To Chick-Fil-A manager, Nathan, in Flagstaff, Arizona, for gifting us with chicken sandwich meals. We stopped at a Chick-Fil-A today in Oklahoma (he told us they would honor the free meals at any location) to use our coupons. What a treat! Thank you for a delicious meal! For those of you who haven’t eaten at Chick-Fil-A, this Christian-owned company makes awesome food.
Motoring along still, despite a stiff wind.
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalms 100:4
Our long trips start with one invitation, and the West Coast trip’s birth was the Simi Valley invitation. Several years ago, we were at Lighthouse Bible Church, Simi Valley, California, for an evening of music and preaching. So, pulling back in at Lighthouse where the Simi Valley conference would be held, felt a little like being home.
The church graciously let us plug in, which saved us from running the generator. You might wonder why a bus would â€œplug in. To preface this, one night, most of our family was inside a friends’ home where we were parking for the night, while I was in the bus, taking care of something on my computer. Because our bus windows were open, I overheard a conversation that neighbors were having about the bus. This part made me smile, “They plugged that thing in!” I have to agree. A big bus with an extension cord running along the ground to a house does look unusual.
So, in basic terms, we have power in the bus because of batteries. These aren’t ordinary batteries. In Steamboat Springs, on our way out West a few years ago, we had a specialized battery system installed. As the batteries lose their charge, you have two choices, run the generator or plug into an outlet. Some comfortable nights if we don’t have the opportunity to plug in, we’ll open the windows to save running the generator. Then, we’ll set up a fan and point it to our bunk area to cool it down because it gets very warm in there. Depending on how much power we’re using, we can make it a little over a day before charging.
This weekend conference did not include Friday evening due to a previously scheduled event at the church. Instead, the conference started at 9 Saturday morning. The Lord brought a wonderful group. Right before 9, we discovered credit card processing wasn’t working. I called the support number and handed the phone off to Mary, because I needed to be in the first session with Anna. Long story short, it appeared they wouldn’t be able to fix it. In between the sessions, I explained the problem to Dad. Dad prayed with me, and I went back to the tables. Shortly thereafter, I received a phone call from the support place. They had it fixed! Wow. Praise the Lord! I’m so grateful for His guidance in every area of our lives.
Ladies at the church graciously provided lunch for everyone at the conference. What a labor of love. Gorgeous weather allowed for outdoor eating.
Hearts were open and very interested in the sessions. On an exciting note, last night a young lady shared that the conference changed her life. Specifically, Joseph’s “Who Is Jesus?” session. Her family even noticed the dramatic difference! Praise Jesus. This is the second young person that we’ve heard on this trip whose life has totally changed. I noticed Mom’s group of ladies were very interactive, which makes it nice. As we neared the end of the afternoon, Mary saw two lone questions in the panel discussion box. Hmmm. Would there be more, or would it be a quick panel? Again, it was awesome to see how the Lord worked. People filled out their questions, and when 3:15 rolled around, we had more than enough content.
We meet so many families and hear quite a few stories. In particular, on this trip, I think of two sweet single moms, who are raising their children for the Lord Jesus despite difficult circumstances. Both had incredible hearts for Jesus.
Saturday evening, a family invited us to dinner. What a special time of fellowship we had. Thank you, Ws!
Three more reports coming – Sunday and Monday evenings and our hike Monday morning.
Serving Jesus, Sarah
“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12
Last night, we finished with the small business session and fellowshipped for awhile. After bidding good-bye, we pulled out for home-sweet-home.
We only drove 100 miles, but it enabled us to miss the LA morning traffic. It was a beautiful night. The moon-lit sky made it possible to see the outline of the mountains on either side. One could also see thousands of lights from the city stretching far into the valley.
We stopped at an RV park in Victorville for the night. We woke up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle a day of driving.
From Simi Valley to Leavenworth is approximately 1700 miles. So, here we are. Ticking down mile by mile ;). Thank you for praying for us. I will work to give you updates on what the Lord has done the last few days, along with pictures. My camera is next to me as we drive, so I will work on scenery shots too.
“And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18
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