Got to Lexington, KY yesterday at about 5:30, in time to beat sunset, which was my goal since I hate driving in the dark.
Felt bad about intruding on the McCoy's Thanksgiving but they were very gracious and hospitable. We shared many memories of Rev. Thomas McCoy, who had been the one to invite me on this trip, and his vision for this mission.
We left the house past 10:30, almost an hour and a half later than ETD.
While the 7 of us girls were chatting and snacking in the trailer we suddenly hear a loud POP! Its 12 pm and we were barely an hour on the road with a blown tire. Forced to "limp" to the next truck stop to get fixed up.
Spent 1st hr driving, 2nd hr finding a place to get tire fixed.
In the middle of getting tire replaced we discovered that the water pump no longer worked. So... no bathroom use at all. Which means we might have to make more frequent stops. :/
Our first destination is Fouke, Arkansas, after we pick up a boy in Nashville. Hopefully, no more incidents!
We arrived in Nashville with no surprises, picked up a bit named Aaron, loaded up on propane, I got some "healthy" snacks, and made good time on the road. One of the girls downloaded the game of Life on her iPad to pass the time.
We stopped to get a bite to eat at Cracker Barrel at 7 where I got some awesome pecan crusted catfish! The next stretch was from Jackson, TN to Little Rock, AR where we met a truck carrying a ton of candy for us to transport to Donna. Woke up from my nap hungry, so I pulled out a fruit cup while the candy was loading.
Among those God created, loved, and redeemed are a number of people who rant against His Presence in public places. Whether in the form of a Book, a prayer, or a standard they want Him out! And in many ways they have succeeded.
Yet, once the dust of riot settles, or the chaos of explosions recede, or the blood from a shooting is cleared these same individuals point an accusing finger towards Heaven and rage against their Creator. They ask, "Why did He...? How could He...? Where is He...?"
The same place they accuse Him of abandoning is the exact location of which they demanded the banning of His presence.
With pain in His heart and love in His steps, He walked out in answer to their insistent demands.
When God is not allowed in our schools, When He is not welcome in the home, and especially when He's not invited in our hearts; chaos occurs, sin reigns, and evil triumphs.
Do we do the same in our hearts?
Does God receive the same treatment when we insist on doing our own thing, in our own way, on our own timing?
"It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:"
- 2 Timothy 2:11-12
Sonia E. Vargas
Sonia's desire and hope is to write for the purpose of inspiring this generation, especially young woman.
Hannah Helm is a fun and outgoing young woman who loves to bring laughter and joy to anyone she comes in contact with. She is 23 years old and is a leader of Girl's Exalting the Master Ministry.
Paula is a passionate follower of Christ and loves to encourage others around her to do the same. She is 27 years old and is currently attending Free Gospel Bible Institute. She was a part of the Guatemala GEM team in 2014.
Kristyn is a sweet and gentle young lady from Trinity Holiness Tabernacle. She is 19 years old and is currently attending Free Gospel Bible Institute. She plays the piano and sings beautifully. She was a part of the Guatemala GEM team in 2014 and Honduras team in 2016.