Blessings, Requests, and Schedule

Last Weeks’ Blessings:

  • We completed the last week of our November SOWER project at Lake Lavon Camp by completing the trim painting of the camp’s original building (70 years old!) and preparing three bunkrooms for spray painting.
  • We continued to enjoy the nice warm Texas fall weather! 
  • The opportunity to spend more time with our daughter and her family.

You can pray for: 

  1. This week we will perform some repairs to the home where our daughter lives. We will be working from ladders and using power tools. Please pray for safety as we complete this work. 
  2. Safety for the SOWER couple who will join us for the Dec. project as they travel to Lake Lavon, and for wisdom as we greet them and help them settle in. 
  3. Our niece’s recovery from her ankle surgery that removed the hardware put in last spring. She is doing well. Please ask for no complications and rapid healing.
  4. Our eyes to always be open to ways we can serve and encourage others here at the Lake Lavon Camp, as well as in the community where we currently reside. 
  5. Continued wisdom from God as we look at and plan our work schedule for 2021. We’re not sure at this point where we should be for the April and May projects due to the COVID situation but ask God to direct us where He would have us work.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

Dec. 2020, Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project near Princeton, TX (https://lakelavoncamp.com) and visiting our daughter’s family.

Jan 5-10, 2021, travel to Highland Lakes Camp & Conf. Ctr.

Jan. 2021, SOWER project at Highland Lakes Camp & Conf Ctr in Spicewood, TX (near Austin); (https://hlccc.org). 

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX (near San Antonio); (https://hishill.org)

Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch in Eloy, AZ; (https://www.youthhaven.org).

Apr. 2021, a SOWER project near Palm Desert, or in Northern, CA?

May 2021, Aldersgate Retreat Center near Turner, OR (www.aldersgateretreat.com)?

June 2021, Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nampa, ID (https://maf.org).

July 2021 – Family time in ID

July 18-23, Escapade 2021, Rock Springs, WY, organizing the SOWER booth at the rally; (https://escapade.escapees.com). 

August 2021, Cedar Canyon Wesleyan Camp, Rapid City, SD (https://cedarcanyoncamp.com). 

September 2021 Ethnos360 in Roach, MO?

Remaining 2021 SOWER projects TBD

2020 11 16 Blessings

  • We completed the second week of our November SOWER project at Lake Lavon Camp by finishing the trash can enclosure and helping paint the camp’s original building (70 years old!) by cutting in the trim work. We look forward to our final week’s work, whatever that might be!
  • We love this wonderfully warm Texas fall weather! (To our friends up north, we’re sorry! 😉 ) 
  • Being able to spend time with our daughter and her family continues to be a blessing.

You can pray for:

  1. Safety as we continue our work doing whatever they need us to do, whether it be working with power equipment or painting from ladders. 
  2. Our niece will have another surgery on her ankle to remove the hardware put in last spring. Please ask for no complications and rapid healing.
  3. A young Chinese friend who befriended us when we first went there to teach English. There are multiple family issues that she is struggling with and needs wisdom and changed hearts in her family. Please pray for her and her family. 
  4. Continued wisdom from God as we look at and plan our work schedule for 2021. We’re not sure at this point where we should be for the April and May projects due to the COVID situation but ask God to direct us where He would have us work.
  5. Our eyes to always be open to ways we can serve and encourage others here at the Lake Lavon Camp, as well as in the community where we currently reside.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

Nov-Dec. 2020, Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project near Princeton, TX (https://lakelavoncamp.com), and visiting our daughter’s family.

Jan. 2021, SOWER project at Highland Lakes Camp & Conf Ctr in Spicewood, TX (near Austin); (https://hlccc.org). 

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX (near San Antonio); (https://hishill.org)

Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch in Eloy, AZ; (https://www.youthhaven.org).

Apr. 2021, a SOWER project near Palm Desert, or in Northern, CA?

May 2021, Aldersgate Retreat Center near Turner, OR (www.aldersgateretreat.com)?

June 2021, Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nampa, ID (https://maf.org).

July 2021 – Family time in ID

July 18-23, Escapade 2021, Rock Springs, WY, organizing the SOWER booth at the rally; (https://escapade.escapees.com). 

August 2021, Cedar Canyon Wesleyan Camp, Rapid City, SD (https://cedarcanyoncamp.com). 

September 2021 Ethnos360 in Roach, MO?

Remaining 2021 SOWER projects TBD

2020 11 09 Blessings:

  • We completed the first week of our November SOWER project at Lake Lavon, repainting the entrance sign as noted above and staining some lumber for our next project. We look forward to this next week of work.
  • Reconnecting with the staff at Lake Lavon Camp. This year has not been easy due to COVID. They’ve struggled in many ways but are looking forward to 2021. They are almost totally booked for the entire summer (if we understand things correctly). What a huge blessing for them!
  • Being able to spend time with our daughter and her family is always a blessing.

You can pray for: 

  1. Safety as we continue our work building trash can enclosures and doing whatever else they need us to do. We will be using power tools, such as table and radial arm saws, etc.
  2. Please continue to remember the 9-month-old great-grandson of our long-time friends from Idaho, Archer. Please ask that it not be serious and give the doctors the needed wisdom to properly diagnose and treat this condition.
  3. Continued wisdom from God as we look at and plan our work schedule for 2021. It seems to be filling in nicely (see Calendar of Activities below). We’re not sure at this point where we should be for the April and May projects but ask God to direct us where He would have us work.
  4. Our eyes to always be open to ways we can serve and encourage others here at the Lake Lavon Camp, as well as in the community where we currently reside.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

Nov-Dec 2020, Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project near Princeton, TX, (https://lakelavoncamp.com), and visiting our daughter’s family.

Jan. 2021, SOWER project at Highland Lakes Camp & Conf Ctr in Spicewood, TX (near Austin); (https://hlccc.org). 

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX (near San Antonio); (https://hishill.org)

Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch in Eloy, AZ; (https://www.youthhaven.org).

Apr. 2021, a SOWER project near Palm Desert, or in northern, CA?

May 2021, Aldersgate Retreat Center near Turner, OR (www.aldersgateretreat.com)?

June 2021, Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nampa, ID (https://maf.org).

July 2021 – Family time in ID

July 18-23, Escapade 2021, Rock Springs, WY, organizing the SOWER booth at the rally; (https://escapade.escapees.com). 

August 2021, Cedar Canyon Wesleyan Camp, Rapid City, SD (https://cedarcanyoncamp.com). 

September 2021 Ethnos360 in Roach, MO?

Remaining 2021 SOWER projects TBD

2020 11 03 Blessings:

  • We survived the electrical and ice storms on our way south, had a safe place to stay at Lake Texoma, and finally arrived safely at Lake Lavon Camp.
  • Our home-on-wheels kept us warm and dry during our travels. 
  • Our furry friends kept us company and entertained during our sojourn down from Oklahoma.
  • Reconnecting with our daughter’s family and attending an amazing performance of the musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame in which two of our grandkids were cast members. This young high school performing group was amazing!
  • Our fellow SOWERs from the Oakridge Camp SOWER project both safely arrived at their winter destinations.

You can pray for: 

  1. Safety as we begin our work building trash can enclosures. We will be using power tools, such as table and radial arm saws, etc. 
  2. The 9-month-old great-grandson of our long-time friends from Idaho, Archer, was recently diagnosed with RSV (similar to COVID). Now he is going back in for an ultrasound on his head due to a lump they found. Please ask that it not be serious and give the doctors the needed wisdom to properly diagnose and treat this condition.
  3. Continued wisdom from God as we look at and plan our work schedule for 2021. It seems to be filling in nicely (see Calendar of Activities below). We’re not sure at this point where we should be for the April and May projects, or if we should sign up for the August project at this time. We want God to direct us where He would have us.
  4. Our eyes to always be open to ways we can serve and encourage others here at the Lake Lavon Camp as well as those in the community with whom we meet.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

Nov-Dec 2020, Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project near Princeton, TX, (https://lakelavoncamp.com), and visiting our daughter’s family.

Jan. 2021, SOWER project at Highland Lakes Camp & Conf Ctr in Spicewood, TX (near Austin); (https://hlccc.org). 

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX (near San Antonio); (https://hishill.org)

Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch in Eloy, AZ; (https://www.youthhaven.org).

Apr. 2021, ? a SOWER project near Palm Desert, or in northern, CA?

May 2021, Aldersgate Retreat Center near Turner, OR (www.aldersgateretreat.com)?

June 2021, Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nampa, ID (https://maf.org).

July 2021 – Family time in ID

July 18-23, Escapade 2021, Rock Springs, WY, organizing the SOWER booth at the rally; (https://escapade.escapees.com). 

August 2021, South Dakota?

September 2021 Ethnos360 in Roach, MO?

Remaining 2021 SOWER projects TBD

2020 10 26 Blessings:

  • We completed our project at Oakridge Ministries. Katie finished hanging the 15 new curtains she and another SOWER made for one of the dorms. Bruce completed this third week of our SOWER project by improving signage around the camp and hanging new decorations on the outside of the camp’s maze.
  • As always, we have made many memories and new friends at this camp.
  • We have enjoyed some wonderful weather before it turned wintery cold. It’s past time to move south!!

You can pray for: 

  1. Travel safety as we move to East Burns Run Campground just north of the OK-TX border. We will stay there a couple of days before moving to Lake Lavon Camp; (we are not supposed to be at the camp until Thursday).
  2. Travel safety for our fellow SOWERs with whom we worked at Oakridge Camp as they transit to their Arizona winter homes. They left just in time as it has gotten particularly cold here!
  3. Continued wisdom as we look at and plan our work schedule for 2021. It seems to be filling in (see Calendar of Activities below). Those with “?” are tentative as we plan things out.
  4. Our eyes to always be open to ways we can serve and encourage others.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

Oct 26-29, travel to Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project.

Nov-Dec 2020, Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project near Princeton, TX, (https://lakelavoncamp.com), and visiting our daughter’s family.

Jan. 2021, SOWER project at Highland Lakes Camp & Conf Ctr in Spicewood, TX (near Austin); (https://hlccc.org). 

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX (near San Antonio); (https://hishill.org)

Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch in Eloy, AZ; (https://www.youthhaven.org).

Apr. 2021, a SOWER project near Palm Desert, or northern, CA?

May 2021, Aldersgate Retreat Center near Turner, OR (www.aldersgateretreat.com)?

June 2021, Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nampa, ID (https://maf.org).

July 2021 – Family time in ID

July 18-23, Escapade 2021, Rock Springs, WY, organizing the SOWER booth at the rally; (https://escapade.escapees.com). 

August 2021, South Dakota?

September 2021 Ethnos360 in Roach, MO?

Remaining 2021 SOWER projects TBD

2020 10 19 Blessings:

  • We completed our second week’s work at Oakridge Ministries. Katie finished the sewing project (making 15 new curtains for one of the dorms) and Bruce completed the human foosball court refurbishing and the building of the office safety railing discussed above.
  • Getting to know our fellow SOWER volunteers with pizza and game night!

You can pray for: 

  1. Our safety and the wisdom we need as we work on our various projects. We are not sure what we will work on this week. They have a maze that needs painting and other projects to be determined Monday AM.
  2. Wisdom as we make travel plans for the week of 10/26. We need to arrive at our next project (in TX) on 10/29 and are looking for a quiet place to park for a few days on the way down there. We are looking at a COE campground along Lake Texoma.
  3. Wisdom as we look at and plan our work schedule for 2021. It seems to be filling in (see Calendar of Activities below). Those with “?” are tentative as we plan things out.
  4. That we will be a blessing to those at the camp and our co-workers. 

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

Oct. 2020, SOWER project at Oakridge Ministries in Anadarko, OK; (https://www.oakridgecamp.com)

Oct 23-29, travel to Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project.

Nov-Dec 2020, Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project near Princeton, TX, and visiting our daughter’s family; (https://lakelavoncamp.com). 

Jan. 2021, SOWER project at Highland Lakes Camp & Conf Ctr in Spicewood, TX (near Austin); (https://hlccc.org). 

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX (near San Antonio); (https://hishill.org)

Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch in Eloy, AZ; (https://www.youthhaven.org).

Apr. 2021, a SOWER project near Palm Desert, CA?

May 2021, Aldersgate Camp near Turner, OR (www.aldersgateretreat.com)?

June 2021, Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nampa, ID (https://maf.org)?

July 2021 – Family time in ID

July 18-23, Escapade 2021, Rock Springs, WY, organizing the SOWER both at the rally; (https://escapade.escapees.com). 

August 2021, South Dakota?

September 2021 Ethnos360 in Roach, MO?

Remaining 2021 SOWER projects TBD

2020 10 12 Blessings:

  • Successfully completed our first week’s work at Oakridge Ministries. Katie worked on a sewing project (making new curtains for one of the dorms) and Bruce worked on refurbishing a human foosball court (replacing rotten, old wood, and painting the whole structure).
  • Getting to know the family and staff of Oakridge and see their hearts for reaching others with the gospel.
  • An afternoon get-together with our daughter and two grandsons – always encouraging to have our family with us and collect some needed hugs! (They drove 8 hours round trip to see us!)
  • Slowly getting over our head colds and getting back our energy. 

You can pray for: 

  1. Our safety as we work on our various projects. Katie will continue with her curtain making and move on to painting the interior of the two-story dorm, and Bruce will complete the foosball court restoration and begin constructing a safety railing for the office porch/ walkway.
  2. That we will be a blessing to those at the camp and our co-workers. Safety and wisdom as we tackle projects that need to be done.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

Oct. 2020, SOWER project at Oakridge Ministries in Anadarko, OK; (https://www.oakridgecamp.com)

Oct 23-29, travel to Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project.

Nov-Dec 2020, Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project near Princeton, TX, and visiting our daughter’s family; (https://lakelavoncamp.com). 

Jan. 2021, SOWER project at Highland Lakes Camp & Conf Ctr in Spicewood, TX (near Austin); (https://hlccc.org). 

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX (near San Antonio); (https://hishill.org)

Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch in Eloy, AZ; (https://www.youthhaven.org).

~March 21-26, 2021, Escapees Escapade Rally in Tucson, AZ helping with the SOWER booth at this huge annual event.

Apr. 2021, a SOWER project near Palm Desert, CA? (seeking His direction for this).

May-Jun 2021 SOWER projects up the west coast, or north, or perhaps head northeast?

July/August 2021 – Family time in ID?

2020 10 05 Blessings:

  • A beautiful stay at Strayhorn Landing COE Campground in Gore, OK. We really hated to leave, it was so nice. You can see the view out of our living room window on this week’s blog post.
  • Finding another wonderful, free, overnight stay along the old Route 66 near Bridgeport, OK.
  • Safely traveling to Oakridge Ministries, our current SOWER project, and getting settled in. We met our new co-workers and look forward to working with them this month.
  • Beautiful days of sunny, but not too hot, weather.  Peace amongst the turmoil of the world around us.
  • Our friend, Larry, has been released from the hospital! He is weak but improving every day. They are so thankful for your prayers for them!

You can pray for: 

  1. Please continue to pray for us as we seem to have picked up head colds. We are doing fine, just a bit frustrated that we need to take it easy and rest more. Please pray for a quick recovery so we can be an effective help for the project and our co-workers, and patience during this time (we aren’t used to feeling under the weather!)
  2. That we will be a blessing to those at the camp and our co-workers. Safety and wisdom as we tackle projects that need to be done.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

Oct. 2020, SOWER project at Oakridge Ministries in Anadarko, OK; (https://www.oakridgecamp.com)

Nov-Dec 2020, Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project near Princeton, TX, and visiting our daughter’s family; (https://lakelavoncamp.com). 

Jan. 2021, SOWER project at Highland Lakes Camp & Conf Ctr in Spicewood, TX (near Austin); (https://hlccc.org). 

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX (near San Antonio); (https://hishill.org)

Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch in Eloy, AZ; (https://www.youthhaven.org).

~March 21-26, 2021, Escapees Escapade Rally in Tucson, AZ helping with the SOWER booth at this huge annual event.

Apr. 2021, a SOWER project near Palm Desert, CA? (seeking His direction for this).

May-Jun 2021 SOWER projects up the west coast, or north, or perhaps head northeast?

July/August 2021 – Family time in ID?

2020 09 28 Blessings:

  • Safety as we traveled and worked to hang 4’ X 8’ sheets of FRP paneling in our friends’ kitchen. 
  • What a blessing to visit our E. Asia co-workers who just “happened” to be traveling through the same area we were on their way to a conference in TN. AND, visiting a young family from our sending church in Lynchburg who are living and studying in Roach, MO! All at the same time! 
  • Meeting the host of Flat Acre Farms in Blue Eye, MO and hearing his testimony. 
  • Safely traveling to Strayhorn Landing COE Campground in Gore, OK on our way to Oakridge Ministries, our next SOWER project. We will stay at this beautiful campground for 3 days of relaxation.
  • Our niece, Stephanie, continues to improve. Thanks for your prayers!
  • Our grandson, Michael, is in quarantine this next week before they move him to boot camp. He seems to be doing well but we’re sure there will be more challenges ahead.

You can pray for: 

  1. We do not have an update, but please continue to pray for our friend, Larry, who may be fighting COVID. Please continue to pray for wisdom for the doctors as they treat this, for healing and recovery for our friend, and for peace for his wife and family. She has been tested 2x and is negative for the virus. 
  2. Both of us seem to have picked up a bug. Please pray for a quick recovery as we rest at this beautiful campground.
  3. Safety as we travel on to Anadarko, OK and Oakridge Ministries. We will arrive there this Friday.
  4. That we see opportunities to share God’s blessings with those we meet along the walk and be helping hands to those in need.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

Sept 27-Oct 1, travel to Anadarko, OK

Oct. 2020, SOWER project at Oakridge Ministries in Anadarko, OK; (https://www.oakridgecamp.com)

Nov-Dec 2020, Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project near Princeton, TX, and visiting our daughter’s family; (https://lakelavoncamp.com). 

Jan. 2021, SOWER project at Highland Lakes Camp & Conf Ctr in Spicewood, TX (near Austin); (https://hlccc.org). 

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX (near San Antonio); (https://hishill.org)

Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch in Eloy, AZ; (https://www.youthhaven.org).

~March 21-26, 2021, Escapees Escapade Rally in Tucson, AZ helping with the SOWER booth at this huge annual event.

Apr. 2021, a SOWER project near Palm Desert, CA? (seeking His direction for this).

May-Jun 2021 SOWER projects up the west coast, or north, or perhaps head northeast?

July/August 2021 – Family time in ID?

2020 09 21 Blessings:

  • We finished our assignment at Camp Barnabas with beautiful weather and look forward to returning to work there again. Hopefully, with a fully functioning camp next time! 😉  
  • We safely extracted our home from the RV parking area at Camp Barnabas (the path is narrow and there are many trees!) and arrived in Marthasville, MO for a wonderful reunion with our dear friends.
  • Our young friend with the eye condition you have been praying for is stable and it is beautiful to see her attitude and trust in the Lord for whatever the future holds. She shared beautiful, encouraging words in a song she wrote that expresses her trust.

You can pray for: 

  1. Please continue to pray for our friend, Larry, who may be fighting COVID. He moved to a hospital closer to their home in NV and seems to have gotten worse. Please continue to pray for wisdom for the doctors as they treat this, for healing and recovery for our friend, and for peace for his wife and family. She has been tested 2x and is negative for the virus. 
  2. Wisdom as we begin route preparations for our trip from Marthasville, MO to Roach, MO later this week, and then on to Anadarko, OK next week.
  3. Please continue to pray for our niece as she continues with physical therapy and becomes more independent while dealing with her current limitations. Please pray for improvement in the healing process and encouragement for our normally very active niece.
  4. Our grandson, Michael, has shipped out to Marine boot camp in CA. Please continue to ask for peace, safety, and confidence in God’s presence with him through the next months of his life that are going to be very different from what he is accustomed.
  5. That we see opportunities to share God’s blessings with those we meet along the walk and be helping hands to those in need.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

Sept. 20-24, to Marthasville, MO to visit friends we haven’t seen in too long. 

Sept 24-27, to Roach, MO and Ethnos360 to visit a couple in training (https://ethnos360.org). 

Sept 27-Oct 1, travel to Anadarko, OK

Oct. 2020, SOWER project at Oakridge Ministries in Anadarko, OK; (https://www.oakridgecamp.com)

Nov-Dec 2020, Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project near Princeton, TX, and visiting our daughter’s family; (https://lakelavoncamp.com). 

Jan. 2021, SOWER project at Highland Lakes Camp & Conf Ctr in Spicewood, TX (near Austin); (https://hlccc.org). 

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX (near San Antonio); (https://hishill.org)

Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch in Eloy, AZ; (https://www.youthhaven.org).

March 21-26, 2021, Escapees Escapade Rally in Tucson, AZ helping with the SOWER booth at this huge annual event.

Apr. 2021, a SOWER project near Palm Desert, CA? (seeking His direction for this).

May-Jun 2021 SOWER projects up the west coast, or north, or perhaps head northeast?

July/August 2021 – Family time in ID?