Margaret and I had a busy day today with three activities in three different states. By the end of the day we had logged over 240 miles.
Our day began at 6:30 A.M. this morning when we left the chapel in Elkton, MD to go to Pittsgrove, NJ for a 7:30 A.M. TFC South Jersey Chapter breakfast. I was the guest speaker at the breakfast in the Kountry Kitchen restaurant. Following an all-you-can-eat breakfast I gave a brief ministry update and a short devotional. We really enjoy our visits with the S. Jersey folks. They always make us feel so welcome - and the Kountry Kitchen has some good food!
Our first stop of the day and our first all-you-can-eat meal.
Margaret and I got to sit with Jim Murphy (second from the right above)
who is one of the volunteer chaplains at the Life-Saver
Other chapter members and visitors
The lady on the left is Arlene Wright, wife of chapter president William. Arlene is the one responsible for scheduling the speakers for their breakfasts.
That was our first activity. From Pittsgrove we headed down to Arundel Mills Mall which is south of Baltimore, MD. for our second activity. This was a noon AECC luncheon at the Golden Coral - another all-you-can-eat meal. (AECC is the ministry through which I am credentialed.)
Some of the AECC folks. At the far table is Chaplain Jim Brown on the left and Chaplain Tom Kramer. Chaplain Tom is a TFC chaplain in Elkton.
The ladies set together so they could have some girl talk.
While we were there a stranger came over to me and said he noticed the TFC logo on my jacket and asked me if I was a TFC chaplain. I told him I was and where we served. He said he had heard about TFC from his brother who is an over-the-road truck driver with more than 3,000,000 miles plus he had listened to the Dr. Dobson tape about TFC. He said he wanted to thank me for the ministry we provided to truck drivers like his brother. I gave him one of my business cards and invited him to come and visit our chapel.
That was our second activity. From Arundel we headed to Dover, DE to pick up our first Angel Food Ministries food order.
Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing grocery relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States. Angel Food's groceries are sold in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $25 per unit. Each month's menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $50.
A driver who visited the chapel a while ago told us about Angel Food ministry. Anyone can participate in the program. As missionaries we are always interested in ways to save money so Margaret went to their website and looked up our local Angel Food contact. She found out how to participate and placed our first order which we then picked up today.
After we picked up the food we finally headed home and got back home about 6:30 P.M.
It has been a long day but is was my kind of day - good ministry, good fellowship, and good food.
In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins