1912 A RIVER RUNS THRU IT
Been going down to the mission the last few days.
Haven’t seen Dirks van- was asking around- ‘has anyone seen him’?
As I was standing there- my cell rang- it was Dirk!
He wanted to let me know that he and Julie- his girl- were at the state park in the Angelina forest.
It’s in Texas- he has told me about this spot many times over the years.
It’s one of his favorites- another place where he ‘lives’ for a part of the year.
He has collected arrow heads from the lake- Sam Rayburn [?]- He gave me a nice one many years ago- still have it.
I was glad to have gotten the call- I have maybe gotten 4 calls from Dirk in 25 years.
It was strange- I had just prayed for him in the morning- I thought maybe he got arrested- you know the guys park the vans all over- maybe it was one of those towing deals.
But he was happy- he had wanted to do this trip with Julie for months- to show her this part of his life- where he feels he’s not simply a ‘homeless guy’.
To be honest- I was surprised she took the trip [in her R.V.]
They were arguing a lot recently- and Julie really is a strong believer.
It’s funny- when I’m with Dirk- he shows me all the text messages she sends- verses and all- he ‘uses’ me to find ‘counter verses’ –you know- she’ll be fighting with him- send him a verse- and he wants one to send back- in retaliation.
For a few days he was asking me ‘hey John- where’s that verse about not eating the communion meal when you’re a sinner’?
Now- I told him it was in 1st Corinthians- chapter 11.
He asked me a bunch of times.
He wanted to quote it to her- because she took communion at the church- and he was telling her- well- that she’s a ‘sinner’.
So- I see him one day and he asks again- he remembered I told him Corinthians- so he read- right up to chapter 9 or so- just looking for it.
I looked in chapter 11- sure enough it’s in there.
So- that’s the extent of Dirks bible reading [to be honest- you would not think the guys even read the bible- some are regular readers- and are actually good Christians. Henry is just one example].
Yesterday I posted a couple of pics.
One of the guys was standing in the rain one day- he got up under the sign- and crawled in!
Yea- it has a lot of room- I thought you would like to see it.
The other picture is John- who I posted about last.
The little dog- a new girl who had the pup- thought the pup was cute.
And the guy in the hat- William.
William is a new comer- nice guy- we became friends over the last few weeks.
He was a welder for 35 years- has kids- is married- and when he retired he told his wife he wanted to travel- not just sit home and be a grandpa.
So he bought a van and has been seeing ‘the world’ [the U.S. - maybe Mexico].
He spent a few months on the beaches of Key West [Fla.]
Hemmingway’s land [the author].
He showed me a bunch of pics form Arkansas- where he lived for many years.
Great shots of catching trout in a river that ran right thru his back yard.
Kinda reminded me of the movie ‘A River runs thru it’.
Yeah- William is a nice guy.
He noticed a staff I have been using- writing on it and stuff.
He asked what I was carving- I told him just some bible verses.
Yeah- he knows this is ministry for me.
William is the type that seems like he would not listen- or usually talk- to someone who was talking about the Lord.
But we have become friends- and just in simple conversation- it does come up.
I want to ask you guys to pray for a few friends of mine.
Please pray for Brother Rey- he’s a street preacher who has had lots of physical problems the last few months.
Also pray for John David.
He’s my friend who had open heart surgery- he’s still recovering- and its tuff.
I told David that I will help him set up the half way house.
When he first told me about it- a couple of years ago now- I felt the Lord wanted me to help him.
I kinda dropped the ball to be honest.
But I took a look at the 2 story house he’s interested in- and God willing- in the next year you will be seeing pictures of us fixing it up and all.
David believes it’s his calling- I think it just might be.
See you later.
God bless you all.
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