So, we reserved a 15 passenger and a 7 passenger van to carry us to Hattiesburg. Due to unforeseen circumstances, seemingly beyond any one's control, no 15 passenger vans were available in all of eastern North Carolina. In fact, our rental agency says they are 75 15 passenger vans short this weekend! Instead of two vans we are now in three 7 passenger vans. God is encouraging small group fellowship!
Our three vans have license plates from three different states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Alabama (OPA!). After much discussion, we have named the blue one “Elvis,” the white one “Polar Express,” and the gray one “Gray Goose.”
Benton and JoAnne Hobgood and Jeff Wiggs surprised the team and stopped by the church to send us off with a prayer.
God blessed us with sunny skies except for an hour of on and off light showers. All major traffic snarls were quickly avoided using the Waze GPS app. After dinner at the Ixtapa Mexican restaurant (a nod to our trip to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo last year), we encountered a series of construction sites along the interstate. Did we see even one worker? No! But just as their work is planned and prepared, God is going before us to prepare hearts and projects for something new to begin.
We arrived safely in Meridian, MS at 9:30 tonight local time, and will sleep at a hotel one night before we worship in the morning with brothers and sisters at First Presbyterian Church Meridian and then proceed to Hattiesburg.