Tuesday, July 17, 2012

More of John Day

After Connie and Gordon left I spent some time with Brittany, the manager of the Little Pine Inn. We spent most of the the afternoon sitting in lawn chairs out front of my hotel room trading stories and getting to know each other. Around 6 that evening my best friend Steve Turner and his parents Jerry and Beverly showed up. Steve Turner is the co-founder of Uzima (the NGO I'm raising money for!) He recently got back for Kenya and was excited to put in some miles with me. Together we will walk from John Day to Boise. I was so excited to have someone on the road with me, someone to talk to. We headed to a restaurant called the Outpost for dinner and there Jerry and I talked a lot about what has been happening so far on this adventure. He was really excited! I shared with them a few stories that didn't make the blog, I also shared how God provided through Connie and Gordon just that morning. Right before we left the restaurant Jerry shared with me something he had been working on. Now here's the thing, I had almost bought a tent like 3 times since LeeRoy damaged my tent awhile back. I did a quick fix with duct tap, but it wasn't going to last long. I was also looking for a smaller tent before I knew ST was going to walk with me. What I didn't know was God had it covered the whole time! Soooooo, when Jerry found out about my tent he had called REI in Spokane and shared with them the story of Needle2Square and Uzima with the hope that they would be willing to donate a tent, and what do ya know?! They hooked him up with a tent for me! I can't even say how shocked at .... How... EXTRAORDINARILY  blessed I feel. The fact that each blessing has been so specific down to the smallest detail.  For example ....The tent I had was the REI half dome 2, the one they gave me was the half dome 2+. It's a little bigger. I share this detail because now that Steve Turner is with me,  my old tent would have been too small for the both of us to sleep comfortably.  I just laugh thinking about it, how God cares about even the smallest of details in my life. I've got to say it is so comforting to know that God is in this! I want to give a special thanks to everyone at REI and to Jerry, I'm very grateful for their kindness!!


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  2. I seen you walk through Sandy a while back on my way to church and couldn't believe I had just seen a guy with a "Goat". I then seen the article about you in the Sandy Post and have since been trying to keep up on reading about your trek across the country. I really enjoy reading your posts and to hear about how God provides for you along the way and hear about the different people, circumstances you encounter.
    I'd like to leave you with one of my favorite verses:
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6