Winter Tour 2018|| Week 4

The week started out in South Carolina. There was a day of training and orientation in preparation for volunteering in the prisons.
Over 400 Christians gathered to join together in sharing the Gospel in the prisons of South Carolina. 
Before we all went our separate ways for the week, there were a few extra hours for sweet fellowship.....in this case conversation with friends over chai and chocolate. What could be better?
Going into the prisons is always sobering. We see firsthand the results of sin, wrong choices, abuse, and addiction. We are reminded of the power of Christ to set the captives free- hallelujah! It is a joy to proclaim hope to the hopeless behind bars, and to come alongside the Christian brothers and sisters  behind bars.
Singing teams from all over the US and Canada gathered to serve in this revival, alongside hundreds of other servants of the Lord. We were blessed to be stationed in the same district as dear friends. Though we didn't see much of each other due to full schedules of services, we grabbed a few opportunities for fellowship throughout the week
boys + smoothies + Risk....a recipe for success!
Our sweet Joshua and Cassidy got some additional special time with their "other family"......not "Cassidy's family" since they are Joshua's now, too.:)  Sweet, sweet memories!
After the prison revival, we headed further south. These trees and Spanish moss along the way were MAGNIFICENT!
These dear friends treated us to a good dose of VERY Southern hospitality! We loved having a few hours with them before sharing a concert at their church one evening.
These little ones gathered around Liz to "help" one evening before a concert.....so precious! We were thrilled when some of them came to our concert that evening. The community center we sang at is starting an outreach to the neighborhood young people. We loved hearing about their vision!
"O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together."
Thank you to each one of you who have prayed for us, hosted us, and encouraged us in so many ways! We are grateful!


Life Update from Mitchell and Bryn

On September 2, 2017, Mitch and Bryn tied the knot!  
 The pictures below tell the story of their past 5 1/2 months together and their life today. 
Honeymooning in Duncan's Cove, Nova Scotia. Mitch and Bryn 
also visited Prince Edward Island for one day.
1 1/2 years ago our family climbed this lighthouse at Mass Town Market. 
Though Mitchell and Bryn didn't have this stop in their itinerary, Mitchell
noticed the familiar sight as they were filling up with gas nearby!
Working together is an incredible way to build family bonds. Mitch and Bryn 
enjoyed many hours in the tractor this fall with Bontrager Family Applicators.
Together at the National Bible Bee.
With Hudson, our family's 3rd place winner.


Enjoying a fun pizza party at the hotel with the four youngest Bontragers.
Mitch and Bryn have done an excellent job since taking over the management at the hotel. 
Mitchell especially loves working with people and solving their many problems. 
He's also an expert at working with a wide variety of personalities.
Together, Mitch an Bryn make an unstoppable team!
The thrills of Iowa snow in winter!
Mitch and Bryn attended their first wedding as a married couple. This time they 
weren't quite as involved as in the last wedding.:) 

Today, Mitchell and Bryn manage the Dutch Country Inn. On the side, Mitchell teaches three guitar students and Bryn teaches three piano students. They are also assistant Sunday School Class leaders at church. Above all, they are committed to following the Lord Jesus Christ together and glorifying 
Him in all that they do. 

"But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, 
and his righteousness unto children's children." --Psalm 103:17


Winter Tour 2018|| Week 3

Week 3 of this tour found us doing concerts in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. We were blessed with many opportunities to minister at a variety of churches, and are especially grateful for very dear families we were able to meet and share with. God has given us a burden to encourage and strengthen families, and it is a blessing when He gives those divine appointments along the way!

We usually have two singing engagements per Sunday, as well as one almost every evening of the week. It is our goal to take at least one evening off per week (although that doesn't always happen:) and we spend those in a variety of ways. This particular evening (after a full day of errands, driving, schoolwork, music practice, and office work), we went to the city and the couples (Mom/Dad + Josh/Cass) went on dates, while the rest of us had Creamy Chicken Fajita supper (pictured below) in the bus. After dinner, Allison, Liz, and Rebecca walked to a nearby Trader Joes for a fun sister shopping excursion while the guys played Rook in the bus.

We take turns (by day) cooking on the bus. This week, when it was Elizabeth's turn, she made a delicious breakfast of Peanut Butter + Chocolate Overnight Oats, Fried Eggs, and Fresh Fruit. It was delicious!
We were going for a new record......10 days in between doing laundry! A big, empty laundromat with HUGE washers + dryers was a welcome sight, and drawers were filled with clean + fresh things once again.:)


Announcing the 16th Annual Turning Hearts Celebration!

We are thrilled to announce  the 16th annual Turning Hearts Celebration! After a year break, due to a few family weddings, the event will continue once again. This year's Celebration is one your family will not want to miss!

Join us on Labor Day, September 3rd, to fellowship with like-minded families from across the U.S, experience our Iowa farm, enjoy hay rides in the country, and play football and volleyball.

Flip Benham baptizing Jane Roe of Roe vs. Wade

At the Turning Heart Celebration, you will discover how a father raised two sons to be fearless Daniels in today's Babylon.

You will hear from a bold warrior who has dedicated his life to stopping the murder of the unborn.

You will learn the story of the man who led Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of Roe vs. Wade, to the Lord.

The Speaker

Flip Benham is a the father of twins David and Jason Benham..David and Jason are a fearless warriors who are unashamed to proclaim the truth in today's society.

Married to his wife Faye for forty-five years, Flip is the father of five children and grandfather of sixteen.

A former pastor, Flip Benham is the founder of Operation Save America.

Appearing on numerous local and national television and radio programs (Good Morning America, 48 Hours, Sonja Live, Dennis Prager Live, ABC World News Tonight, CBS News, NBC News, Hannity & Colmes, and CNN), Flip Benham is a bold witness for the Lord Jesus Christ in the public arena.

He has been interviewed by the Washington Post, Washington Times, New York Times, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, World Magazine, and virtually every major newspaper in the country.  Flip leads by example, having spent time in jail for the cause of Christ in Wichita, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, Lynchburg, Charlotte, Washington D.C., and numerous other cities.

Flip Benham’s Passion

Flip Benham firmly believes “Abortion will come to an end in America when the Church of Jesus Christ makes up her mind it will come to an end – and not one second sooner!”

His passion can be summed up in the following words:

Operation Save America unashamedly takes up the cause of preborn children in the name of Jesus Christ.  We employ only biblical principles.  The Bible is our foundation, the Cross of Christ our strategy and the repentance of the Church of Jesus Christ our goal.  As the Church changes her heart toward unborn children, God Himself will hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and bring healing to our land.  

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only answer to the multiple maladies savaging our nation.  It is upon our active repentance in the streets of our cities that the Gospel is visibly lived out.  We become to the church, to our city, and to our nation living parables rightly representing God’s heart toward His helpless children.  Abortion is preeminently a Gospel issue.  The cross of Christ the only solution.

Football on the field

Hay Rides

At Turning Hearts Celebration, everyone from the oldest to youngest can learn something!

Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks! Make sure to come bring your entire family on Labor Day, September 3rd, to be uplifted, challenged, inspired, and equipped.

"And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." --Malachi 4:6


Winter Tour 2018|| Week 2

Hello from the South! Contrary to popular opinion, it's not always warm in the South. In fact, it can be downright chilly! The photo above is from a particularly chilly, drizzly, grey day in Alabama. We unloaded the equipment in the rain, and it was still raining a few hours later when we walked into the church to do the morning service.
We were blessed to enjoy a delicious breakfast at our sweet MS "adopted grandparents" house. We did a concert in their very southern town that evening.
Denver has stepped up to fill Carson's vacated place as bus maintenance man, and he's doing a fantastic job!
"How Can I Keep From Singing Your Praise?": Hudson on bass, Liz on piano, Joshua singing tenor, Cassidy singing alto, Allison singing lead, and Denver singing bass.
These sweet blog readers drove several hours to one of our concerts, and it was such fun to get to know them a little bit afterwards!
And another sweet blog reader that came a LONG way, too! We love meeting new friends from all over.
Our awesome recording engineer/producer brought his family to our concert when we were in their area. It was so fun to see them!
And we appreciated his sound tips afterwards!
Liz and Rebecca with new friends.
Nothin' like a good arm wrestling competition!!


Young Women's Retreat

Allison is hosting another Young Women's Retreat!!!

If you would like to attend an encouraging, inspiring event AND enjoy fellowship with other Christian young women, this Retreat is for you!!!

Allison goes all out to provide a refreshing + uplifting atmosphere where you will experience challenging teaching, good fellowship, delicious food, and more.

Joshua's wife Cassidy will be the guest speaker, and you don't want to miss her powerful + practical talks. In addition, you will hear several sessions from Allison, be part of a "small group" for times of discussion + prayer, have worship times with the entire group, and enjoy lots of free time to relax, have quiet time, and make new friends.

Visit Allison's Blog to read her invitation post.

Visit the Retreat website for more information, FAQs, and registration.

Email Allison with questions: allison@youngwomensretreat.com 

PS: While this event is primarily for single gals, married young women are welcome to attend as well. Cassidy (obviously married:) will be there, and we would love to have some of you young married ladies join us, too!


February 2018 Tour Dates

 Our February tour schedule finds us in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. 
If you live nearby we would love to see you at one of our concerts! 

1...White Rock Baptist, Chapin, SC, 7pm
2...Calvary Baptist, Statham, GA, 7pm
3...Botsford Baptist, Waynesboro, GA, 6pm
4-8...Gospel Express Prison Crusade, SC
9...Sisters Baptist, Sandersville, GA, 7pm
10...Crossroads Bible Church @ Seventh Day Adventist Church, Ocala Fl, 6pm
11...Hope Fellowship, Sarasota FL, 9:30am
11...Hernando Church of the Nazarene, Hernando, FL, 6pm
13...Birky Square, Pinecraft, FL, 6pm
14...First Baptist of SW Broward, Hollywood FL, 7pm
16...First Baptist, Mims, FL, 7pm
17...Roberts Barn, Polk City FL, 6pm
18...Colonial Baptist, Venice, FL, 10am
18...Bible Baptist, Bradenton FL, 6pm
21...Berean Christian Fellowship, Tallahassee, FL, 6:30pm
22...Eastwood Baptist Church, Monroeville, AL, 6:30pm
23...Plainview Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL, 7pm
24...Men's Meeting @ Ray's Chapel, McDavid, FL, 5pm
25...Rays Chapel, McDavid, FL, 10am & 6pm