Big Sandy Conference

this april was our first year attending the annual ATI family conference in big sandy, texas. we left after church on easter to drive 18 hours and arrive sometime on tuesday. between the few stops we made and dad’s speeding (he did receive a ticket while in texas!) we made it to the campus on monday evening.

     the theme for the conference was “Looking Unto Jesus”. i thoroughly enjoyed the sermons that were preached by speakers such as: David Gibbs Jr., Tom Harmon, Gil & Kelly Bates, Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar, Gabriel Cleator, and many more! it was such a wonderful week of fellowship and life lessons that will not easily be forgotten. we also reunited with John-Clay Burnett who helped my dad film a documentary last year, and met his wonderful family!


i was also surprised to see a friend from journey to the heart at the conference! It was so nice to reunite after 10 months!


i had the privilege of being in the choir this year. it was so fun!


there are programs for kids of all ages including ALERT Cadets for the boys, Pre-Embassy for girls 8-11 and COMMIT for girls 12-15.

on the last night, each of the groups performed songs and/or scripture memory that they had been working on throughout the week.



we loved meeting new people and forming long-lasting friendships!



we decided to drive home through oklahoma and join the spend time with the Burnett’s!




while in oklahoma we came across an old junkyard with this parked out front:


needless to say, we pulled over immediately and i believe, if we had a trailer, this thing would be in our garage right now :)

the owner, casey, was eager to show us all of his treasures including this “thing” that he built. (It actually drives!)


he even built an indoor pool!


we also had the opportunity to share the gospel with casey and are praying for his salvation.

overall, the whole trip was great-even being trapped in a packed car for several hours at a time! we’re even talking about returning next year!

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

~ Phillipians 1:21



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