Friday, December 14, 2018

A Couple of Days At Home

Wednesday and Thursday flew by with us getting in the groove of being home and getting stuff done. The barn, the bus and Odie's house have been keeping me busy and Kelly Jo is trying to unpack, wash, reorganize and generally put life back together in the bus. We are not finished yet, but we are closer.

Kelly Jo and I had some business to take care of in Dayton Thursday morning. We did squeeze in a little trip to Acapulco at lunchtime Thursday. That is what I am talking about!

Of course, we had to swing by and get Odie before going to drink some salsa.

Thursday night was our first service to be at our home church since we arrived in Ohio. I was hoping to hear Bro. Bennie preach, but he called earlier in the day to make sure I would be ready to go.

I did not feel ready, but I gave it my best shot. I do love preaching at our home church. They always act like I preached great whether I do or not. It was wonderful to be home and to be in church with our brothers and sisters. The saints at Dryden Rd. have been with us through thick and thin and we love them much.

Odie was sitting on the platform and forgot to take her phone with her. That means she only took one picture and it was taken after church.

Sis. July Lee and Kelly Jo

Today looks like more of the same for both of us. I have the internet company coming to Odie's house this morning and we hope to have that up and running soon.

Thank you for stopping in today. Christmas will be upon us soon. Are you ready?


Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Summary of Our Nigeria Trip 2018

This is a summary of our recent trip to Nigeria. We had a great time with our friends and enjoyed many blessings from the Lord both in the services and in our personal interactions. First I will give you a few summary links and pictures and then I will tell you some of the things going on in Nigeria.

You can always see the latest information that we post about Nigeria HERE. That link will show you the newest post labeled Nigeria and you can go back in time from there. 

You can click on the links below for more information about each event from our trip in 2018.

We enjoyed one service of the camp meeting in Usun State with Pastor Isaac Adewale.

Then we had three days of the Minister's Conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State at Christ Ambassadors Holiness Church.

I preached Saturday night of camp meeting at The Evangel Faith International Mission in Abeokuta.

And four nights of an outdoor Gospel Crusade also in Abeokuta at Christ Ambassadors Holiness Church.

We also had Sunday service inside Christ Ambassadors Holiness Church in Abeokuta

And Sunday service in Ibadan for Pastor Stephen Kuye and Landmark Christ Mission.

We also enjoyed a wonderful day at GoodNews Christian School.

The school is ever expanding and they are in the process of adding a second story to one building. It will give them a net gain of four classrooms. They need more than that, but these four are needed quickly. We have helped them get the construction to this point and we left them a small amount to continue a bit.

I asked Bro. Shobanke to figure how much it would take to finish the building. He called me Wednesday with the figure. They estimate that it will take about $7000 to complete. I would love to see that done as soon as possible.

Several years we have taken or sent with other preachers a large piece of luggage full of supplies for the school. We did the same this year and left a little money to buy more supplies that can be purchased there.

Many of you remember me telling of Dorcas getting saved at the Gospel Crusade in 2009. I believe she said the date was November 29, 2009. With help from two families, we were able to give Dorcas an offering to help with her living expenses and also to purchase her a brand new wheelchair. The chair was purchased after we left and I received this picture by email this week.

The picture below is all the Pastors and the evangelist from Christ Ambassadors Holiness Church. I will list the names left to right going around the room and also list which church they serve.

Pastor Matthew Erinola-Mile 2 Ayetoro Rd, Pastor Steven Balogun-Mile 2 Ayetoro Rd, Pastor Ajose Posu-Osara Rd, Pastor Taiwo Oyenekan-Sare Village, Pastor John Obadimu-Sare Village, Pastor Moses Onifade-Osara Rd, Evangelist Raphel Ashefon-Kemta Main Church, Pastor Isaiah Sajowa-Saje Branch, Pastor John Ajayi-Saje Branch, Pastor Sunday Joseph Babatunde-Kemta Main Church, Pastor Festus Osoko-Kemta Main Church, Pastor Samuel Bamidele-Kemta Main Church, Pastor Dr. Isaac Hunyinbo-Kemta Main Church, General Overseer, E. Ade Shobanke

This is a great group of men that Bro. Shobanke has gathered about him to Pastor these churches. They take care of all the daily care of the churches and Bro. Shobanke has spiritual oversight. It is beautiful to behold.

We spent 15 days in Nigeria this trip and we enjoyed every one of them. Our brothers and sisters in Nigeria have received us and loved us so warmly. We hate to leave them behind. By God's grace, we will be with them again soon.

Thank you for dropping by today.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Vintage View Vednesday Christmas 2001

I heard from some of the early morning blog readers yesterday. You were wondering what had happened to the Tuesday morning post. It kind of got sidetracked by the events of Monday. It was an interesting day. I put the post up Tuesday afternoon and you can read it HERE.

'Tis the Christmas season so maybe a few Christmas pictures are in order for Vintage View Vednesday. The pictures today go way back to 2001. We were living in Wichita, Kansas back then and did not make it home for Christmas. 

Kelly Jo's parents surprised her by showing up and knocking on the door Christmas morning. It was awesome. They spent a few days with us including a visit to Oklahoma City to see the OKC bombing memorial. We also played lots and lots of music. It was a great week and a Christmas we will never forget.

Here is our Vintage View Vednesday. Thank you for reading.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

That Was An Exciting Day

Whew! That was an exciting day, in a weird sort of way.

We left Sevierville, TN area at 9:30ish yesterday morning and pulled into the barn at 11:20 last night. 

After we were parked and hooked up, we walked up to Odie's house to say Hello and catch up on all that has been going on. She had a crock pot full of chili for us and it was exactly what we needed on a very cold night at the end of a very stressful day. It was the first thing we had eaten beyond snacks all day.

By the time we stumbled into the bus and moved things around so that we would have a place to lay down, writing the blog did not seem like such a good idea. Besides, I think I needed some time to process the events of the day.

We arrived in Vonore Monday morning and Jeff had everything ready to go. We had a nice visit, settled the bill and cranked up the BoggsMobile to hit the road.

19 miles later on a busy stretch of four-lane, we smelled something burning and had to get off the road NOW.

I figured I had a brake dragging or seized, so while I was squeezing off the road, Kelly Jo was getting my infrared thermometer ready. The tag axle on the passenger side had a little smoke around it when we exited the bus so I shot the temperature on that one first.

Yep, that was it. I checked the temps on the other wheels to make sure and then called Jeff. Even though this had nothing to do with any work completed at Jeff's shop, I knew that he knew what I should do.

I was standing next to the tag axle on the grass between the bus and the ditch talking on the phone. Kelly Jo was standing in the doorway of the bus. And then COBLAMMY! It sounded like the motor fell out of the bus and onto the ground! Kelly Jo said later she thought a tire blew out.

She jumped out of the bus and said, "I think someone hit us." I relayed that information to Jeff and ran around the bus to the road side. I fully expected to see a car jammed up into one of the bays of the bus.

What I saw was one of our bay doors open a few inches. On each side of the bus, we have one bay that has a door on hinges that swings open. There were two big trucks going by and one of them clipped the hinged bay door on the driver's side.

I stopped traffic, closed the door and removed myself from the road. I did not examine the damage until later. It appears the damage is only cosmetic and not structural and that is good. The whole episode could have been much, much worse.

I will not be overdramatic, but this could have ended in a very bad way. Thank God for His protection and His help.

We put out the traffic triangles, which did not slow traffic down at all, unhooked the car and walked along the road thanking God for all the good things.

Jeff and one of his men arrived in a few minutes, accessed the situation, helped us get to a better place to park and then he and Dan took care of the brakes. He suggested going back to his shop so that the brakes could be examined closely and we were glad to do it.

So two hours after we left we were back in Vonore up on the lift.

Everything seemed to be working fine with the brakes and Jeff could not find any additional problems. After a 20 mile test run with lots of stop and go, braking and accelerating, it was determined all was well.

Nearly 5 hours after we left the first time, we hooked up the Green Machine and left again. We stayed very alert to the smell of hot brakes and stopped several times to check the temperatures of the wheels. In hindsight, we probably should have stopped somewhere for the night, but we did not realize how frazzled we were until we pulled into the barn.

We made one more stop at Flying J to fill up with diesel. We did not need fuel, but if the bus is going to sit for a couple of weeks in the barn, I like the tank to be full to prevent too much condensation.

After fuel it was home and hugs all around. Oh, and chili. Do not forget the chili!

Our nerves are still a little ragged and our bodies feel it, but we have some great things to be thankful for. 

-Thank God for a good bus that is still running and not badly damaged.
-Thank God that Kelly Jo and I were not hurt.
-Thank God for a friend like Jeff Rowe.
-Thank God for a barn so that we can park out of the bitter wind and sort this out.
-Thank God for Odie and her chili and willingness to help.
-Thank God for a wife that loves the adventure. Seriously, with Kelly Jo pushing me onward, I will be ready to fly in a few days!

And Thank God for you. Thank you for checking on us. Thank you for praying for us. May God bless you every one.

Yep, that was an exciting day.


Monday, December 10, 2018

Weekend Woundup and Weview December 10, 2018

There is not much to say about the last two days. 

Sleep, eat, nap, eat, sleep and repeat! 

That was pretty much our weekend. We did as much of nothing as we could fit into two days and it sure did feel good.

We plan to go to East Tennessee Luxury Coach later this morning to pick up the BoggsMobile. We will settle up with Jeff and then point north toward the Lazy OD Ranch.  

Thank you for checking in. I sure appreciate it.


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Christmas At The Beach Cottage 2018

Hey Friends,

Happy Saturday! This is Odie checking in today. I hope that you are having a great December. I am happy to be home in Ohio right now. I have really enjoyed my time with my family and friends. I love this festive time of year. 

My home church at Dryden Road Pentecostal Church does a big Christmas play most years. It has been a while since I have been home to see one of the productions. This year's play is tonight at 7:00PM. I have heard the play this time around is set in the 1800s. I am anxious to see the play this evening. You are invited too if you are in the area.

I have been so excited to decorate my Beach Cottage for Christmas this year! I could not wait to decorate. I had been gathering ideas for a while. We have not decorated for Christmas much at all since 2001. It is difficult to decorate a bus or trailer for Christmas when space is limited. It great to have plenty of space this year. 

My Aunt Theresa Osborn was so kind to help me get my decor and helped me also get it put up. Thank you again, Auntie! Thank you also to Lisa Isaacs for helping us decorate. Theresa and Lisa would not allow me to post pictures of them working. Here are some pictures of my living room decorations from different perspectives. I am so happy with the finished product!

Yes, that is two stockings hanging on my lamp below. The first one is mine and I call the second one my “faith stocking”.

I also have some Christmas decor in my bedroom too. This little tree has been with me for several years. I used it on the bus for a few years. Then I started putting it in my bedroom at my Grandparents. 

This year I borrowed an idea from a friend thanks, Bekah and Ryan Shaffer. I am collecting ornaments from special places that I visit. I got a good start on my collections earlier this year in Alaska. I even turned a few keychains, a magnet and a sign into an ornament to commemorate my trip. It is fun to think about the day and place where I bought the ornament. Plus I have a few ornaments that were gifted to me and they are on this tree too. 

I call my home a “Beach Cottage” but it is definitely not located on the beach! I woke up to this sight on Wednesday morning. It is looking a lot like Christmas at my Beach Cottage. 😀

Thank you for stopping by to visit with me today. I hope you have a fabulous weekend.