Travel in the United States of America affords daily wonders of history, natural and human. We met Alvin York’s grandson at his old home-place in Kentucky, saw Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, and then traveled up the tram to the top of the St. Louis Arch—650 feet in the air above a flooded Mississippi River! Our next ministry took us to Davenport, Oklahoma, and yet another pastor who had never seen chalk-art used as a tool for the Lord’s work. That church building was overflowing with enthusiastic worshipers and guests for the day. My sister Jane, who lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, arranged this meeting, and the pastor enthusiastically embraced chalk-art evangelism and our family. After a few days visiting my sister and her family, we were off to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where we shared the Gospel with the combined youth and adults from two Chinese churches on a Friday evening. Here we spent two nights in the home of our Chinese-American hosts, an amazing family of four children who blessed us greatly and sent us on our way to Gallup, New Mexico.
Over the course of the next week, we shared the Gospel and taught the Bible in two Navajo Nation mission churches and a Bible camp in the middle of the reservation area. A number of children responded to the Gospel at that camp. We did a series of drawings on Psalm 23 and gave the pictures to the campers by drawing names at the last service of the week. The Native American children were especially intrigued with the art and asked me to incorporate their southwestern red mesas into the pictures, so I did just that! Several of the children accepted Christ during that week of camp ministry. Our western adventures took us from the high desert of New Mexico to the low desert of Tucson, Arizona, before we turned north and eastward.