Everyone remembers their first car, their first crush, and their first kiss. The first car for the boy “Growing Up On Dump Ground Road” was a brown, 1960 Ford Falcon Wagon. It cost a grand total of $175, which he had saved from working at the Dairy Queen for fifty-cents per hour. It was a no-frills vehicle equipped with an in-line six-cylinder engine, standard transmission, shifter on the column, no power steering or power brakes, no air conditioning and hand cranking windows. To the rest of the world it was nothing special to look at, but to the DGR kid this car was a thing of beauty!
When he followed his dad home from the car lot, jumping and jerking all the way, he received the following sage, fatherly advice: “Welcome to the world of car trouble. If you own a car, sooner or later, you are going to have trouble.” The first car repair may have been new tires or a new battery, but the money came out of the boy’s hard-earned savings. The painful reality of his dad’s counsel hit him hard in the pocketbook. In addition to insurance and gas, the kid learned the value of regular car maintenance and the necessity of preparing for repairs.
The sad truth about any type of machinery is that it will eventually have to be repaired or replaced. The, now grown up, DGR kid was reminded of this fact when he walked into the church office on Monday morning. Our printing workhorse, the Risograph machine, has finally died! The kindly, older repairman from Rhodes Lauck, who with the help of our amazing secretary, Joyce Tate, has kept this machine limping along for years, declared it expired! It was literally bleeding ink all over the place. So now we are faced with the challenge of replacing this expensive, but essential, piece of equipment.
I am not going to tell you about my first crush or my first kiss, but I will tell you that eventually my trusty Falcon was replaced with a much nicer 1964 Chevy Impala. There comes a time when we have to say, “out with the old and in with the new.” We have reached that point on our duplicating machine. Pray for the search and acquisition of this new equipment. Pray for Joyce Tate, as she adapts to another new machine. Pray for God to meet this financial need, as He always does.
The Lord is always faithful!
Serving in love,