Once again, I’ve fallen behind on the blog posts, and once again I beg your pardon.
Since leaving Maryland about two weeks ago, we traveled to West Virginia and shared updates with two supporting churches and some individual ministry partners as well. Last Sunday (Father’s Day), we reached the midway point of our trip. That day was Day 45 of 90. That makes today Day 52 of 90. Whew! From here on the time will probably seem to go by much more quickly.
This past Monday and Tuesday we made our way to NW Indiana where we’ve met up with Beth’s mother at the home of her youngest sister. We had the opportunity to take a day-trip into Chicago to take Cameron to Moody Bible Institute for a campus visit.
While at MBI I also had the privilege of having an impromptu visit with the professor of my current MTS course on Intercultural Ministry. Speaking of which, that class officially ends tomorrow night (Monday), and I’m very pleased to say that somehow I’ve survived taking this course while on the road. My prof was generous with allowing me to turn in the papers up to one week late. I only needed to turn in one paper after the normal due date and I even turned in the final 25 page paper on Friday.
It was important to me to get that paper done a little early because from Friday afternoon to the coming Friday, Bethie’s family is enjoying a week-long family reunion at a lake house near Michigan City, IN. There are 31 of us (2 girlfriends of nephews included) and we’re thoroughly enjoying our time together. It is the first time all 4 families and Beth’s mom have been completely together since the funeral and subsequent Mexico memorial services of Beth’s dad in 1999. With the oldest nephews (twins) turning 21 today, presumably getting everyone together like this may not be possible in future years.
BTW, the three oldest nephews along with a good friend of theirs have a band called Three Shades of Blue. They’re pretty good musicians and they will be on national TV in July (once or maybe twice) for some pre-recorded segments of the TV show called America’s Got Talent from the middle rounds of the current season’s competition. They’re in the final cut of about 25 performers from an initial pool of a large number that I can’t remember, something like 25,000 or so. They sing a mix of their own lyrics as well as some “cross-over” covers. I don’t really know much about music, so I’m already over my head in describing them. I can’t say I listen to their genre of music, but I’m impressed by their hard work and success in what they’ve accomplished. They are supposed to sing live on the show in August.
We’ll be hanging out with family this week before resuming our home assignment travels. We’ve topped 6,000 miles since leaving home on May 8. We’re road weary and our bodes and minds are ready for our own beds and some sense of routine, so in lieu of home, this week is a nice break for us. Next up is the Dayton, OH area and then over to central and southern Indiana before returning to the Dallas, TX region for the final leg. We’ll be sharing in two churches next Sunday and then at least one more in Texas later in July.
Thanks for praying with us as we travel. The Lord has blessed us so much along the journey. Thanks to God and to our many friends who have generously helped us and provided meals, housing, funds, prayers, and an abundance of laughter and warm friendship.