We have been invited to speak at the Salisbury, NC BMC Camp on Sunday Aug.3. We were able to fly in to Raleigh and drive over yesterday in time for service. I am enjoying the preaching of Ben Crawford. Tomorrow I will be holding service at Sophia, NC with Bro. & Sis. Swaney, then rushing back to Salisbury for 2:30 service, then rushing up to Graham, NC for a 6pm service at the Bible Wesleyan Church. I will then head to Raleigh to visit my brother Bill and his family.
We finally arrived! Friday July 18, 1983 was a long day driving in from Oklahoma City, OK. We stopped in Albuquerque, NM for supper at the Royal Fork Buffet. Funny as it seems this was the first time we had ever ate at a buffet in our lives.
When we pulled into the Bible Methodist Navajo Mission at mile marker 9, Hwy 249, it was dusk, with the sky beautifully setting in the west.
This would be our home for the first year of mission work among our Navajo People. The things we learned this first year, definitely had an impact on the rest of our 24 years.
There was a lot of work to do yet on the mobile home we would be living in. This would be the 1st of 3 mobile homes we would live in, and we still do today.
We hit the ground running, preaching in the morning service on Sunday morning, less that 48 hours from arriving on the field. We never dreamed that our mission work would grow until there was a period of a couple years we spoke 11 times a week. Whew! Those were the days.
Well we arrived, so we will stop our day to day journey to get here, but will try to post random memories, and even current events.
May God be Praised for all His help, during these past 25 years. - dwp
Thursday morning July 27, twenty-five years ago started early as we had to head to Savannah, TN to join the Bowlings and Begayes on our push toward Oklahoma City. What a long day that was. Talking about hot, before we got to OKC it was running 104 degrees out with about 90% humidity. Even though the Ryder Truck was a 1983, with only 2,000 miles on it, rental companies had not reached the point of putting air conditioning in them. Nona and I would put ice packs on the kids and us as we drove along I-40 with the windows down and the heat blowing through.
Somewhere along the way we lost the Begaye family, they did not show up in OKC until after the service started. We arrived just in time, for a service with the late Charles Attaway and his people in OKC. Man was supper great afterwards, and the shower even better.
Exhausted we went to bed knowing that the next night we would be sleeping in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico. Dreaming that twenty-five years later we would still be pillowing our heads in this great state.
Today, twenty-five years ago, we left Harriman, TN heading for Etheridge, TN, south of Nashville. When we stopped for gas at Cookeville, TN we found we had a gas leak. So we had to call Ryder and find a local garage to take the truck to and get it fixed. This took up about 1 1/2 hours, but we were soon on the road again.
We arrived at the Freedom Hill Bible Methodist Church that evening, where Gerald Wright was the pastor. The Bowlings and Begayes traveled on to Savannah, TN to the Bible Methodist Church there where Luther Dolan was pastor. Both groups had mission services that night.
The next morning we would head out before daylight to travel on.
Twenty five years ago today we sorta hung out in Harriman, TN, worked on the truck wiring the Bowling's utility trailer up so I could pull it behind our truck.
That evening we split into two groups one heading south to Rockwood, TN for a mission service, Nona and I headed north to Chestnut Ridge, TN for a mission service there with Dana & Dorcas Walker, Bob's Brother.
On Monday July 24, 1983, we backed the big Ryder Truck out of the drive of Bill & Nellie Phoebus' home in Daniels, WV about 6 am. Nona, Alicia, Jonathan, and I in the front seat, following us in our little Ford Escort, was the late Big Bob Walker. Emotions were high as we drove down Possum Holler that morning.
Later we met the Bowling Family and Begaye Family at the last rest area in WV on I-77 and headed to Johnson City, TN there we loaded up Bob's things from his parents home at the Bible Methodist Parsonage.
We next stopped at the TN Bible Methodist Camp Ground in Knoxville, where Bro. D. P. Denton met us at the parsonage and we loaded the remainder of the rental truck with about 250 case of Campbell's soup. We arrived that evening at Harriman, TN to spend the next two nights, at the Bible Methodist Church there, with Pastor Tom Davis and his Family.