Blessings, Prayer Requests, and Schedule

Last Week’s Blessings:

  • Our safety as we worked on our projects.
  • Celebrating our niece’s birthday and spending the day visiting Katie’s sisters and their children and grandchildren. So good to be with family.
  • Although Katie’s sister supposedly tested negative for COVID-19, she had all the symptoms and was quite sick. We’re now extremely glad she is feeling her normal self!
  • Being able to serve Him at this special home for children of all ages.
  • Our continued good health is a huge blessing! 

You can pray: 

  • For our continued safety and needed energy as we prepare for the Barn Sale, scheduled for next Friday and Saturday. 
  • That we will have adequate help for the actual sale days.
  • That the good weather predicted for the Barn Sale will indeed come to fruition. 
  • That we keep our eyes always open for opportunities to serve and encourage others around us on the road and wherever we currently call “home”. 

Calendar of Activities (subject to change): 

  • Apr. 2021, SOWER project at Hope House.
  • Apr. 23-29, 2021, traveling to Lake Retreat Camp in WA.
  • May 2021, SOWER project Lake Retreat Camp.
  • June 2021, SOWER project at Mission Aviation Fellowship.
  • July 2021, Family time in ID
  • July 18-23, Escapade 2021, Rock Springs, WY, manning the SOWER booth at the rally; (https://escapade.escapees.com). 
  • August 2021, Cedar Canyon Wesleyan Camp.
  • September 2021, Timber-Lee Ministries
  • October 2021, Ethnos360?
  • November 2021, SOWER project New Life Ranch, Frontier Cove?
  • December 2021, SOWER project, Lake Lavon Camp and Conf. Center.

2021 04 06 Blessings:

  • Safe travel to Hope House in Marsing, ID for our April project.
  • Meeting with old friends here at Hope House. They were excited to see us, but disappointed we didn’t bring along more SOWERs to help! There is lots to do and so few people!
  • Our continued good health is a huge blessing! 

You can pray: 

  • For our safety as we work on projects here at Hope House. Bruce is using power equipment (table, chop, and radial saws) to make the book cases. Katie is lifting and shelving hundreds of books for the sale.
  • For Katie’s sister, Peggy, to heal from her respiratory infection; (she tested negative for COVID). 
  • For a gathering of Katie’s sisters in Boise this weekend.
  • That we keep our eyes always open for opportunities to serve and encourage others around us on the road and wherever we currently call “home”. 

Calendar of Activities (subject to change): 

  • Apr. 2021, SOWER project at Hope House.
  • May 2021, SOWER project Lake Retreat Camp.
  • June 2021, SOWER project at Mission Aviation Fellowship.
  • July 2021, Family time in ID
  • July 18-23, Escapade 2021, Rock Springs, WY, manning the SOWER booth at the rally; (https://escapade.escapees.com). 
  • August 2021, Cedar Canyon Wesleyan Camp.
  • September 2021, Timber-Lee Ministries
  • October 2021, Ethnos360?
  • November 2021, SOWER project New Life Ranch, Frontier Cove?
  • December 2021, SOWER project, Lake Lavon Camp and Conf. Center.

2021 03 23 Blessings:

  • Safely completing our second week at Youth Haven Desert Ranch. We remain thankful as Bruce continued his work with electrical systems and both of us working from “heights”.
  • Having fun fellowship with our co-workers and camp staff during game night.
  • Enjoying this wonderfully pleasant weather! (We’ve been watching the weather north of us and realized that by the end of March as we head north to Hope House, we will be once again in cooler temps!)
  • Being able to meet new SOWER friends in Tucson at an area SOWER gathering, and visiting SOWER friends we worked with at Oak Ridge Camp (Anadarko, OK) who live in Mesa, AZ. 
  • Our continued great health! 

You can pray: 

  • For our safety as we work our last week at Youth Haven Desert Ranch. Bruce will most likely continue with more electrical work, and there is talk of helping to clean out a storage shed and loading it into a construction dumpster brought in for this purpose. Katie will continue working with the ladies to deep clean dorm buildings and perhaps a few more painting projects around the camp.
  • Wisdom as we prepare to depart next Saturday for our 1000+ mile journey north. We pray we’ve selected the correct route for weather and road conditions, and the best places to stay relative to our route.
  • That we keep our eyes always open for opportunities to serve and encourage others around us on the road and wherever we currently call “home”. 

Calendar of Activities (subject to change): 

  • Mar. 22-25 2021, Finish our SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch.
  • Mar. 27-Apr. 01, we will travel to Hope House in Idaho. 
  • Apr. 2021, SOWER project at Hope House.
  • May 2021, SOWER project Lake Retreat Camp.
  • June 2021, SOWER project at Mission Aviation Fellowship.
  • July 2021, Family time in ID
  • July 18-23, Escapade 2021, Rock Springs, WY, manning the SOWER booth at the rally; (https://escapade.escapees.com). 
  • August 2021, Cedar Canyon Wesleyan Camp.
  • September 2021, Timber-Lee Ministries
  • October 2021, Ethnos360?
  • November 2021, SOWER project New Life Ranch, Frontier Cove?
  • December 2021, SOWER project, Lake Lavon Camp and Conf. Center.

2021 03 15 Blessings:

  • Safely completing our first week at Youth Haven Desert Ranch. We are thankful as Bruce was working with electrical systems and Katie was doing ladder work.
  • Getting to know our new SOWER friends.
  • Finding the right tools and equipment to swap our spare trailer tire with one of the trailer tires that is wearing a bit faster than the others. It is always a blessing to be able to do maintenance without additional problems along the way.
  • Our continued good health! 

You can pray: 

  • For our safety as we continue our work at Youth Haven Desert Ranch. Bruce will continue with more electrical work. Katie will continue working with the ladies to finish restoring the main signage and additional painting projects throughout the camp.
  • Safety as we travel to Tucson this weekend to meet with other SOWERs in the area. They are either working other projects or are no longer able to work due to age or health conditions. We want to be a blessing to these folks. 
  • Wisdom as we plan our route to Idaho and the Hope House project. We are unsure about the best route to take due to weather conditions and fuel availability through the more remote regions of NV. 
  • That we keep our eyes always open for opportunities to serve and encourage others around us wherever we currently call “home”. 

Calendar of Activities (subject to change): 

  • Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch.
  • Mar. 27-Apr. 01, we will travel to Hope House in Idaho. 
  • Apr. 2021, SOWER project at Hope House.
  • May 2021, SOWER project Lake Retreat Camp.
  • June 2021, SOWER project at Mission Aviation Fellowship.
  • July 2021, Family time in ID
  • July 18-23, Escapade 2021, Rock Springs, WY, manning the SOWER booth at the rally; (https://escapade.escapees.com). 
  • August 2021, Cedar Canyon Wesleyan Camp.
  • September 2021, Timber-Lee Ministries?
  • October 2021, Ethnos360?
  • November 2021, SOWER project New Life Ranch, Frontier Cove?
  • December 2021, SOWER project, Lake Lavon Camp and Conf. Center.

2021 03 08 Blessings:

  • Having a wonderful day of rest among the saguaro in Picacho Peak State Park outside of Tucson before arriving at our new project.
  • Arriving safe and sound at Youth Haven Desert Ranch and meeting our new SOWER friends who will be working with us this month.
  • A wonderful time of worship at a local church in Eloy, AZ on Sunday.
  • Our continued good health! 

You can pray: 

  • For our safety as we begin our first week of work at Youth Haven Desert Ranch. Bruce will be doing electrical work, fixing GFCI outlets that are not working, installing LED lights in the work shop, and trouble shooting other electrical things. Katie is working with the ladies to restore the main signage (pressure washing, sanding and painting).
  • That we keep our eyes always open for opportunities to serve and encourage others around us wherever we currently call “home”. 

Calendar of Activities (subject to change): 

  • Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch.
  • Apr. 2021, SOWER project at Hope House.
  • May 2021, SOWER project Lake Retreat Camp.
  • June 2021, SOWER project at Mission Aviation Fellowship.
  • July 2021, Family time in ID
  • July 18-23, Escapade 2021, Rock Springs, WY, manning the SOWER booth at the rally; (https://escapade.escapees.com). 
  • August 2021, Cedar Canyon Wesleyan Camp.
  • September 2021, Timber-Lee Ministries?
  • October 2021, Ethnos360?
  • November 2021, SOWER project New Life Ranch, Frontier Cove?
  • December 2021, SOWER project, Lake Lavon Camp and Conf. Center.

2021 03 01 Blessings:

  • The joy of seeing so many Christians giving their time and efforts to minister to the needs of others. We have become acquainted with so many ministries we had no idea even existed. To God be the glory!!
  • Safely completing our work project at His Hill Bible School by spraying sealant on 29 completed benches, then grinding, prepping, and welding bench leg parts. Although we were not able to finish all the benches, we put a huge dent in it for the staff and students to complete later.
  • Getting everything packed up, restocked and ready to head down the road to our next assignment.
  • Finding and reserving suitable places to stay along the route.
  • Arriving at our first destination with just 2/3 gal of fuel left in the truck! It was a bit of a nail biter finish as we filled up just before getting to the campground! 😳
  • Our continued good health! 

You can pray: 

  • For our safety as we travel to Eloy, AZ. Our target arrival date is Mar. 05. We have plenty of time to get there and hopefully will have a day of rest at a state park before arriving on Friday. Also for our fellow SOWERs who will be traveling as well.
  • That we keep our eyes always open for opportunities to serve and encourage others around us wherever we currently call “home”. 

Calendar of Activities (subject to change): 

  • Feb 28-Mar 05, travel to our next project. 
  • Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch.
  • Apr. 2021, SOWER project at Hope House.
  • May 2021, SOWER project Lake Retreat Camp.
  • June 2021, SOWER project at Mission Aviation Fellowship.
  • July 2021, Family time in ID
  • July 18-23, Escapade 2021, Rock Springs, WY, manning the SOWER booth at the rally; (https://escapade.escapees.com). 
  • August 2021, Cedar Canyon Wesleyan Camp.
  • September 2021, Timber-Lee Ministries?
  • October 2021, Ethnos360?
  • November 2021, SOWER project New Life Ranch, Frontier Cove?
  • December 2021, SOWER project, Lake Lavon Camp and Conf. Center.

2021 02 25 Blessings:

  • Completing our second week of work at His Hill Bible School, finishing the 29 benches for the summer camp in spite of the numbing cold weather that shut things down elsewhere.
  • Having a wonderful wood-burning stove with plenty of student split, seasoned oak to burn for warmth while working on the benches in the school’s garage/shop.
  • A trailer that was designed and built to withstand the once-in-133-year Texas winter event. There seems to be no apparent damage to any of our systems. 
  • Our continued good health through all this.
  • Being able to visit with long-time friends from Lynchburg, Ken and Mary Kay. What a wonderful, encouraging visit! And praises that his reattached retina is healing very well!
  • A beautiful warm weekend to recoup! With temperatures in the 70’s today it is hard to believe it was so cold just a few days ago! (But it will get down to close to freezing again tonight.)

You can pray: 

  • For our safety and health as we stain/preserve the benches and create the metal stands to install these benches at His Hill Ranch Camp. We continue to use power tools and possibly welding equipment, an ever present danger if not careful. The students have already removed the old benches and prepared the holes for setting the new benches in concrete.
  • That we will find the right places to stay as we plan our journey to AZ and our next project, leaving here on Sunday, Feb. 28. Safety as we travel and good weather. 
  • That we keep our eyes always open for opportunities to serve and encourage others around us wherever we currently call “home”. 

Calendar of Activities (subject to change): 

  • Feb 04-25, 2021, SOWER project at His Hill Bible School.
  • Feb 28-Mar 05, travel to our next project. 
  • Mar. 2021, SOWER project at Youth Haven Desert Ranch.
  • Apr. 2021, SOWER project at Hope House.
  • May 2021, SOWER project Lake Retreat Camp.
  • June 2021, SOWER project at Mission Aviation Fellowship.
  • July 2021, Family time in ID
  • July 18-23, Escapade 2021, Rock Springs, WY, manning the SOWER booth at the rally; (https://escapade.escapees.com). 
  • August 2021, Cedar Canyon Wesleyan Camp.
  • September 2021, Timber-Lee Ministries?
  • October 2021, Ethnos360?
  • November 2021, SOWER project New Life Ranch, Frontier Cove?
  • December 2021, SOWER project, Lake Lavon Camp and Conf. Center.