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Jun 30 2009

Adolf Coors 2-Part Testimony from “Focus on the Family”

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I invite you to listen to this two-part testimony for the Lord from FOCUS ON THE FAMILY.  What a mighty testimony.

Part 1      http://www.focusonthefamily.com/popups/media_player.aspx?ShowPath=Focus

then click on play  “My Journey to Salvation 1”

Part 2      http://www.focusonthefamily.com/popups/media_player.aspx?LatestDaily=1

then click on play  “My Journey to Salvation 2”

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Jun 22 2009

Mission Tour 2009 Sharing the Gospel Throughout America’s Campgrounds!

Today, June 17th we start the countdown for our trip.  My mind is turning over and over trying to decide what I will do next; what will we need for two months; will there be Walmarts when and where I need them; will I have enough Bibles on board for the entire trip?  There are so many questions and not many answers.  The motorhome has been serviced and inspected.  My prayers have been for safety and for traveling mercies.  I am praying for no mechanical breakdowns and for no flat tires.  My prayer preparation will be for GOD to provide us with opportunities for witnessing and sharing the gospel.
Five more days until lift-off.  I am sitting back withso many thoughts going through my mind.  We have started loading the coach with things we will need and removing things that we feel pretty sure we won’t need or be using.  I am watching gasoline go up each day but I refuse to let that become a concern to me.  I am going to rely on GOD for all of my concerns.  I will allow Him to lead me down any path HE  desires.  I know that He is preparing people’s hearts for me to share the Gospel with.  Even though I am in the preparation phase, I know that He is firm in His plans for us….Jer 29:11
Today is another day that the Lord has given us for preparation.  We leave tomorrow early enough to travel during “the coolest” part of the day. We still have last minute things going into the coach.  Tomorrow’s destination is West Memphis, AR at Tom Sawyer’s Mississippi River RV Park right on the banks of the “Mighty Mississippi”!

Tom Sawyer's Mississippi River RV Park

Days 1-2  June 23-24, 2009   We arrived at Tom Sawyer’s, West Memphis, AR around 3:15 pm.  Setting up camp was an interesting chore.  It was so hot, dry and dusty.  I spent hours washing and waxing the coach and our tow car and bothwere covered in dust.  In the 99 degree heat with hardly any shade, I met a new friend named Rudy camped next to us.  Rudy is a likable fellow and he and his wife are full-time RVersfrom Texas.  I mentioned that I would love to talk with him later.  He said “sure” to my request.  Lord, has Rudy’s heart been prepared by You?  Thank you Lord for giving me opportunities in which Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:16-20!  We also met today Rick and B.J. from Hot Springs, AR.  Such nice people…..you meet nice folks like these in America’s campgrounds.  Our devotional Bible verse for today is  1 Samuel 10:7
Day 3  June 25, 2009   We made 340 miles today between West Memphis, AR and Jonesburg, MO which is about 55 miles west of St. Louis.  Travel today was hard because it was so very hot.  Temperatures were in the high 90s and heavy traffic surrounded the St. Louis area.  As I was registering for check-in at Jonesburg Gardens Campground, I was introduced to Bob, the owner of the campground.  I noticed on the wall behind Bob was the Ten Commandments and on the cash register was a wood carving withthelettersspelling out “JESUS”.  I knew Bob was a christian but I still had to ask him about his faith.  Yes, Bob is saved.  Tomorrow we venture to Kansas City.  What is in store for us the next two days?  Only the Lord knows.
Days 4 & 5  June 26-27, 2009 OK, here we are just making it into Kansas City for two nights and all of a sudden this big beautiful Walmart Supercenter jumps into our view   just off I-70.  We are tired and we are hungry and have no groceries in the fridge.  The sight of the Walmart at that particular time was a “Great Outdoor Blessing” to us.  So here we go pulling into the parking lot.  We got a Subway sandwich and grocery supplies at the Walmart.  On our departure heading to our campground, I am wearing my cap that says “I (love in the shape of a heart) JESUS”.  This lady stopped at the red light along side of me and was waving vigorously.  She had a big smile on her face.  I was concerned that she was trying to stop me from moving forward any more than I was but she saw my hat that said “I LOVE JESUS” and she was trying to let me know that she also loved Jesus.  What a sweet testimony on her part.   At “Worlds of Fun Village”, I met several new christian friends.  I met a fellow named Dan J. from Florida who was headed home traveling in the four corners of the U.S.  Dan and his family were pulling a big fifthwheel.  When Dan and I talked about his relationship withthe Lord, he told me that he was saved but he seemed to have drifted away from that relationship.  He said it was a priority in his life to return to that relationship that he once knew.  Then I met John Johnson…what a blessing it was to hear of his ministry.  He ministers at a recovery home.  John takes two guys in recovery withhim and goes into campgrounds withequipment to wash and wax RVs right at the campsite.  Of the two guys he had working for him, one was named Patrick and he told me he came to know Jesus and has been sober for 18 months.  Praise GOD for what he has done in Patrick’s life.  I met the other guy but did not get to talk with him.  I praise GOD for meeting John Johnson  and see how GOD is working in him and his ministry.  Thank you Lord  1 John 5:11-13

Concentration of the Road

Concentrating on the Road

A Kansas Sunset at Worlds of Fun

A Kansas Sunset at Worlds of Fun

                                                            

Campground at Worlds of Fun, Kansas City
Campground at Worlds of Fun, Kansas City

 Day 6  June 28, 2009  Kansas City to North Sioux City, South Dakota.  This was a travel day of 310 miles traveling North on I-29.  We stopped in Council Bluffs, Iowa for lunch with friends.
Day 7 June 29, 2009  We are almost to our 1st full stop which will be Wall, South Dakota where we can camp for five straight days for touring Badlands National Park.  I will be glad to not have to break camp each morning.  I am looking forward to five nights straight and rest.  We arrived from Mitchell, SD home of the Corn Palace in Mitchell to the Kennebec, SD KOA.  At Kennebec, we saw our first thunderstorms.  I met a young man named Brian W.  from Ohio.  Brian was camped next to us and I talked to him about his relationship with God.  He explained to me that he was saved and I pray for him that he is.  Tomorrow’s five day stop for five days is Wall, SD.  
Days 8 -13  June 30th – July 5, 2009                                                                                               June 30, 2009 This morning before leaving KennebecKOA I talked withmy fifth-wheel neighbor Ed H. from the great State of Indiana.  Ed was a friendly man.  He told me he was a Methodist.  I responded that God was going to allow Methodist into His heaven but only if one accepted His Son Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour.  Ed did tell me that he was saved and I told him I was only wanting him to be sure of his salvation….  1 John 5:11-13.    We departed Kennebec, SD and arrived in Wall, SD home of the famous “Free Ice Water” Wall Drug.  What a place  to see.  Wall, SD is a little SouthDakota town with apopulationof 814 .  You can imagine that our first stop for dinner was a visit to Wall Drug.  Rita had to have some of the “free ice water”.  While shopping in Wall Drug, I picked out a “Tee Shirt” for my son-in-law that he requested.  Two young college students working at the counter were not busy so bothof  them gathered at the cash register.  I had my “I Love Jesus” cap on so the Lord led me in an opportunity to ask them about their faith.  The young man’s name was Thor and the young lady’s name was Lisa.  Bothtold me that they were not saved.  They seemed very interested in hearing what I had to say and I really felt that the Lord was in on this sharing of the gospel.  God kept customers away from us for about five minutes as I shared withthem without interruption.  I gave them my card and asked them to visit our website and say the prayer within the website.  I ask you to pray for Thor and Lisa that they will follow through and that the Holy Spirit will draw them into the Kingdom.  Thor is from Katy, TX and Lisa is from Wall. When we got back from dinner a fifth-wheeler with Mississippi plates on it was parked into the campsite next to us.  V. and E. explained that they were from Brandon, MS.  V. said she was so surprised to see a Madison motorhomeand vehicle when they pulled into the campsite.  July 1-2, 2009  We toured the Badlands National Park today.  At one of the stops, we walked out on a wooden ramp to view the canyons of the Badlands.    All along the way there were warning signs everywhere that said “Beware of Rattlesnakes”.  Now let me tell you that no one has to tell me twice to stay on the wooden ramp.  I looked up and there is this guy leading his wife and two children off the trail into the grassy area up the hillside to take a family picture.  I could not believe that this man was the leader of his family.  Later, in the parking area, I had a lady comment on my “I LOVE JESUS” hat.  We talked and I found out that she was a pastor’s wife and they were on a church sponsored trip.  What a nice conversation we had.  July 3, 2009  We drove over to Rapid City, SD today.  Mt. Rushmore is only 23 miles from there and we were thinking about going there to watch the fireworks show.  Rain and fog were endangering the fireworks show but it did not dampen our spirits.  Rita made me take her to Michael’s and she drowned her sorrow in about an hour shopping spree.  We drove back to the coach for a restful afternoon.  Later in the afternoon I felt an urge to go back to Wall Drug and follow up withThor and Lisa.  I carried several tracts with me to give them.  I found Thor but Lisa was not there.  Thor was somewhat guarded at this point so I decided to leave him the tract and ask him to read it when he was alone.  Please pray for this young man.  July 4, 2009  This birthday celebration for America went by leisurely.  The weather here in South Dakota was very nice and pleasant.  I was enjoying the great outdoors at our picnic table and a couple from Canada were setting up their camper.  As I talked to the gentleman from Canada, he told me that he was a christian but didn’t go to church.  He said his wife goes to church but not him.  I agreed with him when he said “you don’t have to go to church to be a christian.”  I told him about my “Fire Insurance Policy” that Jesus gave me.  He did not seem to be interested but I continued to be cordial as we continued in conversation.  Tomorrow we leave for Hill City, SD near Rushmore.  I leave you with this scripture Prov 3:6   July 5,2009 We traveled with the Lord’s net of safety into the mountain range surrounding Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse memorials.  We arrived at Crooked Creek Resort campgrounds two miles south of Hill City, SD.  It is so beautiful here in a valley surrounded by mountains.  More tomorrow!
Days 14-17  July 6 – July 9, 2009
July 6, 2009  Today’s devotional was based on Matthew 7:24-25.  I met a group of christian bikers preparing to leave camp and hit the road.  I had the priviledge to pray with them asking GOD for safety as they travel.  This was a real blessing for me.  We are camped at Crooked Creek RV Resort.  Beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota surrounds our campsite.   July 7, 2009  Today’s devotional comes from  Ephesians 2:1-9 and Acts 4:12 and 1 Cor. 12:13   These verses are so important to me.  Please read them.  Later in the morning I had an opportunity to share the gospel with a group of Native Americans camped next to us.  I gave them a Bible to have for their travel trailer.  Later in the evening we took the 1880 train through the Black Hills from Hill City to Keystone, SD.  I wore my “I Love Jesus” hat and had several nice comments from fellow Christians on the train.  July 8, 2009  Today’s devotional scripture is 1 Cor. 2:9-14   We toured Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park and Crazy Horse Memorial.  We met and had lunch at the Game Lodge in Custer State Park with a christian couple from near Houston, TX  who were on the tour with us.  All of these places were truly Great Outdoor Blessings.  July 9, 2009  Devotional scripture  Acts 17:10-12  I met a lady camped directly behind us.  She was in a one-person camper and I volunteered to help her with her cable tv reception.  When we finished working on her TV I asked her about her faith.  She proceeded to give me a beautiful testimony about being saved years ago.  Karen M. from New York told me that years ago she was divorced, broke, homeless, jobless, and no hope left.  She said that a man came up to her and wanted to buy her lunch.  She was so hungry and a meal sounded good but she asked the man what he wanted in return.  He said he wanted nothing in return but lunch with her.  During lunch, the man pulled a trac out of his pocket and began to witness to her.  She prayed to receive Christ at that lunch and to this day does not know who that man was.  I prayed with her and was so pleased to know that she was a sister in Christ.  We left for the day and visited Hot Springs, SD and Custer State Park.  Oh, what a day it was!

    
Mt. Rushmore, SD

Mt. Rushmore, SD

 
 
 
 

Devils Tower, Wyoming

Devils Tower, Wyoming

 
Days 18-20  July 10-12, 2009 
Devils Tower, Wyoming.  This was the site location for filming of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” by Stephen Spilberg.  The KOA campground at Devils Tower was the location of filming.  Devils Tower was the background with beautiful views from each campsite.  Please see our pictures on www.GreatOutdoorBlessings.comunder the PHOTOS tab.  On Saturday we went to the small town of Sundance, WY.  This is the town that the Sundance Kid took his name from (and their money).   I obtained permission to have worship services on Sunday with Devils Tower in the background.  We put up notices but only two people attended.  We left immediately after services  and had a hard day of travel crossing the Continental Divide at about 7700 ft.  We traveled 390 miles today and spent the night at the Rawlins, WY KOA.

Days 21-23  July 13-15, 2009                                                                                                                 We made our trip safely from Rawlings to Dinosaur, CO.  Dinosaur is only three miles from the Utah border so that made it easy to slip into Utah to Dinosaur National Monument.  We did the auto tour through the park but the actual dinosaur quarry has been closed since 2006.  From Dinosaur National Monument we went to Ashley Recreational Area and Flaming Gorge Resevior and Dam in extreme northeast Utah.  The mountain range was beautiful and breathtaking.  After spending two nights in Dinosaur, CO we drove south to Grand Junction, CO.  We reached elavations of 12,000 feet on this drive..sharp curves around mountain tops..I was constantly in prayer.  Rita was almost in tears and holding on for everything she had.  This was rough on the motorhome, Rita, and me.  The cats were asleep and knew nothing of what was going on.  It’s Grand Junction, CO tonight and on to Moab, Utah tomorrow.  May God bless all of us.

Days 24 – 29  July 16 – 21, 2009                                                                                                              We departed Grand Junction for Moab, Utah on I-70 West some 114 miles into the heat of the land called Moab, UT.  We were eager to reach the Moab KOA to pitch camp.  At a truck stop on the trip, I tried to talk to a truck driver about Jesus but he brushed me off by telling me he knew how to get saved.  He then turned around and left.  I had another disappointment when I asked the Moab KOA manager if we could conduct Worship Services at the campground on Sunday.  Again, I was rejected but not discouraged by being told “no”.  I found a FBC of Moab Church that we will attend on Sunday.  Our first day of touring was at Arches National Park.  The temperature in the park reached 107 degrees at mid-afternoon.  This was and is the most beautiful National Park I have ever seen.  Please visit the PHOTOS tab on www.greatoutdoorblessings.com to view our pictures.  In the meantime enjoy these below.

   

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

 

Double Arch at Arches National Park

Double Arch at Arches National Park

Delicate Arch at Arches National Park

Delicate Arch at Arches National Park

Days 30 – 33  July 22 – 25,  2009                                                                                                       We left Moab and the terrible heat and drove south where we went back into Canyonlands National Park Needles Overlook.  The beauty was massive and views were tremendous.  Our destination wound up to be Cortez, Colorado.  Mesa Verde National Park lies about ten miles south of Cortez. Then sickness hits us.  No longer are we youngsters and the heat and the altitude  knocked us to our knees.  I was more dehydrated than Rita but headaches,sweats, and the general feelbads kept us down for at least 2 days.  While I was at the campground, I was able to have a sit-down talk with a Vietnam vet, retired and a full-timer at the Sundance RV Park.   His name was Doug F. and said he Believed in God, that he prays, and that he has had hard times in his life but believes that Jesus shed His blood so his sins would be forgiven.  He said he doesn’t go to Church and he has an old Bible that he can’t understand when he reads it…probably a KJV.  I gave him a new Bible and told him he would understand this version.  I was not successful that he understand that he had to ask Jesus into his heart and accept Him as his personal Lord and Saviour.  I pray that this seed has been planted and the Holy Spirit will allow it to grow.  Then we got to meet our motorhome neighbors from Heber Springs, AR, Chuck and Dianne C.  Oh, what beautiful and wonderful new christian friends.  Chuck and I had an opportunity to share a little of our testimony around the picnic table.  Then came Bob walking by and in the conversation we found Bob a total non-believer who didn’t care what happened to him after this life.  No matter how hard we shared Jesus with Bob he would not change the way he looked at eternity.  Chuck and I prayed together asking the Holy Spirit to move in Bob’s life so that his mind and his heart would be opened.  We left the next morning for Four Corners Monument and Monument Valley.  Oh, what beauty lies ahead.

Days 34,35   July 26-27, 2009                                                                                                               I am not sure words can describe GOD’s beauty that HE created in Monument Valley, AZ.  I have spent these two days in the extreme heat and red sand in my hair, eyes, ears and who knows where else.  The beauty of the Navajo land to me is just like Arches National Park in that these are two Great Outdoor Blessings that one should see before they depart this world.  GOD’s presence was felt in Monument Valley just by looking at the vast beauty that HE created.

Monument Valley, Arizona

Monument Valley, Arizona

Day 36  July 28, 2009  What an incredible day to be a Child of GOD.   As we cruised on down the highway between Monument Valley and Page, AZ we came upon a Scenic Viewpoint where we could take pictures and where three Navajo women had their booths set up selling their handmade jewelry and crafts.  I pulled the coach over and parked then I turned Rita loose on the craft and jewelry booths.  I mingled and talked to one of the ladies there named Celia.  Her son Joshua was with her and when no customers were around I shared Jesus with both of them.  She knew of Jesus and knew about His saving grace.  She said she wanted Jesus in her heart.  I then went to visit Carol’s booth.  Carol said she attended a LDS church but claimed she knew Jesus.  Then I went to the other lady’s booth and talked to her about Jesus.  The next thing I knew a beautiful little Navajo girl appeared and was listening to what I had to say.  I went back to the coach and got Bibles in my hand and went back to the craft area.  It was almost like GOD cleared out all of the customers that had stopped to look and buy.  I gave them all Bibles and asked if they wanted to receive Christ as their Lord and Saviour.  Not only the three ladies prayed to receive Christ but their son Joshua and the little girl did as well.  Three mothers and two children were born into the Kingdom of GOD today at Gray Mesa, Arizona today.  Five Navajo hearts committed to Christ today.  Oh, what a day it has been.  Thank you Jesus!

Days 37 – 45  July 29 – August 6, 2009  Time has just flown by since my last entry.  Our travels in this time frame have taken us us into Arizona and New Mexico.  We have seen God’s GreatOutdoorBlessings all around us.  As we stood and looked into the Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon Village I think about how God made the Canyon.  All He did was speak the words and touched it with His fingertip.  Lake Powell was a thing of beauty.  Rita and I took a half-day fishing trip on Lake Powell, but the best part was that we got into 3-4 pound stripped bass.  Also, at Lake Powell, we took a boat cruise to “Rainbow Bridge”.  This was another sight to see made by God Himself.  From Lake Powell we traveled to Williams, AZ and based ourselves there for the beautiful South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  From the Grand Canyon we traveled through Winslow, AZ.  The Eagles sang about “standing on the corner of Winslow, Arizona” in their hit song “Take it Easy”.  We went to that corner in Winslow, Arizona.  Our next tour was the Petrified Forest National Park along I-40.  All along the way we tied into the famous “Route 66” from Chicago to Los Angeles from back in the late 1920’s.  Staying on I-40 East our next several days will be spent in Sante Fe and Glorieta, New Mexico.  More to come dear friends!

Days 46 – 54  August 7th – August 15, 2009   Glorieta, NM is the “best kept secret” in New Mexico.  You can RV at the Conference for $22 per night and eat for $5 per meal, or you can volunteer and stay and eat free.  It goes down to the mid 40s at night in August.  It is so pleasant there day and night.  We spent four nights there with our dear missionary friends Jim and Carolyn McAtee.  We visited, the Pecos Valley Cowboy Church for Sunday services in Pecos, NM.  We toured Pecos National Historic Park and had picnic lunch (BBQ) with Jim and Carolyn right on the Pecos River.  Our visit with them was delightful.  On our own, we drove to Taos, NM for the day.  We took pictures of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and the Rio Grande River as well.  Upon our return to Glorieta, we enjoyed our last evening with Jim and Carolyn in Santa Fe at Cowgirl’s BBQ.  From Glorieta we departed for Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Canyon, Texas.  Palo Duro Canyon is referred to as The Grand Canyon of Texas.  Believe me , it was beautiful.  We camped overnight at the bottom of the Canyon.  Next stop Elk City, OK home of the National Route 66 Museum.  We just can’t get off of  Route 66 so we enjoyed the tour of the museum.  Next was Oklahoma City, OK for dinner with a very special friend.  We enjoyed German food at a German restaurant near the OKC-East KOA where we stayed for the night.  Next was the long drive from OKC to North Little Rock KOA for two nights.  In North Little Rock, we visited with our friends (the Halberg family) for lunch and topped it off with ice cream for the children and adults.  I don’t know who enjoyed the ice cream more, the adults or the kids.  That evening we had dinner with our friends (the Pierce’s) whom we met last summer at Perdido Key, FL.  Both visits were so enjoyable.

Days 55 – 57  August 16 – 17, 2009  Now, we are excited.  It is Sunday and we made the short trip to Memphis where we began this trip two months ago and some forty-six hundred miles ago.  We are spending our days thanking God for a safe trip and a productive trip in sharing Jesus with many folks who listened and folks who turned us away.  We are now relaxing and loving and kissing on that grandbaby girl of ours in Memphis.  She is almost ten months old and she is truly a blessing…as a matter of fact, that sweet baby girl is a GreatOutdoorBlessing as well.  God Bless all of you!

John and Rita Williams

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