Houston Chapel Construction ~ Update

7-26-16 (3)July 26 – Ready to take to Merv Weaver’s for sand and glass blasting then to Trans Equipment for painting.

7-28-16 (1)July 28 – While the chapel was away, Cerwin and Glenn worked on some other things – such as indirect lighting boxes.

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8-2-16 (1)Stained to match the interior of the chapel.

8-17-16 (1)August 17 – Back from the paint shop.

8-23-16 (1)August 23 – A One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning employee installing the ductless heating and cooling system.

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8-23-16 (4)Glenn installing clearance lights.


Cerwin is pleased that everything is still on schedule. We plan to leave TFC’s International Office/Shop on Monday morning, September 12 and arrive in Houston on September 14.

Our Two-Plant Garden

Tuesday, August 16

Garden (1)Well, actually, there are more than two because of the garden tea (background).

I cut the tea about two weeks ago, so it is just beginning to grow back.

Garden (2)I know – many of you are already harvesting juicy red tomatoes, but I was late in planting ours and we have more shade than most gardens.

Garden (3)I am pleased to see healthy, maturing tomatoes that will be red and delicious before long.

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Garden (5)It looks like there will be many more.

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Garden (8)We also have a climbing cucumber that got a bad start, but plant fertilizer soon kicked in and it began flourishing.

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Garden (12)The tendrils fascinate me. How do they know to do that?

Garden (13)About two hours after taking my garden pictures this happened.

It was a delightful rain – and great for our little garden.

Taking the Chapel to Manheim BIC Church

Sunday, August 14

Manheim BIC (1)It was Big Rig Day for the children at Manheim Brethren in Christ Church

Manheim BIC (2)The trucks also got the attention of the adults as they arrived for church.

Manheim BIC (3)The first group of children went to visit the trucks and drivers.

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Manheim BIC (6)The next group came to visit the chapel and learn about TFC’s ministry to truckers.

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Manheim BIC (8)I think there was a mix up. By the time we started our PowerPoint program for the children, another group of children came to the chapel. You can see a few of them sitting on the floor, and Cerwin helping them find seats. There was barely room for us to stand.

We think there were 40 people in the chapel. 🙂

Manheim BIC (9)After our 15-minute program which introduced them to trucks, trailers, drivers, and Transport For Christ, these children left the chapel and went to talk to the drivers and get inside the trucks.

Manheim BIC (10)After they left, the children who were visiting the drivers came to the chapel.

Manheim BIC (11)These two – the white and silver trucks – are brand new Kenworths.

Manheim BIC (12)Blowing the air horn.

Manheim BIC (13)Brand new dash.

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Manheim BIC (14)Sleeper in the silver truck.

Manheim BIC (16)Looking down at the steps

Manheim BIC (17)Another air horn.

Manheim BIC (18)The sleeper mattresses in the white truck bunks are still wrapped in plastic.

Manheim BIC (19)The dash in the white truck.

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Manheim BIC (21)We were quite busy after church – when the adults came to visit – so I didn’t have time to take pictures, but I wanted to take pictures of some of our last visitors. The man on the left is the son of Ted McCoy. Ted is retired from helping Cerwin with chapel construction. and the young man on the right is Geoff – a grandson of Sam Rittenhouse. We have known him since he was a little boy. His wife was at home with a brand new baby.

Manheim BIC (22)I took this picture with my cell phone to send to Sam. When Sam replied, he said Geoff’s mom, Debbie, was there, so she enjoyed seeing them too.

Manheim BIC (23)After church, the truckers and their families were invited to Gene and Rose Gehman’s house for a covered dish lunch.

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Manheim BIC (30)We enjoyed an afternoon of good food and fellowship.

Lititz Craft Show

Saturday, August 13


DSC_4706My shopping partners – our daughter Deb and her friends Dee and Bernae.



DSC_4714Craft shows always remind me of the talent and creativity that God has given people.





DSC_4728The resident ducks were plentiful in the park.









DSC_4755Deb was talking to the designer of a cute raccoon picture, but I took this for the saying on his shirt: “I am not trying to be difficult, it comes naturally.” 🙂


DSC_4758I was fascinated by this cute Amish couple. I don’t think they were from our area because of their dress style and the design of her cap.


DSC_4769At this point I was more attracted to these flowers than the crafts across the street.







DSC_4781An attractive bush along the street.



DSC_4788By 10:00 AM it was hot and there were wall-to-wall people.





DSC_4806We were glad to get a table in General Sutter at 11:00 AM where it was cool – and we could sit for a while. This is Deb’s meal.

DSC_4808Dee’s lunch

DSC_4812Bernae texting someone

DSC_4813Deb is also checking her messages and Dee is reading the menu.

DSC_4816My watermelon soup. It was cold and delicious.

DSC_4818The scene on Broad Street as we walked toward our cars.


Thanks Deb, Dee, and Bernae for allowing me to tag along.

The Boys Visit Great-Grandma

Friday, August 12

DSC_4694Great-Grandma Hershey and the boys look forward to our annual game date.

DSC_4695She plays “Golf” more than we do so we usually need a refresher round.



DSC_4699They also enjoy her game closet and playing with some of the toys they played with as little boys.


DSC_4701She always has a delicious snack.

DSC_4704Bugles. I love Bugles.

DSC_4702This time she also had Shuey’ s pretzels. They are delicious.

We all agreed that it was a fun afternoon.