Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Odie Mobile

Odie's current power chair was given to her in the fall of 2008. It was used then and she has used it quite a bit but it is still in good shape. We have had some trouble with charging it but we took care of that last week. We have been looking at smaller, lighter power chairs so that it is more portable. Kelly Jo and I can lift the current one in the Green Machine but it is a chore.

Getting the chair loaded was one of the main reason's we could not keep The General last year. We felt like we were killing ourselves putting the chair in it. The Green Machine is much lower and much easier but still difficult lifting it in or out.

We have been considering some chairs we have seen on the internet but its hard to know without actually seeing one and trying it out. Bro. Mike Smith goes to church here and has a power chair like the ones we had been looking at so we asked him about them. 

He really likes that type of chair and the one he uses has some great features but it is too heavy for us. We want it light enough that KJ can take it apart and easily lift the heaviest part into the car when they are out in town. That would give them so much more flexibility.

Bro. Smith has a few chairs because he used to work on them all the time. He had one that needed batteries and a little work. He worked on it this week, we bought the batteries and he brought it to the church today so Odie could try it out. Odie has not driven anything that steers like a car much so it is going to take some getting use to. I think she is going to be able to do it. It tips a little easier and she can not handle it well yet but I believe the light weight portability will be worth it.

Bro. Smith and his family are going to give the chair to Odie if she can use it and we appreciate it very much. It is a very nice and thoughtful gift. May God bless their family because of their generosity, consideration and kindness.

Revival is going great.We are having great services and visitors every night. Tonight (Thursday) we had some saved and that is always awesome. Bro. Ralph and Sis. Mona Lowery drove all the way over from Tuscaloosa for the service tonight. It was great to see them and to be in service with them.

We have one more night of revival here and we are excited to see what God is going to do. Thanks for praying for us.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Thank God for Protection

When we were at Prevost Nashville a few weeks ago there was another bus that had been wrecked. I did not get an up close picture of the sides but they were beautiful before the accident. The murals on each side were gorgeous. Somebody had obviously put a lot of time, effort and money into that bus. 

It was damaged on both sides like it had been side swiped or ran up against something. At first I thought it had turned over on its side but on closer inspection I do not believe it rolled over. It made me feel physically ill to look at in person and ever the pictures make my heart sink.

There was a professional driver looking at the bus while I was walking around it and I struck up a conversation. He kept shaking his head and saying, "That can happen so fast." He is exactly right and that is the reason I try to drive so carefully and prayerfully. Something bad could happen so fast.

But in all my carefulness, I need more than that. I need the help of the Lord. God has certainly kept his hand on us as we have traveled across this country all of these years. We had a drunk driver scrape down the side of our last fifth wheel in 2008 but even that could have been much worse than it was. He could have hit us head on.

I have had to stand on the brakes a few times in the BoggsMobile because somebody did something crazy in front of me. I am always looking and I try to be constantly aware of what is going on around me but reacting one second late could be catastrophic. 

I am very thankful that God is much more aware of what is going on than I could ever hope to be. God sees the big picture. God sees the trouble before it starts. I want to be sensitive to His voice and His leading.

I know that some of your pray for our safety every day and I want you to know how much we appreciate it. God bless you for holding our family up before God as we run up and down the roads. I know God hears your prayers.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

We had a full day on Monday and I think about everybody at church was wore out when it was all over. Pastor Kenny Morris preached two funerals and the church had a visitation, meal, funeral, graveside and then church last night. It was a long day for the folks of First Assembly.

We had storms off and on all day and there was a tornado watch when church started. All of the distractions could have really hindered the service but Bro. Kenny started the service on a high note and it carried all the way through. Bro. Scott and Sis. Kim were there tonight and Bro. Scott helped in the service so much. The Lord moved in the altar service and blessed in spite of everything. I am so thankful that He did because that could have been a long train to pull by myself. Praise God for His faithfulness.

Bro. Marty Millikin spent several hours in surgery Monday but came through it well. Bro. Jimmy said the mass was the size of a football but the doctor thinks that he was able to remove all of it. Some of he lymph nodes were inflamed so if it proves to be cancer then they will give Bro. Marty chemo. We are so thankful that Bro. Marty came through the surgery and we are looking for more good news in the coming days.

My cousin, Gary Coffman, had a similar situation last spring and the doctors were sure it was cancer even after they removed it. However the report came back from the pathologist that it was benign. We know that God is able to work a miracle just like that for Bro. Marty. Even if he does have to have treatments we are so thankful God has helped him to this point.

The weather is supposed to clear up today. It may be windy and a little cooler the next few days but the rain is gone for a week or so. All the rivers and streams around here are flooding and many of the men have not been able to work so they are all glad to see the sunshine. I am so glad that I am not in Oklahoma or Kansas in the middle of a blizzard right now. I think I am allergic to snow. It makes me shiver!

Thanks for praying for us and for Bro. Marty Millikin. We know that God hears the prayers of the saints.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Ellisville, Mississippi

Sunday was a great day at Ellisville First Assembly. We had two great services and wonderful crowds considering the extenuating circumstances. Two men from the church passed away Friday night and that was a hard blow to the church. One of the men was 96 and has not been able to attend church for many years. We have never met him before.

The second brother was a pillar in the church and his loss is keenly felt by everybody. Bro. Glen Atwood was 81 years old and taught the men's Bible class for many years. He was a father figure to many of the folks and his sudden passing is hard to believe. Bro. Glen was at the wild game supper Friday and I visited with him some that night and I am so glad that I did.

Both funerals are today and Pastor Kenny Morris is preaching both of them. It will be a long day for him and the family and church folks. Please keep them all in your prayers.

Even with all of that, we had wonderful services all day. God was moving in the altars and folks were getting help from the Lord. We always have a great move of God in the altars here and I know it will only get better all week.

Bro. Marty Millikin is having surgery today so do not forget to pray for him.

God bless you all.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Marty Millikin Surgery Prayer Request

I posted earlier today and that post is HERE

Tomorrow morning (Monday, February 25, 2013) is the big day for Bro. Marty Millikin. The doctor plans to go in and "kill" the tumor and the kidney about 7:00 AM and then the surgery to remove it should begin around noon. The surgery is very dangerous since the tumor is surrounding some major blood vessels but it is  a necessary step.

According to the doctors, Bro. Marty can not live without surgery. After the surgery then they will design a plan to deal with the cancer. We are praying for and believing God for a miracle. It would be amazing if that tumor is not as extensive as it appears in the tests or if it turned out not to be cancerous at all. I can imagine God doing either or both of those things or even something we have not thought of. It is all in God's hands.

If you would pray for the whole Millikin family, I know they would appreciate it.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

We did as much of nothing as we could squeeze into one day on Saturday. We determined to try to rest some on these days between revivals and I think it is helping. We start revival this morning and I feel as ready to go physically as I have in several weeks. Praise God.

My Dad got a good report from the blood doctor on Friday. The blood levels that were out of line are back down near acceptable range. Praise God for that too. If things continue in the right direction then the doctors may be scheduling surgery again soon. Thank you so much for praying for him.

Please request prayer for Bro. Marty Millikin today at church. His surgery is scheduled for Monday morning. We are believing God for a miracle in his body. We know that God is able to help him.

Saturday night we went to Berry's Seafood in Magee, Mississippi with Pastor Kenny Morris, his wife Sis. Joan, Bro. Scott Morris and his family and several folks from the Ellisville church. It was so wonderful! Bro. Kenny and Sis. Joan took us there last year before revival and we enjoyed it so good we were glad to go back again. Berry's sets out an abundance of fried oysters, shrimp, frog legs, steak, gumbo and so much more. The dessert bar is absolutely huge. I did not have any dessert but everything else was delicious.

I hope you all have a great Sunday in church.


Here are a few pictures from last night.