Ray Vander Laan is a gifted communicator and story teller of biblical truth. We are enjoying listening to the “Following the Rabbi” series as we travel. In the first couple of hours he explains so well how the eastern world (Middle East, Africa, Asia) thinks and communicates. This is excellent material on why MAF and the Wards are working in places like New Guinea. We are helping the national church and other missionary organizations understand the best way to communicate to and train local pastors and how technology can help.
Beautiful lush country, huge horse farms, and colorful trees.
We just finished giving an update and catching up with old friends and supporters, Chris and Patty Saunders, in Lexington, KY. What an encouraging evening. Time flies when you look at other people’s kids. Our friends invited another family to come join in the dinner and conversation. Wow, the husband was a missionaries kid (MK) from the island of New Guinea and the same place that we might be based. We enjoyed swapping stories.
Tomorrow we will be in Cincinnati, OH and sharing with our friends at Covenant First Presbyterian Church.
Our hot ride is a big blue fifteen passenger van. Whatever it looks like on the outside, it is never boring inside
Of course we can’t travel without music! We all agree on the Rocky soundtrack. There’s lots of eye-spy, lip-singing, and guessing games.
Grace loves to either play her guitar, draw, or listening to her music.
Jenny is eating up audio books as quickly as possible.
Jonathan can be found reading his Kindle, eating, and always trying to start a game of something.
Sarah loves to color Disney princesses.
Daniel plays on his ipad and is forever looking for trains.
Mom and Dad are driving, navigating, and talking on the phone making appointments.
by Grace and Jenny
First day of traveling went really well! We will be traveling for three day across the country. On our 4th day we will see our first friends in KY. We are so excited to get to see you all.
Our first we made it through ID, UT, and spent the night in WY. On our last trip, our van started to fall apart by now and we would notice the muffler dragging the ground in the hotel parking lot. Praise the Lord for a much newer van!
Here’s packing looks like for seven people:
We are busy making phone calls, washing clothes, and packing up the van for almost 2 months on the road.