Thursday, April 10, 2008

On the Road Again

Well, it's been two weeks since I've written in the blog, so it's time to get caught up on what's happening in our lives.

We drove to northern New York, arriving at Peirrepont Manor on Saturday, March 29th. We have been in the church there at least three times before and we felt welcomed by the pastor and his wife. The pastor is also a dairy farmer, so he was busy during the day getting his cows taken care of. We stayed with a wonderful retired couple, Chester and Ruth Rudd. They had a lovely house and we were upstairs with our own bathroom and comfortable bedroom. Our service on Sunday, March 30th, was good and we enjoyed a carry-in lunch afterwards.

One of the highlights of our time in New York (besides the coooold weather!) was being able to visit a missionary friend from India. Buelah White is 82 years old now; she never married and devoted her life to young village women in the state of Andhra Pradesh. She was principal of a school for these young women where they learned to read and write, they studied the Bible, and learned some practical skills like sewing. They all loved her and many of them keep in contact with her even now. Buelah retired in 1990 and returned to her family's home in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. What a change from hot, dusty, dry Andhra Pradesh. We stayed one night with Buelah, sharing old memories and hearing about her life in retirement with her cat.

Last weekend we were in a church in northwestern Pennsylvania at a small town called Emlenton. We participated in their missions conference where Frank preached both services on Sunday. He did a great job! After we left there we returned to Harrisburg, Pa., to spend a few days with Jo and Truman Long. We stayed with them in March when we were in their church's mission conference, and they invited us to come back if we needed a place to stay for a few days. We have enjoyed their friendship for a number of years and the fellowship is always good in their home.

Tomorrow, Friday, April 11, we head toward Martinsburg, West Virginia, where we will participate in another missions conference. It's only a 2 1/2 hour drive, and we must be there by 3:30 in the afternoon.

Pray for us right now. Both of us are having stuffy heads from colds and we don't have a lot of energy. We'll probably be running on adrenalin during the weekend since we'll be speaking at least four or five times, some shorter, others longer. Both of us sort of crashed today. Praise the Lord for wonderful friends like Jo and Truman who gave us a lovely room with it's own bath, upstairs away from everything that was happening downstairs.

I'll write more next week. Thanks for your prayers.

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