Last week was an adventure, full of fun at camp and a great time with the kids. The theme was "God of Wonders" and all of the preaching was based upon selected Psalms (8, 16, 22, 77, and 139). The word, both preached and sung, was well received by a very attentive group of kids, and I have learned that one young man now believes God may be calling him into full time service and another accepted the Lord on the way home.
Praise the Lord for His work in the hearts of these precious young people. There are a few more kids that we are praying for specifically, and we trust that God will continue working with them as they grow in knowledge and wisdom. God allowed us to spend a good deal of time with a few of these kids, and it was a joy to minister for the Lord with these young people.
Sunday we were at our sending church in Tracy, California one last time; it is always a joy to fellowship and serve with our friends there. This week we have been working on a vehicle to tow. Some may remember that we decided to tow our Dodge Durango, but there have been some concerns regarding the weight of that vehicle (empty it weighs in around 4600 lbs, which is really pushing the limits a bit). Sunday we were offered a minivan to tow in stead of the Durango, but it was not towable without modification.
So we began looking at potential vehicles and decided that a Jeep Cherokee would be the ideal tow vehicle. It doesn't seat our whole family, but anything that can seat the whole crew weighs too much. So we decided that the Cherokee had the right mix of cargo space for storage, durability, ease of repair, and towability.
My brother-in-law found one near him in Alamogordo, New Mexico and agreed to pick it up for us. I will post pictures when we pick it up next week. Now we need to sell both the Durango and the Minivan so that we can pay for the Jeep and all the towing equipment. The tow equipment cost 2650, which was 450 dollars more than we paid for the vehicle!
In any case, God continues to provide for our every need, and we are looking forward to making our way to Rockford, Illinois via Denver. This week we are doing some painting and house / kid sitting for our pastor while they are at Junior camp (with a couple of our kids and one of theirs). On Saturday we will be with the Mission Peak Baptist Church (in Fremont, California) and we look forward to the ordination proceedings for our friend, Will Dudding.
When we leave there we will head south, pick up our trailer, tow that to Alamogordo, New Mexico and trade it for our Jeep, which is currently being outfitted for towing. By a week from this Friday we will be pulling into Denver, Colorado to be with Jason Janz, who is planting the Providence Bible Church there.
From there we will be heading to Rockford Illinois to be with Bob Bixby and the Morning Star Baptist Church. We will be basing there for a while as we fill up our schedule, finish recording our next album, and complete building the Counseling class for Veritas School of Theology.