What a great day! My sister and brother-in-law are here with me, Debra and Clark Million. Two of the nicest and most generous people you will ever meet. Clark rode with me today to Sodus Point, NY. Debra followed in the car and will be my guest blogger today. It was a quick hop, skip and a jump of 43 miles to the bed and breakfast where we are staying. I enjoyed riding with Clark as we were able to talk and spend time together. Wish you were here Layne (other brother-in-law). Take it away Debra. Thanks for reading.
Hope and Mercy,
Today's Post from Debra Million:
My husband Clark and I flew in Sunday night from Fort Worth, TX and met Skip in Rochester, NY. Clark is going to ride with him for a couple of days. We are so happy and blessed to get to treat him to comfy beds and fattening food (he's lost 12 pounds) so he can finish strong on his journey. In Acts 16, the apostle Paul talks about Lydia, a seller of purple cloth. Purple cloth was one of the most expensive, so it is traditionally believed that Lydia was a woman with means. Lydia shared her material blessings with Paul and other believers to allow them to spread the message of Christ. We are privileged to be able to share our many blessings with Skip as he brings attention to our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East who have so little -- so little food, safety, peace, or a place to call home.
Today Skip and Clark rode from Rochester to Sodus Point, NY. This part of New York State was very active in the Underground Railroad. More people seeking freedom and safety. Skip and Clark started out in steady rain with plastic grocery bags on their feet to try to keep them dry. I don't think those lasted long. Clark says it was a beautiful ride along Lake Ontario. It wasn't too long today. Tomorrow's ride to Pulaski, NY will be about twice as long. Of course, I am just driving in our rental car, but saying many prayers along the way.
1 Samuel 2:30 "For those who honor me, I will honor."
Also wanted to include this powerful interview from Columbia Magazine with Father Douglas Bazi, pastor of Mar Elia Chaldean Catholic Church in Erbil, Iraq. He was kidnapped and tortured 10 years ago for his Christian faith and has sheltered hundreds of families displaced after fleeing attacks by militants of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or Daesh.
From the interview:
COLUMBIA: A decade ago, you were kidnapped and tortured by Islamic extremists in Baghdad, where you served as a parish priest. Could you tell us what happened to you?
FATHER BAZI: It was just a normal Sunday. I celebrated Mass in my parish and then drove to visit a family. As soon as I got on the highway, two cars blocked me. One was full of armed men with masked faces, and they threw me in their trunk and drove off.... Read more