Faith Baptist Church, Laurens, SC

Deborah: Thank you to the pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Laurens, William Cole, for inviting me to come and play my harp at the pastor’s meeting! It was a packed auditorium, and it was great meeting some young kids who were interested in my harp as well as meeting local pastors in the area. Keep up the good work!!

Laurens County Museum, SC

Deborah: “It was a wonderful afternoon at the Laurens County Museum! A good crowd showed up for the grand opening of the new Martha Franks display! The lecture speakers were very interesting as they shared about the life of Martha Franks and her Christian testimony. Thank you, Lynn McQueen, for inviting me to play my harp during the exhibit viewing!”

Ludington, Michigan

We had so much fun visiting our sweet Grammy in Michigan! We enjoyed playing all our instruments around our rental home’s cozy living room, and she loved to sit on the sofa soaking it all in.  We had fun playing games, eating breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and having devotions and prayer times together.

We love and pray for our sweet Grammy!

Ellis Island, NY

Welcome to the family, Hope!  Luke is engaged to our beautiful friend and soon to be sister-in-law!  We thank God for her!

Christmas Recitals, Clinton, SC

Priscilla once again held back-to-back recitals for her students (and this year, Susanna had her new students join).  Both events made for a packed-out church!  Deborah played the prelude music, and it was wonderful to hear all the Christmas music and see the festive attire.  What a fun night!

Designs by D, Laurens, SC

Deborah: “I had a lot of fun playing my harp at Designs by D, a beautiful store located on the Square in downtown Laurens.  Thank you to those who purchased Christmas CDs from me!”

Wedding at Old Stone Church, Spartanburg, SC

Deborah: “I had so much fun playing my harp for a wedding in Spartanburg! The venue at Old Stone Church was gorgeous. Congratulations Tim and Susie! Thank you both for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your special day!”

In Memory of Danny Duncan, Greenville, SC

Peter:

Thank you, Tammy, for asking me to play the piano for Danny’s funeral. It was an honor for me to do it. Danny was a great boss to work for, and he knew a lot about his work, taught me a lot, and always treated me fairly and kindly, which made working on the computer projects with him very enjoyable.

In Memory of Bob Wright, Easley, SC

Thank you, Shirley, for asking us to provide music for your husband’s funeral. He was one of the kindest men we know. We’ll always remember with fondness the Thanksgiving we spent together. We loved hearing Bob’s stories and seeing his sweet admiration for you. He was an amazing, humble man who loved his family and the Lord. We look forward to seeing him again. It was wonderful to see many old friends and familiar faces that came to show their respects at RSBC.

Sweet Grammy

We are so blessed to have had our sweet 92-year-old Grammy live with us for almost three months. After voicing her strong desire to live with our family for months prior, she moved in with us and was so happy! She loved having us girls take care of her every day. Her strength drastically improved as physical therapists and the guys in the family worked with her daily on exercises. She was excited to be working towards more independence, as she was starting to be able to do more things on her own. Her favorite place was on the couch in the kitchen, where she could look out the window at all our animals, especially our little black kitten, her favorite.

Although she let everyone—people here and in her family—know about her desire to live with us, and not at the nursing home, unfortunately a probate court in Michigan ordered her back into the Michigan assisted living facility anyway—against her will—for guardianship proceedings that began after she moved in with us. It is so sad to see the voices of vulnerable elderly people, who have worked hard their whole lives, ignored in their later years. Many leaders and officials in our county and state of South Carolina are furious at the injustice our grandmother faced, and they wonder how something like this could even happen in America. Grammy asked, “Why doesn’t anyone care what I have to say about it?” She also said, “How could this happen? This is America!”

We would appreciate your prayers for our family and for Grammy to have strength, peace, and comfort as she is away from what she called “Home, Sweet Home.” We counted it a privilege to have taken care of Grammy entirely out of our own money, without spending a penny of hers, and we would continue to care for her ourselves if given the chance. We love her very much and thank God for the sweet time we were able to spend with her!

Spring Recital, Clinton, SC

We had fun at Priscilla’s recitals for her students. This year, there were so many people that she had to split it up into two back-to-back recitals so that we could fit everyone in the church! It worked out great, and all the food that people brought was so good.

A Special Birthday Party, Piedmont, SC

Our “Angel Joe”

Many years ago, when our children were small, I would take them for walks in the subdivision behind our house.  As best as I can remember, when we had around 7 young ones at the time (baby to 10 years), I took them for our usual stroll with our older boys riding their bikes.  They called a large incline the “Lion Hill” due to cement lions outside one of the houses at the hill.  While speeding down, my 8-year-old son lost control and took a bad spill off his bike.  He was screaming uncontrollably with pitiful tears spilling out of his eyes.  As I was trying to juggle everything and feeling overwhelmed, I cried out to the LORD for help.  A kindly-looking man seemed to appear out of nowhere with a shirt that had big letters:

J-E-S-U-S

across the front. He came to my aid and helped calm my son down, cleaned up his bleeding wounds, and set us back on our way.  When I finished getting our baby settled into the stroller and looked up to thank him, he was gone!  From that day forward, we always referred to him as our “Angel.”  Although we had walked the subdivision for years leading up to that day and for years following,  we never saw him….until about 3 years ago and 20 years after the incident.

Walking into an assisted-living facility nearby where our family has ministered for over 25 years, I immediately recognized a new resident—our “Angel” Joe! 😊 (We learned that he had lived behind the subdivision on the other side).  We thank God for sending him back into our lives.  He is truly one of the most kind and gentle men we have ever known.  He has since moved to another facility closer to our farm, and every week Peter plays the piano or accordion, holds a devotional and prayer time, and visits with the residents there.  Sometimes we join him.  Our family had the honor of being invited to Joe’s 88th birthday party, and while we were there, the girls were asked to sing.  May God continue to bless our “Angel Joe”, as we’ll never forget his act of kindness so long ago. 

–KariJoy

Billboard Update! Laurens, SC

We either stand for what’s right or we stay silent.
I am proud to say that we are standing strong in Laurens County, and I am honored to lead the charge. What started as a transgender/LGBTQ propaganda billboard targeting the most vulnerable among us, our children, has since transformed into a message of biblical truth. God has been at work in our community and this story is simply too good not to share.

–Luke Rankin

New billboard:

Laurens County Republican Convention, SC

We are excited that Luke won reelection for chairman for the Laurens County Republican Party!  It was an answer to prayer.  We enjoyed singing the National Anthem to kick off the event.  Loud bursts of thunder accompanied both the opening and closing prayers as well as the perfect timing during our song. 😊   What a morning—Praise God!