Back on the Prairie

Danish Mill in Elkhorn, IA

It is difficult to leave a project and new friends and begin the journey home, but that is what the farmer and I did this week. We hooked onto the camper and stopped in Elkhorn, IA to check out this Danish Mill. It was fun to see and to visit the little gift shop here. Since the farmer was a windmill repair man for 25 years we love to see all kinds of windmills. There was also a fabric quilt shop nearby so I made a visit there while the farmer got a nap in the pickup. His nap was a little pricey.

Basket Wheel Windmill

Road construction was everywhere as it is summer. Our usual travel method is to take older two-lane highways and avoid interstates. We like to see the farms, barns, small towns and enjoy the slower pace. This made our day a little longer than we planned but were able to camp beside a beautiful lake in Nebraska.

One Night on the Lake
God’s Beautiful Creation

We made it home the next day. There was no dog to welcome us home as we had to put our precious basset hound to sleep in January due to old age. Our son and two grandsons had mowed for us once while we were gone but the farm yard surely needed our attention. There is no place like home.

There is no place like home.

L Frank Baum
Home by the Fourth of July

Home is the nicest word there is.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

As we reflect on our last month, we have been delighted to see our Lord’s protective hand on us in so many ways. A huge very muscular deer ran full speed across the road in front of us just two hours from home and we were protected. The farmer took quite a tumble and experienced no injury to his body. His dear cowboy hat got blown down the highway while he was attending to an issue with the camper and we got it back unharmed. We have been so blessed by the wonderful people we met, the work we were able to do, and the creation we have seen. But most of all by getting to know the Creator just a little bit closer.

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

Robert Frost

We came home exhausted with much to do here on the Little House on the Prairie. This little farm in the middle of a cornfield is home sweet home to us. Here we pick up the projects we left in May and prepare for some serious family time with our grandchildren and we count our blessings. We name them one by one. And we find peace and joy. We hear of the world in chaos and we pray daily for our world. In the midst of it all we find peace (indescribable peace) and joy.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8-10

Synergy or Two Dry Land Farmers on the Lake

There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests get together to work toward the same goals.  –Idowu Koyenikan

Bell Tower Installation

The beginning has finally begun!  We have been in preparation for this for several months.  Actually the Lord has probably been preparing us for this all of our lives.  We are so thankful to be in this season of life and able to do all we sense God is calling us to do.  

This mornings devotion was such a great way to start the day.  I love Nehemiah and all that God was able to accomplish through one man dedicated to God’s purposes.  His heart broke at the knowledge of the devastation of his people and of Jerusalem. His beautiful prayer asking God for favor with the King is dynamic.  He prayed and fasted and sought the Lord for his next step. Nehemiah’s leadership and humility is such an inspiration.  

Cross on Lake Travis

There are four couples here with the SOWER ministry.  We are so thankful for the experience we find in these couples.  One couple, John and Anita have been with the SOWERS for 16 years.  Anita used to be a specialty clinic manager so we can certainly relate to each other.  Our general leader couple Dan and Kathleen were at this camp for three months last year so they know the staff and the area well.  Ken and Barb have been in ministry all of their lives and have been with SOWERS for three years. As you can see we two newbies are in a great group.

The women are staining a deck on a cabin and will be painting the cabin and trim also.  A couple will be living in it this summer when they arrive to help staff this huge camp for the summer.  We ladies will also be doing some other painting and staining jobs with some new water stations that are being built.  It seems that summer camp in Texas with thousands of kids playing and learning about Jesus, water stations are essential.  One thing I don’t understand though is how these other gals can do this work and not have the stain all over them. Somehow I seem to really get into my work!

My three leaders!

The men are building a large bell tower in front of the auditorium.  This camp was given a huge bell that a church had in the area. One of the traditions here is that at the end of each camp those who received salvation while here at camp are to get to ring the bell!  This new bell will make an even larger sound than the old one. I think they had 600 some salvations last summer!

They appreciate their power tools! More Power!

We are really enjoying our first week at Highlands Lake Camp and Conference Center in Spicewood, TX.  This place has the greatest staff and the ministry here on this 200 acres on the shores of Lake Travis is inspiring.  

You can NEVER check the level enough!