We’ve Arrived!

It’s 11PM and I’ve had some technical difficulties, but I’m hoping to let you know what’s up.  First, thank you for all of your prayers and thoughts.  We can feel them! 

We left Chesterfield a few minutes after 8AM.  We drove by the St. Louis Arch; Pastor explained it was built to represent the Gateway to the West, but according to him, the Gateway to the West is actually Yankton, South Dakota.  He did have a lot of good trivia about St. Louis and the Sem. 

It is Sunday, so of course we had a devotion.  It was about salt, and what type of salt we might be.  That has led to some good discussions that will be continuing, and I think maybe even a sermon will be forthcoming! 

We saw empty barges on the Ohio River, the snow was gone by the time we got to Kentucky, and we saw green grass just south of Paducah.  Lunch was at Patty’s Restaurant in Grand Rivers, Kentucky.  Roy and I had eaten there several years ago while on vacation and wanted to share the experience.  It is part of an 1880s settlement.  They’re known for pork chops and delicious desserts.  No one left there hungry!

 We had a safe trip and arrived at “Camp Faith” around 5PM.  Judy and Pastor Matt from Faith Lutheran met us for a quick tour and orientation.  Our lodging units are two 50′ shipping containers from Orphan Grain Train that have been converted into sleeping quarters.  One of them is totally open inside and has about 10 bunk beds in it — that’s where the guys are.  The other one is subdivided into five separate compartments,   their own door and window. Four of the compartments have two bunkbeds and the fifth has three.  Roy and I have the room in the middle.  Its an 8’x8′ room.  Cozy!  We’re sleeping on the top bunks so we’ll see how that goes!

A local pastoral counselor and her husband were generous enough to have all 15 of us to their home for a Super Bowl party!  (Go Packers!)  We had an enjoyable evening of fun, fellowship and football. Thank Evonne and Norm! Pastor Matt and LeeAnn, too.

The reason for our journey will start tomorrow. We’ll be meeting with the project manager at 8AM.  Plan to have pictures available tomorrow.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deanna Braun
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 06:17:13

    Melanie, this web site is wonderful! Thank you for doing this so we can share in your journey. Praise God for your safe trip! I spoke to Bill Brown in church yesterday and as he put it, “We are with you in spirit each step of your new jouney!”
    God bless,


  2. Vicky
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 23:05:36

    Really cool to be able to watch my mom’s (Edda) trip unfold. Thank you.


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