Over the last 10 years the Lazarus Family has enjoyed taking what most would call a vacation. From the outside our vehicle looks packed to the gills with a south side lean, rear luggage carrier and all. Eight of us packed in, like not so neatly folded laundry in an overstuffed drawer, for 14 hours of driving.  It looks like a family vacation, but it’s much different.

A wedding in Springfield, Mo was our original destination and reason for traveling.

Just to put this in perspective, it may help to mention, we never officially met the bride and groom prior to the wedding, which made this trip especially exciting.

The bride and groom’s dedication to Christ was remarkable and we were truly blessed to attend their special day.  This couple is impressive.  I’m excited to see what God does through them in the future as they commit their lives to honoring God in all they do. 

Two birthdays would be mildly celebrated for our two oldest children while on the road.  My son really wanted to go to Murfreesboro, AR to look for diamonds in the worlds only diamond mine open to the public.  We enjoyed our stay in the Queen of Diamonds Inn, recommended to us by Pastor Rick Watts of Marshall, AR.

Most of the time we would avoid an “Inn” like this but trusted the referral and were happy we did.  This overnight stay reminded me more of a well kept Bed & Breakfast than a roadside inn.

At the Crater of Diamonds, we found some rare earth minerals, but no diamonds.  We did have fun looking though.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

I enjoyed another opportunity to speak with the Marshall football team, parents and coaching staff.  Having spent some time with them last year, I enjoyed coaching them up using “The Great 8” this year.

My son Abram, has wanted to get baptized for some time now, and he wanted to get baptized, like Brandon Burlsworth was, as depicted in Greater the Movie.  We were blessed to share that experience with Brandon’s youth Pastor, Rick Watts, and Brandon’s brother and sister-in-law, Marty and Vickie Burlsworth.

We also enjoyed seeing wild elk not far away near the Buffalo River in Ponca, Ar.

Our trip concluded with a speaking engagement in Conway, Ar where Pastor Rick and I, were privileged to join Mary Burlsworth in sharing the life and legacy of his little brother, Brandon Burlsworth.  We count this as a privilege and honor.  Conway Event Large

Perhaps, our GREATEST purpose on the trip was further developing key relationships as we see God moving in the lives of those that Brandon’s life still impacts to this day.

Brandon’s Favorite Bible Verse

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13

We are excited to see how God continues to use Brandon’s life to impact the world through the movie Greater and all that the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation does.

If you are interested in learning more visit: http://brandonburlsworth.org

Interested in learning why Brandon’s life still inspires so many to this day, watch “Greater“.  Click the link: Buy Greater the Movie