10th Annual Turning Hearts Celebration

The Annual Turning Hearts Celebration, held on our farm on Labor Day 2011, has once again come and gone. It was a wonderful day full of food, fun activities, music, and challenges from God's Word for the entire family!
Here is the day in pictures....
sweet young ladies who were such a blessing with their servants' hearts and cheerful smiles
more helpers cutting melons...
the Bates Family came all the way from TN to share in music and God's Word. What a blessing they were to everyone! We were encouraged by their love for the Lord and each other.
(visit their blog here to see additional pictures from Labor Day)
Katie, Carlin, & Josie singing the "Pouchy Lips" song.
football for the guys...
preparing to serve the multitudes. 
Mr. Bates shared two powerful messages, "Beware Where You Stare; It May Become a Snare" & "One Failure No Family Can Afford To Make"
 Mrs. Bates with Judson
 Throughout the day, we held drawings for various resources that would encourage families
 "What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought, since Jesus came into my heart..."
attentiveness by even the young children was so sweet!
photos by wesley desaulniers & chelsy bontrager
posted by chelsy


  1. Looks like LOTS of fun!
    I really enjoyed all the pictures :)
    God bless!

  2. It was wonderful to meet you all and we had a beautiful time. We are still ABCing except for that one time we skipped C and went to S for Stressed!!! God was moving that day and we certainly felt teh Holy Spirits presence. Anyway we will see you next year and thanks for letting us bring our scnoodle.
    May God bless your fall! Love, The Jepson's

  3. I enjoyed reading about your labor day celebration of singing, preaching and praising God. I would have loved to be there, but since I know that won't ever happen, I'll read about it instead! God bless ya'll...

  4. Hello,
    Yes, we were blessed!
    Also, we were blessed by the messages Mr.Bates shared!
    Thank you for letting Anna, Jessica, & I help serve dinner, we had fun chating with other sweet young ladies!
    God Bless you!
    Maggie for the Mayo family

  5. Hello Bontragers!:)
    Looks like you had a wonderful time! Great pictures!

    Blessings to you all...

  6. Hey bontraggers!
    do the bates ever come to familycamp? if so are they coming this year? Ididnt see them last year


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