3rd Week On the Road 2011

We sadly left Mamaw and Papaw (Hubby's folks) and headed to our next destination 700 miles away.  About 100 miles into our trip, our transmission just about gave out!  We lost overdrive completely and had to drive between 55 and 65 miles an hour.  We made some phone calls and even thought of going back to McAllen, but after some consideration decided if we could still go forward, we might as well keep trying. 

We found that if we stopped and turned off the engine it would reset the computer and we could have overdrive for a few minutes.  Then after doing this for about thirty minutes we lost our rear A/C; not an easy thing to deal with in South Texas summer weather!  Hubby pulled into a car wash to cool things off a bit and tried to find the problem.  It was a wire that had come undone.  He was able to hook it back up and voila we were cool again!  Now on to finding out how to get us all to Oklahoma safely. 

We made it to Idabel, OK late that night after more than 17 hours in the van!  Hubby preached a challenging sermon directly to the men on Father's Day and we started the Kids Week that night.  We had a wonderful week with the Elliotts and their church family!  The weather was scorching hot and always windy, but we didn't let that stop us from having some fun.  Bro. Elliott cooked some delicious Indian Bread Tacos and some ladies in their church cooked some awesome food that week.  I think I gained all of the weight back that I had lost in April and May. Oh my!

On the last night there were quite a few people there who don't normally attend church and even some who have never attended church before! That is amazing! It's easy to forget that there are actually people in America that have never darkened the door of a church. We are so thankful that we were able to give them the gospel. On Wednesday night (I think), there was such a sweet presence in the altars. Two teenage girls cried as they prayed. It is so rewarding when we get to see God moving in their lives.

This week, there was precious five year old Aerin with dark brown hair and eyes the color of chocolate M&Ms.  Her adorable Oklahoma droll was a joy to listen to.  She made the word "bed" have three syllables!  Her mother has been in and out of prison and she is being raised by her daddy.  She had never been to church before her day care provider brought her to Kids Week.  When she was given a Bible so she could earn extra points, she asked, "What's this?  Is it like a book or something?"  By the end of the week, she had been given an opportunity to know Jesus and had memorized Romans 1:16.  She could be heard throughout the day singing, "Every Move I Make (I Make in You Jesus)".  Thank the Lord for the opportunity to plant another seed!

I hope you have enjoyed these stories and are blessed by what God is doing.  He is still working in and changing lives of those who will let Him. 

Blessings as you endure these hot days!

Niki

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