Repairing the Steps at TFC’s Nashville Chapel

Monday, August 28

Our last Monday in the Nashville area was cloudy and rainy.

It began raining as we neared the Antioch area where TFC’s chapel is located.

Notice the truck stop TA sign to the left of the truck.

Cerwin showed Chaplain Buck the results of our waxing the chapel a few days earlier – when we arrived in the area on Friday afternoon.

Chaplain Ralph arrived a few minutes later.

Our plan for this stop was to help Ralph and Buck repair the deck steps. A driver had bumped the deck aΒ  week or two earlier.

Ralph brought a level to see how much work they had to do to get the steps level again.

As I was taking this picture a lady trucker walked up to us and said she wanted to give us her tithe.

I invited her inside so she could put it in the donation box.

I could tell that she was “on the clock”, but she quickly began to tell me some of her story. I learned that her name is Renay and that she has some painful childhood issues, and had just learned that the home she rents had been flooded. She lives in Houston, Texas, and this was just after the hurricane.

She had a very positive attitude because of her relationship with the Lord.

I prayed with her, then asked Cerwin to take a picture of us. I will add this picture to my prayer list so I can remember her requests.

I gave her aΒ Highway News and Good News before she left. The chaplains also gave her a few words of encouragement.

It was good to visit with Buck and Ralph. It has been a few years since we saw them.

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Our final destination for the day was southcentral Ohio where Cerwin and some of Jeff’s family will be hunting this fall. It is a new area for them, and since it fit into this trip Cerwin thought it would be interesting to see it. Photos tomorrow afternoon.

TFC’s Promotional Chapel at the Buck Truck Show – Part 2

Saturday, August 19

More trucks driving by my chair next to the chapel.

I’d like to dash around on this. πŸ™‚

I spent a lot of time talking with this woman while the men brought visitors through the chapel.

We also had a lot of visitors on the outside. People who just wanted to visit and take a break from walking.

Cerwin enjoys visiting with Merv and his children. Merv is the one who did a fabulous job of painting this chapel.

Dan and Danielle (from the TFC office) stopped in to get some photos.

She represents TFC on Instagram.

We went to talk with this couple and their little boy, just to examine their unique wagon.

He said when they learned they were expecting this little guy, they wanted something other than a stroller to go to truck shows.

They explained how almost everything was made from scraps and leftover parts.

They chose this handlebar (wrench) because Williams is their last name.

I was looking from some creative photography, without a lot of walking, so tried to find chapel reflections in truck bumpers and chrome.

Our son-in-law Roy was test-driving a car that he was working on for a friend and stopped in to see us. Katie (above) was with them for the weekend and came along.Β The car is for her brother.

A few of our last visitors.

We moved the chapel out by 4:00 pm (as do all vendors) to make room for the evening truck pull parking.

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We had a good day.

TFC’s Promotional Chapel at the Buck Truck Show – Part 1

Saturday, August 19

I asked Cerwin if I could have an extra five minutes to get a picture of the chapel leaving TFC’s Headquarters Office in the morning sunlight.

It was a breathtaking, beautiful morning as we drove from Marietta to The Buck – about half-an-hour drive.

We arrived about 7:30 am so we could easily get to our spot on the grounds. The staff at The Buck give us a great spot each year. Thank you.

Volunteer Bob Russell, Chaplain Jake Wise, and Cerwin visiting with two early visitors.

Cerwin telling this lady and her children about the ministry of TFC.

Her husband and other son were outside talking to Bob.

Betty Russell and I took our lawn chairs to the shadow of the back of chapel where the trucks were arriving.

I was sorry that I missed getting a photo of our daughter Deb (who lives nearby) and brought us freshly baked blueberry scones and other snacks to go with our morning coffee.

When I noticed drivers also taking advantage of the chapel’s shade, I took our captain chairs there for them. They are standing here, but did use the chairs for quite a while.

This was the view I enjoyed from my lawn chair.

Checking in with The Buck staff.

After enjoying the view of drivers moving by me, I walked across the lot to take a few more pictures. The older I get the more I enjoy sitting and watching them move by me. πŸ™‚

I return to the theme I am using for the summer truck shows.

I know why little boys grow up to like trucks. Their daddy takes them to truck shows. πŸ™‚

More photos from The Buck tomorrow.

Sunday Afternoon at the Steam Show

July 30

Shortly after lunch we watched the Parade of Tractors – which lasted about half an hour.

Those with whistles blew them in front of the announcer’s stand.

I think my heart skipped a beat when I heard the name of this tractor – Hart Parr.

This brought back a memory of my Grandpa Hershey, who said in his book, “I began farming in 1920 with six horsepower – four mules and two horses. In 1929 I bought one of the first tractors in our community, a two-cylinder which ran on fuel oil. (It was a Hart Parr.)

This was my Grandpa’s Hart Parr.

I think this is the first time I ever saw a Hart Parr in person.

Back to the Parade of Tractors

These three were having fun – waving and pretending to be celebrities.

Oops! The little one ran out of gas, so the others had to go around it.

Putting gas into his small tractor

On the go again

The last one.

It lasted just over half an hour.

Jake and Jane had stayed with the chapel while we watched the show and visited several people. Now it was our turn to talk to visitors. This daddy and his three boys came on the chapel close to the end of our time at the show. I noticed that the one boy was crying (the one farthest away in this picture) and thought he just wasn’t happy to come to the chapel, but soon noticed that his toe was bleeding. I think he scrapped it as he approached the chapel.

I was happy to make everything okay – with a bandage and gummy fruits for all three boys. There was even a bandage to spare – in case he needed a new one. I was happy that I had organic Fruity Snacks, because when I asked the dad if they could have gummies, he said, “If they are organic.”

So you see, we don’t only minister to truckers, sometimes its the little people we encourage. πŸ™‚

We began closing the chapel and removing the steps about 2:30 pm.

Jane doing her part in picking up the blocks that balanced the steps.

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It was an incredible weekend. We met only one person who knew about Transport For Christ, so there was a lot of interest in what this mobile chapel was all about. It was a thrill to talk about the Lord in most of our conversations and tell them what we do as a ministry to truck drivers.

Thank you to the leadership of the Steam Show for giving us this opportunity.

Sunday Morning at the Steam Show

Sunday, July 30

We were looking forward to the Sunday morning worship service on the fairgrounds – and were not disappointed.

This service has been part of the steam show for many years.

Singing, Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it. Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.

I think someone said there were about seventy people at this outdoor service.

How many times do you go to a worship service that looks like this?

Featured song and singer

Prayer

Scripture reading

The speaker was the same man who led singing.

I smiled when I noticed this ladies boot. Not something we usually see in church.

Closing song. We were blessed to worship with these wonderful people.

We got some brunch after the service and enjoyed the beautiful weather and atmosphere of the show.

I had just finished talking to two professional photographers with Nikon cameras when I noticed another man with a Nikon camera. He was like me – not professional, but had a good camera and enjoyed taking pictures.

I told him that one thing I learned at this show was that many of these tractors were powered by wood fire.

I told him that I was hoping to find someone stoking their fire.

About that time I said to him, “There is someone with their fire box open.”

I walked toward the tractor to take a picture and told the owner what I was doing.

He invited me to come closer and get a good picture. so I did.

No wonder I always felt heat when getting close to these tractors.

The other photographer took advantage of the opportunity as well.

The tractor owner invited me to come around to the front of the tractor and look at the fire from that end.

If you look close you can see a bit of the fire.

There was a relief valve for safety at 150 PSI (pounds per square inch).

Ready to travel again

Cerwin and I continued our walk through the grounds – going by the buildings filled with antiques – on the way to the chapel where Jake and Jane were holding down the fort.

When we got back to the chapel, we found Jake and Jane visiting with Billy Sanders and his wife. This is when Jane gave them her sketch of one of their CAT’s.

The ladies exchanged business cards.

Out for a romantic Sunday afternoon drive

Next is the Sunday afternoon Parade of Tractors.

That will be tomorrow nigh

TFC’s Promotional Chapel at the Steam Show – Part 5

Saturday Evening, July 29

More views of tractors going through the grounds.

It’s not every day where you see this kind of pattern on the ground from tractor wheels.

The cement block guys invited this little fellow to help them.

His parents were watching.

I love the look on his face. Like. Are you watching me mixing cement?

There was lots of mud – and in some areas straw to go with it.

Watching the horse pull on Saturday evening.

The mules did well, but they are not as strong as the big horses.

This pair was so eager to pull, that they often began before they were attached to the sled.

They are incredibly beautiful animals.

This was the last pull I watched as we were told that supper was ready.

We were invited to have supper with the Steam Show Committee Members who had prepared a covered dish. As you can see, we were close to the chapel.

Super is ready. We were honored to eat with these families.

My plate

Our next stop was the grandstand where the Page County Ramblers Blue Grass Band was playing.

I took a few pictures on the way back to the chapel – in the dark. We were glad that Cerwin had a flash light.

Saturday at the show was a good day of developing new connections and friendships.

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More tomorrow night

TFC’s Promotional Chapel at the Steam Show – Part 4

Saturday Afternoon, July 29

We saw a lot of boys driving tractors with their daddy or grandpa nearby. What a great experience for the boys. The speed – putt putt.

Very slow traffic continued all day long – even during rain and drizzle.

After the weather brightened up in the midafternoon, I walked around the grounds near the chapel. Looking for beauty.

The fence line behind the chapel looked like a sea of greens and browns – until I looked closer.

A few closer shots of beauty in the fence line.

The cute puppy whose owner was camping behind the chapel.

Jane, Jake and Cerwin on duty at the chapel.

We each visited with many people during the afternoon who were curious about our rig and ministry.

When not talking to visitors, Jane drew a sketch of the Caterpillar in front of the chapel.

Shortly after taking the pictures of Jane working on her sketch, the owner of the Caterpillars – Billy Sanders – and his family came to the chapel.

Billy and his family

When Jane showed her sketch to them, Billy’s wife exclaimed over it – inspiring Jane to give it to them.

I am sure they will remember Jane and her kindness to them.

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More tomorrow evening.

TFC’s Promotional Chapel at the Berryville Steam Show – Part 3

Saturday Morning, July 29

After spending time at the chapel – during rain – I went for another walk. First I stopped to watch the sawmill in operation.

This was the power for the sawmill on this morning.

It was not always the same engine.

I loved seeing the fathers (or grandfathers) and sons on tractors.

An old truck

Back at the chapel: Interesting visitors from Texas. His job is placing and maintaining scales (for people) in truck stops in Texas and Colorado. He does not get on the truck lot so did not know about us. He promised to check out the chapel at Houston, Texas.

While in the chapel I noticed the hook that was forged for me earlier in the day. (See previous post on Berryville.)

As the rain subsided we had several visitors.

Cerwin and Jake often visited with people who were checking out the Caterpillars next to the chapel.

This Steam Show is old (I think this was the 46th annual) but we were new and tried to introduce ourselves to everyone possible – at the chapel – when ordering food – when talking to engine and tractor owners – when walking through the antique and flea markets.

I saw this sign the evening before, and decided that I would have bean soup for lunch on Saturday.

It was delicious!

I never tired of seeing and hearing the sound of these tractors.

I was glad for shoes that could be washed at the end of the weekend.

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More tomorrow evening.

TFC’s Promotional Chapel at the Berryville Steam Show – Part 2

Saturday, July 29

We had heavy rain during the night – 4 inches – and it was still drizzly, so Cerwin enjoyed his morning coffee in the chapel. During this picture he was talking to our son Jeff.

He went outside when Billy Sanders came to start his old Caterpillar. Prior to 1931 Caterpillars were black or gray, but when people began driving into them during road work, they changed them to bright yellow so they could be seen.

The noise drew some other men.

Jake and Jane stayed in a nearby motel while we stayed on the chapel. After they arrived Jake and Cerwin watched the activities of the field in front of us.

Cerwin, Jake, and Jane stayed with the chapel while I walked through the barns and tents that were filled with antiques.

This tub did not have water in it the day before but was now more than half full of rain water following the rain.

Some of the guys were firing up their steam engines.

These people were parked in a very wet area.

I walked over to the area where several guys were firing up their forges.

As I started to walk away, the man on the right said, “Don’t leave, Miss, I want to make something for you. What do you need?”

I said, “I can use a double-ended hook for a bird feeder.”

He picked up this piece of steel and put it in the fire.

I watched these two while waiting for the steel to heat up.

More heat

I made a new friend and he made me a new hook for one of my bird feeders. For payment he asked for a smile. I gave him a hug.

I stopped here for a fresh funnel cake before going back to the chapel.

It was drizzling, so asked for another paper plate to cover it.

Our breakfast

Later in the day one of the ladies whose family stayed in a nearby camper told me that they became quite concerned about the rain and wind during the night and were worried about flooding. As they looked out the window all they could see was the cross on the chapel. She told her family. If we run into trouble, just head to the cross.

I liked that. πŸ™‚

After sharing my funnel cake with Cerwin I walked toward the auction.

Auctioneer

After a summer of truck shows and now a steam show, I think I know why little boys grow up to like trucks and steam engines.

There are so many fathers and boys at these shows.

Can you pick out this boys father? Yes, the one keeping an eye on him.

His dad had trouble keeping him out of the mud. Every time his dad moved him away, he complained and went back to the mud. πŸ™‚

More tomorrow night.

Taking the TFC Promotional Chapel to the Steam Show – Berryville, VA

Friday, July 28

We were on the road by 5:45 am.

We were meeting Chaplain Jake and Jane here for a 7:00 am breakfast.

When the waitress saw me taking a picture she asked if I wanted a picture with all four of us. How nice of her.

Back on the road. We followed Jake and Jane’s suburban.

Cerwin noticed the reflection of our chapel in the back doors of this truck. Notice the lit cross.

Our exit

In place at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds, Berryville, Virginia.

This was setup day – the show started the next day.

The four of us decided to walk around and get acquainted with the fairgrounds as this was our first time here. It was a warm, drizzly evening. This piece of equipment was close to us and was our first stop.

It was a 1923 block maker.

When I touched this, a corner crumbled because it was wet cement. πŸ™‚ They just smiled and put it back on the pile and started over. No problem they said.

They (father and son) gave us a demonstration. (You can see the chapel in the upper right.)

This was the engine that powered the block maker.

They willingly posed for me.

The father said that Sears sold this – dated 10-1923

We enjoyed some antique shopping in the fairground barns – and watched tractors going by.

Jake and Jane tried out a pain relief gadget.

This man was whittling a cane as he watched a friends antique stand.

I loved watching these old steam tractors driving through the fairground.

There were also antiques under tents and canopies.

A 1919 tractor

This is the father from back at the cement block maker.

He asked if I wanted to sit on it. πŸ™‚

Then when I got off it stalled. He joked that I was bad news. First the crumbled cement block, now the tractor wouldn’t start.

It eventually started, but that became a joke every time I walked by their cement block making machine. He would laughingly call out, “Don’t touch anything.”

This is why it is called a steam show.

Homemade ice cream

Cerwin got peach ice cream. I had my favorite – vanilla.

This tractor powered the sawmill.

Picking up straw.

They made quite a few blocks while we were gone.

Our view from the chapel.

We decided to go to a restaurant since we would be eating fairground food for the next two days. Can you guess where we went?

You got it – Cracker Barrel. πŸ™‚

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More tomorrow night.