Thursday, March 31, 2022

A Scheduling Note

Here we are on the last day of March, 2022. Wow! How is that possible? It is possible one day at a time.😊

Our next revival is very close to where we are at this moment in Romney, West Virginia. Pastor Jed Metzler heard of us from Pastor Bob Jeffreys here at Safe Haven Tabernacle. Pastor Metzler asked last year if we could swing by for a few nights while in the area and we were glad to schedule it.

By God's grace, we will be singing and preaching at Kirby Assembly all weekend beginning Friday night. We are happy to meet the people and try to be an instrument of revival.

Pastor Jeffrey has made us completely welcome to remain parked in Romney for this weekend of revival, but regular readers know that we love to park on the church property when we can. We have not moved yet, but we intend to move the BoggsMobile tomorrow UNLESS I change my mind.

The quickest route between churches by car is about 18 miles and nearly 30 minutes. We drove it in the Jeep Monday morning and quickly realized the car route was not possible in the bus. That is OK. That is why we checked it out.

We considered the road going to the church from the other direction and it will work fine. It will be about 15 miles further, but 33 miles between revivals is fine by us.😍

We will probably need to run the generator at night to provide heat, but we should not have to run it all the time. It will be worth it to be close by and not have to drive back and forth to every service.

KJo and I noticed that cell phone signal is very limited in Kirby. I will try to have Odie's Saturday post and a Sunday post ready to go up, but Monday's Weekend Dispatch May not be possible. If we are missing Morning or if Monday's post is different, hold on, we should be back Tuesday.

Thank you, dear friends, for reading and thank you for praying for us.


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

A Word For Wednesday One Year Ago

 It is time for A Word For Wednesday. A Few minutes ago, I posted A Word for Wednesday on our YouTube Channel. Please give it a listen and leave us a comment here or on YouTube.

You will find the text for this episode on Mile Markers last Thursday.

Thank you for spending time with us today. May God bless you!


Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Generating Again

I mentioned recently that we were unable to use the generator on our jump from South Georgia to Virginia. That remark generated questions, pun intended.😍 Today, we have answers.

A couple of weeks ago, our generator shut itself down. We were traveling and did not have time to look for the problem, so we kicked it to the future. The future arrived two weeks ago in Colquitt, Georgia.

Our Martin generator with a Yanmar engine will shut itself down for low oil pressure, high coolant temperature and if the bus fuel tank is below 1/4. We had plenty of diesel, I checked the oil and then zeroed in on the coolant.

After making sure the coolant level was good, I removed the guard at the end of the motor to see if the belt was broken. It was broken and I breathed a sigh of relief. That is an easier fix than changing the water pump or thermostat.

The motor sits in the hush box sideways, so the pulley end of the engine is on the right. It is not easy for me to reach the adjustment pulley, but it can be done. I have to learn how every time, but I eventually got it.

I can push the bracket holding the pulley with a long pry bar or crowbar and tighten the bolt at the top with a wrench. Keeping pressure on the bracket, I then tighten the bottom bolt with a socket and ratchet. It is a stretch and longer arms would be helpful. Less belly would probably help too.

After installing the belt, I discovered I had a little bit of coolant in the floor of the hush box so that started me looking for leaks.

First, I found this rubber cap leaking on the expansion tank and replaced the rubber cap.

Then I noticed the expansion tank itself was leaking a very small amount.

I ordered the expansion tank and a few other things from Martin Diesel in Defiance, Ohio. The parts were waiting on me in Staunton, Virginia so last week I tackled the expansion tank.

Our generator was manufactured in Defiance in early 1995 and they are incredibly great to work with. They answer every question with patience and they have the original specifications for my generator in their records. Awesome!

The new expansion tank is twenty times better built than the original, although it is a bit longer. You can see the length difference in the picture below.

I had to shift it to the right and change the orientation of the clamps, but I was able to install it. I had drained quite a bit of coolant getting the original out, so I added coolant, cranked it up and away it went.

Notice the new expansion tank has a viewport to see the level of the coolant. That is a welcome change because when I remove the cap, I can not get my head in there to check the coolant level.

I did all of that Monday. Tuesday morning I rechecked all my bolts and hose clamps and made sure the belt was tight. I reinstalled the belt guard, cranked the generator and ran it 75 minutes.

KJo watched the gauge inside while I monitored for leaks outside. I am happy to report that all seems well in the generator world again. Praise God!

Friday morning I started the bus and leaned it toward the passenger side. The floor of the hush box had oil and coolant in it, so I wanted to clean it as much as possible. I removed all the mess a few paper towels at a time. It would be nice if the pan had a drain plug.

We ran the generator for four hours during our trip to West Virginia Saturday to make sure all was well. It was perfect.

It is so nice to have our generator back in working order. That gives us super great options when traveling and parking. We still have some voltage fluctuations, but that will take an expert in the future.

Thank you for joining us today.


Monday, March 28, 2022

The Weekend Dispatch 3/27/22

I need to go all the way back to Wednesday for The Weekend Dispatch. The last night of revival was canceled at Beacon of Hope. Sis. Sly from Bible Holiness in Elkton passed away early Wednesday morning. Sis. Gwen May, the Pastor's wife at Beacon of Hope, is Sis. Sly's daughter.

Pastor Tony Doval from Landmark Tabernacle called mid morning on Wednesday and asked us to minister at Landmark. We were very glad to accept the invitation. We had a great time getting reacquainted with his people and we enjoyed the presence of the Lord. We appreciate their kindness very much. 

Odie snapped a few pictures.

I am supposed to rest on Thursdays and Fridays when possible and that is exactly what I did Thursday. I slipped over to the church and recorded a video for this week, but I did nothing else productive all day long.

Friday the girls went to the laundry and I cleaned the plumbing bay and the floor of the generator hush box. I have been working on the generator for the last two weeks and cleaning the tray was the final touch. I will write about that later.

That is about all that we did during the day Friday.

Friday evening we drove about 45 minutes to visit a few minutes with our friends from Bible Holiness and especially the Sly family at Sis. Sly's Visitation. Bro. and Sis. Sly have been faithful for many, many years. Sis. Sly is already greatly missed.

We have a few food pictures from the end of the week.

Saturday morning we disconnected the utilities, cranked the bus and eased out of the parking lot at Beacon of Hope. Although we were ultimately going north, we went south a few miles to the new Love's in Greenville, to do the work of the evangelist. When that was finished, we hooked up the jeep and turned north.

We had about 40 miles of interstate and then about 75 miles on 259, 29 and 50. I had researched two major routes from I-81 to Romney and this one was not bad. It was mostly two lane roads with very few shoulders and lots of curves. There were no serious mountains to climb. I took it easy and threaded our way through for about 130 miles total in about 3.5 hours.

We did run through a patch of snow. Yep, snow on March 26.

Fifteen minutes later and we were driving in sunshine.

Going back to Virginia in about 10 days I may try 50 all the way to I-81 at Winchester, Virginia. It looks good from what I can see although it is longer. It may be as good as Saturday's route or even better. Only one way to find out.

Pastor Bob Jeffreys met us and helped us get parked and set up. He also helped us get the sound equipment carried and assembled along with his son Joel and grandson Zachary. It sure was great to see our friends again.

Wow! What an amazing Sunday! Hallelujah!

That is all folks! Thank you for tuning in.


Sunday, March 27, 2022

Our View Out The Front Window 3/37/22

Sunday Morning Sanity
Question: I wonder why Noah did not make the ark out of metal?
Answer: There were no ark welders.

Our View Out The Front Window
This is our view out the front window of the bus at Safe Haven Tabernacle in Romney, Virginia.

I hope you have a super great Sunday.


Saturday, March 26, 2022

Meet Saylor Brooke Walters

Hey Friends,

Welcome to another Saturday post from Odie. I am thrilled to have you spending a moment of your weekend with me. I hope you are doing well!

I am doing great. We had a wonderful week with our friends at Beacon of Hope Holiness Church in Staunton, Virginia. The Lord blessed us during revival with His sweet presence! 

Today we are on our way to Romney, West Virginia, preparing for revival to begin tomorrow. We are looking forward to our time at Safe Haven Tabernacle with Pastor Bob Jefferys!

Meet Saylor Brooke Walters 
We had an extraordinary friend born in November. She has made a few cameo appearances on the blog, but she has not been officially introduced to all our friends yet. Today is the time for all that to change. 

Who am I am talking about, you ask? It is the princess of Richton, Mississippi, Miss Saylor Brooke Walters. Saylor Brooke is the daughter of my friends Brandon and Regan Morris Walters. God blessed them with a gorgeous baby girl! I am so happy for them!

Here are a few pictures from my archives. These were taken about a month before Saylor was born. These were her first blog appearances. LOL

Miss Saylor was due to arrive around the beginning of December. She decided to show everybody who was boss. Saylor Brooke changed the world with her birth on November 4th.

Her early arrival was a surprise, but she was ready to meet everyone. I know she quickly melted my heart just through pictures and videos. Below are a few pictures from her first month or so of life. Thanks to Regan for allowing me to use these pictures today.

How can something be so precious? I was extremely anxious to meet Saylor Brooke in real life! I checked on plane tickets to Mississippi several times, but I knew we were supposed to be there soon.

The actual meeting came as a surprise to us. We met up with Saylor’s grandparents, Bro. Scott and Sis. Kim Morris, for lunch in February. When they arrived at the restaurant, they had “something to show us.” Miss Saylor was in the backseat of their car.

I was overjoyed that Regan allowed them to bring the princess to lunch! I was all types of excited to meet Miss Saylor! I informed her we are buddies for life. She does not get a choice in the matter! 😁

Here are a couple pictures from earlier this month. This was the first time we were in a church service with Saylor. 

We took a moment to have a good conversation. Saylor Brooke had her first tiny scooter ride with Auntie O. I am looking forward to the next time I get to see Saylor Brooke! I plan on doing my part of loving and spoiling her along the way.

Saylor Brooke Walters is a blessing from God! She has brought so much joy to her family already in just a short time. I am thrilled to watch her grow up and pray she has a deep love for God!

Regan, Brandon and Saylor, I love you all so much! Thank you for being my dear friends!

Thank you for reading! See you next time.