Monday, August 27, 2012
Rob Update 8/27
This update for Pastor Rob is filled with both joy and disappointment. On the joyful side, he is home! With Hurricane Isaac bearing down on us they released Rob four days early. Praise God!! I drove to New Orleans and after a very long trip (New Orleans evacuation) we made it to their house around 5:30 pm. He was overwhelmingly glad to see his home after almost two months. Also, Amy found out today that they will be having a girl in February! On the other hand, their much needed bus has turned out to be a terrible disappointment. As I shared in my last update, Amy and Christine flew to Florida on Thursday to pick up the bus. They left on Friday for the return home. By the end of the day they were having problems with the Bus. The “check engine” light had come on so they stopped at an AutoZone where they were told one of the cylinders wasn’t firing. On Saturday it started making a terrible noise and a mechanic told them the exhaust manifold was cracked. He said someone had tried to patch it and burned a hole in it. He tried to repair it again but it didn’t hold. He also told them it had some serious oil leaks. Finally, at 5:30 on Saturday evening I received a call from them. They were stranded about an hour and a half away - the drive shaft had broken. My wife and I drove to pick them up and the bus was towed to Baton Rouge. Today they were told the drive shaft had destroyed the transmission. This is one of those dark providences when our theology reminds us that affliction experienced by God’s people always comes from God’s hand of mercy and grace. Rejoice with us that Rob is finally home. Pray that he and his family will adjust well to all of the struggles of their new life. Continue to pray that God will bring him physical restoration. And pray that the situation with the bus will have a positive resolution. It has proven to be much more costly than anyone had imagined.