Haven’t been able to capture many photos of the fall colors. The top two I took today at the Iowa welcome center along the Mississippi River. The bottom two I took about 2 weeks ago in North Carolina. The best color we’ve seen has probably been here in Iowa. I hope to get a few pics of color while we’re here in western Iowa, although there are more corn fields than forests.
It was a 450 mile drive today. We’re enjoying the fellowship of Beth’s high school English teacher and high school cook! Bill and Treva Turpin are a very special couple who are also ministry partners with us while they too are missionaries here in the grain belt of western Iowa. They founded and direct Bethany Farms (a Christian camp) and have a variety of Bible studies and Kids For Christ meetings going on all week long. They have amazing energy for being in the upper 70s and are still serving Christ with all their heart. We’re so blessed to know them.
Tomorrow, we’ll break the fast in the morning and then Bill will guide us over to a small town not far from here called Elk Horn. There is a working, authentic Dutch windmill there. Although due to the expense of repairs, they don’t run it much if at all. It is the last Dutch windmill ever to enter the USA and maybe it was the last one to ever leave Holland. That was back in the mid-1970s. Holland passed a law to prevent them from leaving the country lest they end up becoming rare in the land for which they were created. Anyway, it’s a neat thing to see. I recall there being some pretty tasty Danish pastries worth exploring and I suspect I’ll not spare the coffee either.
We’ll have a farmer’s style lunch in Atlantic, IA and probably get to meet with Pastor Al from the Atlantic Evangelical Free Church as well. That’s a different post though so I’ll save that. Tomorrow evening we’ll have dinner with the younger couple who are running a lot of the camp activities here at Bethany Farm. Looking forward to getting to know them better as well. What a neat place this is out here.
If you don’t remember, Bethie and I were here without the boys in June 2010 to share missions with the kids here one week. It was a super experience for us. Here is the link to our first day of ministry here that week which contains some photos of the place if you care for a reminder.