My tire had a staple in it. Of all times for this to happen -- a flat tire. But when is a good time for a flat tire? Not when you are wearing a suit and you have been traveling for nearly five hours and, adding to this bleak picture, nightfall is approaching.
Wait; did I mention that I was on a country road? Okay, now you have the picture. There was only one thing to do: call AAA. Yeah, right. The cell phone I bought for security and protection in moments like this isn't in range to call anyone. "No Service" it says. No kidding!
Five days and counting until our group leaves on our New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Relief trip. We had one person drop out at the end of last week for personal family reasons so we are at a team of nine women and nine men. It has been remarkable to me to see this team form. Both to see the people that are joining the team and the sacrifices that are being made to be on the team. This is awesome!
We had a team commissioning at both of our Sunday services and it was a very sacred experience. My sense was that God really showed up at the service. It was not just a man thing. It was very powerful to me.
We had our final team meeting in between both services. Everyone got all paid up, we communicated final information and solidified final plans. We even had a few team building exercises. I felt excitement in the air and everyone seemed very cheerful and ready to go.
We will be pulling out of the church parking lot next Saturday 2/4/2006 at 6:00 am and if weather holds we will be pulling into our first destination about fourteen hours later. Now that is one long day! We have plenty of drivers so the long day should not be too bad on our drivers.
I will do my best to try to post some updates while we are on the trip. It appears that we will be having some laptops coming on the trip. We just have to hope and pray for connection along the way.
Please again, if you are the praying type keep us in your prayers.
Like I have said before, there are many things with which I disagree with Chuck Baldwin. But when I agree, I really agree. This commentary is one in which I agree whole heartedly, so I had to post it. Enjoy
By Chuck Baldwin January 26, 2006
The recent Hollywood infatuation with homosexuality is only the latest example of how true American manhood is being systematically dismantled. Throughout our culture, masculinity is de-emphasized, even scorned.
I well remember how Ronald Reagan was castigated as being "too masculine." Truly, Reagan was the last masculine president America has had (and maybe will have). Can you imagine what today's generation of soft Americans would think of Harry Truman or Theodore Roosevelt?
By a 10-8 party line vote with sometimes bitter partisan debate, the Senate Judiciary Committee today recommended that Samuel A. Alito Jr. be confirmed by the full Senate as associate justice of the Supreme Court.
The nomination will move to the full Senate Wednesday with a vote expected by the end of the week, according to the committee chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.).