Monday, July 28, 2008

St. Cloud, MN

We are living in a box, our 8 passenger van, and it does all fit. Here we are just before we left St. Cloud Camping Grounds.
It has been fun and we are looking forward to the next 6 weeks.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Life in a Box

Here is our home for the next 2 months. Our 8 passenger van will carry us 7000 miles. The only challenge is to fit 8 people, 9 suitcases, 6 backpacks, 5 med-large plastic containers, 1 large trunk, 1 large cooler, a guitar, several percussion instruments and other assorted items. Fun fun.

Travel Revelation

Travel as an eight member family in a twelve passenger van with all your "stuff" is a great revelation. Parents serve as counselors and referees, older children are helpers and playmates, younger children are a joy at moments and a challenge at others. Yes, living in such limited space will surely reveal your true character and weaknesses. That is sure! We have only been on the road a few days and have almost 2 months left. The tests and blessings have just begun.

The trip of life presents some of the same challenges as we face change and uncertainty, especially as we deal with our church family. As leaders we serve as counselors and peacemakers. As older “brothers” we help others through crises and walk through life with them. And the younger ones are a joy to watch and a challenge to train.

The key to these challenges is “the LORD is my refuge and my strength in Him will I trust.” Daily intimacy with our Father God and constant time in His presence will help us pass through the tests and difficulties of life.

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Ps 9:10