April fools! Well, I’m sure there are those who hoped this was all just a joke, but alas, this trip is (God willing) for real. “In like a lion out like a lamb” seems the appropriate adage for March of 2015, and considering the nice forecast for this Wednesday (April 1) we are planning to do the WALKING portion of our trip on that day. Yep, it now appears we will walk the initial 12 miles of the Wabash River from its source on Wednesday April Fool’s Day (or will we ?!). Our actual boat launch day and time are still scheduled for Saturday, April 4th @ 9:00am from Ambassador Park in Fort Recovery, OH.
So, if you’re reading this you are part of our team. Yes. Remember, regardless of whether or not you are one of those caring for our dogs, mowing our lawn, etc., prayer is the MOST you can do to support this trip and “The Fortress” charity we are raising funds for. Here are some specifics you can pray for …1- The walk. We will be hiking the first 12 miles of the “river” (a muddy, barely existing stream of water) on April 1. Please pray that… a) we will not experience any disappearing shoes (lots of mud!) b) we will not experience any sprained ankles or other infirmity that would hinder our boat launch on April 4th. c) during this initial stage we will already begin to “…be able to test and approve what “God’s” will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2). d) LaNae’s hip will not bother her (LaNae has had some severe pain that sometimes bothers her when she walks or steps incorrectly). e) John’s “doozie” (how old must you be to use the word “doozie”?) of a head/chest cold will be cleared by then. f) there will not be a drastic “Indiana weather” change to the weather, which would bring storming weather during our walk. 2- The paddle. Pending the weather and water levels, we will be launching our loaded boats from Fort Recover on April 4th at approximately 9:00 am. Please pray that… a) those shipping food caches, taking care of our dogs, property, plants, etc…will be blessed and all will go well. b) we will maintain and sustain the gear that we have packed, as it is necessary to our success. c) that our logistic planning and actions will ensure the right amount of food arrives at the right post office at the right time and can be readily accessed. This will be a challenge ! d) we stay safe while on the water (particularly in the first weeks as the river is narrow and full of log jams and obstacles). e) we stay safe as we camp and enter towns to pick up food, etc…(more people are killed by cattle than by snakes in the US each year) f) God will provide divine appointments with people along the journey and the we “Have a COW “(Courage, Opportunity, Wisdom) to give testimony at those appointments. g) God will soften hearts of those we will meet. 3- The charity. We want this trip to have some positive purpose. a) God would help bring attention to and raise ALL the needed monies for the charity we are supporting (The Fortress http://www.wopifortress.org )