Biloxi2- The Thursday before

I hope you like the new format. Yahoo didn’t want to send the email
to everyone and someone suggest G-mail might work better. So here is
a new email address for me. I think I will try to use this mostly for
Mission trip. I might play around with it a little.

Later today, I will post this email and the others I sent to the Blog
I started after the first Biloxi trip. I will try to post pictures
there as we go, also.

In Minnesota, we had our last team planning meeting before we actually
go. I am finally starting to “feel” the energy. I am very much
looking forward to combining forces with the Hale team.

Corrine told a story about how she went to United Methodist Women’s
meeting to present a little about our first trip and this one. She
was late because her replacement at work showed up late. When she got
there and did the preso, (taking more than the 10 minutes alloted to
her) she thought maybe they might give a little money, maybe $10 for
the trip. When she got the check in the mail, it was for $350.

Speaking of money, God has surely provided.

A prayer request involving the housing: I got an email today from the
camp administrator who wanted to verify our numbers. She said they
have 12 spots in the women’s dorm and 10 in the men’s. We have 13
women going. I looked at that and laughed. I am excited to see what
God is going to do with that. Who says God does not have a sense of
humor? Linda- make sure you bring your cot!

Personally, I miss Fred and Polly and Margaret and Jerry and Erin and
Troll and Kristen from the first trip, but I am excited to be meeting
new people from Hale, and getting to know Judy and Lou and Lewis
better. I think in some ways, even though we haven’t met as many
times as the first trip, we are more prepared. Polly talked at the
end of the last trip about the second one not meeting our expectations
because it was such a great adventure the first time. I am beginning
to see that God is going to exceed our expectations. It is hard NOT
to compare trips, but I think this trip many of it’s own merits that
have nothing to do with the first- The Hale contingency, the rootbeer
float party, etc. I think if we go in expecting to experience God and
His work, we’ll be amazed again.

Our verse for this trip is from the Message version. And part of it
says, “Watch how I do it.” Amazing.

Logistics are falling into place, but I still feel like there are of
lot of details that are “hiding” from me.

Hale is leaving at 4:30 am (see Rod shudder…) Minnesota is leaving
at 8:00am.

Minnesota as a commissioning service Friday night.

Thank you for your prayers and support.


Biloxi2- The Monday Before

First things first-  I’ve added a lot of new people to
this distribution list.  If you aren’t interested in
receiving it, please send an email to me and I will
take you off. 
We are getting pretty close to set to go on our
Biloxe Bound 2:  The Challenge.  Our team is made up
of 10 people from the River Bend churches in
Minnesota, and 10 people from First UMC in Hale,
Michigan.  We were slated to go to Camp St. Paul in
Ocean Springs, but some things came up and and God is
good, and we got moved to Seashore Assembly again,
which is where we were the first time.  Our Team is
made up of:
From MN-
Rod, Bruce and Judy, Linda, Deb, Howard, Lewis,
Corrine, Barbara, and Lou.  Lou joined us during the
Sweet and Sloppy Variety show fundraiser we held.  We
are mighty glad to have her on the team.  From the MN
team that has helped out but is not going is:  Jim,
Barb and Judy. (more on Judy in a few minutes)
From MI-
Darlene, Ray and Vickie, Barb and Gary, Bob and
Rose, Robin, Roma, and Pat.  Pat is a friend of
Darlene’s from Midland.  On Hale’s team not going is
Sandi and Karen who are coordinating prayer warriors,
Keith, who coordinated an amazingly successful and
tasty spaghetti supper fundraiser, and Pastor Pat. 
Hale has been meeting on Monday nights.  They were
commissioned during church yesterday.  They are
meeting at 4:30am on Saturday to head out and are
driving as far as Nashville.  I suspect they will be
leaving mighty early on Sunday am and beat us to
Biloxi.  They have a trailer to use and a church van. 
On the way back, they are stopping in Tuscaloosa and
Cincinnati, where the churches are not only allowing
them to sleep on their floors, but providing them with
a meal!  Karen and Sandi have coordinated a prayer
meeting on Wednesday night of our trip at the church
at 7:00pmEST.  If you are around the Michigan area and
are interested in participating, 7:00pm at First UMC,
Minnesota has been meeting on Tuesday nights.  They
have a commissioning service this Friday night at
Salem UMC in InverGrove Heights at 7:30pmCST.  (all
are invited).  MN has had a couple fundraisers, a
garage sale spanning two weekends and a variety show. 
Both events were fun for those that participated and
raised a little more than $1700.  MN is leaving from
Salem UMC on Sat. am closer to 8:00am.  They are
spending the first night at Kirkwood UMC in St.
Louis.  Then picking up Deb in Memphis in the am on
Sunday and heading on down to Biloxi.  Bruce and Judy
are flying down to Biloxi on Sunday pm so that Bruce
can preach on Sunday am.  They rented a van and a
trailer, which Howard is going to pull behind his
pickup truck.  On the way back, the MN team will be
spending the first night in Memphis and the second
night in St. Louis, returning to MN in the afternoon. 

If anyone in MN is interested in helping coordinate
the after-trip-van-clean-out, please give me (Rod) a
call or respond to this email.  I think in Hale they
are going to make the youth pastor clean their van. 
(that’s a joke.)
Specific prayer requests for the trip are: 
That the team is physically, mentally, and
spiritually prepared for the trip.  Personally, I have
some sleep catching up to do between now and then. 
Also pray for our health-  There is a cold going
around MN right now.-  season changing things, I
For all the planned logistics to fall into place and
for anything we missed to fall into place
For safe travel for both teams
For Sandi that she has time to bake a pan of her
famous Brownies for Rod (Bruce-  you’re crazy if you
think there will be any left for you!)- 
For whoever and whatever we are leaving behind for
the week to function properly without us so we don’t
have a lot of catch up to do when we get back.
For the people assigning jobs at Biloxi to match us
up with the site(s) that God has appointed us to. 
For us to be able to see God all over the place as
we get ready and go and work and return.
For me (Rod) to know what to do next in terms of
another trip.
Again- if you don’t want to get these updates, let
me know and I’ll take you off the list.

Some catching up to do:

As I write this, I am behind. (go figure)- I am going to post the emails I have sent out to our prayer team for the Biloxi Bound 2 (The Challenge) mission trip. As I write this, I am standing outside in Biloxi at Seashore Assembly in front of the administrative office where there is a WiFi hot spot. It is about 10:30pm and it is about time!

I am just going to cut and paste the emails I sent out. You can respond to them here or send me an email reply. I have about three email addresses now, so I’m trying to get things figured out. We’ll see how it goes, eh? Watch for pictures and etc.