Thursday, March 31, 2016

On The Road Again Newsletter March 2016

Odie's newsletter is going out in the snail mail today. Maybe you can read it here if you click on the picture below. I am not sure it is clear enough to read on here.

Odie works hard on the newsletter and we appreciate her dedicated effort. She is now in her 14th year of writing it. Good job, Odie!

Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

We Have Arrived!

Just a short update today. We pulled out of our desert parking spot Tuesday just before noon and we had a gorgeous drive east on I-10 to Phoenix. The wind was pretty strong but it was manageable and not near as bad as it was on Monday.

I read this morning about some one driving this same route yesterday. They were east to west, going from Phoenix toward California on I-10. They said it was a very boring drive. I guess there is no accounting for taste and every one has their own. We sure love this place though.

We pulled into Desert Cove Assembly in El Mirage to two great surprises. Sis. Carla Martinez and her boys pulled in right after us with ice cold drinks from Sonic to welcome us back home. Thank you for being so thoughtful, Sis. Carla. You make it nice to come back home and the great Mexican food sure helps too!

The second surprise came from a whole lot farther away. Odie was texting Abbey Metzger from Montana and found out that Abbey and her mother were on a long layover in Phoenix!. They are flying to Pigeon Forge for PFYC and routed through Phoenix so they could spend a few hours with Sis. Metzger's sister, Terry

They were eating a few minutes away from El Mirage and Terry was kind enough to bring them by the church and visit with us for a "minute" !!!!

What a great joy!

We met Terry in Montana several years ago at Leah Metzger's wedding and it was good to see her again. It is always a treat to see any of the Metzger clan, especially when we do not expect to get to see them at all. It was a great start to our visit in El Mirage.

Then we unloaded our sound equipment into the church. I am still learning how to use our newly donated equipment and I want to be more familiar with it when we set it up under the tent this weekend. Luke, Levi and Logan Martinez worked hard to help us get it all in place. Thanks boys!

The rest of the evening was spent in fellowship and with food. It can not get much better than that. The rest of the week is more preparation for City Reach. Please help us pray that all goes smoothly.

Thank you for reading.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Come Ye Apart Into A Desert Place

The responsibility of upcoming City Reach in the Phoenix area and the City Reach campaigns in the future have been weighing heavy on me a long time. Three years we have prayed about this and over two years we have actively planned and prepared for taking tent revivals into our cities. 

I can see the hand of divine providence using situations, experiences and even trials the last many years to equip us for this mission. I believe that God has adjusted us, corrected us, molded us, rebuked us and chastened us in order for us to be ready for such a time as this.

City Reach Wichita and City Reach Richton last year both greatly encouraged me that God is in control of all of this. He is teaching me afresh that where His finger points, His hand will make the way.

But the last few weeks the burden of City Reach has settled down on me in earnest. I go to bed thinking about the possibilities. I wake up 3-4 hours later thinking about the impossibilities. I pray until my heart is full of the potential and sometimes I am immediately overcome with the insurmountable problems that could arise.

I realize that my nervousness, anxieties and concerns for City Reach are no greater than many of you carry daily. You must provide for your family, tend to your children, run your businesses and pay your bills. 

You face challenges every day and you have to trust God the same as I do. I get that. I sympathize with that. Life is demanding and no one in their right mind would say that it is easy.

We all have to deal with life and its demands.

City Reach is my vision, my calling, my charge and therefore my duty and obligation to fulfill. I should have no reasonable expectation that anyone else will help bear my responsibilities in addition to their own. Nevertheless, I have been blessed beyond measure that others have caught my vision and are helping to take up my cause. They have helped and are helping carry the load spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially. 

As I type this, Bro. Jimmie Radcliffe is preparing to leave Oklahoma going toward Arizona with the tent and equipment. He is making a commitment lasting many months because he loves souls and believes in my vision.

Churches are praying and churches are giving. Families and individuals are praying and giving. We receive calls and texts everyday with tremendously encouraging words.

These facts bring me unspeakable joy.

Yet, all the help, all the assistance, all the guidance and all of the reassurance does not lessen the fact that I will answer to God for the work He has called me to do. That is what keeps me up at night.

Therefore, I felt like it was imperative that I spend a few days alone with God finding strength and peace and courage and direction that I must have. I needed to get my mind and heart in the right position before the rush of activity begins about midweek in El Mirage.

So I followed the advice of our Lord.

Mark 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

In a very literal sense, that brings us to Quartzsite, Arizona. 

Quartzsite is a desert town on the way from LA to Phoenix. It is a small town of less than 4000 people that swells to well over 1 million people in January and February. Although there are many RV parks in town and they fill up completely, most people park in RV's all over the federally owned desert land surrounding the town. They dry camp without any hookups and they do it in many tens of thousands of RV's from all over the USA and other countries.

We came through here in January one year on the way to California and this is a glimpse of what we saw. It goes on for miles all around Quartzsite.

(Internet Photo)

With a million+ people here, I really wanted to do a City Reach in Quartzsite during January, but with such a crowd I found it impossible to rent property for the tent. I made many, many inquiries. In the process of that, I had contacted some churches here and I wanted to spend some time this weekend getting to know some of the local folks for a possible return visit in the future.

But the main purpose this weekend was to park in the desert out of town and spend some time fasting and praying and preparing ourselves for the challenge ahead. We arrived late Friday evening and it has been a lovely and refreshing few days. I feel charged up and ready to go. 

Kelly Jo and I love all kinds of places and the desert country has a special place in our hearts. The saguaro cactus, the mountains and the arid climate puts us on a horse back riding through no mans land chasing the wind. Wow! What a gorgeous place! 

We plan to leave for El Mirage this evening. I will leave you with a few pictures of the last few days.



Did you see the face in the clouds? Maybe it is a guppy!

Sunday morning as I walked around the car about sunrise I scared a little desert fox and he scared me. He ran to the back of the car and here we are both peeking around to see if the other one is still there.

He was a friendly little guy.

Sunrise looking toward the east.

Another sunset.

Monday, March 28, 2016

#13 Weekend Woundup and Weview

Yesterday's post was preempted by our traditional Easter poem so I am including the links from last week's posts today.

Check out our posts from the last week at the links below.

We started the weekend by leaving the Los Angeles area, although we did not leave it very quickly at all. The only real good time to pass through the heart of LA on any interstate is sometime between 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM. 9:15 AM Friday morning did not look too bad on Google maps but I know how fast that can change!

We were leaving town completely but I set the Prevost shop in Mira Loma as our first stop just to gauge our progress. Prevost was 75 miles away and 1 hour and 35 minutes with current traffic. There were lots of incident and construction icons but not much red on the route.

Traffic was heavy all the way with quite a bit of stop and go. Well, that is not actually true. It was more like 


We drove 90 minutes before we were able to drive 55 MPH for about a minute and then slowed down again. We actually passed the Prevost exit in 2 hours and 25 minutes and I was not too disappointed with that.

We did see a few interesting sights as we drove in LA.

I wonder what exactly a smell good plumber is supposed to smell like?

We also saw this old Pinto station wagon along side the road.

After 3+ hours and 100 miles we broke free of the city and into the mountains on Hwy 60. 

Traffic was still heavy for another 70 miles and we had some more city but this mountain pass was a beautiful break. We absolutely love the scenery in California!

By the time we reached the welcome center in Arizona after about 260 miles, we were ZONKED. Thank God He helped us though all of that traffic with no accidents and no major brake jamming incidents but my nerves were shot. We rested a few minutes and then pressed on because we only had about 25-30 miles to go and we wanted to get parked and settled before dark.

We parked in the desert north of Quartzsite late Friday evening and enjoyed a completely down day Saturday. KJ and Odie did run into town for a few supplies Saturday but I did not go any where except for a few long walks in the desert.

We enjoyed the services here yesterday and I believe we will probably be back here in the future. I plan to tell you more about our purpose for being here tomorrow.

I hope you had a great weekend.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

He Wouldn't Stay Dead - Easter 2016

Today's post is a special Easter post. We are fully vested in tradition around here and this one dates back to at least 2011 on the blog and mid 1990's in reality. Wiith that in mind we bring you our Easter tradition on I am posting our annual Easter poem on this beautiful Resurrection Sunday. I hope you enjoy it!

I have quoted this poem in my preaching for many, many years and it thrills me yet today. It was written by a Baptist preacher named Willard G. Thomas from Georgia. I heard him quote it in person long years ago. It spoke to me then and it speaks to me every time I think of it. I love this poem. I added the last stanza when I started quoting it myself.

May God bless you on this Easter. If you are not a Christian, may you be moved by the fact that Jesus Christ died for you and then got up out of the grave for you as well. Thank God He arose! Take a moment to think about it all.


He Wouldn’t Stay Dead
by:Willard G. Thomas

They laid His body in Joseph’s new tomb
And filled His disciples with sorrow and gloom
They did not remember what He had said
That He would die, but He wouldn’t stay dead

Mary came at the break of day
And found the stone was rolled away
She saw an angel and in terror fled
And told His disciples that He didn’t stay dead

In that cold dark tomb He would not stay
He conquered death and walked away
And now that old grave has lost it’s fear and dread
He lives again! He wouldn’t stay dead

Full atonement and pardon were made
And forever the sin debt was marked fully paid
The price was His blood as it flowed crimson red
And I’m thankful today that He didn’t stay dead!

Let’s go to our churches and cry aloud
Let’s go to the marketplace and talk to the crowd
Let’s go to the mission fields that lie up ahead
And tell the whole world that He didn’t stay dead!

Because if Jesus Christ had only died
Then the gulf between us and God would still be wide
But thank God He did what He said
He got up out of the ground, He couldn’t stay dead!

Last Stanza by Davy Boggs

Saturday, March 26, 2016

He Lives!

Hey, this is Odie checking in with you again today. I want to start by wishing you a Happy Easter. Thank God for resurrection day!

I am thankful that Jesus gave His life for us that we could be saved. But that's not how the story ends... on the third day, He arose.  My Savior lives!

Today I serve a risen Savior! Not only is He my Savior, but He can be yours too! If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, I highly recommend my friend, Jesus! He has changed my life and He is waiting to do the same for you!

The Bible says, If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Hallelujah!

Jesus gives my life purpose. He is the reason I live.  I love the way the song writer Bill Gaither summed it up in "Because He Lives". 

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus,

He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives

Because He lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives
All fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives

How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy he gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain day because He lives

And then one day I'll cross the river
I'll fight life's final war with pain
And then, as death gives way to victory
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He reigns

This week I have focused on these lines 

"Because I know He holds the future

And life is worth the living
Just because He lives"

In my frail human mind I worry, fret and wonder about the future. But I must remember the He lives and He holds my future. Jesus makes life worth living.  He lives!

I want to close today by wishing my cousin Morgan Rae Evans a happy birthday. I can not believe she is now 13. March 26th 2003, when  Morgan was born, she brightened our family's world. 

Morgan, you are a beautiful young lady. We love you so very much! I pray that you keep your tender heart toward God! 

Below are a couple pictures of us from Christmas Eve 2015. 

Thank you for reading today. I hope you have a great holiday weekend. 


Friday, March 25, 2016

A Day In The Fashion District.

We have spent several days driving and walking in neighborhoods around Los Angeles. I will try to post more about that later. Today's post is about our day with several tens of thousands of our closest friends in downtown LA in what is known as the Fashion District.

We had been to downtown and visited this same area way back in 2010. We arrived early last Saturday and found a cheap ($10) parking spot and soon realized it is the same parking lot we parked in on our first visit over 5 years ago.

Our first stop was for a 1/4 pound hot dog without the bun. Wow! It was great!

There are street vendors all along the way, some in trucks and some in trailers. One of the main companies is called Jesus Hot Dogs.

I figure with a name like Jesus Hot Dogs, they are bound to be good for me.

Most of the vendors serve hot dogs and tacos or quesadillas. Some have a menu of several items. Everything we ate was good AND it was not very expensive either.

We arrived early so it was not crowded at first. It was not long before you could hardly find a place to walk. I was too busy trying to stand up to get a picture after the crowd came.

We did find some more food though.

After about 3 1/2 hours, Odie's chair was still showing very good battery although it was not full charged. That did not stop it from going dead as we crossed the street! Oops! I think it is time to shop for new batteries!

We pushed Odie and the chair inside a little courtyard area and asked the taco shop if we could plug the battery in a while. They were very kind to allow us to do so. The battery is sitting on the floor below.

Since they were kind enough to give us some electricity, we bought a few tacos. It was the very least we could do!

We had planned some other activities but after charging about 40 minutes, we thought it was best to head back to the Green Machine about 1 mile a way. We almost made it! Here I am pushing her the last block.

Kelly Jo and Odie both found some great deals on skirts and other clothing items. Odie said she spent about $75 and she had a pile of stuff! I spent my money on food and socks. Always ask for socks and you are never disappointed.

We all wish we had time to go back before we leave the area.

Thanks for reading.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Another Year In The BoggsMobile

A few days ago we passed the 8 year mark of driving the BoggsMobile down the road. We now have 303,899 miles on it. That means we have now driven it 119,420 miles and it seems it has many more to go before it is finished.

Last year we posted a few pictures of the day we purchased it. You can see those HERE.

Folks often ask us if we like the bus or the fifth wheel better. Although we traveled in fifth wheels for years and we enjoyed it very much, we love the bus much, much better.

I really liked hooking up the diesel truck to the fifth wheel and making miles down the road. I do miss that but not near as much as I thought I would. It was a much bigger adjustment from pulling the trailer to driving the bus than I imagined it would be. But after a few thousand miles I was ready to go and never look back.

One thing we like better is that it is so much easier for Odie traveling in the bus. She is able to stretch out on her bunk rather that being scrunched up in the truck. That really, really helps her at the end of a long travel day. In fact, a travel day is much like any other day for her and that is a big plus.

It is also much easier for quick bathroom stops. It was a 30-40 minute stop sometimes to find a safe place to stop, get Odie out of the truck, get her cramped muscles unfolded, get her in the wheel chair, find an available handicap restroom and then reverse the whole process. All of that was amplified in rain, snow or cold.

Now she gets out of her bunk and slides to the restroom whenever she needs to.

The bus is so much better for Kelly Jo for many of the same reasons.

It is also much easier to stop for a quick overnight stop in the bus. We almost always had to find a campground with the fifth wheel since we needed electricity, but we almost never do in the bus. It is much easier to pull over and sleep a few hours now.

I think we are money ahead with this route as well. Fifth wheels and other RV's are not made to hold up to the demands that evangelists put them through. We would have been approaching the end of useful life on our NEXT fifth wheel by now and probably our NEXT truck as well.

Even though we spent more for this old bus and we spend quite a bit on maintaining it, I still think we are ahead of the game this way. The bus was built to run millions of miles and the Detroit Series 60 engine is known as the "million mile engine." The interior conversion on the bus is much higher quality than most RV's in our price range as well and has proven to hold up better. IF we can avoid a major breakdown, I believe we will stay ahead.

I was reminded of one of the best reasons I like the bus a few days ago during a long travel day. Kelly Jo had cooked a pork roast in the crock pot over night. About 30 minutes before we stopped at a rest area, Kelly Jo got up and began to warm it up. By the time I stopped, the meal was hot and ready!

Yep! That is what I am talking about!

I think we will keep the bus a while longer!

Thanks for reading.