Saturday, March 19, 2011

Great times with friends and family

Haley H. - Williamsport, PA
Sophomore @ Wheaton 

Things ended up not working out with our second host families, so Grace, Mimi, Michelle & I stayed with Jocelyn Cox and her family. This little mix-up was the perfect testimony to the control that God has on our lives and the way he works seemingly stressful situations into absolute blessings.  Because things did not work out the way I had planned, I was able to spend precious time with amazing ladies from the Gospel Choir, getting to know them better and hearing how God has worked through their lives.  On top of that, the hospitality that was shown through Byron and Stacy Cox was incredible, and they made me feel so comfortable and welcome.  One night after a long day of leading others in worship with the rest of GC, all of us girls were sitting around the Cox's kitchen table with Mrs. Cox, and she shared her unbelieveable testimony with us- talk about amazing.  Later on in our stay I was so blessed by Mimi as we shared our life stories with each other around the Cox's pool after devouring plates of Jamaican chicken, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes, compliments of the wonderful women at Rhema Church.  On top of all of this, I was so incredibly blessed by Jenna and Jocelyn's musical talent as they played songs on the piano and guitar and sang beautiful harmonies together. I was also blessed with a night of laughter as Mr. Cox shared all of his stories of the chapel pranks he and the rest of the Wheaton swim team used to try to pull off (unfortunately none of them were ever very successful). Everything about our short stay with Cox family was a gift from God.  If I learned anything from this experience it was that God truly is in control of every situation of our lives, and He works everything out for the good of those who love Him.  

Hallelujah- God is so good! 

One last picture of the whole choir and band outside of First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale before we headed
the airport.
(Left to Right) Haley H,  Mimi G, Grace A.

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