Traveling Along

Barrel Train

Barrel Train

Monday, September 8, Bonnie and I continued our northeastward 2014 journey to Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. We have financial supporters, dear friends and family in those states. No trip Bonnie and I make is wholly recreational or solely a vacation, so again we alternated between speaking to brethren from various congregations of the Lord’s church and visiting family and friends. Monday night, Bonnie and I lodged in a motel in LaGrange, Kentucky.

Young Hostess

Young Hostess

Tuesday, we moved forward throughout the day, arriving in Hanoverton, Ohio early in the evening. Our host and hostess for the next few days are our friends and brethren Bob and Martha Noland; he preaches for the Hanoverton Church of Christ. That evening, we were supper guests with Jake and Angela Marshall and family.

Tortoise

Tortoise

Wednesday, Bonnie and I worshipped with the Medina, Ohio Church of Christ. However, we had an early supper with the Rodney and Julene Nulph family; Rodney preaches for the Medina congregation, and he is the Associate Editor of Gospel Gazette Online. Bonnie and I always enjoy spending a little time with this wonderful couple and their three delightful young children. That evening, I made my PowerPoint presentation “2014 Guyana Mission Trip.”

Thursday and Friday, Bonnie and I enjoyed the company of Bob and Martha Noland. Every year when we visit, we look forward to dining at the Mexican restaurant in Salem, Ohio, which we did once more.

Alpaca

Alpaca

Saturday, Bonnie and I parted temporarily from the Nolands and drove to Sugar Creek, Ohio. We met our son Raymond at the Dutch Valley Restaurant. I relish the Amish cooked roast beef that falls apart; the sweet, mustard-yellow potato salad and some of the best coleslaw I have ever eaten. Of course, it was nice to have the good companionship of my wife and son. We only get to see him once a year when we venture up this way.

People were everywhere! Cars were bumper to bumper stopped from time to time all over Amish country. There was also a little Amish fair going on at Dutch Valley with goats, a camel, alpacas and a huge tortoise. We observed an Amish couple making brooms. There was a trackless train pulling children around the lot in train cars made from 55 gallon drums.

Miniature Church Building

Miniature Church Building

Raymond & Louis

Raymond & Louis

Leaving there, we made our way to Heini’s Cheese Chalet outside of Berlin, Ohio – another must visit location in Amish country every year we come up this way. We had to stand in a 150 foot long line just to get to and through the cheese retail area. After picking up some cheeses and fudge, we went to another area in the Chalet to purchase Amish cake mixes – a must buy each year for Bonnie; of course, I like the end result later when she transforms them into delicious cakes.

Bonnie has felt better today than she has felt in weeks. However, she was tired, and so we headed back to the Noland home in Hanoverton, Ohio. Throughout the week, Bonnie has been suffering with abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting, kidney back pain and a low-grade fever. If those maladies were not bad enough, she experienced a serious allergic reaction to the antibiotic; she swelled up, one of her eyes swelled shut and she had a rash everywhere. With a little Benadryl and a few days’ time, her body began to return to normal. We’re hoping and trying to get her in sufficient shape to make our 9-week Asian mission trip, starting Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

During our down moments now and as we travel in the states and overseas, we operate our mobile office, working on things like Gospel Gazette Online and The Voice of Truth International.

Thank you for your interest in Bonnie and me. We covet the prayers of our brethren respecting the efforts we put forth toward the cause of Christ stateside and abroad.

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