Monday, April 24, 2006

Western Adventures

Greetings from Wyoming! As we have seen the Lord's hand so wonderously the past couple days, we'd like to share the story with you.....

Smoke -- when coming from the rear end of your bus -- is not a good sign.

But as we were driving through the scenic mountain country of Wyoming, that is what Daddy saw as he looked in his rearview mirror -- and lots of it. We quickly pulled over to the side of the road as something (possibly a brake bearing?) froze on the back end and we were stuck. Big time stuck.

Now, as those of you who are familiar with car troubles know, it takes a little time, effort, and expense to get a tow truck. Multiply that several times over when it comes to a 40-ft bus, a trailer and more people than the common vehicle will hold! It was looking like we were in quite a fix!

But let me back up with the story.....

The previous night (Friday) our family had a service in Moorcroft, Wyoming. At the last minute our host pastor and his wife invited our crew to spend the night at their house. Although we originally had other plans, we do always enjoy fellowship -- so we accepted the offer.

The next morning we had a great time together over breakfast, and as we were talking, they mentioned that JoElla, the pastor's wife, was headed to Spokane, Washington later that day and would be driving along the same route for several hours. She was dreading the long drive all by herself, and as our family was packing up to leave Dad decided on a plan.

We sent our guys to drive her car, she happily loaded up on the bus and we were off! The trip went happily as we visited and caught up on our 'western history' together. And then came the smoke.

The bus driving up on the semi trailer

While we were discussing our options, JoElla said, "Wait a minute. Just last Friday I got AAA-Plus insurance. They should cover any towing expenses because I'm riding with you!" We did some checking and sure enough -- her new plan stated than any vehicle she happens to be riding in gets free towing. Even a 40-foot bus! Isn't God good!??! We sat and marveled at how specifically the Lord had ordered our steps over the last 24 hours to prepare us for this situation.

All loaded up and ready to go!

And so we called the nearest AAA towing and they came with their big truck/trailer and a caravan of vehicles to get our trailier and the 15 of us. We all bailed out of the bus and watched as they loaded it up (quite a sight!), hooked to the trailer, and made room for us to pile in.

The story continues from there....but the part we most wanted to share with you is the testimony of the Lord's hand in it all. Our friends from Cody drove a van over and we moved all our nessesities into the trailer and headed to stay with them as our bus was towed to Billings for about a week of repairs. We were able to make both our services on Sunday and have been so blessed by the hospitality of the Atnip family.

Hannah, Susanna and Alaythia...finally, on the road again!

Prayer Requests:

We'd be so grateful if you'd keep the bus in prayer. We need to have it fixed by this coming weekend in order to make our North Dakota dates next week.

Also, tonight (Monday) we have the opportunity to lead a one-night family seminar here in Cody, and we'd appreciate prayer as Dad teaches and we may be leading the children's activites.

"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge."

Psalm 46:10-11


Anonymous said...

Wow! God is so good... ALL the time! I love to hear how He is so faithful to lead our each and every step! Who could ask for a better God to serve?!? It sure is an inspiration to keep looking to Him and following His leading, even when I can't exactly understand!
You will be in our prayers!
With love for our King-
Nicole Chmelar
"I will freely sacrifice unto thee; I will praise thy name, O Lord; for it is good. For he hath delivered me out of ALL trouble..." Ps. 54

Anonymous said...

What an adventure! We're glad you shared it. May the Lord richly bless you on the rest of your journey. Love & prayers,

"The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me." PS 138:8a

BrittLeigh said...

God is so faithful! Wow! What a story... Thanks for the update. I'm praying for you guys! Hoping that bus will get fixed soon and you won't have to miss any of your engagements... and no more excitement--at least not THAT kind! God bless!

Coeur d'Court said...

What a story! Yay for AAA (they've helped us a lot too) but more than that, thanks to God for planning your trip in such a way that your expenses are minimal even with a major set back. I hope your bus gets fixed soon... Seward is lonely without you. :)