Surprise Truck Convoy for Elam Martin, Jr

Sunday Afternoon, October 16

We received a Facebook invitation from friends from church – Kevin and Jeanette. Elam is her uncle. He was injured while loading underground water/sewer pipes on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, and sustained neck, back, and sternum fractures. There was surgery to repair his neck fractures, but he needs to wear a brace for 8-plus weeks.

The invitation said: You are invited to participate in a truck convoy by the Martin home on Sunday afternoon, October 16. Meet at John F. Martin Meats at 2 pm or drive by the house between 2 and 3 pm. Bobtails only due to narrow, country roads.

1-1We arrived at Martin Meats fairly early and enjoyed watching other trucks arriving.

1-2Soon they were lining up behind us.

1-3After the lot began to fill, they lined up in a double row.

1-4Notice the lighted cross on the TFC tractor – behind Cerwin.

1-5Elam’s family was delighted to see so many trucks. We counted 33. There may have been others who joined the convoy or drove by the house later in the afternoon. I just received a comment that there were 45. 🙂

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1-9I couldn’t resist taking this picture of Doris Hursh. (You should have warned Glenn about parking in front of us.)

I did that a few times as well, so there may be a picture out there of me doing the same thing.

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2I do not know the Martin family, but understand the man on the left is a son-in-law to Elam. He was giving instructions for the convoy.

3-1The drivers, families, and friends listening to the instructions.

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3aKen Martin (right) prayed for Elam, his family, and for the safety of the convoy.

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5-5We are on our way.

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5-8Some of the neighbors knew about the convoy and were waiting for us.

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5-11The family was waiting for us.

5-12We were told to make noise – air horns, Jake brakes, train whistles, whatever you had.

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5-14It was fun to see the smiles on everyone’s face.

5-15Blessings to you, Elam, for continued healing.

6-1After passing the house, a family member handed us a bag of seasoned pretzels with a thank you note.

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Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry Banquet

Saturday Evening, October 1

Since I have been posting lots of pictures during the relief auction, I will give you a break tonight and post only one photo.

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It was our first time to be able to attend the Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry banquet. Our friend Dan Lehigh had been the lead chaplain with this ministry until his death several months ago. This is a ministry supported by many of the churches in the Carlisle area.

It was delightful to enjoy supper with our friends Barry and Lucy Grim and be part of the group who celebrated Dan’s life and announced the installment of two new chaplains.

Truckers Day at The Buck

Saturday, August 20

The Buck (1)We were  honored to have the International Chapel at Buck Motorsports.

The Buck (2)Our view from the chapel.

I am going to make an effort to meet that driver. 🙂

The Buck (3)Inge talking to Jim Stouffer, who came to tell us that we featured his truck on the cover of a Highway News in 1996 after he had been to the Lebanon Truck Rally.

The Buck (4)Inge also took a picture of me talking to him.

The Buck (5)After our visit with Jim, I walked across the driveway to meet Charles Gale who drives this beauty.

The Buck (6)He was pleased to show me inside his cab/sleeper. Notice his bed folds into the wall.

The Buck (7)it was designed by the previous owner and included beautiful myrtlewood cabinets and trim.

The Buck (8)The bathroom includes a shower.

The Buck (9)He has to be careful about the weight of his loads, because the tractor weighs 29,500 pounds.

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The Buck (11)I think it would be nice if someone donated a truck like this to TFC so we could deliver chapels with it. 🙂

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The Buck (13)After that visit, I walked around the lot looking for other truck-related scenery.

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The Buck (34)This is how some truckers retire or take vacations.

The Buck (35)Others like old trucks.

The Buck (36)Bob (volunteer chaplain) and Glenn (Cerwin’s chapel construction assistant) visit outside the chapel.

The Buck (37)Glenn was along to take the chapel back to the shop since Cerwin and I had to leave early for a memorial service and Chaplain Jake was going to a wedding.

The Buck (38)Chaplain Jake was visiting with this woman and her children when we left.

It was nice spending time with drivers and seeing some beautiful rigs.

Diesel Truck Nationals at Maple Grove Speedway

Saturday, July 23

DSC_3263Cerwin and Chaplain Jake took the chapel and Jake’s Marmon to the speedway on Friday so they could park at our designated spot – just inside the gate.

The organizers gave us the best spot on the grounds.

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DSC_3268The view behind my chair and under the chapel.

DSC_3272Our view of arriving trucks when sitting in lawn chairs under the canopy

The ice chest contained cold water for drivers. It was a hot, humid day.

DSC_3273After I had the inside of the chapel set up and had done a bit of reading, I did a photo walk.

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DSC_3300Chaplain Jake said we had VIP seats from Peterbilt (some connection he had). I had no idea what that meant, so I was surprised to have access to a room overlooking the race track! 🙂

DSC_3302How nice to sit in air conditioning, watch racing trucks, and eat lunch provided by Peterbilt. There were hamburgers, vegie trays, crackers, cheese, cookies, and soda.

DSC_3318I made sure the Peterbilt rep who was sitting next to me knew that we appreciated their gracious gift.

DSC_3325It was time to give Jake a break from chapel duty so we walked back to the chapel – taking pictures as we went.

DSC_3334Our view from my lawn chair while Jake went to the VIP room.

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DSC_3339The view behind the chapel.

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DSC_3349On this picture you can see Jake’s Marmon (it used to be a chapel tractor). He is on the left talking to a few visitors on a golf cart.

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DSC_3369We heard that a special jet dragster was going to do a demonstration, so I headed toward the track – hoping to get to the viewing room before it took off.

DSC_3360When I heard the roar, I knew I was not going to make it, so I went into the stands and soon knew why people around me were putting their hands over their ears.

DSC_3365I should have gone higher up in the stands because of the cement barriers – but I did get to hear the amazing roar and watch it take off like a jet.

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DSC_3378I went back to our viewing room to get another soda and watch more racing while the men stayed with the chapel.

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DSC_3490Heading back to the chapel to give the men a break.

DSC_3494I was surprised to find that trucks were still arriving.

DSC_3500By mid-afternoon the trucks began leaving.

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DSC_3524Then it was our turn to leave. As you can see, I am again following the chapel in our RAV4. This car got between us, but it is not difficult to follow a chapel.

DSC_3527This time I only had an hour drive – and mostly on familiar roads. About halfway home, Cerwin headed toward the TFC Headquarters and I turned toward home. He had the TFC pickup at the office.

DSC_3530I often thank God for the amazing variety of activities He has brought into my life.

Little did I know when I was a young girl – wanting to do mission work – that He would bring me into the interesting life of truck drivers. 🙂

One highlight of my day was when a trucker stopped to tell me that he now knows how old I am – because of the article I wrote for the Highway News and Good News when we were at Macungie and I tried to locate and photograph trucks that were built in 1944 – the year I was born. It’s always nice to know that people like something I wrote.

Antique Truck Show at Macungie, PA

Friday, June 17

1 (1)We weren’t there very long before people began visiting the chapel – some came in alone, others with family or friends.

1 (2)While the men – Cerwin and Chaplain Steve – manned the chapel, I went for a walk to see what was happening in the vendor area of the park.

1 (3)It seems there is just about everything you may need to restore an old truck.

1 (4)If you aren’t into restoring a truck you can find toys.

1 (5)Chaplains Jake and Bob took the easy way to “walk” through the park.

1 (6)There were a few pretty things for the ladies or those trying to impress a lady.

1 (7)This is when I began realizing that something was wrong with my camera. See the pink sky. It is supposed to be blue. 🙂

I noticed it on a few of my pictures at Diana’s graduation. Our daughter Deb thought my camera was searching for light at the graduation ceremony because it was getting dark outside.

1 (8)But these pictures were taken in daylight.

1 (9)Some pictures are okay, but others have vertical lines through them.

1 (11)We take the chapel here each year, so instead of taking pictures of lots of trucks, I try to come up with a plan. This time, as I walked through the park, among more than 700 trucks, I looked for the year 1944 – my birth year – and 1961 – the year I graduated from high school.

Notice the variety of states and towns represented in these few trucks.

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DSC_4889When I got back to the chapel, Cerwin was talking to a man and his son. I obviously didn’t take this picture to show you the TFC staff who were with us. Cerwin’s left elbow is covering Jake’s face and his right elbow is covering Steve’s face. 🙂 The chaplain you can see is Bob. His wife, Betty, is sitting in the chair with her back to the camera.

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DSC_4894Our friend Doug is inviting everyone to supper. Maybe it is time for us to get in line.

DSC_4901He asked Chaplain Jake to come to the microphone and tell everyone to visit us at the chapel and then pray for the meal.

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DSC_4913There was lots of picnic-style food, but this is what I look forward to: shrimp…

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DSC_4918A pretty view on our walk back to the chapel.

DSC_4919An evening scene from the chapel steps. Sunset was pretty in Macungie Park.

DSC_4920We enjoyed several more visitors before Chaplain Steve headed home and Bob and Betty went to a nearby motel. Jake slept on an air mattress in his van, his son, Jesse, chose the bottom bunk of the chapel tractor, and Cerwin and I slept in the chapel on the sofa bed air mattress.

More tomorrow night.

TFC Truck/Car/Cycle Show & Banquet

Saturday, September 19

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5a (2)By 6 PM it was time for the evening dinner concert.

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5a (7)Scott Weidner, TFC President and CEO gave a ministry update.

5a (7a)We enjoyed a great concert by King’s Strings. They are a family of nine children. Two of them are in college, so there were only seven at this concert. Five are birth children and four are adopted. The baby is not yet playing an instrument. 🙂

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