Please be sure to watch the newly released trailer for my first publication, The Church in the Wilderness, which hit the book stores back in August!  And most of all, thank you for your continued support in helping to make this ministry possible!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IdA59siBjU

Dec 17

December 17, 2008

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This is what it looked like driving home.  I guess God held off the weather just long enough for us to finish the walk.  We did make it home.  We stopped one night with Pastor Mike and Sharon Bannon in Vale, a stop with Pastor John Williams in Monticello UT and a night and breakfast with Pastor Jason Parnell in Carthage MO. The weather was miserable pretty much all the way, even in North Georgia there was rain so hard you could hardly see the end of the hood. We arrived at 1:30 am Wed. Morning.  Noah went to Waynesville Wed. afternoon and we took Matt to Wilmington on Friday.  We got to his house in time for him to meet his daughter at the bus stop.  You could hear her screaming “Daddy!” for a block.  Regina and I drove back up on Friday night and finally got home about 3:00 am Saturday morning.  I’m still exhausted but starting to remember where my bed is.  We have some plans to use the knowledge we gained on this journey to help folks who have come to a Crossroads in their lives and to encourage the church to “Arise, shine, for our light has come.”  There are so many who need the hope that only comes from Jesus and as the Lord said, “the harvest is ripe.”  Pray that the Lord will allow us to be full time laborors in his kingdom.  God bless you all and have a merry CHRISTmas!!!  Check in now and then, I’ll try to keep you updated.  My cell phone is 706-490-3481    home phone 706-746-3688.  Should God speak to your heart to help us in our ministry, checks can be made to:  Crossroads, PO Box 454, Otto NC  28763.  We still have a lot of gas to pay for.

Dec 6

December 7, 2008

s5001964Praise God, we made it!!  Today at 1:00 Pacific Time the guys walked across Haceta Beach and ended this part of HopeWalk 2008.  I say this part because we believe God isn’t done with us yet.  It has been an amazing  journey but we are glad to be heading home to spend Christmas with our loved ones.  I am writing this blog from Vale OR where our good friend Sharon Bannon has once again put us up at the Vale Church of the Nazarene.  We left Haceta Beach this afternoon and drove across Oregon to Vale.  I dumbly forgot to get gas at John Day so had to pray us across the desert to Vale.  God brought us into town 15 minutes before the last station closed and with only fumes left in the tank.  Our Father sometimes is gracious even our stupidity.  It is very late and I am exhausted and emotionally drained so will fill you in more as soon as I get the time.  We are going to try to see as many of the Family as we can on the way back but have some deadlines to meet.  You will all be hearing from us, we promise.

Dec 5

December 5, 2008

s5001952The owner of this restaurant, Tim Perkins, personifies what I have been discussing about the family of God.  Tim didn’t know us when we walked in for supper, but when he heard what we are doing, he came over, shook our hands and said supper was on the house.  He told us that the church needs to be inspired and thanked us for trying to do just that.  By the time we left, we had a new brother and were further blessed to meet his daughter, Tabitha, and son-in-law, Marshall, this morning when we stopped in for breakfast.  The restaurant is in an old church building and is called, Our Daily Bread.  If you are in the neighborhood, stop in and give Tim’s food a try.  I recommend Curry Chicken Salad.

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This is Tabitha and Marshall Eck, Tim’s daughter and son-inlaw. She is the breakfast cook and a very good one indeed.

Tomorrow we will walk the last 20 miles and finish this part of our journey at Heceta Beach on the Oregon Coast.  We will have covered over 2,800 miles, over 2,100 of which we walked.  We have witnessed to thousands, seen many come to the Lord, and been thanked by hundreds for what we are doing to inspire and encourage.  We have made many very good friends and have rejoiced with the Family of God across this nation.  I don’t believe any of us would trade this time for anything.  We have walked in and witnessed the incredible grace of God at every turn. God bless each of you who have been with us in spirit through this journey, we haved walked in your prayers.

Dec 4

December 5, 2008

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This very appropriate banner was hanging in the room I used for blogging last night at Sisters Church of the Nazarene. Remember that spreading the HOPE in Jesus is why we are out here.  Jesus is our hope and the hope of the world.  I spent a good deal of time over the past few months considering why anyone would want to live without him.  I believe its because we, the Body of Christ, have failed to show his truth to the world around us.  We have not not been the City on a Hill that we are called to be.  There is a poem that speaks loudly to us all.

My Friend by D.J. Higgins                                                            

 

My friend, I stand in judgment now

And feel that you’re to blame somehow

While on this earth I walked with you day by day

And never did you point the way

You knew the Lord in truth and glory

But never did you tell the story

My knowledge then was very dim

You could have led me safe to him

Though we lived together here on earth

You never told me of your second birth

And now I stand this day condemned

Because you failed to mention him

You taught me many things, that’s true

I called you friend and trusted you

But now I learned, now it’s too late

You could have kept me from this fate

We walked by day and talked by night

And yet you showed me not the light

You let me live, love and die

And all the while you knew I’d never live on high

Yes, I called you friend in life

And trusted you in joy and strife

Yet in coming to this end

I see you really weren’t my friend

 

Oh, God, don’t let me fail to tell all I meet the Good News of Jesus.  Help me, Father to be a true friend.

 

Sorry, that has been weighing heavily on my spirit for a few days.  Please, family, share your testimony with others, tell them about the hope in Jesus before its too late.

 

We were blessed tonight by the Valley UMC in Veneta.  Brother Doug Esselstyn and Rod Burch welcomed us to stay in their fellowship hall with the blessing of Pastor Eilidh Lowery.  They also invited us to join them for the Parade of Lights, local Christmas parade.  It was a very pretty event though I could take no pictures to show you guys. 

 

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We have only two more days of walking before we reach the Pacific. We are excited to be finished with this part and be able to come home before Christmas, but we are saddened that the journey ends for now.  I will try in the next few days to put into writing some of the stuff we have learned on this missionary journey to the American people and church.

Dec 3

December 3, 2008

s50019201As we near the end of our missionary journey across America this picture says so much.  “Oh Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds thy hands have made.”  We have truly seen the glory and wonder of our Father, Almighty God.  We have been so blessed to witness his wonder before our eyes time after time.  This was taken this morning above Prineville OR. 

 

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At the end of the day we witnessed his glory in a different way in Sisters OR as the sun set over the Three Sisters mountains.  We walked almost forty miles today from sunup to sundown.  The beauty of the creation is particularly shown here in the great northwest.  We are blessed to be housed this evening at the Sisters Church of the Nazarene.  Pastor Chuck Perry welcomed us to stay for the night and to attend the prayer service.

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 I had to show at least one of the mountain pictures I took today.  This is Mount Jefferson, over 10,000 feet high.  Along with the beauty comes the cold, high tomorrow is supposed to be 39.

Dec 2

December 2, 2008

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It snowed last night but only on the mountaintops.  We were blessed to be in the valley.  We walked from Mt. Vernon to Dayville and then drove through the desert to Prineville. 

 

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Dayville is a neat little place like stepping back to the old west.  This is the main store owned by the Jones Gang.

 

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When I asked what they were building this facade for, I was told “so people like you would stop and ask.”  Makes sense to me! 

 

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The scenary was gorgeous as we traveled over to Prineville. s5001896

 

 

 

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That’s where we met today’s angel, Pastor Matt Huff of Prineville Church of the Nazarene.  Pastor Matt hosted us at his church and provided all we need.