We spent most of the day in “travel mode”, traveling through Mississippi, Alabama, and in to Georgia. We decided that we wanted to visit with George and Okema (Kem) Graham and their family in Grovetown, Georgia while we were passing through, so we made contact with them and told them that we were on our way. The trip was mostly uneventful until we ran into traffic in Atlanta, GA. We were at a standstill in our lane; I looked in my driver side mirror and noticed that a car was coming up a bit fast on our left. I quickly realized that car was not going to stop in time; before I knew it (WHAM!); the guy slammed into the back of another vehicle that was sitting still; resulting in a 4 car accident; Yes, right in front of us, causing me to maneuver our 42’ rig around the mess on the highway. The “guilty party” jumped out of the car and started walking around right after the impact; everyone seemed to be OK when we passed. We were thinking that guy had to be distracted by something for him not to see the traffic in front of him at a standstill. We prayed for all that were involved as we “crept” past the scene. I thought of stopping, but that would have created a worse situation on the highway; since there was so much help already present, we continued down the road; praying that there was no serious injuries. Thank you Lord for encamping your angels around us as we travel. (Psalms 91:11)
It was almost dark when we made our way to Grovetown; I was a bit leery about pulling our coach into a neighborhood, but George assured me that there would be enough room for us to park up the street from their house. Well, after blocking neighborhood traffic 3 ways, at a 4-way stop, and having to make a 12-point turnaround in a cul-de-sac, we parked on the side of the road, just up the street from our friends. That was interesting; it’s too bad Adriene didn’t have the camera out on that one. George had come up to meet us at the 4-way stop, so he was able to witness my exercise in “motorhome maneuverability”. Once we got situated and leveled, we greeted George and headed down the street to the Graham home to see the rest of the family. Wow, the kids had all grown up since the last time that we saw them; George and Kem had come to visit us in San Antonio a year or so ago. Our friendship goes back to our time in Alaska, where we all fellowshiping in the same church.
We spent the evening catching up with them; it started getting a little late, but we decided to take a trip to the local Waffle House for a “late night breakfast”. We had a great time of fellowship, sharing what the Lord had been doing in our lives and ministry. They too have been building the Kingdom of God as they host “The Family Devotional” on a weekly basis, and serving faithfully in the ministry of their local church. Their church, by the way, has partnered with us to provide baptisms for new believers in the area (Fresh Anointing House of Worship – Evans, GA)
The evening was far spent, so they dropped us off at “the rig” and we bid them a goodnight, with expectation of seeing them again in the morning. It was a quiet night, and we slept well, even though we were on the side of a street in the subdivision. We did hook back up with them the following morning and was able to share our ministry with some other friends of the Graham family as well …