Monday, August 24
Michelle has been part of the TFC team at the International Office for the past few years, but her dream job – working in the church office where her husband is pastor – came available, so we all reluctantly released her.
Since Katie’s last name is Hershey, we talked family as my maiden name was Hershey. Her husband’s grandfather Isaac and my grandfather Milton were brothers!
Clockwise from the top of the table: Scott, Mike, Cerwin, Jeff, Peg, Bunny, Jane, Dan, Katie (hidden), Carol, Michelle, Ruth, Lynn, Inge.
Our prayers and love go with you, Michelle.
Sunday Evening, August 23
Jim and Lois Ann were part of the first group who moved to Maine to help develop a church fellowship in Lewiston – more than thirty years ago. He opened with devotions and shared a bit about their move from Pennsylvania to Maine, and the stroke he had several years ago that brought them back to Pennsylvania.
Zach and his wife, Monica, were last years house parents, and agreed to serve in Maine for another year. He gave an update on the past year and introduced the four volunteers who will be serving in the unit this year.
After a brief service, we went to the fellowship hall where there was more to learn about the ministry in Maine. Our granddaughter Elizabeth (left), who served in the unit last year, gave us a taste of African culture with a variety of samosa (meat filled pockets).
Jim and Lois Ann hosted the Maine Churches area where there were scrapbooks and slides. We currently have three church fellowships in Maine – Lewiston, Wales (where our daughter Diane, son-in-law Mark and their family attend), and Sanford.
Part of The Root Cellar’s mission statement is: We work together to provide empowering opportunties for the many children, teens and families in Downtown Lewiston.
Saturday, August 22
By the time the benefit auction began, I had done my part in setting up the interior of the chapel, and Chaplain Jake and Volunteer Chaplain Bob Russell and his wife, Betty, were available to man the chapel, so I knew I had the freedom to go enjoy the auction.
I am not sure how the idea began, but as I walked around the grounds taking pictures and talking to drivers, I began thanking those I recognized or learned had brought their truck to our rainy day Truck Rally in June.
It became a delight to watch the faces of the drivers as I told them that the 2015 Pennsylvania Truck Rally was the best ever in financial profit to TFC – even though it rained all day, the parade was canceled, and only 87 drivers brought their trucks to the Lebanon Expo.
Part of my praise story to the drivers was about the large Truck Rally sponsor check that arrived one week earlier. It was dated May, but arrived in our mail box on August 15. When I called the trucking company owner to explain what happened, he asked if he could tell me why he supports TFC. I said I would love to hear that.
He proceeded with the following story. “I rarely have to spend a weekend out on the road, but many years ago I ended up in Ontario, California, and spent the weekend on the chapel with Chaplain Doug Young and his wife, Carolyn (now retired). As I watched them minister to drivers, I became aware of the value of your chaplains and chapels and determined that this was a ministry worth supporting.”
God has ways of blessing us when we least expect!
This was a truck I had not seen before, but the passenger door was open, so I walked up to look inside, then looked around to see if the driver was nearby. I don’t like shutting doors without a driver’s permission.
Meanwhile, back at the chapel, I learned that Cerwin, Jake, and Bob also had a great day of sharing with drivers and friends and showing the chapel to those who were not familiar with truck stop ministry.
It was a great day for us.
Friday, August 21
Thursday Afternoon, August 20