For fulltimers, travel is a way of life and after these past almost 2 months of being parked, we were both beginning to suffer from a severe case of hitch itch, that burning feeling that it’s time to be rolling down the road. We enjoyed our time at Rock Eddy Bluff very much and we’ll miss Ike, the big black dog who has taken residence under Liberty as often as possible to escape the hot sun or a thunderstorm. Our hosts, Tom and Kathy Corey, made it back from a long vacation out west a week ago today so we were free to go.
While we were in the Vienna and Dixon area, we’ve been attending a little country church called the Kenner Church of God, where we were taken in as though we belonged. In the two years we’ve been on the road, we’ve never been asked to teach the adult Sunday school class! I’m not sure they knew what they were getting themselves into, but we took them up on the request.
The sanctuary is as lovely as the congregation!
Even the artwork is unique!
For such a small church, Kenner has a huge heart. They have taken on the responsibility for the Buddy Backpack project for schools in both little towns around them. Each week, the needy children of the districts are given a backpack filled with non-perishable food so that they will have something to eat for the weekend. The people of the church get together and fill more than 160 sacks so that the backpacks will be filled for 2 weekends. Some of the people who come to work don’t even attend the church but have been drawn in by the vision of the church. In half an hour or less, all the bags have been filled, tied and counted and packed into a waiting vehicle to take them to the schools. We loved being a part of that!
To give you an idea of how deeply welcomed we were, when we told them that we were leaving the last Sunday in September, they planned a carry-in dinner as a farewell for us. Those Missouri cooks know their way around the kitchen! One of their regular couples is leaving soon for the winter in Arizona, so they honored us both yesterday!
While hillbilly golf (or ladder ball as we knew it) and a corn toss game were going on, we had Liberty available for everyone to see our home.
After a circle of prayer to bless our travels, we pulled out to head toward the Eagles bus rally in Branson. Despite the hot dry conditions of the summer, fall color is becoming more and more evident along the road sides.
Now we’re in Branson until the 10th and the Eagles are landing all around us, even though the rally doesn’t start until Wednesday. Oh, and the first people we saw here in the campground other than Eagle friends were Derl and Janet Williams from Wichita! We’ve known them since the 1960s and have attended the same church for all those years until we left in Liberty. Be “home” before you know it!