Leaving New Mexico, we traveled to Tucson, Arizona, on an unplanned excursion to meet some stateside missionary friends from Southeast Asia. This was a blessing, as Brother John and I serve on a mission board of directors together, and our families enjoyed the fellowship. We then traveled north through Phoenix where two of our rear tires exploded from the 110+ degree heat. Between the two flat tire experiences, we met four pastors, one of which plans to use us for future ministry in Alabama! So, God showed us His working all things together for good once again. We rejoiced in His provision and made a beeline for our next engagement in northern Michigan. On the way we just happened to take a peek at the Grand Canyon, drive over 10,500 feet above sea level over the Colorado Rockies, drive through several canyons around Monument Valley, glance at Mount Rushmore, see fireworks at Crazy Horse, and stay in the only two Flintstone Campgrounds in the world–all in a week’s travel.
We arrived at our church-planter friend’s home and got right to work with street ministry that evening near the local annual Christian festival. The church is in a storefront with a nice big window, so I set up the easel on the street in front of the window and talked to passers-by as I illustrated the Gospel. The pastor reported seeing people around the corner reading the tract and invitation material that his son and I were handing out that evening. The next morning I did a chalk-talk for the morning service and counseled one Hispanic lady for baptism reading key passages to her from her Spanish-English Bible. After the service, three individuals were baptized in Lake Michigan, just across the street from the church. They just dripped dry in the breeze while we all talked and enjoyed the afternoon. I did one more gospel chalk talk near the beach area that Monday, and we headed south on Wednesday for our last appointment in Minford, Ohio. We arrived safe in Virginia on the following Monday, July 8th. We know the Lord gave us every appointment for His purpose in His time. Most of the people we met and places we ministered experienced chalk art ministry for the first time, and we have standing invitations to return.