A Father and Son

This is a man who loves his son, a 4-month-old who was intrigued by the camera. Their family was at the Shelby, NC, conference. We had a wonderful time fellowshipping together, and found out that they began homeschooling this year.
I enjoyed seeing this man's love for his son, a 4-month-old who was very intrigued by the camera. Their family was at the Shelby, NC, conference. We had a wonderful time fellowshipping together, and found out that they began homeschooling this year.

“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children…”
Malachi 4:6

Picturesque Farm…

This looks like the picturesque farms we're seeing in North Carolina and Tennessee, but (I think) it was actually a Pennsylvania farm.
This looks like the picturesque farms we're seeing in North Carolina and Tennessee, but (I think) it was actually a Pennsylvania farm.

 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established…
Proverbs 24:3

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Hills of Kentucky

We enjoyed driving through the hills of Kentucky today, even though it was harder driving for Dad!
We enjoyed driving through the hills of Kentucky today, even though it was harder driving for Dad!

“In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.”
Psalms 95:4

We have now safely arrived in Somerset, Kentucky and are looking forward to the conference tomorrow evening! This will be the busiest (and final) week of our trip, and, as always, we appreciate your prayer:

Another Chance!

Thursday, late morning at 11:30, we were driving down the interstate enjoying the Virginia scenery, but not enjoying the traffic. As the family chatted, there suddenly came a tense pause in the conversation. Just ahead we saw a little white Mazda convertible car that was smashed into the guardrail on the right shoulder. Dad rapidly started to slow down. We were concerned to see no emergency vehicles there, and only two cars stopped in the median with their hazard lights on. As we passed the wrecked car, which was still steaming, we saw a person slumped over the steering wheel, and nobody there to help. Dad stopped the bus on the shoulder, we guys grabbed the first aid kit and started running toward the car while Sarah called 911.

On the way by the rear compartment (in Uriah), I grabbed some cones and dropped them behind the bus to alert other drivers that we were also parked on the shoulder. Christopher and Joseph, reaching the car first, quickly ascertained that there wasn’t a fire, and that they couldn’t smell gas. Inside was a lady, in her late forties to early fifties, who was in shock. She was holding a napkin to her head, where her forehead had impacted the steering wheel. Christopher asked her if she was hurt anywhere else, and she said that maybe her shoulder was hurt. He was in the process of getting a bandage out of the first aid kit when the fire truck showed up, and they took over.

The accident scene
The accident scene

The two gentlemen, who had stopped in the median, by now had crossed the two lanes of traffic. We asked them what had happened, and they said that a truck had passed her and pulled in too early, striking her car which started her spinning. It appeared she had impacted the guard rail multiple times, coming to stop facing traffic, with her driver door against the rail. The car was a total loss, but her life was saved because she was wearing her seatbelt and there had been a guard rail to protect from the steep drop off.

As we started walking back to the bus, a state trooper pulled up. We told him that we just stopped to help, that the truck involved didnâ’t stop, and we didn’t see the accident, but the witnesses were still there. He thanked us, and we returned to the bus.

The Lord spared this woman’s life and gave her another chance. If there hadn’t been the guard rail, and if she hadn’t have had her seat belt on, she probably wouldn’t have survived. Our prayer is that if she doesn’t know Jesus, she would come to know Him through this. She was very blessed that her injuries appeared to be relatively minor.

I wonder if there is anyone who is reading this post that doesn’t know Jesus. We are not guaranteed another day. It could be a car wreck that instantly takes a life. It could be a multitude of possible health problems.

Life is so fragile. I would encourage you to decide where you will spend eternity. Some might say, “Well, I will decide later.” However, there might not be a “later.”  By not deciding now you are making a decision to stay in your sins and spend eternity in Hell. How many chances has Jesus given you, and what have you done with them?

“For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

John

Ambassadors: Quick to Follow Direction

(This is the sixth in a series of entries drawing analogies between experiences that Ambassador Joseph Grew shared about in his book Ten Years in Japan and practical aspects of being an ambassador for Jesus Christ and is continued from the previous posts regarding the Diplomatic League situation)

Ambassador Grew had cabled the US State Department to let them know about the situation that had developed between himself and the German Ambassador. Ambassador Grew had graciously taken a stand that he believed to be right, even though it had caused “an issue.”

To the “great surprise” of Ambassador Grew, the State Department responded that all relations of a social and ceremonial character that usually exist between members of the Diplomatic League were fine for Ambassador Grew to participate in, even with the German ambassador.

Ambassador Grew was now faced with an interesting dilemma: he had taken a stand for what he thought was right but had received guidance from his authorities that his stand was not necessary. To contact the German Ambassador and say he was now willing to sign the speech would be humbling.

What did Ambassador Grew do? He immediately contacted the German ambassador and asked to have the speech sent over because he had received direction from the State Department and was now happy to sign it.

I was absolutely amazed at Ambassador Grew’s humility. He was willing to appear to others as if he had done the “wrong thing” in a situation where his goal was genuinely to do the “right thing.” And, yes, perhaps he should have contacted the State Department for direction even sooner than he did!

Ambassador Grew knew and understood that it is more important for an Ambassador to follow the guidance/direction of the country he represents than to be concerned about his own reputation in appearing right or wrong.

What about us as ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ? How concerned are we about our reputation? If we are more concerned about our reputation than following what He has for us, we will be ineffective ambassadors.

John 12:43 talks about religious men who refused to follow Jesus because they were more concerned about their reputation: “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”

The Apostle Paul was the one who, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, encouraged us to be “ambassadors” for Christ. Because of Paul’s obedience to Christ, he was called “insane” when giving a defense before very learned men of the world (Acts 26:24), and he wrote to the Corinthian church, “We are fools for Christ’s sake…” (1 Corinthians 4:10).

Paul, as an ambassador for Christ, was willing to obey even when it made him appear foolish to others – are we?

We Need Your Input!

Yesterday as we were driving, we were thinking about all the fantastic food we’ve been blessed with; it’s not been only on this trip, but other trips as well. We realized another way we might be able to share our experience with you is by posting the recipes we find exceptional and/or unique.

We wanted to come up with a creative title for the posts, so our family brainstormed some ideas. Here’s what we would like from our readers: to vote on your favorite title from our list (which is below) OR, post one that you would recommend. Some of the suggested titles we tried to keep along the lines of highway or construction signs. The title we like the best (which will be quite the chore between all nine of us) will be the title we use from now on when we post the recipes.

Road Recipes
Traveling Tastes
A Taste Away from Home
Yield to Taste
Warning: Great Recipe Ahead
Recipeinfo, Tune in to Titus2Blog
Recipe Advisory
A Taste on the Road

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