Tomorrow I head out again. As I was getting ready to go I realized I had not updated everyone on my last trip.
After I finished with my work at the Pine Ridge & Cheyenne River Indian Reservations in South Dakota I headed on to the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. I had a wonderful visit with my friends there. You may remember that I was there this past April/May and we worked on getting a children’s church started for the children on the rez. At that time they did not have a pastor but I am proud to report that they do now…and he’s a Louisiana man! His name is Bill Earl and he and his wife Bridget and their children are from Elizabeth, LA. I can’t tell you how good it was to have a few more southern accents on the rez! Bill and Bridget are a perfect fit for the Bible Baptist Church there at Lac du Flambeau. The people there love them and we already see God doing wonderful things through them.
I am looking forward to returning to Lac du Flambeau in December to help distribute Christmas shoeboxes to the children there. By the way, if you would like to help out with that ministry just give me a call.
Now most of you know me by now so you know that I took each chance I got to enjoy the scenery. And boy was there some scenery to enjoy. I’m a bit of a fanatic when it comes to Fall colors and the leaves were at their peak while I was there. Heaven!!!
Every where I went there was gold…
And all colors in between….
I think my favorite may be the trees that were just beginning to turn…they were a combination of lime green and yellow and their reflections were stunning.
Everywhere I drove was beautiful. There was absolutely no escaping the beauty…
The beauty was there even when you looked up…
I took a walk down a trail one day and prayed. I told God I couldn’t imagine heaven being any better than this. But what’s so incredible is that it is better than this. Mercy Me phrased it most accurately in their song; “I Can Only Imagine.” I can only imagine how incredible heaven must be. How beautiful. How breathtaking. What I see on earth now is just a “foretaste of glory divine.”
I digress. 🙂 Instead of heading straight to Connecticut after leaving Wisconsin I came home instead. I needed to raise some more funds and get some things in order before heading to Connecticut. I decided that I was going to have to work a little harder at finding inexpensive places to stay while on these trips. So…I got online and found three Christian Campgrounds in Tennessee, Virginia and Connecticut. I contacted them about lodging and as a result my total cost for lodging on this trip is $30.00! I’ll be staying at Camp Agape in Benton, TN my first night on the road. They are a Southern Baptist Campground. I’ll be staying the next two nights at Shenandoah Springs Campground near Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. They are an inter-denominational campground but the pastor and his wife are Southern Baptist. Then, in Connecticut, I will spend 9 nights at the Willimantic Christian Campground; owned by an inter-denominational Christian group. God is good!
Now let me share with you a way that God provides when we least expect it. I needed about $1,000.00 to pay my bills and make this trip. I started out with $150.00 but I kept making my plans like I already had the money I needed. I am leaving tomorrow and by yesterday I had received $990.00. Again, God is good! I also had a donation strictly intended for me to get AAA Auto Insurance in case I have problems while on the road.
I can’t begin to tell you how exciting it is to see these kind of things happen. I’ll admit, I get a bit nervous at times but God always provides what I need, when I need it through people like you. Thanks to you all!
I’ll head out in the morning and I’ll keep you all posted as often as I can while on the road. In the meantime, please be in prayer for the contacts I make to work with the Mashantucket Pequot tribe in Connecticut.