Friday, September 26, 2008

And the Tour goes on....

Another busy week! Let me share a few details with you.

On our way north on Monday, we enjoyed some beautiful scenery and the "just beginning to change" fall leaves - so beautiful. We crossed over the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia - what a sight! I had been to an event called "Bridge Day" here with my family back when I was a teenager. BASE jumpers parachute off the New River Gorge Bridge diving 876-feet into the New River Gorge below. Rapellers descend on ropes like caterpillars beneath the mighty bridge. We sat on lawn chairs on a sandbar by the river and watched the jumpers land - it was awesome! We're just a little too early to get in on Bridge Day this year - it's the 3rd weekend in October.




We shared our ministry at the Fairmont Bible Methodist Church on Tuesday night. Thank you to Pastor Powell and family for the delicious meal and to Pastor and people for the share support and love offering.

Thank you also to Dan and Becky Ellis and family for allowing us to stay in their home. We had so much fun and made tons of great memories! Here's a few photos - click to see the album.


On Wednesday night we shared our service with Pastor and Mrs. Mark Fultz and family and the congregation at the Cooperstown, PA Evangelistic Tabernacle. Our boys had fun with the Fultz boys and we all enjoyed getting to meet precious little Nevaeh! Thank you to pastor and people for the beautiful place to stay, delicious meals, share support and love offering.


Then last night we enjoyed sharing our ministry with Pastor and Mrs. Byron Gurnee and the Keepville, PA church. Thank you to pastor and people again for the beautiful accomodations, delicious meals, share support and love offering! It has been so wonderful to meet some new friends this week - thank you all for your support.


Our children had fun with the Gurnee kids, and didn't want to leave this morning!


As we sang this song last night at Keepville, the words rang in my heart like never before...."If Jesus Goes with Me I'll Go - Anywhere".


I've been "going" for quite awhile now. I haven't had a home for almost a year. My boys asked me the other day if we were ever going to have a home again! I assured them that we would, but sometimes you wonder....But for now I'm going, lots of places. I know it has an important purpose and it's a necessary part of our calling and I'm so thankful for how God's helping us and for how our support is coming in to make it possible for us to return to Mexico for another 3 year term.

But always going....it gets tiring and it challenges the endurance. But I can honestly say without reservation - that if Jesus goes with me, I'll go - anywhere. Be it Mexico or all over "these United States" - I'll go. But only if He goes with me!

12 comments:

Missy said...

The pictures of your campout looks like so much fun. I wanted to be there so bad. I did want to make a comment on the picture of you and Marc on the 4-wheeler...thanks to Marc for making sure that his head was protected on the 4-wheeler while your head was NOT!!! lol! Love to all...

Can't wait to see you soon!!!

Tamra said...

As usual, I enjoyed all of your photos. I think riding across that bridge would have made me a little queasy. Miss you!

collette said...

Recognize that bridge! That area of the country is just so gorgeous, isn't it?

Your ending comments struck a chord, Melody....it's almost over...almost!

Julie said...

Seeing pictures of the New River Gorge Bridge sure brought back lots of memories. We used to go to "Bridge Day" every year when we lived in WV. It seems like I remember going with your family one time - maybe when you were in revival at the Mt. Hope Church? I'm sure you'll be glad to get settled in a few months!

Pastor Powell said...

Bro. & Sis. Sankey, It was a privilege to have you with us. Fairmont will continue to keep your family in our prayers. God Bless.

Springer Family said...

I love the New River area! The first time Jonathan took me there, I was a little nervous...maybe it had something to do with him leaning way over the railing to take pictures (at the lookout..not the bridge!). As always, I enjoy your posts! But the past comments really rang true today...it doesn't matter where I am, as long as Jesus is with me, everythings ok! =)

Ronda said...

Loved the pictures of WV and your time at my brother and sister-in-law's house! We love their place and they always make you feel so welcome! Makes me want to schedule a visit! :)

~Heather~ said...

Enjoyed this update and all of the beautiful pictures. Have a blessed weekend in Jesus. I agree with you, If Jesus goes with me, I can go anywhere...even to Colombia. =)

~Heather~ said...

Melodie, I just read Missy's hilarious comment about Marc protecting his head and not yours...and I laughed out-loud. =D

Vonnie said...

Thanks, again, for the call last night to wish me a happy b-day. Melodie, you are a sweetheart for remembering and making your husband call.:) It was very special to me. I don't remember doing deputation with Mom and Dad much, but I know that Laura and Heather have often said the same thing during deputation about not having a home and the endless travel. Thank you for your awesome attitude about it. I know God has blessed you and will continue to bless you for all you do for Him!! We love you!!

Melanie C. said...

Thanks for sharing the picture of the Powell Family. I am pretty sure that it was his mother who taught me 3rd grade at SCCA.

Becky said...

We are planning on going to Bridge Day this year! We loved having you guys! We are praying for you. The phones are in Salem. Dan and I are hoping Jordan's leg is okay.