It’s a warm, hazy, day (happy 1st day of summer), and we’re rolling along on the Pennsylvania turnpike. We made great progress last night and into the morning hours. Team A, with Dad being the driver, stayed up until about 10:30, and then Team B, who had been taking naps for several hours, was ready to take their shift.
John, Team B Driver, handled the bus well, and even drove through construction in Columbus. Anna and Jesse, the remainder of Team B, enjoyed keeping John company. We stopped for the night, ummm, morning, about 3 a.m. right after entering Pennsylvania.
Air conditioning is working great, for which we are blessed. A pleasant hum of conversation fills the bus. We will be arriving in the Philadelphia area late afternoon, Lord willing.
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
It was a full morning of preparations, but we were able to leave about 11:40 a.m. Now, we have twenty hours of driving to make it to the Philadelphia area. We’ll split it into two days, arriving sometime mid-afternoon tomorrow.
Our family pulls together to finish all the necessary details to be able to leave. Each person plays a crucial role. Whether it be food prep, laundry, bus maintenance, ministry prep, or running errands–it all has to be done. In the midst of the preparations, if one person needs help, someone else gladly pitches in. What a blessing!
We said good-bye to all the relatives before leaving town. Abby asked Aunt Anna to make sure to send lots of pictures.
Our hearts are excited about this SEARCH conference. They originally contacted us last year, and we have been so blessed by the leadership’s hearts and vision. It is our joy and delight to be able to come alongside them and share.
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.”
The blog has been a bit silent, as everyone has been scrambling to get ready. Amidst the trip preparations, we have enjoyed helping Nathan and Melanie get back on their feet and are very excited about their new addition to their family. Lord willing, we will be hitting the road tomorrow after Josephâ€™s webinar. The time is ticking down until our departure, and we are excited to be loading up in the bus again!
“To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.”
Sunday afternoon, Melanie and Christina were able to come home. Praise the Lord. More later.
“I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.”
With a grateful heart, we praise the Lord Jesus for bringing us into this family and giving us a godly heritage through Dad. Dad is a first-generation Christian, and about thirty-seven years ago, he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus. Dad’s life is a beautiful testimony of a man dedicated to following the Lord.
Appropriately, Paul says in 1 Timothy 5:17: “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” Truly, this is Dad.
Sometimes we marvel at the wisdom the Lord gives parents, and the grace to walk through parenthood. Dad and Mom have fulfilled this role well. They have faithfully nurtured and raised us in the way of the Lord.
To the fathers who weren’t raised in a Christian home, there’s hope. Take courage from our own dad’s example. You can raise a family who is sold out to Jesus.
Thank you, Dad, for everything. We love you. Happy Father’s Day. And a Happy Father’s Day to Nathan and Christopher too!
Love, Sarah, Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary
“And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”
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