Several Hours from Home

It has been a beautiful day for a drive. The autumn leaves are pretty, the temperatures pleasant, and the company in the bus delightful.

After we passed St. Louis, we saw a reader board that said there was an accident on the interstate we would soon be on, and the left lane was closed, west bound.

As traffic slowed to a crawl, we observed a helicopter, and we guessed it was Lifeflight. A little later, an ambulance went by with lights and sirens. We prayed for those affected by the accident. It looked to be a serious one.

We will be home about 8 p.m. tonight, unless we hit another slow down. Thank you for praying!


“Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?”
(Proverbs 20:24).


We left about 8:15 EDT, and Lord willing, we are planning to be home tonight. It looks like we currently have 608 miles left.

We’re outside of Nashville at the moment.


“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalms 19:1).

Kansas Bound!

It is a cool evening, and I’m in the back of the bus, typing this post as we drive. It’s dark, and there has been a fair amount of traffic, but we made it safely through Atlanta. We wanted to get several hours down the road tonight.

Our hearts are full of gratefulness to the Lord for all He has done these past four weeks. It has been a journey, but the fruit in the lives of families has been worth it.

We will likely be home, Lord willing, late Sunday evening.

Thank you all for praying for us. Truly, we have needed each of your prayers and have felt them too!

I’ll leave you with a few pictures from the weekend, but we’ll do a full report later.


Dinner Friday evening.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalms 100:4).


We arrived here in the Savannah area Wednesday afternoon. As we drove up from Florida, we could feel the temperatures were dropping. By the evening, it felt cool. Ahhh. Autumn weather again!

We parked at a family’s house, who had invited us to stay with them for a few days. It’s been a blessing to fellowship. The L. family has attended many conferences throughout the last few years, and it is a joy to see them each time. In addition, we have been able to catch up on things we’ve needed to do.

We are looking forward to our final conference for this trip: Savannah!


Helping in the kitchen.

Bible time

Some of us exercised with their family.

We've had delicious meals and fellowship.

Joseph gave guitar lesson to several of the children.

Another family joined us last night for Bible time and s'mores.

Young and "old" alike enjoy s'mores.

“For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:5).

ITonRamp Testimonies & Courses

I wanted to take a few minutes to share what the Lord is doing through ITonRamp and to let you know about upcoming courses. It has been exciting to see the Lord’s Hand of blessing on it and the enthusiasm of our students.

The 2012 courses dates are now online. Home Track will be offered six times (one more course date for this year), HTML-Step One in Web Design (offered once), A+ course (offered twice), and a special Network+ course (offered once).

Let me share some comments from the Home Track and one from the A+.

“It was God’s gift to me, perfect timing and perfect content.  Worth every penny, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

“The Home Track was wonderful, I feel greatly empowered to use and trouble shoot my family’s computers now. I especially enjoyed learning how to set up a home network and how the hardware works. The book and webinars were presented in a friendly and engaging way that made it a joy to study and learn. The use of stories and analogies made it easier to understand and remember more difficult concepts. Thank you, and may God bless your work at ITonRamp!”

This was a comment from a family whose son took a course: “He is always a happy, kind young man who works hard, but he has become more confident and more of a ‘talker’ since beginning this class! I cannot tell you how many dinner conversations were ‘taken over’ by the topic of what he was learning in ITonRamp!”

“I like that Canadians could take the course. The length of the course was adequate. The students were taken at whatever level they were at and were encouraged to pursue greater learning from there.” [We’ve actually had a number of Canadians enroll in courses.]

I love this one from an A+ student.

“I have had so much fun! I never realized how much satisfaction there is in knowing exactly how something works. Thus far, the material is very comprehensible, and while challenging, it is also a brain stretching exercise, which I enjoy. I am very happy, and at peace, because for the first time in a very long time, I have found a purpose in doing something that I was meant to do and that the Lord has given me a talent in.”

You might wonder what age range ITonRamp is for. Students have varied from early teens to adults.


Nathan teaches: Home Track, A+ course, and Network+ course.


Joseph teaches: HTML-Step One in Website Design.

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalms 90:12).

Palm Coast Report

We arrived at the church around 5 p.m. The coordinator’s husband came early to help us get set up, and the church also had someone there, so it was easy! We felt welcome, and we enjoyed talking while we worked through details and set up sound and book tables. The group began arriving early, which is always nice as it helps when most are there at starting time. It seemed we had more younger children than normal, so that presented a few challenges, but we managed. 🙂 I think the Hearts session was a little shocking to some, but they were grateful for it, as evidenced afterward through conversation with us. The issue of keeping children’s hearts is the most important subject parents will face, but yet so many just float along with what everyone else is doing.

Floating along with what is comfortable is easy, but I am forever grateful to my parents for those hard decisions they have made throughout the years–decisions that go against the “flow.”


Without the bus, Mom came inside to do things on her computer.

“For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” (Luke 9:25).