Saturday, July 31, 2010

Blessings Through the Windshield

Verse of the Day: Mark 2:23  "And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day;..."

I had a very enjoyable, blessed time as I drove the one and a half hours home on Sunday. Except for Batavia and a few small villages, my ride takes me through some of the most beautiful, rolling country in New York. I just feasted on the wonders of God's creation and the obedience of man to God's first command, to dress and keep his creation. Here is a glimpse of my experience. These are full-res. photos, so click to see a full-paged view. These are free to download and use, if you wish!
" behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields...." John 4:35

Friday, July 30, 2010

Family Camp 2010

Verse of the Day: Joshua 6:11" ... and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp."

We just had a blessed week at Family Camp.  There wer morningg and evening services, with singing, praying, and lots of preaching.
The hospitalty of the Pawley family, as usual, knew no bounds.  They host the camp and all the services are held in their big pole barn.

I had to work all week, but I wanted to be there for the evening services, at least. Pastor Pawley said I could camp out there, So on Saturday afternoon I drove out. I set up my tent, then helped get the whole place finished up and ready for Sunday.

We had a great Sunday. After three hours of sleep, I got up at 2:30 to go to work. This was not going to work out! The Reynolds' had invited me to stay at their place if I wasn't able to get enough sleep, so as soon as I got back, I packed up and stuffed everything back in the jeep. Then after the service I went to the Reynolds' farm and set up in the shop. It was a little drier than the rainy outdoors:-). Micah Reynolds and Daniel Martin were staying out there too, but I never heard them come in. I was fast asleep. A huge thank-you to the Reynolds family for their generosity and hospitality for the rest of the week. I was able to get a lot more sleep.

Enough ramblin'!. Here's a few pictures.
Pastor leads the singing.
         Bro. Ron Williams

Bro. Duane Cleghorn

Niagara Falls. Contrary to what the photograph suggestes, God held off the rain the whole time we were there!

  Singing while Brother Tim Hargett preached to the crowd waiting in line for the Cave of the Winds.

The food was great, but nothing compared to the spiritual feeding we received that week!

Friday, July 16, 2010

What a Downpour!

Verse of the Day: 1 King 18: 41 And Eliiah said vnto Ahab, Get thee vp, eate and drinke, for there is a sound of abundance of raine.
- King James Version (1611)
On Tuesday afternoon the heavens opened and the clouds certainly gave forth a "sound abundance of rain."
I was thankful for my wipers, but they barely meade a difference as I made my way down I-390 toward home. The van in front of me was near the side of a bridge we were crossing, and the water was spraying in a fountain from his tires right over the concrete barrier on the side. It looked really cool, so I did it too.Here are a few pictures of the deluge. You can see some are taken with my phone... if I can get them on here..we'll see.

captured with wipers at full speed.

What are soybeans doing in a rice paddy?

We need a dock, not a porch

To whom it may concern.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Geneseo Airshow

This weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) was a highlight of the year - "The Greatest Show on Turf" - the Geneseo Airshow.

This year, as last year, I was on the Aerobatic Sailplane Team as a member of the ground crew for Manfred Radius, a glider pilot. He is a German fellow in his sixties; a very particular man, but very kind, always smiling, and with a beautifully quaint accent. His aerobatic act is very unique in that it is the only quiet act of the show.

He does graceful loops and lazy eights to the sound of classical music on his way down from 5,000 feet, smoke trailing from cans on his wingtips.

Simply stunning.

 Then he does a tailslide to invert himself, comes down the runway upside down at about 40 feet high, and cuts through a ribbon that we are holding between two poles.
Right After the Cut

 He loops over right side up and circles around and lands.


 It's quite a privilege to be a part of his act. I tow the glider out to the runway with the Jeep.

 When he is beginning the takeoff roll, I hold one of the wings and run along for a few paces till the wings produce enough lift to steady the sailplane on its one wheel.
The takeoff, with a Stearman biplane as the towplane.

When he begins his performance, I go out with the four or five other members of the team.

We carry the poles and banner out to the runway and set up the banner across the runway.

Make it taut!

 As soon as he cuts it, we carry everything back to the crowd line, pile in the Jeep, and drive to the end where he has by this time landed.

 Back to the hangar we tow it, then we can finallly take a breather. There is not much to do the rest of the day, but the the hour and a half that our routine is in is very intense. A couple of us helped him unpack his glider out of its trailer and assemble it Friday morning, and we derigged it and put everything back in this afternoon. When we were done with our duties, including washing down the entire glider and re-taping the broken ribbon, we could sit back and enjoy the show!

Waiting for permission to to go out to the runway.

The Canadian Harvard Association

F-16 Viper

Thank God it's on our side.



We had a church service on Sunday morning. Major Chaplain Rev. Henry Christian preached a message. Quite a number of visitors came, and hundreds more could here the singing. Pray that people will continue to think on it.