time of learning about what God is doing through His servants around the world, and of how much there still is to do!

As well as enjoying good fellowship...

...and good food. :)

Along the lines of food, here's Sarah trying some South Korean Kimchi!  Great stuff!

After dinner was the presentation time. 
Here is the Young family talking about Mexico 
(peek-a-boo, Daddy ;)

The Crosse Family shared about the ministry of Gospel for Asia. 

The Johnsons told us about Iceland

and assorted Kleins shared about several unreached people groups in China.

Mr. Johnson closed our time in prayer, and then everyone cleaned up real fast 
so we could make it home before the roads completely iced over!

See? We were hurrying! :)

Praise the Lord, everyone made it to their respective homes without incident!

We look forward to doing this again next year, Lord willing! 
Such a wonderful evening, 
and we thank the Lord for the opportunity to help put this together.