I've been in Oregon for just over a month since returning from Montana and the Crow Indian Reservation. I had two goals in mind for this trip. First, I wanted to share the good news of the gospel through baptism. Second, I told myself I wasn't leaving the rez until I finished writing the manuscript for Love Your Guts Out. I'm glad to report that I had the honor of baptizing seven people and also completed the first draft. Thus, I left the rez and returned to Oregon.
Now that I'm back in the Beaver State, it's time to determine what road to travel next. What I know so far is that my latest trip was also my final one along the literal Uttermost Road, at least in the foreseeable future. I say "literal" because I'm referring to life on the road towing a fifth wheel trailer. This day hasn't come unexpectedly. Without raising missionary support, I knew from the outset three years ago that the road would only go as far as my resources could take me. But metaphorically speaking, until the day I park it for good, the message of the Uttermost Road will continue: discover and explore the limitless depths of the River within you, then pour out your life like there's no tomorrow. You won't run dry . . . never!
The Uttermost Road for me will simply take on a different look. If I had to do it all over again, I certainly would. The journey of traveling the Uttermost Road in a diesel pickup with trailer in tow has been personally transformational. The experiences and encounters along the way have been priceless and unforgettable. My hope and prayer is that the paths that I crossed opened the door a bit wider for others to also experience new life and personal transformation.
In front of me now are several possible roads to travel. My immediate need is to find work and get some income flowing again. This might come by way of a ministry position or employment in the general workforce. I'm open to relocating most anywhere, though my preference is somewhere in the western half of the country . . . you know . . . within a few hour's drive of a trout stream!
I want to thank every one of you for following my journey. Your support has been very encouraging and most appreciated. Though I'm signing off for now as a road warrior, I won't be signing off from the Uttermost Road website. It will undergo a revision and take on a new look, and I plan to continue blogging and return to recording and expanding the video teaching library.
Please stay tuned. I'll be posting updates as details unfold. I'd love to hear from you. If you have comments, or perhaps suggestions about revising the blog, video teachings, employment opportunities and ideas, send them my way.
Your brother forever