We were on the trail for a second day, about 15 miles from nowhere in any direction when I felt increasing pain on my right side. It was nearly debilitating before I expressed my dilemma to my backpacking companions. Our experienced leader whipped out some Tylenol and Aleve,  xplaining the recommended doses, how long they take to take effect, and what the results ought to be. I don’t take drugs, ordinarily, not even Aspirin unless I’m desperate, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I took the drugs, and after resting for a few minutes, we were off again.

The pain quickly subsided (too quickly to have been the drugs) and never recurred! I made it through the 12-mile hike that day over some of the most rugged terrain I have ever seen in the U.S. and we spent a second of three nights in the wilderness. An encounter with a rattlesnake, filtering water from stagnant springs, sleeping in ancient ruins, and discussing spiritual things with our professing atheistic friend were the highlights for me. Great reminder of what is important in life and of what the actual essentials are. Should be good preparation for living out of my car much of the summer!

What a privilege to be invited by friends to join this trip! It will be the last major fling before I travel East, I’m pretty sure. And in the meantime, there is lots going on at IBC (see invitation below).

Prayer requests:

  • That the Student Ministry Showcase May 19 would bring someone to Jesus.
  • That all the students slated to graduate this year will actually do so, in God’s will!
  • That the new library groundbreaking would bring glory to God.
  • For safety and God-arranged contacts as I hit the road, starting May 26.
  • That I would be a blessing this summer, sensitive to the Lord’s direction.




MAY 19-20, 2017


FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017

Student Ministry Showcase at 7:00PM
Enjoy student presentations of drama, art, music, and more!

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

Graduate Lunch at 11:00AM
     Honor this year’s graduates at a special meal.
Commencement at 2:00PM
     Special speaker is Jonathan Nez, Vice-President of the Navajo Nation!
Library Groundbreaking at 5:00PM
     Ceremonial groundbreaking for our new library building!