After our heartbeats got back to normal, Laura and Jimmy continued where they left off; they had already started preparing breakfast. After we got ready, we joined with them for a “breakfast of champions”; Jimmy made some waffles that the “Waffle House” would envy. Once we finished breakfast, we packed all of our things up, in preparation for our pending departure. Jimmy and I took all of our things back to the coach, while the ladies stayed behind and soon followed us with a casual stroll. I started preparing the coach; there was little to do since we didn’t spend much time in it during our stay.
While I was doing a walk-around of the coach, Jimmy flagged down a couple police officers that were passing by in their cruiser. He was able to report the “shenanigans” of the early morning villain. I cranked up the coach knowing that our visit was coming to an end. When Jimmy came back over to the coach, we took a quick “snapshot” of us with our friends, then went inside and joined together in prayer. We prayed for them, and they prayed for us. After big hugs, they told us about the “shortcut” to highway 30, guided us through the gate, and we were on our way.
It was time for us to head back to San Antonio; our plan was to be back at our home church for Easter “Resurrection Sunday” Services in the morning. We were heading “home”; of course, for RVer’s, “Home Is Where You Park It”, so I’ll say we were heading back to our “home base”. It was about a 6 hour drive for that day. On most occasions, I prefer not to drive that long, but as you have seen, we have been known to “push the limits” now and then to get where we are going. It was a beautiful day for travel as we spent the day on familiar highways that we have traveled many times. As we were getting close to the “home base”, I decided to stop by a campground that is close to our “sticks and bricks” house, to use their waste station to dump our “grey” and “black” tanks. For those that are not familiar with that terminology, the grey tank holds waste water from the sinks and shower, while the “black” tank holds waste from the toilet. For some reason, I can’t get Adriene to help me dump the tanks We pulled in to Stone Creek RV Park; I thought that I was just there to dump the tanks, but God was still executing His “Master Plan”. I went inside to pay the $5.00 dump fee, and came back out to head over to “finish up”.
After getting the coach maneuvered and in place at the “dump station”; I started my routine to “lighten the load”. Shortly thereafter a pickup truck pulled up to the dumpster behind us, the lady in the truck said to me “Have a Happy Easter”. I returned the greeting, and asked her what she would be doing to celebrate Easter in the morning. Since we were back at our “home base”, I invited her to join us at our home church; when I mentioned the name of our church, she told me that she was familiar with our church; her sister was a member there. She asked if I knew her sister; when she mentioned her sister’s name, I recognized who she was right away. I knew then, that God was up to something, and this was a “divine appointment” that He has set up for us.
I went to get Adriene from inside the coach, I made introductions, and we began to share the Love of Jesus with her. She had been emotionally hurt, and experiencing the “fallout” from a failed marriage. She afforded us the opportunity to pray with her, rededicating her life to Jesus Christ. She then shared with us that her daughter was also experiencing a “prodigal daughter” experience, and too needed to be reconciled to the Lord and the church. She shared with us that her daughter was gifted in the area of music. We told her that we would be praying for her daughter’s restoration; we celebrated with her for what God was already doing; I went back to finish up my “dumping duties” and Adriene went back inside. After finishing up, I was getting ready to pull off, and the lady was walking in front of the coach to “wave us down”, so we stopped to see what was going on.
While we were preparing to leave, she had called her daughter to see if she would come over to the campground to meet us; her daughter agreed, she was only about 15 minutes away at the time – yes, that was God too. I asked her if the campground provided any type of church service, she said “no, but that would be really nice”. While Adriene continued to minister to her, I went inside the main office to ask them about us providing services to the campground; they were unable to make the decision themselves, but they were receptive and took some of our cards and said that they would pass the offer on to the campground owner. They told me that another campground resident had just asked about a chapel service the day prior. God was really making His presence known to me as I left the office; I parked the coach on the side of the entry road and headed over to a small pavilion where Adriene and the lady were waiting.
Her daughter arrived with her boyfriend, who wasn’t feeling well at the time; her mom introduced us to them. We began to share with them, and tell them about the youth ministry that was offered by our church. We told them that we would put her in contact with our daughter (Alisha) that is now one of the staff members. It was about 5:45; 15 minutes before the youth met, so we invited them to go and visit – they had time to make it. The boyfriend wasn’t feeling well, but he said that he would drop her off if she wanted to go. They decided not to go, but said that they would go another weekend. We took the opportunity to build and altar, and turn that little pavilion into a “house of prayer”; we joined hands and I prayed for the healing of his body, and the healing of their souls. The mom was so excited about what God was doing in her own life and the life of her daughter. We exchanged contact information, and we headed back to our rig, and on our way. That encounter reminded us that when we yield ourselves to God’s work, He will always give us opportunity to share His love – “even at the dump station”.
The young lady went to the youth service the following weekend, she connected with our daughter, and is now going to services faithfully, with a desire to serve the Kingdom with her gifts and talents. The mom had also informed us of the health challenges that her sister was experiencing; Adriene has since been over to visit with her sister as well.
We got back to our storage facility and our “neighbor” was backing his fifth wheel into place. He was by himself, so I went over to introduce myself and offer assistance. I told him that we had just returned “home” from a ministry trip; he asked, “What type of ministry” you guessed it; I shared our ministry with him and he told me that he was just coming back to be at his service at his local Lutheran church for Easter morning. I gave him Easter greetings, and gave him a couple of our ministry cards.
God has been faithful, and He has shown us that if we make ourselves available, He would use us – anytime, and anywhere …
Until next time …