Friday, December 23, 2016

A Special Visit From Dear Friends

Wednesday we had a short visit from dear friends all the way from western Missouri. Bro. Mitch and Sis. Lynn Boggs were in Ohio/Kentucky for a few days with their family and they graciously carved out some time for a visit with us. They made our day by stopping in.

We met Bro. Mitch and his parents and extended family many years ago and we hit it off with them all immediately. They instantly became an important part of our lives and they have proven to be life long friends. I believe it was God's will for our paths to cross.

Bro. Mitch and his family visited several of the City Reach campaigns and they were a great encouragement to us in the work. It has been great to see them on numerous occasions over the last year plus.

We were totally unaware that we would be seeing them again this year. When Bro. Mitch text us and told us they were in the area, we were thrilled. They had things scheduled for their family and we had Christmas services Tuesday and Wednesday but they made the time to see us and we appreciate that very much.

They snapped this picture outside the barn and sent it to us.

This is not the first time that Bro. Mitch and Sis. Lynn have been to the Lazy OD Ranch. They brought part of their family in May of 2015 and put a badly needed roof on the barn. That visit overlapped a few nights with tent revival so they got in on that too. It was a super great visit.

Here they are then.

Bro. Jason Fellers and his family came and worked hard on the roof as well. It almost did not seem right for them not to be here this time too.

The barn looked like this when they came in May 2015.

And it looked like this when they left.

The old roof was original so it was at least 33 years old. It leaked in 3-5 different places when it rained and then 3-5 different places the next time it rained. Needless to say, it was in bad need of replacement. I am happy to say it does not leak at all now, nor do I expect it to leak for a long many years.

Bro. Mitch and Sis. Lynn did not come to see us Wednesday by themselves. They brought all of their children and grandchildren to see us too. I believe there were 16 of them in total if I counted correctly.

It has been a while since we had seen the older children and it was very good to see them all again. These folks are near and dear to our hearts and we love them very, very much.

It would have been awesome if they had time to stay longer but they were enjoying a family vacation and they were on a tight schedule. I know they will be back by the grace of God and there is a chance we may get to see them on our way through there next week.

Thank God for good friends! This will probably be the last time I write before Christmas day (Odie will probably write tomorrow) so please have a safe and very merry Christmas. God bless you all.


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