Monday, September 24, 2018

Weekend Woundup and Weview 9/24/18

Friday morning we had a lot to do in order to be ready to leave River Springs Camp in McKenzie, Alabama and roll toward Richton. We used Bro. Sullivan's truck to move the trailer and then loaded the car into the trailer. Next we cranked the BoggsMobile, "unwired" from the electric panel and moved the bus into position. Once the trailer was hooked up, we turned south toward Mobile.

About four hours later we were pulling into Richton Recreation Park in Richton, Mississippi and reversed the whole process.

We enjoyed a tremendous meal with Bro. Scott and Sis. Kim and loved spending some un-rushed time with them before going back to the park and laying out and marking the stake line for the tent. As you can see, below, I almost waited until it was too dark.

At 6:30 Saturday morning I took this picture of the tent site.

This is from the same place Saturday afternoon.

The tent set up went great. I was ready for everyone when they arrived about 8:00. Bro. Scott and a couple of his men were there early and began driving stakes about 7:50. By 8:45 the side poles were up and we were pushing up the center poles.

The tent was tightened, the banners were hung, the chairs were in place, the lights were up and all of the sound equipment cords were ready to go in a couple of hours more. Like I said, it was a really good set up.

This first picture is also an early morning picture.

We rested Saturday afternoon and then spent some time with the Morris family Saturday evening enjoying their company and great desserts that Sis. Kim prepared especially for our family.

Soon we were settling in for the night. I was restless overnight, which unfortunately is not unusual for me when the tent is up, but I spent a good portion of the time with God's Word ministering to my soul, so the night was definitely not wasted.

I mention this for my own sake. I need Mile Markers like this to remind me there is no time wasted calling on Jesus, even if I would rather be sleeping. God is my rest and I am extremely thankful for that. His Word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path. Praise God for His guidance.

The service Sunday morning was inside the church a few miles away from the tent site. Pastor Scott Morris graciously suggested we arrive at 11:00 so that we would not have to be away from the tent for more time than necessary. 

We enjoy the Sunday School at First Assembly and I hated to miss, but I appreciate Bro. Scott's thoughtfulness. He knows better than most how awkward it makes me feel to leave the tent even in the relative safety of the Richton Recreation Park.

The Sunday morning service was really good. 

Better preaching would have made the service better, but it is my policy not to pick on the preacher. The preacher Sunday morning had much room for improvement, if he does not mind my saying so. 

It is OK, go ahead and say it. 'Tis true.

The weather guessers had been calling for big rain chances Sunday afternoon and that had me worried. By the time church was over Sunday morning, the chances were down to 15-20%. I can handle that.

Church under the tent was scheduled for 6:00 so we went out about 3:00 to begin setting up the sound equipment. Setting up three hours early is not usual for us, but the first night, earlier is better. I hate dealing with last minute sound problems as people are coming in when I could have solved them with a little more time. Better safe than sorry, I guess.

A great crowd gathered under the tent for the first service Sunday night. I was thrilled with the attendance and the response to the singing and the preaching. It was an awesome first night.

Odie snapped a few pictures.

That brought another super great weekend to a close. It is good to be back in Richton under the Blue and White Gospel Tent.

Thank you for riding along with us this weekend. See you tomorrow.


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Our View Out The Front Window September 23, 2018

A week with lots of travel produces a variety of views out the front window. This was our view out the front window at Flying J in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

This was our view out the front window at the Flying J near Greenville, Alabama.

This was our view out the front window for part of the week at River Springs Camp near McKenzie, Alabama. I backed the tent trailer near the tabernacle so that we could fold down the back door onto the concrete and easily load the sound equipment at night. Every revival should be that easy.

This is our view this week in Richton, Mississippi. The tent is just to the right of our view out the front window.

Here are links to our posts this last week. I hope you enjoy them.

Thank you for joining us today on Mile Markers. I hope you have a tremendous Sunday. Pray for us as we begin tent revival tonight in Richton, Mississippi. We would love to have a tremendous harvest of souls!


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Great Galiher Girls

Hey Friends, 

This is Odie and I am reporting this morning from Mississippi. Today the tent is being set up in Richton. This week of tent revival is a highlight our year. I look forward to it with great anticipation! We love tent revival and working with Pastor Scott Morris and First Assembly! 

Tent Revival will be Sunday night through Friday. The tent is set up in Richton Recreation Park. The entrance is across from Fred's Dollar Store. Please join us for a service if you are in the area. 

As you read in Monday’s post we had a wonderful time at  Junction Hill Pentecostal Church with the Galiher Family. I love every time we get to be together. The fellowship is always incredible.  

I really enjoyed getting to be with the Galiher Girls, well ladies. Anytime I get to be with my dear friends it is amazing!  They are a bundle of fun and keep me laughing.

Sis. Galiher is absolutely number one in my book. Her Godly influence can easily be seen in her beautiful daughters and I am thankful to have them in my life as friends.

Amber, Autumn and Adrianne are three special ladies. They have been my friends for a long time. Actually, I remember Amber and Autumn before Adrianne joined the family. Over the years we have spent countless hours together at youth camps, campmeetings and their church. We have lots of fond memories that we still laugh about today. 

Amber is a kindergarten teacher.  Recently she won teacher of the year for her district and region. She was very close to becoming Missouri Teacher of the Year. I am proud of her! 

Autumn is almost done with her degree in education. I know she will do a wonderful job!  She also helped me stuff envelopes for the newsletter last week. Thanks Autumn.

Adrianne is also working in the education field. She must have a lot of patience because she works in preschool. 

Adulthood has limited our paths to crossing only two or thee brief times a year, but I look forward to each time. We are always able to pick up where we left off on the last visit. 

There is a special aspect that I love about our friendship. We have fun. We talk about silly stuff. We talk about serious stuff. AND we can talk about spiritual things too. They are not ashamed of their relationship with Christ and they love to talk about Him and how He affects their lives.

We laugh when we compare notes about growing up as preachers kids. We have a lot in common. It definitely helps to have others that understand what you are going through.

Amber, Autumn and Adrianne are wonderful women of God. They are dedicated and sold out for God.  

Amber, Autumn and Adrianne, thank you for allowing me to be your friend! You are amazing and I love and appreciate you so much. Keep being awesome. I look forward to the next time we meet up!

Thanks for stopping by to visit with me today. I hope you have a great weekend.