TRIP 2006

Update #27 - September 24th
Americus, Georgia
7006 miles ( 11,209 KM) since March 27th,
7497 miles ( 11,995 KM) since Jan 01st

As I mentioned in my last update, I was unsure about the length of time I was going to be back in Americus. This is my thirteenth day off the bike and I'm quite ready to get back on the road. You can stay in one place so long and then you start to get cabin fever. The distance between walls seems to get shorter and shorter and you want to get out in the open to get back into the big sky. I've been out of the sun long enough for the skin to grow back on my nose and the redness to go away so I won't look like a person who has had too much to drink or a human version of Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer. It's not that I didn't use enough sunscreen it's from windburn also.

I was thinking quite strongly in heading back down to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to see how the rebuilding effort has been going on. It has been a little over a year since Hurricane Katrina came ashore. I have already made three trips through the area. The last one was just in January. Tomorrow, I will be getting back on the road in a round-a-bout fashion to the Gulf Coast.

Before heading to the Gulf Coast, I have to head down to Lake City, Florida to visit with some new friends. At Lake City, I'll be heading west through Tallahassee and then swinging Southwest down to the Florida Gulf and then following the Gulf to Mississippi. I estimate that I'll be in the Ocean Springs, Mississippi area around Oct. 09th. I've made some contacts with some of the agencies in the area. Four of the agencies/ churches that I've been in contact with the First Presbyterian Church in Ocean Springs; Impact Ministries in Gulfport/ Pass Christian; Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief Center in Biloxi; and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Moss Point. If there is a way for me to safely get there by bicycle, I'd like to try to get to the Hancock County Volunteer Center in Waveland.

I am not sure how long I'll be in the Gulf Coast. It depends basically on how long I can stay at each of the relief agencies. A few of them have responded to me via email that there is an indefinite time period. Another thing, that might change my plans is if another hurricane might strike the area. We've been quite fortunate in that the Atlantic has been quiet this year. The hurricane season still lasts to the end of November. I need to have quite a lot time to evacuate by bicycle because of the distance I can travel each day.

Well, that is pretty well what I want to say about my upcoming plans for the next month or so. What I want to do is to clarify somethings about my ministry. About two weeks ago, I got an un-signed email from a pastor (not too sure where he is or what church he is with). He told me in almost a sermon that I shouldn't be free-loading. This is most definitely not the case.

When I started my ministry back in 1993, I took a "Faith Covenant" meaning that I will not rely on any other sources but what the L-RD provides. You can also say that I've taken a "vow of poverty". I have not worked for a wage (got a paycheck) in thirteen years. I don't have a bank account or a credit card. I have and never will ask for one penny. I am quite happy to survive on the loose change that I find on the side of the road (I call this "road manna). If people who come in contact me want to help me out in some way, the decision is up to them and their Creator in Heaven. There is a whole page on this website explaining my reasons and also why you can't find a button like "Paypal" to send donations to me electronically.

He also mentioned that I'm a bad sport when people don't help me. What bothers me the most is that 89.5% of the churches that I've come in contact with don't practice what they preach. I don't care how they treat me. What matters, is how they treat others who happen to come to their doors. If you say that you have a compassionate heart, show it!!! That is it. The L-RD's life was all about being compassionate. He was all about showing how we should be servants to each other.

I'm a great fan of Servant Evangelism. I don't care how big or fancy the church is, how large the membership is,if the church has all of the latest audio-visual equipment, number of Sunday school classes, What really matters is how they go out into the world showing to the world that they really practice what they preach. Enough preaching for me now.

I'll try and post and update as often as I can if my plans change. The next update should be posted between October 05th and October 12th. This all depends if and how I can get connected to the web when I get to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.



Bicyclist in Sunset



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