July 6, 2021

7th Annual Turning Hearts Celebration


Lots of food for 400 people!
In the morning we were blessed by the help of many dear friends (the Lincheids & Ethel receive the top award for cutting the most watermelon! Only about 35 watermelon…..:)) Thanks to each of you that made this event possible by your gracious help! We love you all!

The cheerful “assembly line”

This sight was so precious….and reminded me (Chelsy) that this picture is really what the “Turning Hearts Celebration” is all about: the family being drawn closer to each other & the Lord.

Children enjoyed the sandbox….

…..and adults enjoyed good conversations w/ old and new friends

A few of the many people!

Hayrides were a highlight once again

And the yearly game of football for the guys…….

……..how is it that whenever guys get together, it is just understood that the common interest is football?!

Fellowship & Food

James Yoder kindly offered to run the sound system this year….thanks, Mr. Yoder!

Norm Wakefield gave 2 challenging messages that were very inspiring & convicting.

The Wissmann Family was back again this year and gave a concert in the evening

Our family ended the day with several songs…….and thus concluded the 7th Annual Turning Hearts Celebration! God moved in mighty ways and we were once again so blessed to see His amazing work in the lives of so many families who are following with all their hearts after Him!

“And He shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
Malachi 4:6
We hope to see you all (and many more!) next year at the 8th Turning Hearts Celebration!
(photos by Wes Desaulniers & Chelsy Bontrager)


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  1. Hello Bontrager’s!

    I found your blog back in May, and kind of forgot about it! I just found it again last night through Bethany’s, and have really enjoyed it. BTW, the new background looks nice! 🙂

    Looks like the Turning Hearts celebration was a lot of fun, and a blessing. Thank you for sharing!

    Noelle M.

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