On the Road to Birmingham
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2007 May 23
This morning we are packing for the start of another long trip. In a few hours we’re leaving for Birmingham for Nick’s graduation this Saturday from Samford University. We’re going early because I’m speaking tonight at 6:30 PM at CrossPoint Church in Trussville, a suburb on the NE side of Birmingham. Last fall I had the privilege of meeting Ryan Whitley, the pastor at CrossPoint, and since then we’ve become good friends. Tonight’s service is called WOW–Worship on Wednesdays. We start with a meal at 5:30 PM, followed by the service at 6:30 PM.
Josh and Leah fly in from Chicago on Friday morning. That night we’re taking Nick out to a fancy steak house to celebrate his graduation, which is a notable achievement because he is graduating cum laude (with honor). The graduation takes place on Saturday morning. That evening we drive back to Tupelo, pick up some bags we’re leaving here, and then drive on to Memphis where we will check into a hotel near the airport because on Sunday morning we fly from Memphis to Alaska for the start of the Word of Life Alaskan Cruise (I’m the Bible teacher for the cruise). Sunday will be spent entirely in airports and in the air. It takes a long time and several stops to get from Memphis to Fairbanks.
We wrap up the cruise on June 8. Then on our way back home, Marlene will fly from Minneapolis to Great Falls, Montana and then will travel by car to Rudyard along the “High-Line” for her Aunt Caroline’s 90th birthday. I’ll be home in Tupelo late on June 8. Marlene returns on June 12. For her it’s Tupelo-Birmingham-Memphis-Alaska-Montana-Tupelo. And we close on our new home on June 15 and start moving in that day.
So this is the start of about three weeks that will find us in more or less perpetual motion. That’s why Marlene is out this morning doing some last-second errands before we leave for Birmingham. We have lists and more lists. Our philosophy is to go through the doors the Lord opens and to minister to as many people as we can. We are finding that there is no shortage of open doors and people who need to be encouraged from the Word of God. That’s the real heart of Keep Believing Ministries.