It is incredible to see the Lord continue to work out details regarding Uriah. We were preparing to leave Tucson Monday morning, and John found that the transmission dipstick was dry–not a good thing! Dad found a truck place that had the fluid, so we packed out of the hotel and headed there. A mechanic came out to look at it, and he showed Dad a “secret way” to check the fluid level electronically. This indicated that the fluid was perfect, so we were very glad that we hadn’t been running on low transmission fluid. We also had had a oil leak, and Dad asked them if they would be able to fix that. The mechanic assured Dad they could, and it wouldn’t take long. We had a sweet time doing family devotions while Uriah was getting fixed. Soon, we were on our way to Fountain Hills. The conference coordinator had invited us to a picnic, and we arrived in time.
Fountain Hills has a very nice park with a beautiful fountain that goes off every hour.
We had a blessed time of fellowship with several families; thank you!
The set up continues to go smoothly for the conferences. Everyone has their own jobs, and it’s great teamwork as we prepare for the evening. Monday night went very well, and we pray lives were eternally affected. As we packed out of the conference, many people helped us carry things out to Uriah, which was a blessing!
Tuesday we headed up in the mountains for Show Low. It was a pretty drive; we went from seeing cactus to pine trees. Show Low is a mountainous community, and we were blessed by the families that came out for the conference.
(The church at Show Low.)
We’ll post later (with pictures) on our Grand Canyon visit this afternoon!
After several hours of working, a mechanic took the bearings Dad had purchased locally, to a machinist who machined a part, to make the bearings work. Then, he assembled it. We are very grateful for his help! We are bypassing touring Carlsbad Caverns, and we’re headed for El Paso. A bus place there has the part, and we will see if we can get it from them yet tonight. We’re so grateful that Uriah is back on the road.
Serving Jesus, Sarah
The mechanic who kindly helped us and Dad.
Uriah’s belts are working again!! Praise the Lord.
We’re now in Carlsbad, New Mexico – a first for most of us, with the exception of Dad and Mom.
Last night’s conference in Waco was a blessing. We were delighted in seeing two families we have known through e-mail: one we’ve met before, and the other we hadn’t met in person. What a blessing to be able to see them.
Uriah continues to hang in there. We stopped at a truck repair place today, because Dad was concerned about some oil leaking from a wheel hub and wanted to check it out. A man was very helpful and even came out to look at it and give Dad a little informative lesson (tonight we saw we lost that hubcab – oops!). Mom is a pro at making lunch, and the bus makes it very easy to spread out a bit. We wrote postcards to our nursing home friends today; Mom even has a system for that.
We’re excited to be able to see Carlsbad Caverns tomorrow morning. We normally don’t have time to sight-see on these trips, but we are getting up early and will drive late to be able to see the Caverns. We’ll be sure to post pictures later.
Only for Jesus, Sarah
The church in Houston (with Uriah :-)).
Dad and John finishing up at the truck repair stop.
Dad and Mom speaking last night in Waco.
Mary-with a New Mexico sunset in the background!
Jesse-working on school
Mary-writing a postcard.
Motoring down the road in Uriah.
Lunch time! 🙂
New Mexico Sunset
PS – Special thanks to Anna for picking out the pictures and working with them :-)!
Thank you for your continued prayers. Uriah has had some issues, but he’s still running. We discovered the air conditioner didn’t work, so we had several warm days (it didn’t feel like January for temperatures to be in the upper 70’s and humid!). But, we’re glad for a cool front, and the pleasant temperatures inside. Uriah also had an engine leak, but the boys were able to get it stopped. Please keep praying that Uriah will be able to keep on without any major repairs.
We drove to the Houston area yesterday afternoon, and we arrived safely late in the afternoon. For our first evening conference, the set up went smoothly! The coordinators graciously provided us a wonderful dinner. After three meals of sandwiches, we were very grateful for the home-cooked meal.
The sessions went well last night, and hearts were extremely receptive. We enjoyed our evening in the Houston area.
We arrived safely tonight in Ennis, Texas. The last few days have been very busy in preparing for this trip, so it was nice to just climb into Uriah and rest. It was a delight to start out with having church with our dear friends at the nursing home, and we left from there. Uriah handled very well today, and Christopher even took a turn driving so that Dad could take a nap. We will drive the rest of the way to the Houston area tomorrow, where we’ll be doing an evening conference.
Thank you for your prayers. Dad has said that this is a trip of many unknowns due to our new transportation. We’ll have lots of new opportunities to trust the Lord each day.
Looking forward to meeting many of you over the next few weeks!
As we approach Kansas City (only a few hours away) the temperature is dropping and it has been steadily raining. Ice is forming on the exterior surfaces of the bus and we have seen numerous salt trucks. The interstate is not yet slippery, but the temperature in Kansas City is 24, and our weather-tracking web page was reporting a number of accidents on various roads and interstates.
From dark and narrow mountain roads to icy interstates, it looks like Uriah is doing very well on our first trip with him!
Although, the heat in the main cabin of the bus hasn’t been working, so it has been a little chilly. It’s a good thing the heat in the driver’s area is functioning!
Thank you for your prayers…
In Christ, Christopher
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