Our church hosted its annual Concert In The Park today in the fair city of Jonesville, Michigan, and we had a really good turnout. Especially considering that it rained all morning and afternoon, right up until about an hour or so before it was to start. Then the sun came out and it was a glorious afternoon! The daughter's boyfriend was a last minute lead singer for one of the groups, practicing just three times (including just before the concert today).
In addition we had a men's quartet, the worship team, a pianist, and the choir who all did a section of the program. Everyone enjoyed the music, the food, and just the chance to visit with neighbors. No hard numbers but we're guess-timating that we had about 250 there. Not bad for a village of less than 2000 :-) The homemade ice cream (made in a 5 gallon ice cream maker powered by a John Deere one-cylinder gas engine) is always a hit.
Jonnes and Gertrude enjoyed a small town event and made some new friends. I think 20 years of "bringing the fatherhood of God to the fatherless" is evident even to these little ones, who instinctively know that the Bakimis love children.
Tonight we're relaxing and looking at photos and just enjoying our time together.