GWnsYM – First Stop

The first leg of our trip has completed successfully.  We’ve made it to the McAllen, TX area after very long day (as usual).  The military and police checkpoints on the Mexico side went very quickly and smoothly.  The border crossing likewise was the smoothest we’ve ever encountered.  We avoided any incident or accident of any kind, although we passed the clean-up of a nasty head-on accident which was a sobering sight.

Thank-you for praying.  We heard from several who mentioned they were praying for a smooth day and one of our teammates who said he began praying specifically for us at 2:30 p.m. which was right as we entered the border city of Reynosa.  I have a personal dislike of driving into this border city.  The last time we drove in we were hassled by fake policeman who forced our car over in busy traffic.  This time, other than a legitimate and painless metro police checkpoint, we didn’t even see any police of any kind in the city.  Not even soldiers.  It was surreal as we’ve always seen many of both types in our travel through this city before.  Prayer is powerful!

Thanks for keeping us in your prayers.  It’s time to get the car in for an oil change and then get in some shopping.  Beth has lost so much weight on her diet/exercise program these past couple months that she doesn’t have pants that fit.  That’s a great problem to have!

We’ll be here with friends for today and tomorrow.  Trip resumes with a three-day drive across Texas beginning Wednesday.  Friday we’ll swing a little north into New Mexico and visit Carlsbad Caverns for a couple hours and then drive under the Guadalupe Mountains and into El Paso for a few days with Beth’s brother and family there.  They plan to take us into Ciudad Juarez to visit their ministry and to greet a woman they have been discipling there in an area among the poorest of the poor along the border.  We’re looking forward to that.

Hope to have some photos for to post by the end of the week.

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