Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Twinkies - They are Baaaack!

Whew! I can finally go back on my Twinkie Diet!

I went to town today to visit the local hardware store to buy two bolts for a little project I was working on. While I was in town Kelly Jo taxt (My past tense for text) me and asked me to bring home some drinking water. After the hardware store  I walked into WalMart and there was a blast from the past! Twinkies are back!

They say that bad news travels fast and good news travels slow. Bad news can be on the other side of town before good news even has his shoes on. Well, I want to do my part to change that. Spread the good news.

Odie posted about Hostess going out of business last year. (Read the last paragraph in that post.) Oh what a sad day it was. Not long ago it was reported that the Hostess division that makes Twinkies and other treats had been sold and would bring the Twinkie back. I had not heard anything else about it.

Until today! They are baaaaaack!

Twinkies are back in town!

Of course I had to buy Odie some Hostess Donettes, Twinkies and  DIET Dr. Pepper.

Odie was pretty jazzed when I got back to the bus. And she should be! Some things are worth being excited about! Not all is bad in the world.



Tuesday, July 30, 2013

So What Happened Sunday and Monday?


I guess I need to bring you up to date on the events of the last couple of days. Sunday morning we went back to the church where the Martin's (Hope for the Home Ministries) conducted the Kid's Crusade last week. The church is Fort Totten Gospel Lighthouse and the pastor is Brandon Wegener.

We had a good service and enjoyed the fellowship with Pastor Brandon and his folks. He asked us to minister in song and we sang a couple of songs before the preaching. We sure appreciate their kindness and hospitality.

The church is actually only about five miles from where we are parked at Graham's Island State Park but the road between is about 20 feet under the lake so it is 29 miles around the lake. No problem though because it is a beautiful drive.

There is a game preserve near the church on the south side of the lake and we drove through it after church.

It was beautiful and well worth the two dollars for the car load. They have a few elk in the preserve but they were allusive. We did see a swarm of buffalo and gaggle of prairie dogs.

Sunday evening we sat outside and for devotions I read aloud the first chapter of "Robert Hardy's Seven Days." I love that book. Have you read it yet?

This morning we were up early for a road trip into Canada. We are only a 75-80 miles from the border so it really was not too much of a drive. We crossed into Canada at the Crystal City crossing and met a very pleasant Canadian border agent. 

The Crystal City crossing is not very busy so after the formalities were taken care of he offered us lots of good information and great conversation. It is always a treat to meet some body with a great personality. The agent took his job seriously but did not take himself too seriously. That is a great combination.

We drove north several miles and then turned east and drove to Winkler. It was all beautiful country. 

In Winkler it started feeling hungry so we went searching for a place to eat. We exhausted several options and then settled on a local Mexican place. Actually the name was Mexican, Del Rio's,  but they specialize in Mexican and Mennonite food. What?

Yep, that should have been my first clue. You know I love Mexican food and I love everything I have eaten in Mennonite country but they specialize in both? It was definitely NOT one of my better decisions.

It looked great but who eats Mexican food in Canada? Not me, at least not any more. The people were real friendly, the place was super clean but Mexican food in Canada? I must have been dropped on my head as a baby to think that would work.

The city of Winkler has a beautiful city park that honors its heritage and it is very nice. They honor early settlers from Germany and from the Ukraine. I tell you these folks were a hardy lot to endure this place in the winter. I am not joking. They were better men than me. They left their homes, families and everything they knew to come to a strange place so they could live and worship in freedom.

Kelly Jo had laid out some stuffed chicken thighs from Pine Prairie, Louisiana so we HAD to eat them Monday evening. Wow! What a meal. Kelly Jo does not get to cook very much with our lifestyle so I do not write about it often, but that girl can cook! She loves to tell everybody that she could not cook when we married but that was nearly 30 years ago. She has learned well!

I think that brings you up to date. God bless you all .


Monday, July 29, 2013

Let's Buy Some Bibles


Many of you are familiar with our dear friends Bro. and Larry and Sis. Rosemary Landress. To say that they have went out of their way to be exceptional friends to us might be the understatement of the year. These friends have believed in us when few people did and we are blessed and grateful to know them.

Bro. and Sis. Landress have given many years to mission work among the Spanish speaking people. That work continues to this day. In fact as I have mentioned before, we are planning to join them for a tent revival in the state of Chiapas, Mexico later this year.

In addition to all of the physical work of evangelism, tent meetings, building churches, feeding and clothing folks and much, much more that is involved in mission work, Bro. Larry has touched thousands of lives through their literature ministry. They have distributed thousands of tracts, booklets, pieces of Sunday School literature and many thousands of Bibles.

They have contracted with a company to print some great Bibles in the best version available for Spanish speaking people. Bro. Larry wrote of it recently in their newsletter and I am so excited about it that I asked them if I could reprint it here on our blog.

I told you that these folks believe in us. Well, the feeling is mutual. I believe in the Landress family and the work they are doing in Mexico and beyond. I believe they are making a wise choice to print these Bibles. I believe it enough to put my money where my mouth is. Boggs Family Ministries will be sending an offering for these Bibles. I believe God's people will make up the difference that they need.

I also believe this should be an ongoing thing. Bro. Larry will need at least a few thousand of these each year. Plus there are other missionaries and ministries that could distribute this version combined with the concordance once they know it is available.

It is not that there are no economy Bibles available or very nice leather Bibles available. But as you will read below there is a great need for an inexpensive yet durable study Bible in a reliable version. Bro. Larry is burdened to meet that need.

Will you join us in making God's Word available to the masses in the language they understand? I hope Tyndale's quote below will stir you as it did me.

I will allow Bro. Larry to take over from here...


Dear Friends, 

Many of you know that I have been studying Bible versions for over 30 years. This long term study has led me to know exactly why I believe in the exclusive use of the King James Version in my English work and in the Reina Valera Gomez Version for my work in Spanish speaking countries. 

I have been giving free economy Spanish Bibles to all that ask of me for over 22 years and trying to supply good leather bound Bibles to our Pastors and workers. These economy Bibles have cost us anywhere from nothing to about $6.00 each and we have distributed about 2,000 per year for a long time. 

I made the choice many years ago to not sell Bibles but to carefully and prayerfully give them to all who asked of me. God has richly blessed that choice and supplied all our need according to His riches in glory. We have always been able to give to anyone who wanted a Bible whether it was a tent meeting, a prison or a street service in the USA or Mexico . We have sent Bibles to 10 other Spanish speaking countries besides Mexico and have received many letters of testimony through our literature ministry called “Holiness Without Borders”. 

For the last few years we have seen a need that has gone unmet, many of the people who received Christ through our ministry and others are striving daily to “study to shew themselves approved unto God” but don’t have all the tools they need. As you know, a good concordance is a great help to the earnest child of God and our economy Bibles don’t have one. Of course all the leather Bibles do, but they cost us from $35.00 to $50.00, much too expensive to be able to give to all who ask. 

 I have recently contracted with an overseas printer to make us a vinyl covered, smith sewn Bible on good quality bible paper in the RVG version for only $6.50 each. I have seen the quality of these Bibles and it is really nice. Our Bible will be called a study Bible because it will contain a 122 page concordance especially made for the RVG Bible. In order to get this special printing we had to order 3,000 Bibles. By September of this year I will need to have $19,500 to pay the printing company. 

I have prayed about this and am convinced that God is in favor of this project. We already have about $3,600 in hand and more has been promised. Will you pray for this need and consider helping if the Lord asks you to do so? 

William Tyndale was burned at the stake saying for this, 

I defy the pope and all his laws. If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plough to know more of the scripture than he dost.” 

 If this generation will be able to know the true Gospel of Jesus Christ in the midst of all the deceiving religions of this present world, our only hope is that everyone from beggar to King know the truth of the Word of God for themselves. 

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 
John 8:32
Larry Landress

Holiness in Mexico is a 501c3 organization.
You offering may be tax deductable.
Mark your offering as Bibles and it will be used for that purpose

Holiness in Mexico
Larry and Rosemary Landress
PO Box 717
Pauls Valley, Ok73075

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A Few Pictures From This Week

Find the latest news in THIS POST.


It is a gorgeous day in North Dakota. The temperature was in the upper 40s overnight and might hit 70 today with brilliant sunshine! Wow!

Here are some pictures from the last week in Minnesota and a bunch from North Dakota. This is a beautiful place. We feel very blessed to have been here. I hope you have a great Sunday. 

Kelly Jo and Odie snapped a few pictures at the Mall of America in Minneapolis when they visited on Tuesday. They really enjoyed walking around, taking in the sites and finding a few bargains.

Pictures from North Dakota and a few from Manitoba. 

Mexican S'mores cooked over the fire. 

A giant turtle in Dunseith. It is made out of car rims. We would have been parked about 100 feet from this if we had took the bus to Dunseith. I had planned in getting a lot more pictures then. It is neat.