Today we had our minivan worked on to get it travel-ready.
It wasn’t our first choice, as it has proved to be rather unreliable for long trips in the past, but having looked into rental options, we were shocked at how expensive a two-week minivan rental would be and had to consider alternatives. We even looked into train fares. I admit that the idea of jumping on a train to Chicago seems very romantic and relaxing to me. But it limits the possibility of us getting together with people we know on the way.
After all, this trip is not just a sight-seeing and trip-down-memory-lane-type excursion (Jessica and I met and were married in Chicago!), but an opportunity to catch up with friends we haven’t seen in a long, long time, and a chance to invite more people to join our prayer and financial support teams (I’m sure some sight-seeing on the side is in order as well).
So our minivan got a physical today, and one new CV-joint, some kind of bolt/hinge thing replacement, a transmission, radiator and power steering flush later (and some other details), and it has lost much squeakiness and seemed to purr happily when I took it out tonight. It’s exciting to see that piece of our upcoming trip get ready.
Now we need to nail down our schedule, get meetings with friends and people whom God wants to have hear about our mission endeavors in France, plan where our overnight stays will be, make sure we have enough funds available for it all, and thank God He knows all the other details that need to fall into place as well.
Please pray that this will be an encouraging trip, one that knits our family closer together (that’s a lot of people in a small space for a long time!) and allows us to reach our goal to be at 80% or more of our funding by August 1st. If you are along the path from Houston to Chicago and would like to meet with us, please let us know! If you aren’t, but would like to hear more about our story, let’s talk about a skype call, or an old-fashioned phone call!
Thank you for your continued prayers, encouragement, and support. We are excited to see what experiences God has in store for us in the next few weeks.