Thursday, October 30, 2014

Prison Mission Trip

I, Kelly, am a changed person because of the God I serve, and because of the power of forgiveness that was experienced on our trip to FL.   I left a part of myself there and stand in awe of the work of the Holy Spirit.  Gray, and especially Abigail and Brandon, say the same.

God opened the doors for a team of 75 people from all over the US, including Abigail, Gray, and myself to be a part of ministering to the incarcerated in 4 FL prisons due to Mike and Suzette Keller, Missionaries to the incarcerated and the IBLP ministry.  Also, Florida State Rep. Charles Van Zant.  He, as well as the Warden over several prisons there are Christians, and with all of them together there is an ongoing presence there along side the Keller's.  The Keller's have been faithful and God is working mightely through them in varioius FL prisons.  It's been a joy and blessing to witness their hearts for these people.

Men's Prison
(Brandon is in the red shirt in the front  row)

Women's Prison
(Abigail is top row, third from left.  I am almost center next to blonde lady in bright salmon shirt)

We were there for a week working daily through Biblical curriculum called Journey to the Heart.  It teaches to the unsaved and disciples the saved.  It was daily from 9 am - 8:30 pm.  We would have large group time where we taught, sang and played music, worshiped, prayed, and read Scripture.  This was primarily lead by Becky Keilen, Ruthie Westfhal and Laura Oliverio.  Also, Sarah Waller and Ruthie live and work among them most of the year.  These ladies just love these women and it is evident!  They have amazing Godly wisdom and were such a blessing.  We would then break into small groups and counsel more one on one.  Abigail and I were team leaders of separate teams.  We were able to Scripturally help these ladies get to the root of many problems. 

When we entered the first morning the prisoners stood and cheered like celebrities.  We looked around wondering who they were cheering for, it was us!  It was awkward but, they quickly told us it was because they were so thankful for our love, Jesus' love.

Most of the prisoners were hungry and desperate and have never known real love, which was overwhelming to me.  They were real and wanted help.  Some were hard, afraid, mad they were there or mad they got caught.  There were all kinds of emotions that made for an intense and emotional week.

Abigail and I were part of a smaller team that went into a group of prisoner's that had just arrived in prison.  We would get an hour and then the next day some had already been shipped to other prisons, or there would be new inmates.  The eyes were desperate, the faces fearful.  Some were cold and distant.  One young woman just started crying and asked me to hug her.  There were salvations, brokenness, and the presence of Jesus. 

Here are a lot of the men on the men's team, and some kitchen support.  Gray is 5th from the right.  Brandon is 4th from left.  This is at the Child Evangelism Fellowship Children's Camp.  They were gracious enough to allow everyone stay here. 

Breakfast at the camp with some of the women's team

Grayson was part of the kitchen team, among other various duties.  He helped prepare a meal each night in a separate building that was on the men's prison compound for the team of approximately seventy-five.  His favorite part of the week was hearing the testimonies that we would all share at dinner time, then pray over them.  We would then return to the prisons for the night session.  

In our briefing the Keller's stressed to us making sure of their salvation because all religions come into the prisons.  So, the two main concerns were their salvation and walking people through gaining freedom in forgiveness and bitterness. 

It was a distinct honor to work with the team of women we were on!  These gals love the Lord, His Word, prayer and people!  Can't say enough about our time together there.  Well, I guess that it just wasn't long enough to fellowship with them!

Thirty-five were saved, that we know of and there were a tremendous amount that forgave and had true reconciliation from a life of damage, pain and abuse.  I wish I could share every testimony!  It was faith building to witness the power of God work in the hearts and lives of these women.  

I know what some of you are thinking – were we afraid?  Someone asked me before I went in, “Are you afraid a fight will break out?" or "Are you afraid to get AIDS?”  Honestly, I was more concerned with making sure I had God's words and God's answers.  I realized that I just wouldn't have all the answers these women needed.  I couldn't possibly always understand what they'd been through however, I knew a God that did!  I felt inadequate but, I knew the Holy Spirit in me was more than enough.  My prayer was that I wanted them to know Jesus loved them and that He had a purpose for them - even in prison.  I purposed to shake every hand and look in every eye and name every name possible and mostly, try and get to every heart for Jesus.

More of the Women's team outside the dinner hall

One of our team dinners


On our way out of town Suzette Keller and Priscilla Waller treated the kitchen team and our family to a glass bottom boat ride and the beautiful grounds at Silver Springs 




One of my spiritual mentor's, prayer partner's and dear friend - Suzette

Kitchen Crew - plus a few little "helpers" =D 

Road trip to Florida!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Brandon & Abigail!


Forgive us for not posting in so long!  But to start us off for this year, we have some old but good news. :) Mama promises some more posts coming up!
Abigail and Mr. Brandon Scott have now been together for five months!  What a beautiful love story has blossomed over here at the Adams' house! <3
It's Abigail here! :)  The Lord has been so good to lead Brandon and I together over the past several months.  Our relationship to each other, and with the Lord, has gotten so deep and real as we seek Him together!  What has transpired is truly a work of God and a miracle that neither Brandon or I was expecting! :)  The Lord's ways and thoughts are higher than our own!  And together we are THRILLED and bless His name. 

We met at Victory Baptist (where we go to college and church together) at the end of the summer last year.  He is studying pastoral theology and is called to preach.  I am thankful that we have been able to spend concentrated time getting to know each other, to find that we share the same calling to ministry, same goals, and that we love being together.  I admire Brandon for his Godly leadership and that we have kept Jesus as the center of our relationship!  I enjoy our Bible study and times of prayer.  We both can't thank my parents enough for their wisdom in guiding us and teaching us along the way to build a firm, God-honoring foundation at the beginning of our lives together.  After much prayer and confirmation of the Lord's will for our lives, God opened up several opportunities for us to minister and serve Him together.  We have held church services at the rescue mission, weekly at a nursing home, and he preaches at different services when called! We regularly lead a church service (Brandon preaches and we do the music) at a church in South Carolina. Here's a few of many pictures of our journey together: 

My best friend!

We enjoy traveling with church family to various revival meetings, church services, and choir trips where he often gets to preach!

We do a church service weekly for our nursing home, where he preaches, we sing, and I play for him as he leads the music :)  What joy it is to work together as a team ministering to others! 

My favorite preacher <3 

Bowling! :) 

My Valentine!! <3 Surprised me with a beautiful bouquet and my "Brandon Bear" haha :)))

Singing for our college Sunday School

Snow day! :)

Our matching "Victory" t-shirts ;D


Always having a great time together, no matter what we do :))

Please pray for us as together we "press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 3:14).  These past several months of smiling, singing, supporting, and serving by his side have been purely amazing.  He's a huge blessing to me and inspires me to walk closer to Jesus every day! 

Thanking the LORD for shining His face on us, and blessing us with so many special memories made together, and looking forward to many more to come!

With happiness and lots of love,

Brandon's Girl <3 







Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Update Letter


"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."  Isaiah 9:6

This is one of our favorite Scriptures about the Lord Jesus coming as flesh to live as fully God and fully man to take away the sins of the world.  It reminds us of His humbleness and yet His power.  It also proves His grace and faithfulness.

This year we have been made vividly aware of God's faithfulness.  He has proven over and over in big and little ways how He never fails, never changes, fulfills His promises in His Word and always provides.  Hence, the Adams Family Update is entitled: "GOD IS FAITHFUL"!  Also, you'll understand our mantra from Deuteronomy 7:9  "Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations."

We hope you have fun with our highlights from 2013 in a crossword puzzle! =)  For those who need a little help, look at the bottom - answers may be found there. =)

Merry Christmas and may God abundantly bless your 2014!
Nick & Kelly
Madelyn, Abigail & Gray

ACROSS:
1. ____ __________ celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary this year on January 23, 2013!! In over a month it will be the 21st year!  We can truly say that God has had His hand on our marriage and has continued to grow us closer to Him!  We are best friends and still in love - we feel abundantly blessed!
4. We're down to one pet, from five.  ________, Abigail's bunny, is enjoying being the center of attention.
5. All _______ of the Adams children sing in the Victory Baptist Choir at church.  We think they're quite an asset with their love for God and joyful spirit.
8. ________ can be found fishing, gardening, playing guitar, target shooting, building with wood and sportin' new bow ties while at church.  He participated in a Ministry Leadership Training at Higher Ground Ministry.
9. The ______ are both going locally to Victory Baptist Bible College and come home continually excited about what the Lord is teaching them through this special place!
10. _________ works different jobs but, not full time at either one!  She teaches piano, nanny's, is a bookkeeper for an attorney, works in a frame shop, and occasionally pet sits and babysits.  She also helps with singing and piano where needed at church.  She served at Higher Ground Ministries by teaching discipleship classes through horsemanship.
14. _________ is teaching preschool at Warren Baptist in the 1 year and 3 year old classrooms.  She loves her littles!  Before this she taught at A Child's World Daycare for 9 months.  She occasionally babysits too.  She is also teaching the 3rd grade girls Sunday School part-time at church and sings at church.
DOWN:
2. He turned 14 this year, he's in 8th grade, and this was the year he grew taller than his sisters (and liking it!)!  You know who this is, it's ______.
3. _____________ at our house loves to serve the Lord in different capacities; whether it's to help bring church to local Assisted Living facilities by singing and/or playing instruments (with Nick preaching sometimes), work VBS, serve food at Youth Ralley, traveling with Pastor in choir to camp meetings or evangelistic meetings, participate in singing for College/Singles, teaching or wherever we find a need!
6.  Madelyn and Abigail got a ____ that they share! They've named her "Channelle" and she's always on the go!
7. God has been ____________ this year (and every year)!
11. Working in Columbia, SC for a year and a half has been a blessing and a challenge for ______.  The job is a blessing, the commute of 3 hours a day has been a challenge.  Nick is faithful though, and God is even more faithful!
12. _________ is in her 9th year of homeschooling (yee-ha!)!  She teaches the 2nd grade girls Sunday School at our church.
13. We had a house ______ in August.  Thank the Lord no one was hurt.  We had smoke damage and some burn damage.  We are quick to say though, what's most important to us can't be burned up!

ANSWERS:
Across:  1. The Parents, 4.Razberry, 5. three, 8. Gray, 9. girls, 10. Abigail, 14. Madelyn
Down:  2. Grayson, 3. Everyone, 6. car, 7. faithful, 11. Nick, 12. Kelly, 13. fire

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Grayson is 14!!


Grayson
"Full of Wisdom"
"A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength."  Proverbs 24:5

Nicholas
"Victorious Heart"
"The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted."  Psalm 18:46

We can't believe our baby and only son is 14 today!!  We love the way you are growing and changing into the young man that you are!  We love that you are named after your Daddy!  There couldn't be a finer man to be named after!  You're still the same adventurous and exuberant guy you were when you were just two!  No one has determination, persistence, and creativity like you do and God put it in you to get any job done that you start, whether it's memorizing Scripture, cutting grass, school work, playing guitar, gardening, cooking, fishing, or all the million projects you come up with!  Everything you do you do it with vigor and passion and we know God will use all of that one day when you are a man!  We love when you care about each of us and want to spend time with those you love.  We love your concern for the hurting and lost souls and how you can't stand to miss church!  You encourage all of us to live for God and give with all we've got - just like you!  Thanks for making this world a happier place to be!

~HAPPY 14th BIRTHDAY, GRAY-MAN~

With all of our LOVE ~
Mama & Daddy
xoxoxoxox

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Extraordinary Times with Esteemed People!





Wouldn't trade this friendship for the world!

We go to Victory Baptist Bible College with these dear friends :).  Y'all are such a blessing!  These pics are from some of our choir trips to churches in GA, SC, and NC!





Fun fellowship with church family!

Madelyn's poor ankle :(


(thanks Mrs. Andy for the great action shots and Tristan for sharing them!!)

Happy Fall Y'all!!










Monday, September 23, 2013

Summer Happenings...in September - Part II

Jumping right in to the second part of our summer/September post here - we're starting off with Abigail's birthday that was on July 6th!

Abigail
"Source of Joy"
"Thou wilt shew me the path of life in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand are pleasures forever more."  Ps. 16:11

Susan
"Pure in Grace"
"For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly."  Ps. 84:11

Happy Birthday to our baby girl!  No one can ever take your place in our family!  I'm proud to call you my namesake and you truly do bring such joy to us all!  You are always so unselfish, encouraging, caring, and desire to deeply connect with all you know!  You always care about sharing the love of Jesus with others around you wherever you go!  It is encouraging to see you look for people to invest in to help them grow in the Lord!  Your willingness to stand alone has proved your loyalty to your Lord!  You're such emotional support for all in the family and you always bring such sunshine to every room you enter!  Your love and gift of music fills the house when you're here and it's never the same when you're not!  It's so exciting to see you reach such a big milestone with so much depth in your walk with the Lord!  We're proud of you! 

~HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY, CHIPMUNK~

With all of our LOVE ~
Mama & Daddy
xoxoxoxox

*A side note:  For those of you that are wondering if I made a type-o on putting "Susan" as the middle name for both the girls' birthday posts, it's not a type-o.  They both have the same middle name and it is also my middle name!  It is the Adams family female name!  It was Nick's idea. =) We had named Madelyn's middle name after me for two reasons.  The first reason was because Nick wanted her named after me.  The second was because my only sibling, Mark Anthony King, died when I was pregnant with Madelyn.  She was born only 6 days away from his birthday.  I wanted to name her after him some how, but, as you can see, the name would be difficult for a female.  My brother was 3 1/2 years old when I was born and he picked out my middle name - Susan!  So, that was as close as naming her after him as we could get.  When Abigail came along Nick wanted to use it again to make it a tradition and have her named after me as well.  It means more to me than I ever imagined it would. =)  Wow, that was a long side note! ha









Good times with family and the summer rolling along...



 



Our church, Victory Baptist, had a vacation Bible school with the theme Armor of God.  I'm so thankful for a church that keeps the themes actually Biblically focused.  I lead the crafts for approximately 150 children per night!  I had lots of help.  The girls helped me help the children with crafts, media, and sharing the Gospel (6 got saved that we know of!).  Gray was a troop leader of smaller children & helped the children with crafts.

I made these medieval costumes for the girls.



These are from the VBS play that was awesome!  Bro. Mark & Kelley did a great job heading up the whole week.


Our church had a Youth Ralley with about 2,200 in attendance from churches all over the southeast!  The choir is filled with youth folks.  It was very powerful & approximately 50 received Christ as Savior or renewed their commitment to Him!



They wrote a play that is a modern day rendition of Judgement Day.  It was incredibly moving and brought a realization to many of what the Revelation of John, as Pastor calls it, tells us will happen on that day.


Here are our fave angels that were in the play. =)  Aren't they adorable?!

Nick & I helped with lunch time.

There were some parody's done of some Southern Gospel songs that were shown at the Youth Rally on the big screens.  They were HILARIOUS!  The girls helped film one of them.  This is one from the song "All the Way".  Their theme was hash browns all the way from, yes, you guessed it - or should you admit that you recognized it - Waffle House! ha   I like to go for a smothered and covered once in a while too. =)

The girls went to Six Flags for the day with the college/singles group at church! 

Well, we come to the last documented event of our summer...Madelyn went to Canada and was in the wedding of one of her best friends, Leah!  The girls met while on a mission trip to Taiwan and China together and they worked together at IBLP HQ.  Madelyn did everyone's hair for the wedding.  I wish I had pictures of all the beautiful twists, curls and braids of how she put each girls hair up.  Congratulations Leah & Steve!