Night on the range…

While the tribe was volunteering with tornado cleanup in Baxter Springs, on the last night of the deployment, the entire Samaritan Purse team was invited out to… Show Me Birds is the largest pheasant hunting resort in the United States, and is located just a couple of miles outside of little Baxter Springs, Kansas, on […]

George Washington Carver National Monument, MO…

One of the days that Vaughn was gone driving for Samaritan’s Purse, the kids and I took a little road trip.  Baxter Springs is on Route 66, and we followed that highway into Missouri, through the little town of… and into…where we drove by the new Joplin hospital, which is still getting the final touches […]

Learning about Bible translator/missionary transportation at JAARS!

While we were in North Carolina, we really wanted to go to the JAARS headquarters.  JAARS is an acronym for Jungle Aviation and Radio Services, and JAARS is affiliated with Wycliffe Bible Translators, who we visited while we were in Orlando (if you haven’t read about our wonderful Wycliffe experience, you can go to that […]

CRU & The Jesus Film… (Orlando, FL)…

After our fantastic program at Wycliffe Bible Translators, we went ‘next door’ (as the crow flies, but about a mile drive), to the CRU headquarters.  CRU stands for Campus Crusade for Christ International… CRU is the force behind The Jesus Film Project.  The Jesus film is a 2 hour dramatization of the biblical account of […]

Wycliffe Bible Translators Discovery Center, Orlando, FL…

We’ve been in Florida for 2 weeks now, and for the most part we’ve been taking it easy.  Really easy.  Just soaking up this warm Florida sunshine for the 2 weeks of ‘snowbirding’ that we will get this winter – it has been cold everywhere else, ever since we left Montana. BUT, we did go […]

Steep learning curve…more disaster relief volunteering…

But there is a reason for everything, even in disaster relief volunteering! Today was a busy, and interesting day for us… Vaughn, Jake, Thomas, Daniel, and Joel, worked one last day with the bobcat.  It was humid and hot again today (but it’s going to get down into the high 80s in the next couple days […]

Still here doing tornado cleanup efforts

We’re still plugging away!   🙂 The day started out with one of the kids leaving the door open to let in the cool 7am morning air…which also let OUT Molly and Caleb, who went out looking for toads (which are all over when it’s cool out).  They found the mud puddle outside of the camper instead… […]

eye opening reality…the dark side of disaster relief…

Yesterday was a busy day for us down here in OK.   And this week has been a little bit of a lesson on the dark side of disaster relief! LOL! Wednesday, Vaughn spent the day shadowing an assessor for SP.  Their assessors go around to the different homes of people who have asked SP to come […]

Our first glimpse of the Moore, OK tornado damage…

When Pastor Ron took the guys around some of the damage Monday afternoon, what they saw was incredible.  The almost unfathomable strength of the tornado was shown in the trusses that were ripped off of the top of houses, and the crumbling of entire homes.  Houses had crumpled sheets of tin in their yards, when […]