“Peter began to speak to him,
‘Look, we have left everything to follow you!’”
(Mark 10:28, NET)
There are many times when we feel we left everything to follow Jesus. Sometimes we wonder if we are doing the right thing …
On May 1, 2019, we set out on our maiden voyage in our new-to-us home-on-wheels. Bruce had never pulled a 5th-wheel before and then only a few times on practice trips to a local shopping mall parking lot and a short out and back trip of about 60 miles. That first day of our long journey found us driving in 40 mph winds and barely getting to Katie’s nephew’s home in Cheyenne, WY ahead of a snow storm! We “curb camped” at his place for three days waiting for the snow to melt. What an initiation!
Since then, we have pulled our home about 30,000 miles around the USA. We have slept in 34 of those states these past three years. We have assisted approximately two dozen ministries in the mid-west and western states. Our labor has provided the staff at these places the time needed to achieve their God-given vision of reaching the lost for Christ and providing places for people to be refreshed and reflect on their spiritual walk.
Yet, in the past three years, we’ve been able to spend more time with family and friends than we ever did as full-time missionaries overseas. While traveling here last week, we were able to see that same nephew again, only now he is living in Franklin, TX, where we were able to camp for a couple of nights on his property. We’ve made many new friends along our journey as well.
Jesus responded to Peter’s comment (noted above) with the following: “I tell you the truth, there is no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive in this age a hundred times as much.…” (Mark 10:29–30, NET). We truly have experienced the blessing of receiving back more than we’ve given.
We miss our family terribly and wish we could see them even more than we have. But we also know there is a greater purpose to why we were created and to that purpose we wish to remain faithful. Yes, we may wonder if we are doing the right thing, but when we hear how much these camps need and appreciate our help, we know we should remain obedient to accomplishing the “whatever, whenever, and wherever.” 🤠🤗