Day 3 finds me in Aiken, at the small but mighty Community Bible Church. They have been on my team since I joined staff in 2009, and it was so fun to see some familiar faces and meet a lot of new ones, as much has changed since I was last here. They now have a building, a pastor and many new members. I enjoyed getting to share with them some of what the Lord is doing in Cru in the Great Lakes Region this morning during the service, and then tonight had a lovely time gathering together with a small group of them for a time of prayer. The body of Christ is so diverse, and I love getting to meet parts of the family all over the place. This is group holds a special place in my heart, and I am enjoying my time here!
I decided on my drive down south that I was going to post one picture each day of this trip on here. Well, day two is now coming very swiftly to a close and this is the first time I have been able to sit down to my computer (with internet) and post anything! So, the first two days in one post, and hopefully one each day after. The last two days were in Asheville, NC, visiting with my dear friend and second mom Carol Ann Walter. 🙂
These pictures over the next few weeks are highlights of the places and people that make this trip sooooo worth the drive and effort:
Continued my trek today from Asheville down to Aiken, and tomorrow I will be speaking to the congregation at Community Bible Church Aiken. Excited to update them on all that the Lord is doing in our ministry! Ahhh…it is good to be home in the south again, that is for sure.
This was my first time driving through Kansas, and before today I had always believed what people told me – that Kansas was flat and boring.
That is false. If you think Kansas is flat, you should try driving through Nebraska. Now that is a flat state, with nothing to do along the highway and nothing but corn to look at.
But Kansas! Oh, the hills, beautiful colors and rock formations, ponds, cows and horses, and yes lots of corn. But we found a few interesting things to do along the way.
Here are 2 stops we made:
Cathedral of the Plains (St. Fidelius Catholic Church), Victoria, KS
Built from 1909-1911, the church is celebrating it’s 100th Birthday this year! When the church was erected, the entire town was German Catholic. Although Victoria only has around 25 houses, the 1100 seat church is about half full each Sunday with parishioners coming from miles around. Also notable, it is one of the 8 wonders of Kansas! (No, I am not kidding. Check it out for yourself here).
During our visit mom and I met several native Victorianites, busy ready-ing the church for it’s big birthday party. We learned lots about the history of the town and the cathedral (even though it isn’t really a Cathedral since it isn’t the seat of a Bishop), including the attached monastery! Definitely worth a 30 minute stop on your drive through Kansas!
Oz Winery – Downtown Wamego, KS
Mom and I kept seeing billboards for the “Oz Winery and Museum”, and we decided that since we had time (and we were in Kansas after all, Toto) we would take a slight detour and see what it was all about. SO FUN! Oh my. Once we arrived, we decided to visit the winery and leave the museum for another trip. Wamego is about 9 miles off I-70, and is the cutest little place ever. Definitely our favorite spot this trip so far. The main street looks straight out of the 1930’s – all limestone, beautiful architecture, just stuck out in the middle of a bunch of farms. But I digress. The Winery was just as cute as the little town!
Only 4 years old, the Oz Winery makes and bottles all varieties of wine on the premises. The vast majority of the grapes they use come from Kansas, and we loved being able to taste 8 of their wines for free! Their names are my favorite – some of them include Squished Witch, Yellow Brick Road, Behind the Curtain, Ruby Slippers, Drunken Munchkin, Poppy Fields, Lion’s Courage, Witch in a Ditch, Emerald City Lights, and more. So fun. The shop was colorful and had tons of fun things for sale. I love it because it is local and unique – makes for great gifts! Here is the website if you want to check it out for yourself. They even ship to almost anywhere! I recommend Squished Witch, Oil Can, Yellow Brick Road and Poppy Fields.
The past few weeks have been so crazy that my blogging seems to have gone out the window. Never fear, I am still here, and will be back to my regular blogging soon! Mom and I began our long trek back to Indiana today. We are taking our time to get there, stopping at the Cathedral on the Plains tomorrow in Victoria, KS (read: middle of nowhere-ville), then heading east to Grain Valley, MO, home of The Brass Armadillo, one of the largest Antique stores in the US. After that it is on to St. Louis for a trip up the famous Arch and other fun St. Louis-y type adventures we can find, and then finally on home to Indianapolis on Thursday.
So far, this is what we have seen:
– 1 Llama
– 1 Donkey
– Oasis on the Plains (a gas station with cheesy fake Palm trees, an antique shop above the convenience store, and a very small food court that also included a Starbucks. The name actually fit it quite well).
– 1 town (Hays, in which we are spending the night) since Colorado Springs (by our definition a “town” includes having more than 1 exit off the highway, at least 5 restaurants and 3 gas stations visible from the highway, and more than 2 stoplights)
Hopefully I will have time tomorrow to post pictures from Cathedral on the Plains! Yay road trips!!