Friday, July 31, 2020

Tent/Cruise-In Revival Starting Tonight at 8:00 PM

Tent/Cruise-In Revival begins tonight at Dodds Pentecostal Church and the Lazy OD Ranch at 8:00 PM! We would love for you to join us in person or on YouTube. Revival is scheduled to run from Friday, July 31 - Friday, August 7.

Thanks, Pastor Doug Stevens for designing the picture above. I love it.

The tent is up, the light are hung and the equipment trailer is in place. Today we will set up the sound system, figure out the FM transmitter, get some bottles of water chilled and a few dozen other things must be done. Oh, yeah, I will try to get ready to preach too.

We were out there working last night a few minutes after 8:00 and the weather was beautiful. Odie took this from her porch.

We are looking forward to tonight.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope to see you a bit later.


Thursday, July 30, 2020

Another Completed Circle

I told you in the report from our last circle that the next circle would be similar in size, but that we would be gone longer. It turned out to be more miles and we were not gone as long as we expected to be. It is hard to know these things.

We left the ranch on June 24 and returned on July 26 after 2500 miles in the bus, plus nearly 400 in a rented truck. I told you about the trip to Miami, OK in the truck earlier.

The circle included five churches, 23 services, (Including an online service in India) three weeks of revival, two weeks of revival canceled due to coronavirus cases and another week canceled because of scheduling conflicts. It was a wild and crazy trip that may become more and more normal in pandemic times. However, we are believing God to turn all of it around!

As it stands right now, we will keep busy with the Tent/Cruise-In Revival beginning tomorrow night and other commitments to local churches for the next three weeks. Our next circle is slated to begin the fourth week of August and carry us into December. We are praying about every detail of that trip.

Thank you for joining us today.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Vintage View Vednesday Tent Revival Waynesville, Ohio 2011

We will be having Tent/Cruise-In Revival in Waynesville, Ohio beginning on Friday night at 8:00, so I thought it would be great to find a few pictures of our first tent revival in Waynesville for our Vintage View today. I had to dig deep in the archives to find these.

This tent revival was in August 2011 during the first summer that we devoted mostly to tent revivals. This was a summer of faith. Some of my friends had warned me that there was not enough support to have tent revivals all summer long.

We stepped out in faith and God kept us and has been keeping us ever since. It was a super great summer and we learned so much about following God and trusting God.

Bro. Jimmy Millikin and his family helped us with four of the tent revivals that summer including this one in Ohio. We already loved the Millikin's and their ministry, but our loved deepened that summer.

For Vintage View Vednesday we have a few pictures of that tent revival in Waynesville, Ohio in 2011. I hope you enjoy.


We were parked at Dodds Church with the Millikins. 

Our Pastor, Bro. Bennie Sutherland

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A Plan Comes Together

The schedule for this week and the weeks to come has been fluid because of the pandemic. It is starting to jell together a bit now. I like it when a plan comes together. 

Working with Pastor Kelly Rogers and the Dodds Pentecostal Church next door to the Ranch, we are planning to set up a small tent in the grass of our property and have a combination Tent/Cruise-In Revival. 

There will be no seating under the tent. The idea is for people to Cruise-In to the church parking lot and enjoy the revival there. We are asking people to remain in their car or near their car and fellowship from a distance.

We desire revival for our community, but we must do it as safely as we can. We will see how well people are able to adapt to the necessary protocol and go from there. I would love to have sure-enough revival! God knows we need it.

I wanted to purchase a 20' round tent top from Miami Missionary Tent Company in Miami, Oklahoma for this. There is no sense in getting seven or eight guys together to set up my 48' round tent if we are not going to use it for seating.

Mr. Tromsness at Miami Tent was covered up with work and did not have a small round top in stock. I am thankful he has lots of work, I have prayed that God would bless his business. He did have a new 20' square tent in stock. Although that is not what I wanted, I took it.

I did look at renting tents or purchasing a round tent here in Ohio, but nothing was even close to "right" or financially smart. I was also hating the idea of buying an inferior tent. Watching videos of setting up some of the tents made me thankful for a well made Miami Missionary Tent.

I will use the side poles, stakes and straps that I already own. I also have center poles, but they are completely different than the one needed for this small one-piece tent. So I had to pick up a 12' pole and that eliminated picking it up in the Green Machine.

I drove a Dodge pickup from Wichita to Miami, Oklahoma and back to Wichita on Thursday during the revival week. I was there by 7:00 AM and back in Wichita by around 10:30. It was about a 380 mile loop and all went well.

This shows a little of the shipping area of Miami Missionary Tent Company.

When I arrived back in Wichita, we put the tent bag in the Green Machine and the pole under the bus. Before we left Bethany Saturday morning, KJo and I put the pole in the bus and laid it on the floor. We laid the ends on rugs and it rode over 800 miles perfectly.

There seems to be a lot of excitement about revival. I think people are hungry for revival, but reluctant to gather with people from outside their normal circle in the church building. For better or worse, this pandemic is changing the way we do things.

This revival will be a learning experience and we will make changes as we go. You are certainly welcome to join us. We would love to have you. The plan is to begin service about 8:00 PM each night and run the service about an hour. The dates are July 31-August 7 and those dates are flexible.

We plan to have our sound system set up and we hope to hook up an FM transmitter so that people can listen on their car stereo if they prefer. I have never used the FM transmitter before so that will be a work in progress too.

I am thankful that Pastor Kelly Rogers was interested in revival and is willing to work outside the box a bit to get it done. We also received an anonymous gift that purposely covered the cost of the new tent piece. We appreciate all of this tremendously. May God cover you with blessings, friends.

You can download the flyer for this revival HERE. It is two 1/2 page flyers on one 8 1/2 x 11 page. Please come be with us IF you can at all. We are hoping to run the services live on our YouTube channel too.

Thank you for dropping by Mile Markers today.


Monday, July 27, 2020

What's Up, Weekend? 7/27/2020

We made some tracks this weekend and rolled the wheels a bunch of miles, but it all started in Wichita, Kansas. Friday night was the final night of our revival at Bethany Revival Center. We enjoyed the final service of the meeting.

It was wonderful to be with Pastor John DiZazzo and his family and his congregation. We look forward to going back soon.

After church, we loaded our equipment into the bus and visited with Bro. and Sis. DiZazzo, Steve and Karen, Sis. Esther and Bro. Charles. We stayed up way too late, but we enjoyed the fellowship.

It sure looks like Karen was doing most of the work loading equipment. At least Kelly Jo gives good directions!

After our late night, we were slow to crank Saturday morning. We did not leave until about 9:05 in the morning.

We drove 537 miles and pulled into a parking spot at Flying J in Effingham, Illinois at 5:40 PM. It was a long day and it felt great to get out from behind the wheel. We rested pretty good overnight and left Effingham about 11:00 AM Sunday.

Everything was moving right along when KJo noticed a wreck on the east side of Indianapolis. We were still a ways out so she was keeping an eye on the red back up on Google Maps. Then a bad red spot popped up on the west side of Indianapolis.

Traffic was not moving much at all in either place and backing up for miles so we pulled into a truck stop for about 90 minutes. The time was not wasted, because the rest was good and the tacos were better!

When the traffic was clear, the bus was rolling again. After 282 miles and a fuel stop, the BoggsMobile pulled into the Lazy OD Ranch about 6:30 PM eastern time.

Odie called Acapulco and after we parked the bus and hooked up the electricity, KJo went to fetch some great salsa and food.

Wow! The food was so wonderful!

Mom and Dad came to see us while we were eating. It was wonderful to see them again, even from a distance.

Before dark, I did the work of the evangelist. I had parked the BoggsMobile outside the barn so Kelly Jo sprayed for ants. She worked for a long while inside while I was loading some pictures and then we went down for a long winter's nap in the middle of summer. It felt good to be home.

I put up a post on Saturday that I hope you were able to read. You can get to it right HERE or see the video version below.

That wraps up the weekend. Thank you for joining us.