So, today, after three days of driving and stripping everything out of the bus, Dad, Josh, and Danielle return to Springfield. We had to completely move out of the bus, which required a few of us driving to Wisconsin, taking everything out, and driving back to put it all in storage in Branson.
These past weeks have been a little hectic. We’ve been imposing on people’s hospitality, though most of them were glad to help, I know it added greatly to the stress levels of some. I apologize to these people, (you know who you are), and thank you again for putting us up and putting up with us.
With the moving out of our home, some of us are affected more than others. It’s a change, it’s a terrifying realization that we will be without a home for several months. Like gypsies on the highway, we go from place to place, trusting God to provide.
It’s humbling to think that as we start our 20th year of ministry, we end up in much the same situation as when we started. A family, stepping out on faith and trusting in people and in God to sustain us as we minister His truth to the world. This radical dedication to the cause of Christ is unfathomable to the human mind. Why would a guy take his family of 6 children on the road full-time in a van and trailer?
It’s a God thing that no one was injured in the wreck. It’s a God thing that we had places to stay for two months while we decided what to do. It’s a God thing that friends in different states have offered for us to stay at their houses as long as we need. It’s a God thing that we didn’t just give up.
After 20 years of ministry, to come face to face with the most horrible disaster to ever take place and at the worst possible time, is nothing short of terrifying. We are without house and home, we don’t have money to purchase a new bus, what money we make goes to support the orphanage in Uganda and to get us to the next concert. I don’t say this to play on your sympathy, or to ask for money: God provides. I just want you to be aware of the circumstances, so when the miracles occur, you will feel the impact and the enormity of them and glorify God.
It’s a crazy wild ride, but I wouldn’t trade it. It’s just been one of those lives…
As always, thanks for reading.
—the anonymous novelist