Saturday, April 30, 2016

Congratulations Deidre Boggs

Hey Friends,

It is Odie reporting in once again from Arizona. We have had a wonderful week. God is helping us in revival this weekend at Bethel Church in Phoenix. We are enjoying getting better acquainted with Pastor George and his wife Sis Binu. These are super great people.

Last Saturday I told you about my whirlwind trip to Missouri to surprise my cousin Deidre Boggs. Deidre completed her four years at Ozark Bible Institute. She majored in Christian Education. I am super proud of her for persevering and working so hard!  

I was thrilled to be in Neosho, Missouri last Friday and cheer as Deidre's name was called. We had a whole pew full of family and friends there from Ohio cheering for Deidre.

Deidre, I love you my, "Sister" Cousin! I can not wait to see what God has ahead for you.

I also had several other friends graduating from Ozark Bible Institute this year. It was great to see them graduating too! Congratulations to all the 2016 Graduating Class of Ozark Bible Institute! All of your hard work has paid off.  

Below are the rest of pictures from my trip.

Thursday night 
Deidre, Me and Lisa Isaacs 

Friday during the day
Papaw Eugene

Lisa Isaacs, Tara McCoy and Karen Boggs

Me and Uncle Steve 

Me, Uncle Steve, Papaw and Mamaw's bunny ears

Waiting for the crowd to come and the graduation to begin.

Deidre with her Pastor Kelly Rogers and Levi Rogers

Me and my friend Selah Shoemaker 

It was great to see Julie Martin

Also I had a quick visit with Brentni Hrepeck 

Deidre shared some of her pictures with me. I was unable to get pictures of all my friends that night. 

Deidre and Ivy

Deidre and Selah

Ben and Deidre 

Aunt Karen and Ben Shoemaker 

Deidre and friends 

Four year graduates 

Now it is time for graduation

A portion of the crowd. The church was full to overflowing. 

President of OBI Pastor Danny Taylor 

Class speaker Jeremey Margeson. Jeremy is a fellow Ohioan and he did a great job!

Tassels changed, now an official OBI graduate 


Praying for graduates 

I was thrilled to see our long time friend Sis. Mary Kimbal

The Lutz from Colorado 

Selah and Lisa

Me and Sis. Shoemaker 

Me with Papaw and Mamaw. It was wonderful to get to spend a little time with them. 


Thank you, Aunt Karen and Uncle Steve, for picking me up and taking me back to the airport so very early in the morning. I appreciate all your help to make this trip a success!

Flight from Joplin, Missouri to Dallas Fort Worth Texas

After a quick plane change it was on to Phoenix. 

I have to close with a picture of my delicious lunch. This was the picture I sent to my Uncle Steve letting him know I was "home".  There is nothing quite like a burrito from Humberto's. 

Thanks for reading! Have a fantastic weekend. 


Friday, April 29, 2016

A Little Generator Drama

Yesterday I posted a short summary of City Reach Phoenix area. I am always overjoyed when a post is received well and that one was definitely received well. Thank you for the positive response. HERE it is if you have not had a chance to read it.

A Little Generator Drama

Last week I wrote about repairing the radiator for the generator in the BoggsMobile. Today we switch generators and continue the saga.

After about two weeks of City Reach Phoenix area, I started having some trouble out of my gasoline generator that we need for tent revival. During the special service at Paradise Valley Park on Saturday, the voltage was dropping to unacceptably low levels with the generator under a relatively light load. It was making our sound equipment do very strange things. I lightened the load even more and continued the service without some of the equipment.

We gave the generator a thorough workout during sound check under the tent Sunday night and it performed fine although the voltage levels were lower than they had been. Service that night was a totally different story from sound check. The voltage levels kept dropping until I lightened the amp load considerably.

Bro. Jimmie and I put the generator through some load tests during the day the best we could using a heat gun, a blow dryer, an iron and a heavy duty air compressor. We were trying to see how it behaved under various loads. The results were disappointing to say the least. The voltage output on both legs was great under no load but with a light load on one leg it would drop on both legs to about 112-114 volts. With a light load on both legs the voltage would drop to 108 with momentary drops to 105.

That is way to low for sensitive electronics. I started looking for some one to work on my brand of generator but could find no one in the Phoenix area that was even willing to look at it. All the generator guys I talked to thought it was probably the voltage regulator and that it would need to be replaced. They could not get parts for my brand so there was no need for them to look at it.

I put in calls and emails to the manufacture more than once but still have not received a response over ten days later. The generator is lightly used even though it is 11 years old. I was hoping they could direct me to some service or some parts. There is a shop in Dallas and another in Cincinnati that will work on my big generator so I will try to get it repaired later and save it as a back up.

In the mean time, we pulled out the small generator I used for years and tried it. I knew that it was showing signs of weakness last fall and it proved to be on its last legs as well.

What to do now? As I began to research which generator would best fit the needs of City Reach this year I discovered a distressing fact. Regular contractor type generators, like I have been using and like I was trying to purchase, are not ideal for all the electronics we are using in tent revival. We have three expensive power amps, an expensive mixer, ear monitors, cordless mics, a piano, two powered speakers, three processors, four very expensive main speakers, two very expensive sub cabinets and a few other things I have probably forgotten.

Most of these components need very clean power to perform at their optimal level. It is obvious that the low voltage I was getting out of the old generator was not good for the equipment but evidently even at its best, the power produced by my conventional generators was not ideal for all of the electronics.

To get clean power for sensitive components you need an inverter generator. An inverter generator produces power and then puts it through an inverter that maintains a pure sine wave at the required voltage. That is just fancy talk for "get ready to spend some dough to get what you need, Davy!"

When I started adding the price of replacing the sound equipment onto the price of an inexpensive generator, the price of the cheap generator started going up and up and up.

Small inverter generators are not that expensive if you buy an off brand but we also need lots of amperage so we really only had one choice. That choice was spend the money and buy what we need. Thankfully they were on sale this month and a couple of companies in the area that are participating in the sale had them in stock.

I bought it, picked it up and brought it to the tent in time for sound check. It is an absolutely amazing piece of equipment. It produces ample, clean power at low RPMs and at incredibly low noise levels. We could literally set this generator at the edge of tent and have no problem with generator noise.

We put it under a load two nights and it performed flawlessly. The voltage was rock steady and all of our sound equipment functioned so much better that it was very noticeable. The difference was incredible.

I hope that operating on my conventional generator for so long did not shorten the life of any of the electronics. But there is no way to know what you do not know! I was doing the best I knew and now I know more, so I am doing better.

That sounds a lot like life in general and the Christian life in particular!

We have been careful and diligent to save for City Reach the last few years and individuals and churches have been kind, generous and attentive to give toward City Reach, so we had the money on hand to make this purchase. The money was budgeted for future months of City Reach and will have to be replaced, but praise God we had it. God is faithful and He continues to prove that to me every day.

I remember what Bro. Randy Webb said to Bro. Dennis Heath when a tree fell on Bro. Heath's new fifth wheel and totaled it. Bro. Dennis was "treemendously" disturbed and Bro. Webb said, "Don't worry about it. If money can fix it, it ain't broke."

That may be true but it is probably much easier to swallow IF you the have the money!

That should bring you up to date on our latest generator drama.

Thanks for reading.