A friend loves at all times, 

and a brother is born for adversity.” 

(Proverbs 17:17, ESV)

“So few of these kinds of relationships seem to exist in the world, even within churches. People like to get together and have casual fun, but walk (or run) away if a situation or friendship gets too difficult or might cost us too much. I wonder if many of us have lost sense of what true friendship is meant to be” (

Driving through the northeastern states in a big rig is stressful. Yes, there was beautiful country to see and wonderful people that we met. But dodging low-hanging branches (see picture below) and low bridges, finding safe routes around populated cities such as New York City and Baltimore can be tense, nerve-wracking, and taxing! That is when it is nice to have friends to travel with and “watch your back.”

We’ve safely arrived at the SOWER office in Lindale, TX and our traveling companions have also added their 48th state to their travel map. Could we have traveled over 6,000 miles without their help? Sure! But it would not have been as much fun and most likely been more stressful! Through those trying times of having to backtrack from impassable roads, low clearances, parking lot repairs (replacing the alternator in their car), etc., we’ve grown as close as brothers and sisters. 

It is not often that one is blessed with friendships like this in a lifetime. We’ve been blessed by two couples: our dear friends with whom we labored in E. Asia and now these wonderful friends. We will miss them when they head to Idaho this weekend, but we look forward to when we can once again work and travel together. 🤠🤗

(This week’s Blessings, Prayer Requests, and Schedule are here).

1.5″ branch wedged below solar panel at Lighthouse Christian Camp in NY

(Don’t forget to check out more of our pictures here.)

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