2.29.2008

Tennessee

On day 4 we arrived, somewhat unceremoniously, at the home of our friends David and Becky Richeson. Plans were to drive to their home late Monday evening and to spend the night in our bus, but we only got as far as the bottom of their driveway where we got stuck. Tuesday morning David rescued us with his tractor. There are so many positives to being a farmer, one of them being that you have a tractor large enough to pull out a 40 foot bus. Thanks, David! Our day was spent relaxing with their family. David, Marlin, and Mitchell had some long conversations about cows while we ladies learned how to sew some creatively beautiful purses from Becky, a professional seamstress.


In the evening we shared a program with the church that the Richeson's attend. The highlight of this trip was to be able to encourage so many godly people to continue to follow God. Over and over again we met people whose hearts were bent on serving God.

Creation Science Museum

Finally! Pictures from our tour are being posted. Thanks, Nicole, for the advice on how to correct my mistake. I will post pictures in chronological order beginning with our day at the Creation Science Museum in Petersburg, KT on day 3 of our trip. This interesting and Biblical correct museum operated by Answers in Genesis is a breath of fresh air in a world of museums filled with evolutioal garbage. We spent the entire day walking through the exhibits and ended the day at the bookstore, where we could have spent another hour or two! If we needed anything else to do we could have gone to the planetarium which we heard is one of the best. Definitely this place is worth visiting. The younger children especially enjoyed the hands on exhibit that included puzzles of the flood.
The replica of Noah's ark was fascinating.

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1

Home Sweet Home!

After trying at least 3 times to post with a picture, I am giving up on that for now. Does anyone know why the pictures that I try to post keep downloading as a jumble of letters and symbols?

Anyway, we arrived home at 1:30 on Wednesday home. We were so happy to see our beloved farm again. We have been snowed under (sorry, I just couldn't resist the pun!!) with laundry, cleaning out the bus, putting things away, and numerous farm chores. For some of us (we won't mention any names:)) the ajustment to the real world of daily chores, etc. has been a rough landing while the rest of us are truly enjoying the challenges and energy it takes to do real physical labour again.

At our house the vision to memorize Scripture has been renewed. I think singing "I Pledge Allegiance" about 25 times in the past month has something to do with it. Whether or not we ever face persecution here in America, it is very important to hide God's Word in our hearts. "They word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11 "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105 We have learned a lot of Scripture passages by simply repeating verses together. Does anyone else want to share how they have memorized Scripture? Our goal is to review the Scriptures we have learned by reciting one passage together at each mealtime.

We are also trying to do extra Math and Language lessons to make up for the last month! We found that it was very challenging to keep up with our school lessons on the road, however; we found that there were many other lessons learned in a bus and on the road that couldn't be learned at home.

Again, thanks for your prayers while we were gone. I will keep trying to post pictures!

2.25.2008

Hello from Oklahoma!

Hello from Oklahoma! We had a very relaxing and enjoyable time in Texas with Tim and Karen (Marlin's sister) and family. We miss you guys! Some highlights were a ladies shopping day, some great basketball games for the guys, a girls' tea party, having lunch with our friends from YWAM, watching "Return of the Daughters" late at night, (this is a well-done, thought provoking, commentary by the Botkins sisters), and sharing at First Baptist in Big Sandy and at Calvary Commission in Lyndale. We would all nominate the service at Calvary Commission as the most annointed service we ever had. The men and women there, most of whom come there after a prison term, are in a discipleship program. Their excitement about living for God was contagious!

At our last evening's program in Inola, there were about 50 relatives that showed up! Chupp family, we love coming to Oklahoma!

Lord willing, we will be sharing in Wichita, KS at a street mission and then heading on to Yoder, KS for tomorrow evening's program. We are all a bit homesick and anxious to return to "Home Sweet Home".

We appreciate your prayers. It has been so exciting to watch God use our music and testimony in spite of our many mistakes and failings. In our service yesterday morning there were 2 souls added to the kingdom of God! We had the opportunity to encourage a young couple who was feeling alone in the convictions that God was asking them to live out.

In closing I want to share 1 more miracle which occured yesterday morning on our way to McAllister. As Marlin was driving, all the gauges went to zero and the bus shut down. He pulled over on the side of the road, praying as he did so. He waited a few minutes, turned the key, and the bus started right up again. We have no idea why the bus shut down but this experience was another faith builder.

2.18.2008

God's Miracles

Finally, I am given another opportunity to post on our neglected blog ! Last week, we were at a place where we had access to internet but I wasted the time trying to figure out how to download pictures from our Mac computer. Today, I'm not even going to try for pictures but I promise that I will post 3 weeks worth of pictures after we are home again.

Truly, it is hard to know how to begin to tell you about what has been happening in our lives but I'll start with a few of the miracles that God has done for us.

For the past few weeks Hudson has had a runny nose, a cough, and sometimes a fever. Finally we decided to take him to the chiropractor but the big question was where to take him in a strange town where we knew no one. We prayed and then Marlin asked a lady at Wal-mart who proceeded to find the number of a local chiropractor in the phone book. He called the number and found out that although the chiropractor was quite busy that morning, he was willing to fit us into his shedule. God's blessing on all of this was threefold: 1. The chiropractor was a Christian. 2. He took time to give adjustments to 3 children instead of 2. 3. He didn't charge us a penny for all that! Hudson quit crying immediately after the adjustment and we left the office rejoicing in God's provision for our family.

The second "miracle" was that when our bus tire blew out, a friend that we had met at the previous evening's service had just pulled up behind us on the interstate and offered to find a service man to change the tire for us. (In case you didn't know, changing a tire on a bus is a bit more complicated than changing a tire on your car!!) Before the man was finished changing the tire, he got 4 more service calls so we were so glad that we were first in line. If it hadn't been for Mr. Troyer's finding this service man for us, we woudn't have made it to our next church in time for our concert. We were amazed at God's timing.

Some of the smaller miracles were hot showers (we spent the first 2 weeks on the bus without hot water); Italian food on the very day that I was craving it; many wonderful hot meals provided by some great cooks; seeing a replica of Christopher Columbus' ship, "Nina", which was docked in Gulf Port for just a few days; and popcorn on a Sunday night.

After 16 services in 15 days, we are thankful to relax here in TX with Marlin's sister and family. It is sunny spring-like day. We are hoping to catch up on sleeping and laundry; get rid of our coughs; and do some schoolwork. Of course, there will be adequate time for playing with cousins!

To all of you who are praying for us, we say thanks. We have seen many times where God used our family to encourage Christians to "fight the good fight". We are so thankful to have the opportunity to serve God in this way.