Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ministers Restoration 2015 Notes

Hey Friends,

This is Odie writing to you from the road.  The BoggsMobile is headed toward Arkansas. We are looking forward to being with Pastor Lloyd Shuecraft in Fouke, Arkansas tonight and tomorrow morning. Tomorrow night our plan is to be at House Of Prayer in Texarkana, Arkansas with Pastor Dennis Heath. We are anticipating a great weekend.

This Thursday and Friday we had the privilege to be in Ministers Restoration in Richton, Mississippi. Wow, it was a power packed two days!  I am so glad we were able to attend the meeting this year!  Bro. Kenny Morris preached. three times during the two days. He is a mighty man of God with a special anointing to deliver the word!

I  know Dad will post more about the meeting. For now I will leave you with a few pictures and my notes from Bro. Kenny's messages.

Bro Kenny Morris Thursday night

Bro. Kenny and Sis. Joan Morris are two of my favorite people. I am privileged and honored to call them my friends!

Bro. Kenny preaching Friday night

Ministers Restoration 2015 
Richton, Mississippi August 27th and 28th

Thursday August 27th 2015

7:00 PM

Bro. Kenny Morris

Acts 12: 1-16

"The Power of a Praying Church"

Friday August 28th 2015

10:00 AM

Bro. Kenny Morris 

Matthew 16:13-19

1 Corinthians 1:10-26

"The Power Of Preaching"

7:00 PM

Bro. Kenny Morris 

John 20:11-18

"Surprise At The Sepulcher"

Friday, August 28, 2015

Musing About City Reach

The first part of this post is some Musing About City Reach. Near the bottom you will find directions and particulars about City Reach Wichita that starts in a few days!

In the last few weeks I have had opportunity to spend a few days in three of the cities where we are planning and praying for City Reach this year and next. The third week of June we spent a week in Wichita, Kansas, two weeks ago we spent a week in Tulsa, Oklahoma and last week we were in Dayton, Ohio.

We are hoping to be in Dayton next year the second week in July and in Tulsa the second week of June. City Reach Wichita begins in just over one week. In fact, we plan to roll into Wichita one week from yesterday and the tent goes up in eight days on Saturday September 5th!

On these recent visits I spent several hours in each of the cities driving around and visiting potential tent sites. I have wept over Wichita, Tulsa and Dayton and the great responsibility God has placed on my shoulders for the people there. I am under no grand delusion that thousands are going to flock to the Blue and White Gospel tent. If they come I will preach to them. However I am absolutely confident that God is going to have us in the right place, at the right time, speaking the right Word, in order to make a difference in the right lives!

As I drove through Wichita, Tulsa and Dayton I was overwhelmed with the logistics of City Reach in each of these cities. I really need to spend a month or so on the ground in advance planning. There is too much to bring together, too much that must go right and way too much that could go wrong.

I was also overwhelmed with the actual burden for souls. I drove through neighborhoods with people on their porch, pedestrians walking about, kids riding bikes, families enjoying the parks, the determined blowing their horns to get through and the aimless with no where particular to go. I could not contain the tears. I could not hold back the floodgate of emotion. I was sincerely overwhelmed. 

I can not handle the load of responsibility. I can not do this. The vision of City Reach is way too big for me and my family. I am in over my head and I know it. I knew it almost from the very beginning.

Davy, do you "get" how unprepared, unskilled, weak, shaky, powerless, small and vulnerable you are? Do you have any idea how preposterous and outrageous this is? You are so frangible. Davy, do you even know what frangible is? Yes, I am frail and I break up into fragments when I am under pressure. I crumble like a cookie. Yep, I get it. I get it good. I have no confidence at all in my ability to pull this off in one city much less in several cities across the USA. 

Yet, I do have the utmost confidence in the power of the Gospel message to reach and transform lives! My faith is in God! I know that needy people are in these cities. I know there are people there that want to change. They are sick of the status quo even though they see no way to jump off the merry-go-round. I know that the preached Word of God can radically change lives!

I know that God loves them. I know the Gospel message is in my heart and in my mouth. I know that I am going to get to speak that message and I know God will put folks in my path to hear. I know that God is going to break addictions. He is going preach the gospel to the poor. He is going to heal the brokenhearted. He is going to preach deliverance to the captives. He is going to give sight to the blind. He is going to set at liberty them that are bruised, I know that God is going to change lives!

That is one of the things I wept over as I drove the neighborhoods in Wichtia, Tulsa and Dayton. I am weeping about it right now! God is going to work in lives like only He can and God is going to receive the glory. All the glory and honor and praise belongs to God. God is going to do it and God is going to be praised.

That does not lift the load of responsibility from my shoulders. I will be and I am entirely responsible to do my part in all of this. I have duties that I must complete. But it does lift the burden of success from my shoulders. God is ultimately responsible for what is done in lives and He is well able to do His part. That is awesome. I can not do God's part but He can!

I know when I write of the "load of responsibility" that some of you naturally think of the financial responsibility. Look, money is part of City Reach. It is taking a pile of money to pull this off. But money is such a small part of the puzzle in the grand scheme of things. It just is. It seems like a huge hurdle at times but it is really only a small part. The real responsibility is to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right Word, for the right person. Remember, God will help me do my part and God will always do His part!

The money is going to be there. It is coming in from churches, Sunday school classes, penny marchers, families and we are saving every dime we can squeeze out of our regular budget. We are going to need more but no doubt God is speaking to some one about that need right now and it may be someone I do not know or have access too. All of that is out of my hands and honestly out of my thoughts most of the time except to Praise God for His provision and to have a heart full of gratitude toward those that give.

Truthfully and even ironically every offering that is sent, every dollar that is given fills me with thankfulness and a little anxiety. Anxiety? How does that work? Every offering puts the squeeze on me to be an excellent steward and use the money wisely to reach even more folks in City Reach. I guess I am saying I want to have something in my hands at the end of the day to show people that give, that they have not given in vain. Does that make sense?

Sense? Maybe. Spiritual? I am not so sure. I do know this. God will give the ultimate increase. This is His thing, His work, His money, His people and for His glory. I will do my best to be a good steward but here is the kicker, God is a good steward too. God will not waste our resources!

I sent some of this to some friends for feedback and one dear friend sent this:
It is a sobering thought to ask God and then see your prayers answered abundantly and hear the flesh and its counselor whisper "You asked for this but you know you can not do it now that you have everyone's confidence and money." The accuser of the brethren, the subtil serpent, the consummate deceiver tries to shift all responsibility to your weak shoulders instead of God's almighty ones. But the truth is in Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it...  
Wow! That sums it up perfectly and it is absolutely what I needed to hear.

This is now my prayer concerning City Reach.

God, help me to do the very best I can, to do all you have ask me to do. But when all the human effort is completed, I put all the labor performed, all the prayers prayed, all the finance given, all the effort expended into your hand. You give the increase, God! You save the souls. You change the lives! You break the chains. You put families back together again. You deliver. You set free. You heal. You give the increase, God! Praise God!


As I write this there is much work going on specifically in Wichita right now. Pastor John DiZazzo, Pastor Don Crowley, Pastor Jay Lewis and Pastor Terry White and their churches are doing their level best to be prepared for City Reach Wichita. There is no telling how many hours that have been put into preparation and will be given in the next week. They are passing out thousands of flyers, knocking on doors and petitioning God for His help in addition to all the things that must be done that nobody sees.

God is going to reward that effort. God is going to compensate them for their labor of love. God is going to give the increase in Wichita! Thank you for praying! Thank you for standing with us emotionally, spiritually and physically. May God bless you for your assistance and encouragement.

If you can come be with us in Wichita September 6-13 we would love it. We will begin service at 7:30 PM Sunday through Sunday. There will be no Sunday morning service under the tent. We do have the promise of some families that are traveling to be with us in Wichita and we are excited about that. One family is coming from Ohio in order to try to get some of their Wichita family to attend. That is awesome! 

The tent goes up at 8:00 AM on the 5th and you are welcome there as well. City Reach Wichita will be on the corner of Lincoln and Hydraulic just west of I-135 off exit 5A. When you turn west off the interstate you will see the Blue and White Gospel tent right across from Quick Trip.

If you are coming in from the south you will probably approach Wichita on I-35 out of Oklahoma. As you near the city you will exit I-35 and pull onto I-135 toward the heart of the city. About 5 miles later you will leave I-135 at Exit 5A. You will turn left/West and see the tent site as you cross over the interstate.

You will turn left/South onto Hydaulic and enter the parking area from there.

Well, as you can see we are very excited about City Reach and particularly about City Reach Wichita right now. We appreciate your continued prayer.

God bless you for reading.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Travel Day to Ellisville, Mississippi

Prayer Request

Please pray for my Mother today as she faces the funeral of her beloved sister this morning at 11:00. I know that God is strengthening and helping her and the rest of my Aunt Hulda's family. Aunt Hulda was well loved and the huge crowd at the visitation last night was only one testimony of that. Today and the coming days will be difficult but we trust God to speak peace in the midst of the storm.

Ellisville, Mississippi

God knows we needed strength last night and he gave it in the service at Ellisville First Assembly. The presence of God is exactly what I need in a time like this. I need to be under the spout where the glory of God comes out and during the altar service God put me right there. Praise God for his power and his presence!

Of course, being in church with Mama Joan last night was a big help to us as well!


We spent the night Tuesday at Flying J in McCalla, Alabama. We have stayed there a few times before and there is never any place to park in their RV spaces in the front. They usually have bob-tailed semis parked where the RVs go so we park in the back with the trucks. 

The RV spots were open Tuesday evening when we arrived but the trucks were parked all around them so into the back we went. When I am pulling the Green Machine I can not back up so we need a spot we can pull into. Thankfully there was one right in the front and we took it.

We had the same two trucks next to us all night long so we heard nothing but their engines running. Some times the trucks moving in and out can keep us awake but the diesel engines purring at an idle rock us right to sleep.

Since it was not very hot the bus stayed cool from the engine driven AC for quite a while after we shut down. We did turn on the generator for about two hours before going to bed but the temp was going down to 58 over night so we were able to sleep without it. It was a nice night.

I was awake at 4:00 Central but I let the girls rest a while before pulling out about 7:00. It was only about 190 miles from McCalla to Ellisville with no major cities to go through so it was a pretty easy drive.

We rolled into Ellisville and parked at First Assembly about 10:00. Associate Pastor Andy Stringfeller was there to meet me and help me get parked and soon we were on our way to meet Pastor Kenny and Sis. Joan Morris and a good crowd of dear friends for lunch.

We expected the Lord to help us at First Assembly Wednesday night and he did. The preacher could have done better but the folks responded to the preaching good anyway. I was blessed to be a part of it. We have had some wonderful times here through the years and these people are very precious to us. God has certainly brought some great friends into our life and these are some of the dearest. Thank God for them.

We thought about making the short drive to Richton after church last night but KJ is a little under the weather so we just spent the night here in Ellisville. We will make the trip to Richton this morning by God's grace. We should be in place for the Minister's Restoration meeting beginning tonight. We are really looking forward to that.

I will leave you with a few pictures from last night.

Thanks for reading.


Pastor Kenny Morris and Davy

There were still several visiting quite a while after church. I should have preached longer!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Travel Day-Ohio to Alabama

Pa and Ma brought Odie to the Ranch just as we were hooking the Green Machine to the BoggsMobile Tuesday morning. It was very hard to leave them behind this time but when it is time to go there is only one thing that can be done. So after hugs all around and prayer, we hit the road about 9:45 AM.

My Dad and Mom are so precious. They do so much behind the scenes to help keep us on the road and to take care of the Lazy OD Ranch most of the year while we are gone. Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts. We love you.

Even with all of the construction I-65 in Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama we were able to move right along most of the day. The speed limit was lowered in the construction zones but it only slowed to a crawl in few places. The temperatures were in the 70's most of the day so that made it a great day to travel too.

We made such good time that we could have pulled into Ellisville, Mississippi by 9:00 PM central time. That would have been a shade over 12 hours driving time but I know my limits and I am trying to learn to respect them. I drove 9 hours and 524 miles and that is enough. If I press on through and finish the day at 700+ miles I know that I will pay dearly for it the next several days.

I have nearly 400 miles to drive on Saturday and then nearly 300 miles to drive on Monday after a weekend full of services. With all that in mind I shut down a little early yesterday and I will finish the drive to Ellisville this morning by God's grace.

We are really looking forward to being with Pastor Kenny Morris and all of his folks for service tonight. We dearly love being with Bro. Kenny, Sis. Joan and our other friends in Ellisville. Tonight is going to be a special treat for us.

Another special treat will be getting to be at Minister's Restoration at First Assembly in Richton, Mississippi Thursday and Friday. We are really looking forward to being with Pastor Scott Morris and all the preachers that will be in attendance. It is going to be awesome.

Well, time to roll in a little bit. Thanks for reading.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Last Day At Home For A While

We spent Monday trying to wrap things up in Ohio. We will be gone a few months this time so there were several things that needed to be done. The tent trailer needed a new license sticker, I had quite a bit of business to take care of, I needed to buy several things from Lowe's and Rural King for City Reach and the barn had a seemingly never ending list of projects to complete. Thankfully I was able to make headway on most of the things and the rest can wait until another day.

We did make time for a couple trips to Acapulco. We ate and early lunch with the Millikins, the McCoys from Castle Rock, Colorado and the Lambs (Sis. Tara McCoy's parents)

It was great to see our friends again. The McCoys are headed back to Colorado right now so it was nice to catch them before they left. We hate to leave the Millikins but it is great to know we should see them in Wichita City Reach very soon.

We also had a late supper with my parents and my brother Steve. I tried something new last night. I ordered the Acapulco Taco Salad. It was very, very good but I left the wonderful gigantic taco shell on the plate as bad as I hated too.

I was mapping out my route to Mississippi and noticed that the interstate looks like a giant construction zone all the way down. This could be a really fun trip!

We are planning to leave this morning and drive as far as we can. I would imagine we will stop in Alabama some where after driving about 500 miles or so. We are supposed to preach Wednesday night service for Pastor Kenny Morris and in Ellisville and then we will be at the Minister's Restoration Thursday and Friday in Richton. We are really looking forward to it.

Thanks for reading.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekend Woundup and Weport August 24

This weekend was filled with friends, family, food and fellowship. Dryden Rd. Indoor Fellowship meeting ended Friday night with several folks seeking for salvation and God blessing his folks in a great way. We stayed up way too late but we were enjoying the fellowship of God's people and hated to see it come to an end.

Since we were up too late it was a little difficult to push ourselves out of bed early Saturday morning so we could get the BoggsMobile moved down to the Lazy OD Ranch and get started on a few projects. We did get cranking though and we pulled up beside the barn about 9:00 AM.

I worked on a few different projects in the barn and then we met the Millikins at Acapulco about 11:30. We had a wonderful meal as usual and really enjoyed visiting with our friends. The Millikins were at the Dryden Rd. meeting Thursday and Friday and they are now in revival at Corwin Pentecostal Church until Wednesday.

After Acapulco we drove to Trader's World flea market and walked around until our feet hurts and our pockets were quite a bit lighter. I love the flea market.

Here is my twin selling Reuben sandwiches.

Carli and I barely escaped the clutches of a smiling gorilla!

Saturday evening we spent working at the barn, mowing the grass and getting the sound ready for Homecoming at Dodds. We spent most of the night praying, hoping and waiting for news about my Aunt Hulda Livingston that I mentioned in yesterday's post. It seemed like a long night for us but not near as long as it was for my parents and many of Aunt Hulda's family that waited at the hospital. Please continue to pray for them.

Sunday was Homecoming at Dodd's Free Pentecostal Church. I appreciate Pastor Kelly Rogers inviting us to take part again this year. It is an honor to be asked to preach in the church I grew up in and a very special privilege to preach the Homecoming service. We had a great service, a wonderful response in the altar and a fine meal afterward.

Davy and Pastor Kelly Rogers

Kelly Jo made a special salad that was delicious and beautiful too.

After a full day at Homecoming and visiting a bit with my Aunt's family we slipped into revival at Corwin to hear the Millikins sing and hear Bro. Jimmy preach. We really enjoyed the service. I hope some of the local folks that read the blog can be in revival with them the next three nights.

Our plan has been to take care of some business things today and then hit the road Tuesday morning on our way to Mississippi. We are supposed to be in Ellisville, Mississippi Wednesday night and to be at Minister's Restoration in Richton, Mississippi Thursday and Friday. I will let you know if any of that changes.

That wraps up our weekend. God bless you for reading.