MRO – Ministry to NASCAR

June 27, 2009

When most racing fans think of Motor Racing Outreach, they think only of invocations and church services. But MRO, founded by pastor Max Helton in 1988 after a chance meeting with Darrell and Stevie Waltrip, serves the racing community in a variety of ways.

In addition to the religious aspect of the organization, the MRO compound acts as a central community center for the drivers, crew members, wives and families at the track each weekend. There are scheduled activities for children and adults. In addition, the chaplains and staff members act as counselors and liaisons to the drivers, crew and their families.

Please view this short video below to get a better understanding of what and how MRO impacts lives for Christ:

mro-trucksMRO’s three recreational vehicles — a main community center/classroom facility and two motor homes used to house the staff — are driven down from North Carolina and parked in one corner of each NASCAR event. They’ll be a hub of activity for the extended NASCAR family over the next 72 hours. In addition, there’s a golf cart for MRO use, which will rarely sit idle.

MRO hosts a media chapel – mainly for network television crews – as well as a women’s Bible study group.

It’s about as quiet as an open-air tent in the middle of a racing garage can be — the noise from the jet dryers on the track, not withstanding — as the chapel service begins with an opening prayer, followed by music from the praise band.

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“It’s all about the highs and lows with family members and everything in between,” MRO Chaplain Jamie says. “It’s every facet of life here.”

MRO – Motor Racing Outreach: It’s all about building relationships with Christ within the racing community – one heart at a time.

RV Resort Reports Blessings

June 27, 2009

The following is a summary from an email written by Sally Adams sent to RVchurchesUSA testifying to the many blessings experienced by the RV Community at Lakeland RV Resort in Lakeland, Florida

Many blessings are experienced at Lakeland RV Resort because of a wonderful church family that prays and stays connected.

Every Sunday at 9am the recreation hall is turned into a very special place of worship where attendees hear the organ, accordion and piano playing as they enter in community.  The smell the cinnamon buns in the oven serve as a reminder that coffee and fellowship will follow after the service.

Worshipers are blessed with a 24-member choir which also gives a spring concert to a packed audience .  A couple from Wisconsin, serve as choir directors.  Byron is a retired music teacher.  His wife Arlene has crippling arthritis in her hands but God has given her the the gift and ability to play old time hymns – her fingers flowing from one end of the keyboard to the other.

Many neighbors of various faiths or denominations attend following their own services just to enjoy the music and hear Pastor “Ollie’s”  message. Just another blessing! He is a retired minister from Michigan who weekly teaches God’s Word – impacting the hearts of all.

This church is a very important part of resident’s and visitor’s life at Lakeland Rv Resort.  The church community maintains a  remarkable prayer chain which even extends to those traveling away from the resort.  Many have testified to how God has answered prayers and requests..

Regardless of your denomination, church or faith background, everyone is welcome to visit and receive a blessing from a special church in a special place – Lakeland RV Resort in Lakeland, Florida.

Lakeland RV Resort
900 Old Combee RD
Lakeland, FL 33540
(863) 687-6146
lakelandrv@tampabay.rr.com
www.carefreervresorts.com

Shaken But Not Confused

June 26, 2009

by Ed Eubank
Ed and his wife Donna are Ambassador Club members

Earthquakes happen constantly around the globe. In a moment peaceful tranquility can turn into total terror and confusion. The Word of God tells us a lot about this “shaking” in the book of Hebrews 12:26-29.

We all face “earthquakes” at various times in our lives when it seems everything is turned upside down. That’s when fear and confusion attempt to overtake us. The sudden loss of a loved one, uncertainty in finances, shattered dreams and hopes are but a few of the sudden shakings we experience in this life.

But there is good news in the midst of the shaking. Romans 14:17 says God’s kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. God’s kingdom cannot be shaken. We have the blessed hope to once again see our loved ones who died in Christ. Also, we have been promised that while not all things are good, they work out for our good in the end. (Romans 8:28)

Since God has given us a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe – for our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:28-29).

Take some time today to share God’s righteousness with others. Remember, it’s the peace makers that are blessed. And maintain your joy in the Holy Spirit. If the devil can’t steal your joy, he can’t keep your goods.

Visit Ed and Donna’s ministry MissionUSA.org

Jiffy Pop & Jabez Expanding

June 17, 2009

by Ed Eubank
Ed and his wife Donna are Ambassador Club members

God has blessed me with a wonderful life.

As I was growing up, our family always took summer vacations. They most often included a camping adventure. Dad and mom would pack up the car, a Coleman pop up camper and off we’d go. Although the path we took was always different, one thing stayed the same – campfires and pop corn – “Jiffy Pop” that is!.

It was so cool to rip open the paper covering and hold the pan directly over the fire. In a matter of moments it began to expand as if by magic. It would just keep expanding to the point that the bag was almost ready to burst!

As I reflect on those early adventuresome days of my life, I was reminded of a Bible story about expanding. It’s a brief yet revealing account in First Chronicles of a man named Jabez. His mother’s delivery of Jabez was so terrible and painful that she branded the little baby for life -for his name meant to grieve, make sorrow and bring pain (1Chronicles 4: 9). Can you imagine that the very mention of your name reminded everyone that you were the cause of pain and grief?

Yet, Jabez had a turning point in his life. Though he was more honorable than his brothers, it seems he didn’t fully realize how special he was until he prayed aloud to God. He prayed that God would bless him, expand Jabez’s ministry territory, be with him, and keep him from evil that “I may not cause or feel pain.” (1Chronicles 4:10)

What Jebez wanted most was to have some positive influence in life (expand my territory). He desired to be seen as a blessing and not a curse, to know God’s hand was upon him and that he would never cause someone pain again. And the Bible tells us – almost in passing – “So God granted him what he requested.”

I have come to understand that in life there are many like Jabez around us who just need a kind word of encouragement and a touch of God’s blessings.

Oh, and as for the “Jiffy Pop”, we just recently rediscovered it with our daughters. It’s amazing how their eyes were filled with the same anticipation and magic as they excitedly shared campfire stories – just like I had done years ago!.

Today would be a good day to expand your territories -  just like Jabez and the Jiffy Pop. All it would take is a passion to impact lives for Christ and a sincere prayer asking for God to bless you, be with you, keep you from evil so that you would not cause pain to others.

Prayers and Promises

June 15, 2009

A devotional by Floyd Platt
Floyd is a member of our Ambassador Club

Are you anxious today?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7

Believing that God will direct your life according to His good purposes begins with a faithfulness to trust Him implicitly, without worrying about the results.

Oswald Chambers writes in My Utmost For His Highest: Having the reality of God’s presence is not dependent on our being in a particular circumstance or place, but is only dependent on our determination to keep the Lord before us continually.  Our problems arise when we refuse to place our trust in the reality of His presence…

Our surest cure regarding being anxious is to pray about everything.  This is not some generic kind of praying that leaves worry implanted, but a specific, bold prayer that lays our every concern before God and then stands on the sure promises of the Bible.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,a whob have been called according to his purpose” Rom. 8:28

Identify the sources of your anxiety and ask for God’s counsel to respond properly to each stress point.  Know and claim his promises.

Read Floyd’s bio here. You can leave a comment below.

Is The Bible Valuable? (2)

June 11, 2009

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

I am still pondering the question as to why so few view the Bible as important in value? Perhaps one reason is that they do not read it or understand it. However, one must read it before they know if they understand it or not. That would seem to be the issue. If one needs help to understand it then there are many way to obtain the help. I personally found The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel to be of tremendous help in my own return to faith. They are easy to obtain from bookstores or www.leestrobel.com.

Another reason might be that people don’t like what the Bible says. Ever since Eve’s encounter with the serpent (Devil), mankind has wanted to be god (Genesis 3:4-5) rather than being subject to the rules that He as the loving Creator and heavenly Father established for mankind’s own welfare.

The theme of our society would seem to be question authority. A not too unfamiliar voice somewhere is saying: Don’t tell me how to live MY life. Yet, while we ignore God’s direction of how to govern our lives and treat our fellowmen, we subject ourselves to the whims of society and conform ourselves to the latest fads and trends of celebrities.

We read countless How To books on everything from how to have a better marriage, how to run a more successful business, how to win friends, or how to attract that one true love. At the same time we declare the Bible to be of no value, although it has given us the true methods to accomplish all of the above.

If we do not read or study the Bible, we will never understand it; its proven methods to a happy and successful life in all areas of today’s world will be for naught. So start reading the Bible today. You will be amazed at what you find on its pages. My own story of the futility of not reading it is contained in It’s Never Too Late and can be ordered from www.faithrescued.com.

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at john@faithrescued.com

Is Retirement a Dirty Word?

June 11, 2009

by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
as appeared on RV Lifestyle Ezine June 2009

“Irritated Out West,” a woman in her mid-60s, wrote to Dear Abby. She enjoys work, looks forward to going to work each day. She asked Abby’s advice on what to say to “the tactless people” who ask her when she’s going to retire. She has various replies, but says, “ I don’t want to be rude, but now and then I feel like telling them that it’s none of their business.”

Abby’s response? “Give the person your standard ‘sweet smile’ and say: ‘To me, retirement is a dirty word. Please don’t use it in front of me again.’”

You may not agree. I meet RVers all the time who say work is a four-letter word and they’ll not be doing that again. On the other hand, work or volunteering is in many RVers’ future. Bob, a New Horizon owner we met in Dawson Creek, said they will be working at some point. He doesn’t like packing up and moving every two or three days. The economy and stock market has made working or volunteering an imperative for some RVers. And, still others enjoy working or volunteering for many reasons, not the least of which is the extra cash earned or saved.

If we have lived to age 65, we still have 30 years left in our expected life span. That’s another 1/3 of your life to go! Purposeful living of some kind helps extend life and improve quality of life. It doesn’t have to be work but for many, some sort of work does fit the bill. As an RVer, you can easily mix working or volunteering with your travels and work as much or little as you want or need. Most assignments are short term so you’re not stuck some place for any length of time. Plus, your RV has wheels!

What about for you? What do you plan to do with the rest of your life?

Please add your comment below or email Jamie at calamityjaimie@gmail.com

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RVers Have Clout

June 10, 2009

by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
as appeared on RV Home Yet? Jun 2009

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I missed this story last week, “Council Backpedals on Overnight Parking.” A member of the Hobart, IN City Council had introduced a bill to stop trucks and RVs from parking overnight outside shopping centers along U.S. 30. After receiving hundreds of emails from residents and RVers protesting the move, the council  decided to postpone a final vote on the parking ban and send the proposed ordinance back for more study.

RV forums, e-news and newsletters get the word out to RVers who respond to proposed measures like this with threatsto bypass the city and affect businesses other than RV parks. Were RV parks behind this measure? It’s not clear. The article said they had received a dozen or so complaints. According to the article, Councilman Jerry Herzog said, “I don’t think the appearance of semis and RVs in a business district is acceptable.”

no-park11The Maine legislature withdrew similar legislation that would have  applied to the whole state after receiving a huge response. You can read more about it in RV Lifestyles Ezine May 14 issue.

RVers do have clout. We do need to use that clout to get the RVers who abuse this privilege to shape up. In the next issue of RV Lifestyles ezine, (out 6/10/09), our headline article is about a man who has lived in a Wal-Mart parking lot off and on for three years! (I’ll post the link Wednesday.) While someone in a motorhome can leave their RV in a parking lot for the day and explore, it’s a little more obvious with a 5th wheel or trailer.

This photo (below) was taken in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Helena, MT. Not only is the truck gone, but the slide is out. I wonder if this is a full-time RVer.

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Several RV clubs are working to educate members about boondocking etiquette at Wal-Mart and other parking lots. Escapees RV Club has a letter that can be left with RVers who have chairs and awnings out, stay more than one night, or otherwise jeopardize the privilege. Go to this page and then download the Boondocking Etiquette Cards. Don’t confront someone. Leave the card under their windshield wiper or tape it to their RV door.

Undoubtedly people who own RVs but who only participate occasionally see RVs overnighting at Wal-Mart and think it would be a good idea. They don’t read RV magazines and forums to realize how they could adversely, and probably inadvertently, affect other RVers’ rights by their behavior.

Please add your comment below or email Jamie at calamityjaimie@gmail.com

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Road Trips – Nova Scotia

June 6, 2009

By Charles Hofer
as appeared in Campclub USA May 2009 The Guide

The RV lifestyle is built for escaping to exotic, far–off lands. Not that we always think in this manner, but why not? True, filling up the rig with supplies and heading off to a foreign land can be daunting, but not when you have such a hospitable spot just over the border in the form of Maritime jewel, Nova Scotia. Touring the province is like stepping back in time, where Acadian fiddle music and artisan crafts abound, all along the backdrop of romantic fishing villages and the charm of rolling emerald landscapes that spill into the Atlantic. So, who’s with me?

Entering Nova Scotia from the west, take some time in the town of Truro, a hub city where seemingly all the major routes in Maritime Canada come together. go2This is where you’ll get your first taste of the local natural phenomenon — the tides in the Bay of Fundy, which rise and fall twice daily to astounding limits. Keep moving eastward and you’ll find yourself in the town of Parrsboro, home to Maritime Canada’s most recognizable features, “The Brothers Parrsboro,” massive outcroppings that rise out of the Bay of Fundy. Explore the Fundy Geological Museum and showcase of the natural wonders of Nova Scotia and the Bay while in the area.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, nestled along the northern–most point of Cape Breton in Northeastern Nova Scotia, simply can’t be beat. Heading north along the western shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, catch up with the Cabot Trail, a nearly 200–mile trail which follows much of the coastline, passing through romantic sleepy Acadian fishing villages, then tip–toeing by breathtaking cliffs that drop into the rocky gulf shores.

The park itself is home to six campgrounds, not all of which are RV friendly. Doing your research here before heading up will certainly pay off. Few roads allow access to the park and many miles can separate stops and access to resources. However, the trip is well worth it and surely one of the finest stops in Eastern Canada.

Cape Breton also is home to many of the creatures Canada is famous for; it will be pretty difficult to pass a couple hours without seeing at least one moose. While in the Highlands, be sure to take advantage of one of the many whale–watching excursions available. The rich Gulf of St. Lawrence offers a bounty of food for these large marine mammals and, in turn attract, legions of giant creatures all of which feed right off shore.

go-3Besides its namesake park, Cape Breton is a vacation unto itself. Be sure to soak in much of the region’s culture at any one of a seemingly endless list of Nova Scotia villages along the way. Traveling along the western shore of the Cape, the town of Cheticamp welcomes visitors with open arms, especially during the summer months. Try the village of Ingonish along the Cape’s eastern shore, where one will find scenic and colorful Maritime architecture, as well as fantastic hiking trails along the rocky coast right outside of town. On your way out, be sure to hit Baddeck, a charming and upscale resort town nestled along the shores of Bras d’Or Lakes. A visit to Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, a sprawling 25–acre estate summer home of the famed inventor, pays homage to his remarkable life and career.

As you explore Cape Breton, be sure to pick up some of its many souvenirs hand–crafted by Acadian artisans. Jewelry, rugs, pottery, artwork — the list of Cape Breton artisans sharing their unique wares is endless.

Once you leave the Cape and head south back to mainland Nova Scotia, take a side trip to the eastern shore to visit the Fortress and Louisbourg National Historic Site in Louisbourg. Billed as the “largest reconstructed 18th–century French fortified town” in North America, the Fort is truly a marvel. After the French surrendered Acadia to the aggressive British during the early 1700s, a group of French retreated to this isolated encampment along Nova Scotia’s Northeast coast. This massive fort refuted siege after siege before finally surrendering to the British in 1760, who, naturally, immediately burned it down to the ground. Thankfully, the reconstructed fort is one of the continent’s finest and a certain can’t miss for history buffs.

Before heading down to Halifax, take some time to enjoy the province’s Eastern Shore, truly a step back to simpler days where Nova Scotia heritage is proud and true. Visit Sherbrooke Village, the province’s largest living history museum, where the areas late 19th–Century boomtown heritage stands on display. Nearly 30 buildings have been restored to make this a worthwhile destination. Nestled along the shore also is the spectacular yet quiet Taylor Head Provincial Park, which boasts several outstanding hiking trails along the peninsula that juts into the chilly Atlantic. The town of Tangier is a paddler’s destination along the Atlantic, with scores of kayaking outfitters ready to create an adventure you’ll never forget.

Of course, no visit to the region would be complete without spending at least a few days in the provincial capital of Halifax. An incredibly charming city, Halifax is part San Francisco, with it wide array of culture and bay atmosphere, and part Cape May, New Jersey, where sleepy charms and splendid architecture create an alluring visit. Like all great cities, Halifax is meant to be explored on foot. Park the RV near the city center and put on your walking shoes. It won’t be long before you and yours are immersed in cafes, restaurants, and shops, all lining historic streets along the waterfront. At night, musicians abound and the city’s folk roots can be found in any of the numerous alehouses. A stroll among the Halifax Public Gardens and the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site that towers over the city center are musts.

For help planning your getaway, contact the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism at 800/565–0000; www.novascotia.com.

Charles Hofer is a freelance writer from New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Is The Bible Valuable? (1)

June 4, 2009

byJohn Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

Last week we chatted about the value of mankind’s soul as the Bible explains it. I realize, however, that many people do not place any value on the Bible or on what it says.

In realizing that, the question arises as to why this Book has so little value to so many. There is an old saying that “familiarity breeds contempt.” Could one reason that it has so little value to many be the fact that it is so readily available? It can be viewed on the Internet in most translations. It is in most motel and hotel rooms, hospitals, libraries, churches, and book stores, and in hundreds of thousands of homes. Perhaps many feel that if they ever need the Bible, it will be close at hand?

Yet, the phrase was “familiarity breeds contempt.” Statistics from many sources indicate that while the Bible can be found in all those places, people are not generally familiar with its contents. A Gallup poll taken in 2000, which indicated that 92% American households own at least one Bible; just 59% indicated they read it occasionally—a drop from 73% in 1980. This 2000 study indicated that “only one in seven Americans reported an involvement that goes beyond just reading the Bible.”

So it would appear that, although the Bible is readily available, it is not familiarity with it or knowledge of it that results in many people holding it as having little or no value to life as we know it today. This would seem to be the situation in the Prophet Jeremiah’s day also. (Jeremiah 4:22 NIV).

Join me next time as we continue to explore some of the reasons many people have disregard for the Bible.

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at john@faithrescued.com

Stale RV Water Solutions

June 2, 2009

by Mark Polk
Mark is a regular contributing author

Take care of your RV water system and in return it will provide you with many years of reliable service. The potable water system in your house is pretty much maintenance free. The potable water system in your RV, on the other hand, requires some maintenance to keep it trouble free. Something I’ve run into quite often is the complaint that there is a stale odor coming from the RV water system. When you return from a trip and you’re not going to use the RV for a while you need to drain the entire water system to prevent it from getting stale and musty.

You can start by draining the water heater tank. Go to the outside compartment where the water heater is located. The drain plug, or petcock is normally located in the bottom left hand corner. Remove the plug and open the pressure relief valve on top of the water heater to assist in draining.

Caution: Never drain the water heater tank when it is hot or under pressure. Turn off any water source going to the RV(i.e., city water, water pump). Open a hot and cold water faucet to relieve the pressure. Allow the water in the tank sufficient time to cool before draining.

anode-new-and-usedIf you have a suburban water heater it will have an anode rod. The anode rod is designed to help prevent corrosion in a suburban steel water heater tank. Corrosive elements in the water will attack the rod rather than the tank. Inspect the anode rod every time you remove it to drain the tank and replace it when approximately ¾ of the rod is consumed. Atwood water tanks do not require an anode rod, and use a nylon drain plug because the tank is made of aluminum.

Next you need to locate the low point water line drains. It may take a while to find them, but I assure you they are there. There will be one for the hot and one for the cold water lines. This is the lowest point in the water system. Open these and let the water drain out. There’s one more thing left to do; find the drain for the fresh water holding tank and drain all of the water from it. At this point you can turn the water pump on for a moment to force any remaining water out. Do not let the pump continue to run once the water stops draining. Close all of the drains.

If by accident you forget to drain the water system and you get that notorious stale odor all is not lost. You just need to sanitize the water system.

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* Start by draining all of the old water out of the system, and then close all of the drains.

* Take a quarter cup of house hold bleach for every fifteen gallons of water that your fresh water tank holds. Mix the bleach into a one-gallon container filled with water and pour it into the fresh water holding tank.

* Fill the fresh water tank completely full of water.

* Turn the water pump on, open all hot and cold faucets and run the water until you smell the bleach at each faucet.

* Close the faucets and let it sit for about 12 hours. Note: If it’s possible drive the RV or pull the trailer so the water can move around to assist in cleaning the entire tank.

* Drain the entire system and re-fill the fresh water tank with water.

* Open all of the faucets and run the water until you no longer smell any bleach. It may be necessary to repeat this process again to eliminate all signs of bleach from the water system.

Once this is done it is safe to use your water system. It’s also a good idea to use a water filter at campgrounds and to keep bottled water on hand for drinking.

Happy Camping,

Mark Polk is founder of RV Education 101 and RV University

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