2012 was a fun and exciting year. Our first revival of the year was in Blair, Oklahoma and our last revival before going to Nigeria and then home for Christmas was in El Mirage, Arizona. We ended the year in Neosho, Missouri and we went a lot of great places in between. God kept us safe every mile of the way.
God blessed us with some great revivals and we praise God for it. We saw many saved, healed and delivered by the power of Christ and we give Him all the glory. Every tent revival was good and we saw many souls touched in those services too. I will probably do a post soon on tent revivals last year.
All three of us made it through 2012 in fine shape physically. We all had some sickness and some aches and pains but we are very thankful that we are for the most part very healthy. Even in sickness God has been faithful to be our comfort, help and healer.
The best I could count we traveled through or to 21 states and 4 foreign countries in 2012. Plus Odie traveled to the Bahamas on her gospel singing cruise. I may have missed a state or two but 21 is close. That is not the most we have been to in a year but it was a pretty good loop. I am working on a post with maps of our route like I did for 2011. Maybe I can get that up soon. I tried doing a map of the whole year of travels and I think I shut Google maps down for a day or two!
The route in 2012 included such far flung states as Montana, Arizona and Florida but we did not make it to California. It was the first year in a long time that we did not make it to California and it does not look like we will make it this year. But we have plans to visit again in 2014 by God's grace.
We were in well over 300 services during the year and sang and preached almost 300 times. We were in a few less services than normal this year because Kelly Jo and I took two weeks and three weekends off in a row to rest up and gear up for tent revival season. We have never done that before but we have determined we will do it again. In the middle of tent revivals we felt the strength and benefit of that time of rest. It was one of the smartest things I have ever done.
The BoggsMobile and our other cars did good this year. We drove the General until March and then sold it. We bought the Green Machine in May and we love the gas mileage.
We had some episodes of mechanical trouble, repairs, and even some down time on the side of the road. But what is life without a little excitement right? I am certainly NOT desiring ANY more of that but I can see where God was guiding and helping every step of the way.
We drove the bus almost 15,000 miles and drove the General and the Green Machine a whole bunch more. We spent way more than ever on gas and diesel and it would have been even more. Two families had purchased a tank of diesel each early in the year. One of those was almost $500 and the other was over $600. That was a tremendous blessing.
Thanks for hanging with us on the blog this year. I know that many of you read every day and that means a lot to us. Many of you tell us you check in on us through the blog and then you pray for us and we really appreciate that. God bless you for being concerned about our family and ministry.
We are already experiencing good things in 2013 and we are looking for God to guide every step of the way. We are pretty much scheduled all the way through the year and it is shaping up to be pretty busy, just how we like it.
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May God bless you in 2013.