What a trip Riven just took! We always ask the Lord to go before us and anoint us each time we go out to minister. This past week we had safety coming and going! However, during the trip we had quite an interesting time. The motel booked for Saturday night turned out to be a flea bag motel. The rooms were dirty, trash on the floor, dirt in unexpected places. It took over an hour to iron out a refund and so we got on the phone and got another motel for the evening.
Then, after a good night's rest, we went to Hardee's to get something for breakfast. Our order was a large one so the person on the other end of the speaker (we went through the drive-thru because the restaurant was closed for indoor dining) repeated back the large order to us. When we arrived back at the motel and began passing out the food...part of it was missing.
At the church, just before service, we turned on the sound equipment and iPad to get ready for ministry. The iPad was locked and we were not able to access the soundtracks we needed to be able to minister. I began to pray after hearing the problem. I sensed that this was a spiritual matter and more than just the fact the iPad was not cooperating. Gary Brannaman and Randy Prior went to work to try and access the internet in order to restore the settings on the iPad so we could access the program that held our soundtracks. In the meantime, the pastor was reading from Ephesians 6 about the whole armor of God and about our spiritual enemy in heavenly places.
Gary and Randy were able to use the hotspot on Randy's iPhone to access the web and the Lord caused Gary to remember his password (that he hadn't done anything with for some time because it hadn't been a previous problem) and we were back in to the iPad and the software that was needed. We met for a brief prayer just before going on the platform and thanked the Lord that He was in charge and how He was going to bless us in the service. WHAT A GREAT TIME WE HAD!
Later that day the Lord blessed us with a GREAT meal at Las Palmas Mexican restaurant. We then toured Dixon, Illinois and the boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan before getting on the road to Fulton, Illinois.
It was a warm evening but less so than the previous June of 2020 when we sang at Spring Valley Reformed Church in Fulton. The new pastor, G.I. Joe (he was an army specialist) was a gracious host and we had some great fellowship before the concert began. Our host for the evening, Randy, was there to meet us when we set up and the people filled the grounds in their vehicles and lawn chairs! The honking, in place of applause, is so much fun!! We really enjoyed ourselves once again this year as we testified and sang.
After the concert we made a beeline for PAXTON'S CORNER COOP in Annawan, Illinois to cap the day with some incredibly delicious ice cream and baked goods!! We've made it a tradition to stop on the way home and get some ice cold treats before making the long journey back to St. Louis. We made it 15 minutes to closing and got something good to eat!
The Lord is SO good to us as we travel and sing. He blesses us just, as much as, we hope to be a blessing to those with whom we share our music and ministry. It is truly our heart's desire to travel and share the talents with which the Lord has gifted us!