Dec 1

December 1, 2008

s5001878This is the way our day began.  Driving through the heavy fog of the high desert on our way to Prairie City.  We actually had to go through two mountain passes and then descend into town.

 

 

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Just before we got there, the fog lifted and we were presented with this beautiful view.  We went to the edge of town where we began walking and walked through Prairie City and John Day and on to Mt. Vernon.  Then we backtracked to John Day to stay at the John Day Nazarene Church.  Pastor Dan Wiese and Youth Pastor Brad Williamson stopped by on their day off to welcome us.  s5001883

 

The guys drove this Conestoga wagon part of the way but their oxen got loose so they had to walk the rest of the way. Though this part of Oregon doesn’t have a lot of people, the ones we have found have been very hospitable.  Many have told us we have really been an inspiration to them.  We hope that inspiration only grows and never wavers as the Holy Spirit begins to direct their paths.  God only requires that we be available to serve, He will supply everything else.

Nov 30

November 30, 2008

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This is where we worshipped our Father today.  The Family of God comes in all shapes and sizes.  This is one of those small, wonderfully loving places where after the first ten minutes you feel like you’ve known each other all your life.  We spoke breifly and then heard a good message by guest speaker, Dave Jacobsen.  We headed over to the Starlite Restaurant again and met several of the church family there for lunch.  Great fellowship and encouragement to us.  Sister Sharon Bannon, who is holding down the fort while her husband is out of town, invited us to do our laundry at their house.  We so appreciate the way God leads his family to help one another.s5001875

So as the sun sets on our time in Vale, we are again thankful to have made connection with another part of the Family.  Tomorrow we will drive through the high desert to Prairie City and walk from there to John Day.  We are nearing the end of this missionary journey.  It has been and continues to be an amazing walk in the presence of the Lord, witnessing his grace, mercy and glory across this nation.  May God ignite the flames of renewal and revival in our wake.

Nov 29

November 29, 2008

s5001871I don’t think I’ve ever shown you guys the places we sleep.  This is in the basement of the Vale Nazarene Church in Vale OR.  Last night we slept on our blow ups in the gym/fellowship hall at Nyssa Nazarene Church.  We have slept in church sanctuaries, nurseries, gyms, fellowship halls, classrooms and hallways.  Some have showers and kitchens we can use and others only a bath.  Some are warm and cozy, some barely warm enough to keep the icicles from forming.  All are better than being outside in the elements of winter.  We are very grateful to the family of God all along our journey for opening their doors to us and often giving us far more than a place to stay.  Tonight, for instance, Pastor Mike Bannon’s wife, Sharon, comped us a meal at their restaurant, Starlite Restaurant, here in Vale. Thank you, Sharon, the food was fantastic and the service was perfect.s5001868

Oh, and just in case you guys forgot there are volcanoes in the US…..

Nov 28

November 28, 2008

p1190041Our short journey through the corner of Idaho ended today as we crossed the Snake River for the umpteenth time and ended up in Nyssa OR. 

 

 

 

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Our day started when Pastor Truman Parker and his son, Ben, met us at our room in Mountain Home ID.  Ben is a freelance photographer from Brooklyn NY.  He wanted to photograph the guys on Emigrant Road headed to Boise.  He must have taken a thousand pictures from every angle imaginable.s5001865

 

 

Sometimes we go to the extreme to stay off the interstates.  This was one of those times; we were a little worried if we were ever going to get back to a hard road but we did.

Pastor Tom Cook, Nyssa Church of the Nazarene, was our angel tonight.  He invited us to stay in their fellowship hall and use the kitchen to cook supper.  He is the second retired military chaplain we have met along the way.

Nov 27 Thanksgiving Day

November 27, 2008

THANK YOU, FATHER, FOR EVERYTHING!

Nov 26

November 26, 2008

s5001844We stayed at Eastside Baptist last night in Twin Falls.  This is the pastor and his son, are you ready for this, Paul and Silas.  Paul is the pastor and his son, Silas, plans to be a missionary.  Had to get that in the blog.

We walked to Bliss then drove I-84, only road in the desert, to Mountain Home.  The minister’s association put us up here for two nights.  We hadn’t really thought about Thanksgiving affecting us but realized today that churches also take the holidays off.  We were really blessed that someone made some phone calls and the president of the minister’s association was still around to take care of us.  So we will eat a Thanksgiving buffet tomorrow and just take a break.  Thank you churches of Mountain Home for the motel rooms. 

To our family that is getting bigger all the time, thank you all so much for all you have done to help us in our journey to spread the hope in Jesus across America.  May God bless you as you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.  Don’t forget to thank the Giver of all good and perfect gifts.

Nov 25

November 25, 2008

s5001834We stayed in this very pretty First Baptist of Burley church building last night.  The folks were as nice as the building.  I don’t know if you can tell but the sun made beautiful reflections off the cross first thing this morning.

 

 

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We finished our walking day in Buhl, self proclaimed “Trout Capital of the World.”  Then we drove back to Twin Falls to stay at Eastside Baptist Church at the invitation of Pastor Paul Thompson.

 

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In between, we visited the Perrine Bridge over the Snake River near where Evil Knievel tried to jump the canyon many years ago.  See gallery for more Snake River photos.