Day 11

Trip Start Mar 07, 2009
Trip End Apr 17, 2009

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Day 11

Well, this has been an interesting day. It started off really well. We left the Burdine's a little after 8am to head for Keller, TX. I did wake up a little late, but no big deal, we still got out the door in time. It should be noted that we had noticed a leak on the driveway the day before and had been trying to figure out what it was. We checked oil, it looked good. We checked coolant, a little low, but no big deal. We checked transmission, again a little low, but no big deal. So, we topped off the coolant since it did seem a little low and prayed that we would not hit any big problems. We made our way to Keller for a 1pm appointment with a big influencer in the world of church planting. After hearing Alan Hirsch talk at the Nucleus conference in Feb and thinking a lot about my job we started bouncing around the idea of whether or not we might need to think about being church planters. I know, that sounds crazy, for us too. But, Hirsch's big thing is that every follower of Christ has in them what they need to be a church planter, to advance God's kingdom, so we thought maybe we should give it some thought. So, about a month ago I read a book by Bob Roberts. He wrote a couple of books. I read Transformation. It's a great book. I highly recommend checking it out.We were pretty pumped so we got a lot of questions ready and were talking about what an unconventional church we would plant, but how it might reach a completely different set of people from a traditional church model. It's a first step for us, but we figured this will be a good spring board conversation. Well, we got there and told the secretary we were there to meet with him, but when we told her who we were she didn't have any idea what we were talking about. We called and set the whole thing up weeks ago, but apparently it got lost in the shuffle somewhere. So, we were told to wait and see what he could fit in, but we new he was a pretty busy guy, so it turned into a delay, and another, and then we got re-directed to his staff instead of him. We were pretty bummed. We did end up having a great conversation with another church planting coodinator on staff and he was very good to us. Bob did stop in for a few minutes, but it was pretty useless, not his fault, thankful for the 2 minutes we got, but not enough time to really talk about anything. We also met with a few others on staff. All in all it was a good experience, just nothing like what we were hoping for. Needless to say we were pretty discouraged after leaving there. Not sure what to make of all that, maybe we weren't supposed to meet or maybe we were and well, it's one of those things...I guess God will work it out however it needs to. The goal for today was to get to Albuquerque and by now we're about two hours behind. It's gonna be a late one, so we took off for Shamrock, Texas to get Adeana her green beer on St. Patrick's day. After all, she is Irish! :-) The road we were taking was pretty slow and we were tired, and then it got dark, and then it got late, and then the van started acting weird. I knew that leak was gonna come back to bite me. The car started jerking just a bit, then the overdrive turned off, then it had trouble going up hills, then it stopped. We got about 4 miles outside of Shamrock. What a bummer. It was transmission fluid. Completely dry on the stick. Luckily, we had a good samaritan that stopped to help me get to town to get more transmission fluid. After that we got it running to get to town, got checked into a hotel. We'll see tomorrow what it's going to take to get this think going again. Ok, sorry, this is really long, but it was a bit of an angsty day, had to get some of it out. Let's pray this town has a service center.

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