God has blessed us once again with a special opportunity to travel all across the country to encourage families to center their lives around their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through His Word. By the time we are finished with our travels we will have driven over 12000 miles and preached at over 30 meetings. In many ways, God has blessed us more than we have blessed others. We just want to highlight a few of the special times we have had traveling as a family. For a full listing of what we are doing, check out the website that lists our stops.
Duggar Family Visit
One stop very early in our trip was to the Duggar Family home. Not only did we enjoy an evening “Family Connection,” but we also enjoyed a lot of good fellowship before and after. It would not be quite complete without a good jamming session.[youtube]http://youtu.be/Imu2IPtC4Rg[/youtube]
We even had the opportunity to show them what the Waller family has enjoyed while camping–foil dinners! Only this time we did it in their back yard.
MacKynzie and Anna enjoyed assembling them with Priscilla.
Overall, the meal went over well and made for a bunch of fun memories!
Three Years Ago…
While visiting, we also had a special anniversary to remember of the beginning of our courtship relationship starting just three years ago. Listen to Anna and Priscilla as they reminisce on these memories:[youtube]http://youtu.be/NUMwvdK4SZw[/youtube]
Traveling as a Family
With all the many miles, it has been so helpful to have a motor home to travel in. We also have pulled a minivan for just these types of occasions–A flat tire.
Paul quickly made for a puddle to play in from the freshly fallen rain while the guys got the tire replaced.
We stopped for a time to get out and get some exercise hiking up and around Multnomah Falls.
When seeing sights such as this, the words of How Great Thou Art come to mind.
Our dear friends, Ben and Gina have kindly hosted us several times while we have visited Portland. Each time, it seems that God does a special work in our lives through them.
A Brother in the Lord and a Hero of the Faith
Brother Josef Tson has shared many powerful messages that have impacted our lives. These messages come from a life of challenge and difficulty that took place when Bro. Tson lived through intense persecution in communist Romania.
We had the privilege of visiting with Josef and his wife Elizabeth over lunch, thanks to the kindness of our friend, Bro. Ben.
Just over lunch, we enjoyed such rich fellowship as Bro. Tson shared story after story of the many times he witnessed God bring him through persecution. Check out his messages!
We were also blessed by very generous families who arranged meetings in homes and invited local families to participate in the food, fellowship and preaching.
Though traveling in a motor home can be more comfortable, we have found this particular one has some real challenges on driving up the mountains, especially when pulling the minivan. When our time got tight, we ended up driving separate so we could make it to our meeting on time. It is so nice to have David’s brother Derrick doing so much of the driving.
The Waller brothers have also really enjoyed singing quartet numbers. A family who hosted us while we were in Pheonix captured one of the times they sang and posted a recorded a clip of them singing!
Several from our team have been able to share messages encouraging families and individuals to deepen their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through His Word.
It has been so refreshing to visit with so many different families and individuals along the way.
The Clark Wilson family is from Mississippi and graciously allowed us to stay a night at their home. We enjoyed playing music together and talking about all that God is doing in our lives.
There are some very different sights and smells in the South.
This swamp is quite different than anything we had seen before.
We were blessed to meet up with Priscilla’s sister, Susanna, on one of the evenings while we were in Houston.
Visiting the Denver Area
One particular family invited us to share in one of their home fellowship meetings which meets regularly in their garage. Over sixty people gathered to hear God’s Word shared.
In the afternoon we went out for a nice walk in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Here is a picture of “Red Rocks”
The beauty of God’s handiwork never ceases to amaze me.
Here you can almost catch a glimpse of the deer and a rainbow captured in one shot. The picture does not do it justice.
Just after reaching the furthest point of our walk we got caught in a downpour but were glad to find a shelter.
Paul is at such a stage that he loves to copy whatever he sees someone else do.
One of our stops was a Bible school that many of our friends have gone through. It is called the International Ministerial Institute.
What would an RV trip be like without a series of repairs. We actually replaced a good section of the roof.
We have often prayed that God would give us the privilege of leading people to a saving knowledge of His Son. This dear lady was an answer to that prayer!