The last two days have been busy, and I will try to catch everyone up at some point. For now, I’ll leave you with several things. Conference has been going incredibly great, and we have been thrilled to talk to many people and encourage them in the Lord. We’ll post more later.
Bible time last night with friends that came down from New Hampshire.
“For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me” (Psalms 31:3).
Well, after an uneventful drive, for which we were grateful, we arrived here safely this afternoon. It was a beautiful day, and the temperatures and humidity were down, which allowed for a pleasant-ride for the passengers.
Tomorrow is set up day, and the convention starts Friday morning at 8 a.m. After experiencing storms and the flash flood this morning, I think we’ll be ready for a good night’s rest.
Sarah for the rest
“Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope” (Acts 2:26).
In the night, a large storm went through, complete with hail. It was soon a “storm watching” mini-party, as most of us came to the front of the bus, and observed the storm. When you have hail go through, there’s no sleeping because it’s like being inside a metal drum with someone beating on the outside.
Eventually, we went back to bed. A little before 6, Dad and Mom woke up and had their time with the Lord. When Dad was through, he lifted his blind, and disbelief swept over him. “We’re flooded,” he told Mom. The Beaver RV park was now appropriately named, as we were in Beaver Creek. The only thing missing was the beavers. At that point, all that mattered was to get out and get out quick.
John stepped out into the murky, brown water and felt the shocking coolness. He used an insulated pry bar to disconnect us from shore power. Dad started the bus, and John waded with effort through the water ahead of us, removing objects out of our way and feeling where the road was to lead Dad. The RV parked seemed too quiet for being flooded. Few appeared to be aware of the danger. We had seen a truck leave, but he wasn’t warning people. Dad used Uriah’s air horn to alert others. A few people came to their doors.
We continued on, and our hearts were full of gratitude to the Lord as we pulled onto dry cement. We drove across the street, and to our surprise, saw another RV park, high and dry on a hill. Hmmm…. It would have been a much better choice to have stayed there! Dad called 911 to alert the emergency personnel of the situation. Volunteer firemen began showing up, and as we left, a boat was also arriving.
Initially, we had thought the bays were flooded, which would have meant a loss of quite a few books and our electronics. But, no, the bays did not flood, and only the very bottom of some of the boxes were damp on the bottom layer! Again, AMAZING!
We also saw the Lord’s hand in where we parked. It was dark when we arrived last night, and we had to figure out where we could find a 50 amp plug. The spot we would have liked was full, so we ended up finding a different place. Looking back, that one spot was near the creek, and we definitely would have had damage and far greater difficulty in getting out.
The Lord brought this verse to my mind: “And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 1:23). Several things struck me. It appeared hardly anyone was aware of the danger, and they were likely still sleeping, not realizing they had a major problem. Then, when they were warned, the few I saw out, didn’t seem too concerned. Translate this into a person’s spiritual condition. So often, people aren’t concerned about where they’re going to spend eternity. They are content to live without dealing with the situation at hand (aka: eternity, because a person doesn’t know when the end will come for them). They “hope” they will go to heaven. Eternity is too long to stake your future on uncertainty. Scripture says you can know for sure (1 John 5:13), and it involves repenting of your sins and asking Jesus to be your Savior.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed” (Romans 10:9-11).
More later, but we woke up to being in the midst of a flash flood. In an incredible way, we were able to get out, and warn others as we left, along with notifyingÂ emergencyÂ personnel of the situation. We are praising the Lord for His protection. Watch for more pictures and the story!
“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler” (Psalms 91:4).
It is always a delightful relief–if one can get past thinking of all the things you might have forgotten–to get in the bus and be gone. This is only a small trip, about a fifth of the length of the last one, so things did seem much easier to get ready, but we still managed to forget a few food items, but no big deal.
Yesterday was full as we prepared. Dad, Mom, Joseph, Jesse, and Nathan were heavily involved in ITonRamp.com, and the rest of us all had our ownÂ responsibilitiesÂ to prepare for leaving. This morning dawned early, and our goal was to leave at 7:30. It was actually about 8 when we left. As we drove down the street, we heard an odd noise. We weren’t making it very far. John got out and discovered we were dragging a stick, which shouldn’t have made that much noise, but anyway, the noise was gone, so we were set.
Temperatures and humidity were up today, and we decided to do an open-air ride until about lunchtime (so we wouldn’t have to run the generator), when we neared St. Louis and rain. We fired up the generator and turned on the air, not without event, though. For some reason, the circuit breaker on the generator had been tripped. So, we pulled over to reset it. After we were on our way again, the air was on for only about two minutes, and we lost power again. Puzzling! So, we pulled over and John discovered the reason. It was because the extension cord in the generator bay had shifted and shut the breaker off. Very odd. John moved the extension cord to another bay, and we were set. We were very grateful for the cool air! Most of us took naps, since sleep was on the short side last night.
Late afternoon, we were excited because it was going to work out for us to briefly see our friends, Dave and Liz, at a W-M in Indiana off the interstate. The call was made, and they hopped in their car and began driving. They arrived only a few minutes before us. What a delight it was to chat with them and eat dinner. We had a great time of fellowship in the bus. It seemed surreal to think that we were actually sitting in a W-M parking lot with our dear friends! What a blessing it was. After awhile, though, we had to say good-bye, because we needed to make it further tonight.
About twenty minutes after we left them, I had gone to grab what I would need to work on a blog post, when there was a loud explosion, and the truck next to us swerved back and forth as he struggled to maintain control over his truck. The noise was so dramatic, some thought we had been hit, but since we didn’t feel any impact, we knew that wasn’t the case. We immediately knew what was going on: one of the tires from the truck beside us had exploded. Debris from the shredded tire flew everywhere, and we think some of it hit the bus. Dad could see parts of the tire going everywhere in his rear view mirror. We are extremely grateful for the Lord’s protection over us and all the other drivers around; there could easily have been accidents and serious damage. In the meantime, the truck driver was able to pull safely off of the interstate.
We are stopped for the night outside of Columbus, Ohio, and we’ll drive the last 7 hours to Harrisburg tomorrow!
“Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” (Colossians 1:11).