Monday, October 14, 2013

FCA Rally

As many of my friends will tell you, I held on to a scripture for dear life when Dennis was in the hospital.  It is Psalms 30:5... weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.  I would say that scripture every night wondering if I would every laugh again and knowing in my heart that God's promises are true.  As I have said before on my blog, Joy is not an emotion, it is a decision, and Dennis and I made the decision that we would live in joy no matter what our circumstances were.  Nehemiah tells us that the Joy of our Lord is our strength.  Dennis and I need that source of strength, the supernatural kind.  Dennis had the chance to talk to a lot of kids at Fairview's FCA rally last week and his topic was of course, Joy.  For those of you who don't know FCA stands for Fellowship of Christian Athletics.  These kids are awesome.
This is our high school gym where the rally took place.  Kids from surrounding towns came and it was a great time.  We had praise and worship with Travis Schmidt from the Mennonite Brethren church.

 Those two ladies on the right are some awesome friends of mine, Pearl and Debbie!
Then our neice Karley introduced Dennis and he gave a talk about his accident and what led him to the Lord and then being joyful in all circumstances.

The main speaker was a great kid named Tyler Zander.  He lost his leg two summers ago in a grain auger accident.  He gave his testimony about his accident, bitterness and forgiveness.  He is doing great and a sophomore at the greatest school ever, OSU!  He was truly inspiring. 

At the end they had some questions and answers.

It was a truly inspiring night and our thanks to Linda Zimmerman for inviting us.  She does so much for these kids and has a true ministry.  That's Linda with the Christ #1 t-shirt on.  Thanks, Linda!

                                              Much love, Cheri


  1. What a wonderful thing for Chris to do......and such a powerful message. We all need to remember to find the joy in our lives.....Janey

  2. So sorry! .I meant to say Dennis!!!!!!

  3. Thank you for sharing! I love to hear testimonies of other peoples lives.

  4. Support is critical in times of crisis. Best wishes!