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On The Road Again

A few days ago we stepped out of our car after a seven-day, 4,000-mile car ride. On Friday we hit the road again. We will fly to the South to spend 10 days in South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. We will be raising support, recruiting new missionaries, receiving training and visiting supporting churches.

The first weekend we will be in South Carolina visiting Faith Church of Ballentine. Faith has been very supportive of our work in Honduras. They have sent two teams to La Ceiba to work with us. This will be a great time to share our work and greet friends.

The following week we will be in the MTW home office in Georgia. We will be participating in training and evaluation for our future mission work. Mike will teach two classes to new missionaries, one on communication and another on raising support. We will also have several meetings with future missionaries and new churches.

The final weekend we will be in Alabama at Grace Community Church of Mobile. This congregation was a very early supporter of our ministry and they have sent two teams down to work with us. This will be a great weekend of worshiping together and sharing our ministry.

Pray for us during this 10-day trip. We will keep you informed.

Driving Honduras To U.S. – Trip Log

Driving from La Ceiba, Honduras to Elk Grove, California – September 5, 2010 to Sept 12, 2010

Day 1 – 11 hours 39 minutes – 380 miles
La Ceiba, Honduras to Guatemala City, Guatemala
This was a great day that covered the length of Honduras and included a 40-minute border crossing. Rained the last hour. Great food in Guatemala City.

Day 2 – 11 hours 25 minutes – 244 miles
Guatemala City to Hehuetenango, Guatemala
This was our worst day. Due to storms we passed 300+ mud and rock slides and lost six hours to detours. The craziest roads of the trip were here. Dumpiest hotel of the trip.

Day 3 – 13 hours 50 minutes – 345 miles
Hehuetenango to Villahermosa, Mexico
Had a 1 hour 40 minute border crossing into Mexico. Much nicer roads, but all were windy and through the mountains. Very slow going. Amazing street tacos in Villahermosa.

Day 4 – 13 hours 30 minutes – 594 miles
Villahermosa to Tampico, Mexico
After three days of winding roads we finally found some straight toll roads and made good time. First day without police/military check points. More great street tacos and great $18 hotel.

Day 5 – 13 hours 50 minutes – 623 miles
Tampico to Monclova, Mexico
Day started with terrible roads. We were a little depressed and way behind schedule. After lunch we hit our first straight/fast roads of the trip and made it 140 miles further then planned.

Day 6 – 15 hours 15 minutes – 828 miles
Monclova to Deming, New Mexico
Great roads the last 2 hours of Mexico. Ten minute border crossing into the US. Got on highway 10 in Texas and crossed the entire state. Got about 300 miles further then planned.

Day 7 – 14 hours 50 minutes – 848 miles
Deming to Kettleman City, CA
Crossed all of New Mexico and Arizona. Best roads of the trip. Purposefully stopped three hours from Sacramento so we could make it to church the next morning.

Day 8 – 3 hours 1 minute – 201 miles
Kettleman City to Elk Grove, CA
Arrived at our home church two days ahead of our expected arrival. Walked in just before the service started to surprise everyone.

TOTALS – 97 hours 20 minutes hours behind the wheel – 4063 miles – averaged 580 miles per day

A Dirty Car And A Tired Dog

As we continue to work our way west through the U.S. our long drive from Honduras is coming to an end. Only a few more days until we reach California.

Our little red Nissan truck has been quite the trooper. It has gone up hills and across roads I would have not expected of it. It is, however, dirtier then I have seen a truck in a long time.

sleeping and pantingOur two-year old rottweiler is also doing well. Max has been quite the protector. He spends the cool parts of the trip in the back of the truck barking at anything that will listen. The hot parts of the day he comes inside the track and sits in the back seat. He is quite sleep deprived and a little stressed, but he has been a great protector.

Both Max and our truck prefer the flatter, straighter, less pothole filled roads of the U.S.

An Update From Somewhere In The US

the first U.S. flag inside the U.S. borderWe are in the middle of our 8-day, 4,000-mile trip from Honduras to the U.S.

We have crossed over the Mexico-U.S. border and are now in Texas. It took us five days to get from Honduras to Texas and now another three days into California.

It has been three years since we lived in the U.S. Many times we have visited the U.S. since then, but there is just something about driving across the U.S. border that is a little more emotional and patriotic. The picture is of the first U.S. flag we saw, taken just inside of Texas.