Blessings, Requests, and Schedule

Last Weeks’ 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?

2020 09 14 Blessings:

  • Another great and fruitful week at Camp Barnabas.
  • A bit cooler weather! The weather finally began to moderate, and temps were more tolerable. Although we have air conditioning, the high humidity outside made it rather uncomfortable for us to work outside.
  • A fun day trip to Branson, MO on Friday: We’d never been there, so it was interesting to see what the town was all about. (definitely an entertainment destination) We enjoyed eating at a Thai restaurant, walking through a craft fair at one of the historical sites, and visiting with the vendors.

You can pray for: 

  1. A very good friend we’ve known for over 40 years was recently admitted to the hospital and was diagnosed with COVID. His wife just texted and noted the doctor stated it “does not look good for recovery.” He is close to 80 and has health-related, complicating issues. Please 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 is currently in self-isolation so must endure this by herself. 🙏
  2. We will finish our last four days of work at Camp Barnabas this week. We will continue working on staining the last two trash can enclosures we built last week, as well as finishing staining one deck, and hopefully, get a good start on the second. We ask that we will be a blessing to those that are here and find ways to really help them in their ministry. (Due to COVID-19, the staff have been doing day camps away from this location. Consequently, there are few people here during the week.) 
  3. Safety as we travel to Marthasville, MO, especially as we leave Camp Barnabas. The paved path to where we are staying is very narrow through many trees with lots of overhanging branches. We wish to extract our home safely without damaging anything. 
  4. Wisdom as we begin route preparations for our trip from Marthasville, MO to Anadarko, OK the following week.
  5. 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.
  6. Our grandson, Michael, will ship out to Marine boot camp on Sept. 21 (supposedly). Please continue to ask for peace, safety, and confidence in God’s presence with him through the next months of life very different from what he is accustomed to.
  7. 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. 2020, SOWER project at Camp Barnabas outside Purdy, MO; (https://www.campbarnabas.org)

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

Sept 24-Oct 1, travel to Oakridge Ministries in 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 07 Blessings:

  • A wonderful and productive time off with enough time for a trip to see some historical sights.
  • Our good health that allows us to assist other ministries in their work.
  • A quiet and peaceful place to park our home. We’ve been able to see deer, armadillos, and a few hummingbirds that come to the feeder we put out, as well as hear a bald eagle’s cry, and many other birds and wildlife. (Thankfully, no copperhead or water moccasin snakes!)

You can pray for: 

  1. We continue our work at Camp Barnabas this week. We will work on staining the trash can enclosures we built last week as well as a couple decks and whatever else they want us to do. We ask that we will be a blessing to those that are here and find ways to really help them in their ministry. (Due to COVID-19, the staff have been doing day camps away from this location. Consequently, there are few people here.) 
  2. Please continue to pray for our niece as she continues with physical therapy and attempts to be more independent with her current limitations. Please pray for improvement in the healing process and encouragement for our normally very active niece.
  3. Our grandson, Michael, will be shipping out to Marine bootcamp very soon. Please continue to ask for peace, safety and confidence in God’s presence with him through the next months. This is the beginning of a new venture for him; (part of the adventure is “hurry up and wait” 🤣 ).
  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. 2020, SOWER project at Camp Barnabas outside Purdy, MO; (https://www.campbarnabas.org)

Sept. ~20-~23?, to Marthasville, MO to visit some friends we haven’t seen in too long. 

Sept 24-Oct 1, travel to Oakridge Ministries in 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 08 31 Blessings:

  • Safely arriving at Camp Barnabas and getting set up for our stay here this next month. The roadway to the RV section of the camp is beautiful, but particularly narrow and lined with large, mature trees. Thankfully, we made it without damaging or scratching our home!
  • So thankful for a wonderful little campground about 30 miles from Camp Barnabas where we could stay for the last three days of our journey and enjoy our air conditioning. It was just too hot to live comfortably without A/C.
  • It is pleasingly quiet here at the camp where we are located, a delightful change from the interstate road noise we experienced while traveling from Idaho Falls.
  • This past weekend we had a particularly nasty thunderstorm move through the area. We are so thankful that we did not get the brunt of 50 mph winds and electrical activity that accompanied the storm throughout the nearby area!

You can pray for: 

  1. We begin work at Camp Barnabas this week. Due to COVID-19, they have been doing day camps away from this location. Consequently, there are only a few people here, including staff. We ask that we will be a blessing to them and find ways to really help them in their ministry.
  2. Update on our niece: Her ankle’s mobility is very limited, and she may need additional surgery in the future. They have recommended a different round of physical therapy to start with. Please pray for improvement in the healing process and encouragement for our normally very active niece.
  3. Our grandson, Michael, did not ship out to Marine Corps boot camp in California this past weekend as thought. However, now he is at the mercy of the Marine Corp. He will go when called sometime in the next two months. Ask for peace, safety, and confidence in God’s presence with him through the next months. This is the beginning of a new venture for him; (part of the adventure is “hurry up and wait” 🤣 ).
  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. 2020, SOWER project at Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO; (https://www.campbarnabas.org)

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 08 24 Blessings

  • Being able to reschedule our route and finding suitable places to call home on our way to Purdy, MO due to heat and unfavorable camping locations (staying in a junk yard).
  • Safety as we traveled through the mid-west. Although the weather was hot, we found shady places to stay overnight and were still able to recharge our home’s batteries. We were also blessed with stops along the way to enjoy lunch. 
  • Our niece is finally able to walk some on her ankle. This is a huge encouragement.

You can pray for: 

  1. Continued safety on our last leg to Purdy, MO. We will actually spend a few nights at a campground near Camp Barnabas to take advantage of electricity to run our A/C. The weather has been frightfully hot and humid; something we had not anticipated (and was not forecast) when we planned our route.  
  2. We will check in with our host at Camp Barnabas this Thursday and get settled in. We ask that we will be a blessing to them and find ways to really help them in their ministry.
  3. Continued healing and increased mobility for our niece. That she will regain full mobility over time.
  4. Our grandson, Michael, may ship out to Marine Corp boot camp this weekend. Ask for peace for the family as they prepare for his departure, along with safety and confidence in God’s presence with him through the next months. This is a big step for him.
  5. 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):

Aug 27, 2020 arrive at our September SOWER project at Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO; (https://www.campbarnabas.org)

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 08 17 Blessings

  • Much laughter with Gracie and her kitten antics. She is such fun to have around.
  • Being able to spend time with our son and two of his boys. Hard to leave them as we headed out. We treasure our time with family.
  • Wyoming can appear rather desolate, but it has a beauty all its own. We really enjoy being able to see such diversity in His creation.
  • Though the internet and cell connections can be sketchy at times, we are thankful for the technology that keeps us connected with all of you.
  • Safety as we’ve traveled thus far to our next SOWER project.

You can pray for: 

  1. Continued safety as we travel to Purdy, MO. We will travel from Rawlins, where we are writing this week’s blog to Cheyenne, WY and on through NE this week. 
  2. Continued healing and increased mobility of our niece’s ankle. That she would not get too discouraged by the slow progress and keep pushing forward.
  3. Our grandson, Michael, will soon be heading off to the Marine Corp. Ask for safety as well as confidence in God’s presence with him through the next months. This is a big step for him.
  4. 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):

~Aug 15, 2020 leave for our September SOWER project in Missouri, via WY, NE, KS, and MO.

Sept. 2020, SOWER project at Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO; (https://www.campbarnabas.org)

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 08 08 Blessings

  • Our safe trip to and from North Fork, Hailey, and Shelley, ID to meet our daughter and granddaughter from TX and join them in completing a couple of their bucket-list items; (read about it in this week’s blog post above).
  • Sarah and Hannah’s safe return trip home to TX. What a wonderful time with them and also have a mini family reunion with our son and two of his sons while Sarah and Hannah were here. 
  • The beauty of God’s creation: Can’t get enough of these tree-covered mountains, and clear water rivers and lakes!
  • Successful surgery to declaw our new fur-baby, Gracie! It was pretty quiet without her around for a day. She’s quite entertaining and fun to have around.

You can pray for: 

  1. Wisdom as we finalize our travel plans for our trip to Missouri and complete some routine, preventative maintenance on the truck and trailer. 
  2. Continued healing and increased mobility of our niece’s ankle. That she would not get too discouraged by the slow progress.
  3. Opportunities to share God’s blessings with those we meet along the walk.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

~Aug 15, 2020 leave for our September SOWER project in Missouri, via WY, NE, KS, and MO.

Sept. 2020, SOWER project at Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO; (https://www.campbarnabas.org)

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 07 27 Blessings:

  • 46 years today of marriage! What an amazing journey we’ve had and are on! 🤠🤗
  • Our safe trip to Hailey, ID to visit Katie’s sister’s family, and the safety of our home during the windstorm; (read about it in this week’s blog post).
  • The beautiful skies, wonderful weather, and an amazingly quiet and peaceful place to stay (after that first night!).
  • Seeing all the stars at night! What an amazing reminder of our Creator!
  • We got the weight of our trailer down below its gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)!  👏  
  • Our niece is doing well and increasing her activity and physical therapy since her ankle surgery.
  • Our young friend’s eye is healing well and we continue to ask for restoration of her sight.

You can pray for: 

  1. Travel mercies this week as we head to North Fork, ID to link up with our daughter and granddaughter. Safety for them, too, as they leave this Tuesday to visit family and friends along their journey from Texas to meet us in North Fork. 
  2. Opportunities to share God’s blessings with those we meet along the walk.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

July/August spend time with family and friends in Idaho.

Mid-Aug 2020 leave for our September SOWER project in Missouri, via WY, NE, OK(?).

Sept. 2020, SOWER project at Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO; (https://www.campbarnabas.org)

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 our daughter’s family; (https://lakelavoncamp.com). 

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

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX; (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, north, or head to the northeast?

July 2021 – Family time in ID

2020 07 20 Blessings:

  • Finished cleaning and treating our trailer roof. A little additional repair work will be required, and we will hopefully get that finished in a couple of days.
  • Reducing the trailer weight by about 500#’s! We still need to jettison a few more things to bring the weight down even further. However, this was a huge accomplishment and gave us a lot of satisfaction that we could indeed do this! The tools we had acquired to do our SOWER projects needed to stay and other extraneous stuff or duplicates needed to go.
  • Reconnecting with a high school classmate was a sweet blessing. We’re not old, but it is hard to believe so many years have gone by!
  • Our new kitten, Gracie, has added a ton of laughs as we follow her antics! 🤣  

You can pray for: 

  1. Travel mercies as we head to Hailey, ID this week to visit Katie’s sister’s family and spend a few days with them. Also, for family as they will be headed up here to join us the week of July 27.
  2. Please continue to ask for wisdom as we once again try to reduce our trailer’s weight. We need to be able to travel safely as we will be covering many miles in the next year. 
  3. Please pray for the continued healing of our niece’s ankle, and our young friend’s eye.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

July/August spend time with our son’s family and other family members in Idaho, and Montana.

Mid-Aug 2020 leave for our September SOWER project in Missouri.

Sept. 2020, SOWER project at Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO; (https://www.campbarnabas.org)

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; (https://lakelavoncamp.com). This is near our daughter’s family.

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

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX; (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 will for this).

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

July 2021 – Family time in ID

2020 07 13 Blessings:

  • Arriving safely at our temporary home in Shelley ID where we spent some wonderful, peaceful, and refreshing weeks last summer.
  • Reconnecting with family and friends in the area.
  • Encouraging a young man who recently returned from working in China and is adjusting to life in America again. He is another kindred spirit.
  • The successful installation of our new shock-absorbing, kingpin box.
  • The short, but wonderful visit with Katie’s two sisters and a niece who stopped by for afternoon coffee. Our niece is doing so much better with her ankle but still has a long road of PT to travel.
  • Our new furry travel companion. Our dog, Mr. Lucky, now has a feline playmate named, Gracie. Gracie is a 10-week rescue kitten that is quickly adapting to our nomadic life. For Mr. Lucky, the jury is still out on whether she will be fully accepted. We think it will only be a matter of a few more days before Gracie wins him over! 😉  

You can pray for: 

  1. Our ability to see opportunities to serve others that God puts before us, to be a blessing, and to bring Him the glory and praise.
  2. Wisdom and discernment as we disposition things that have been in storage in Idaho Falls for the last several years. It is time to take care of these things and we wish to do so wisely. 
  3. In addition, we need to put our home on a diet. After installing the new kingpin box, we took truck and trailer to a local CAT scale to have them weighed. We learned that we are a few hundred pounds overweight and need to get rid of some things we’ve collected over the past year. (This is something all full-time RV’ers face: the need to periodically purge their RV’s of accumulated stuff). 😄   
  4. Please pray for the continued healing of our niece’s ankle, and our young friend’s eye.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

July/August spend time with our son’s family and other family members in Idaho, and Montana.

Mid-Aug, 2020 leave for our September SOWER project in Missouri.

Sept. 2020, SOWER project at Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO; (https://www.campbarnabas.org)

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; (https://lakelavoncamp.com). This is near our daughter’s family.

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

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX; (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.

2020 07 06 Blessings:

  • The gift of rest at Colter Bay Campground in Teton National Park and Gros Ventre Campground in Jackson Hole, WY.
  • The beautiful weather while visiting these places that enhanced our time marveling at His creation.
  • Our safety while traveling to Hailey, ID to visit Katie’s sister’s family, Grand Teton National Park, and Gros Ventre Campground in Jackson Hole.
  • A wonderful evening visiting with our son and grandsons as we passed through Idaho Falls.

You can pray for: 

  1. Our ability to see opportunities to serve others that God puts before us, to be a blessing, and to bring Him the glory and praise.
  2. Our safety and the smooth functioning of our home-on-wheels as we return to Idaho Falls, ID for more family time.
  3. We will have a new kingpin box installed this week on our trailer. We are upgrading this to protect the trailer frame from road induced stresses while traveling and to improve the ride. We feel this is an important upgrade due to the thousands of miles we travel each year. We are also having the annual inspection of the trailer bearings and brakes, and bearings repacked. Please pray that all will go well and there will be no problems found with any of these items.
  4. Please pray for the continued recovery of our niece from her surgery to reconstruct her broken ankle, and our young friend’s recovery from her serious eye surgery.
  5. Please ask for discernment as we disposition things that have been in storage in Idaho Falls for the last several years. It is time to take care of these things and we wish to do so wisely.

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

July/August near family in Idaho, with a possible trip to visit our grandson’s family in Sandpoint, ID, and Katie’s sister’s family in Hailey, ID.

Sept. 2020, SOWER project at Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO.

Oct. 2020, SOWER project at Oakridge Ministries in Anadarko, OK.

Nov-Dec 2020, Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project near Princeton, TX. 

Jan. 2021, SOWER project at Highland Lakes Camp & Conf Ctr in Spicewood, TX.

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX.

Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch in Eloy, AZ.

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 will for this).

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

July 2021 – Family time in ID

2020 06 28 Blessings:

  • The look of peace and contentment on Donnalee’s face as she quietly enjoyed one of her favorite spots at Hope House, and her heartfelt thanks for the bench restoration “gift.”
  • With a sense of great accomplishment and new friendships with fellow SOWERs, we completed the Hope House project for this month and will be heading to Idaho Falls (see schedule below). 
  • Our continued good health through these extremely busy and physically active three weeks.
  • The opportunity to see our SOWER friend from the Indian Hills project who stopped by for a couple of days on his way home in Washington state.

You can pray for: 

  1. Our safety and the smooth functioning of our home-on-wheels as we travel to Hailey, Idaho Falls, ID, and Grant Teton National park this week. 
  2. For the safety of all the SOWERs from this Hope House project who are traveling to their next destination. 

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

Jun 28-Jul 7 travel to and relax at Colter Bay Campground and Gros Ventre Campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park.

July/August near family in Idaho, with a possible side trip to visit our grandson’s family in Sandpoint, ID.

Sept. 2020, SOWER project at Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO.

Oct. 2020, SOWER project at Oakridge Ministries in Anadarko, OK

Nov-Dec 2020, Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project near Princeton, TX. 

Jan. 2021, SOWER project at Highland Lakes Camp & Conf Ctr in Spicewood, TX

Feb. 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School in Comfort, TX

Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch in Eloy, AZ

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

Apr-Jun, 2021 SOWER projects up the west coast, north, or head east?

July 2021 – Family time in ID

Past Blessings, Prayer Requests and Schedules

2020 06 22 Blessings:

  • We were able to once again connect with our former sending church’s missions pastor’s son and his family. They were traveling through the area in the Sprinter van home. What a great time of laughter and fellowship! 
  • We ask for and He answered by delaying the rain. We needed to finish the valve pit project before the rain started to fall. We asked that if it was going to rain, that the rain would hold off until we were done. And it did!

You can pray for: 

  1. Please continue to intercede for the Hope House in their need for additional staff to provide a home for 15 more children that are waiting to “come home.” Please ask that qualified people be found soon.
  2. A fellow SOWER with whom we worked at Indian Hills is traveling home and making a stop here at Hope House. We look forward to seeing him again and ask that you intercede for him for safety and alertness as he travels. He is traveling alone in his Class A motorhome. 

Calendar of Activities (subject to change):

Through June 25 – work at Hope House SOWER project in Marsing, ID

Jun 28-Jul 7 travel to and relax at Colter Bay Campground in Grand Teton National Park.

July/August near family in Idaho, with a possible side trip to visit our grandson’s family in Sandpoint, ID.

Sept. 2020, SOWER project at Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO.

Oct. 2020, SOWER project at Oakridge Ministries in Anadarko, OK

Nov-Dec 2020, Lake Lavon Camp SOWER project near Princeton, TX. 

Jan. 2021, SOWER project at Highland Lakes Camp & Conf Ctr in Spicewood, TX

Feb. 2021, SOWER project between Spicewood, TX and Eloy, AZ

Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch in Eloy, AZ

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

Apr-Jun, 2021 SOWER projects up the west coast?

July 2021 – Family time in ID