1000 MILES AND COUNTING!!

1000 MILES passed! Yes, on the road today we passed the ‘1000 mile mark’ on this sabbatical. Since there was no out-doing getting to see George Lucas, we decided to hit the road early and get home – much to do to prepare for this next phase of the Sabbatical Adventures – we leave on the train tomorrow. Laundry is going now and we are trying to figure out how to best pack for a 20+ day trip that includes train, plane and automobile!The highlight of the day was finding ourselves in the home stretch just around church-getting-out-time so we decided to drop by Culvers and see if any church folks would be there… Fun to get to see some of my kids before hitting the road again… Please pray for us as we travel – for safety, for schedule timing, for times to relax and refresh, to get all the reading done I want to do, and that we will find opportunities to minister to others as we travel. Next stop…. Spokane Washington via Amtrak! (or pray for no brake problems on our Amtrak train!!!)If you haven’t seen the online release of my novel, I’d love to have you…

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Hangin’ with the Franks

Well, we have left the Franks behind us – always too short a visit, but we had a wonderful and relaxing time…. Walking along converted railways… Enjoying the wildlife… A little taste of home “East of Chicago” They know how to make a guy feel welcome! Their adorable little girl… Of course, we spent a good amount of time “talkin’ ministry” and the Liberty Baptist photo gallery and interview summary will be posted later this week – but it was time to hit the road again for a very different type of stop… some of you will just have to bear with me for the next four days as I will be at the Star Wars Celebration III Convention in Indy. Starting to see signs of like-minded friends… Already making new friends… And the convention hasn’t even started yet! But I’ll keep you posted on the activities!

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Hangin’ with Hoosiers…

Kim with Cali Our time in Ohio was a ton of fun – Kim Bobb, her church, the circus, but the highlight was their little dog, Cali. (short for California) Besides being hypoallergenic, was a lot of fun. I even trained her to eat from a star wars light saber spoon… Strong in the Force, this dog is. Sara and I couldn’t decide who we would miss more… Kim or Cali?! but we did have to finally hit the road, But not without kissin’ the dog goodbye. (YUCK!) But soon we were back on the road and headed toward Hoosierland (Indiana for those of you in Rio Linda) We passed the golden, er, blueish Arches and headed West… Pay no attention to the splatted bugs… Once again we took in the scenic scenes of scenery. Finally, (after an antique store stop, of course) we got to Sweetser, Indiana, home of Ryan Frank and Liberty Baptist Church, and had no trouble finding his house, since, after all, as he explained, it was the first house on the right… On the right of what?!?! I love what they’ve done with the lawn!! New house and new baby… God is Good! One thing…

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Three Ring Circus… and then the Circus!

Today I got to visit TWO ‘three ring’ circuses! The first was Grove City Nazarene: RING ONE: The Adult Worship Center The adult service was amazing. This Sunday was the most moving baptism service I have ever been in. By the end I was crying… the lady next to me asked if I had family being baptized and I sputtered “I’m from out of town, I don’t even know any of these people.” :) I’ll definately be filling my church staff in on how they did the service! RING TWO: Club 345 (Grades 3-5) That’s Kim Bobb! Kim Bobb and the Band were bobbin’ to familiar tunes… before a powerpoint lesson and skit followed by small groups. Of course, in the free time before hand, I had a chance to teach the kids the finer art of speed stacking… Learning from the Master Stacker. RING THREE: Pastor Gregg and Faith Factor! (Grades 1-2) CHECK OUT THE GROVE CITY PHOTO GALLERY (3 PAGES!) The Children’s Pastor is Pastor Kimborah Bobb. I had a great time talking with her about how Grove City integrates the family into the overall ministry of the church. Kim Bobb and the Kids Matter logo. It’s obvious…

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Oh! HI! Oh!

Well, DAY TWO of our sabbatical is underway. After a healthy nutritious breakfast… McBagel with Creme Cheese and Strawberry Jam! We headed to Webb’s Antique Mall (who puts those travel magazines in the hotel rooms!?!?!?!?), which claims to be largest in Indiana… Amazing… pay for old stuff, that costs more now than when it was new! While Sara shopped, I checked out the old cemetary next door and researched Steve Tanner’s roots. (and others, will be posted in the photo gallery to come!) Tanner than whom? Not any more. Next we decided to take in some of the local food to see how the natives eat here… Nothing like trying new places… Then, after taking in miles of the breath-taking Indiana landscape… Glad I brought my camera! We finally got to Ohio! Kim Bobb, here we come! Kim and Nick Bobb in their new home. And thier hypoallergenic dog, Cali.NOW WE ARE OFF TO HAVE SOME FUN, MORE LATER! Tomorrow is Kim’s church, a volunteer gathering, and the CIRCUS!

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