October 2022

Meetings

Since our last letter I’ve preached in: Washington, Tennessee, Montana, Arizona, California, Florida, North Carolina, New York and Idaho.

The meetings have gone exceptionally well with a very good spirit and some positive decisions made for the Lord. Most were Revival meetings but some were King James Conferences where Christians didn’t just learn why their Bible is perfect but also learned how to defend it from pseudo-experts who don’t believe there’s a perfect Bible anyplace on the planet.

The Summer

The summer started off quite hectically. We jumped off with a 500 mile leg toward Arizona. The new truck handled the trailer well but hammered me good. When we would stop for gas it took me a few minutes before I could even move to get out of the truck. But, as the trip continued I toughened up.

After our meeting in Yuma, AZ we filled the gas tank to the max & headed across the Mohave Desert. The new truck gets 7mpg pulling. But because the trip was one long uphill grade we got only 6mpg. Not enough. We ran out of gas in the desert. We have a hitch receiver on the back of our trailer. I have a small generator & 5 gal. of gas on it but I had lost the key to the cable securing the generator & gas can. BUT! I had bolt cutters & got the gas can poured into our tank. Then I told Kathy, “We now have 30 more miles of range and 50 miles to go. BUT, God graciously got us to a gas station 50 miles away.

On the next trip, because I hadn’t been able to replace the cable lock our generator bounced off the back of the trailer on a little, traffic-jammed two lane road in CA. No way to turn the rig around. But, a guy graciously went back for it and brought it to us.

On the next trip I realized the weight of the generator was folding the back bumper in on itself and had to have a kind brother in a church repair & weld it back into shape. Ah yes! “Like being on vacation all year long!”

Our only option is to replace the whole rig again with a small motor home & with a 1/2 ton truck to tow behind it. The problem is, truck & RV prices being as unreasonable high as they are, we’ve elected to just do what we can to improve the ride of the truck & endure three tough months of driving. Relief doesn’t seem worth the financial debt required to rectify the issue.

Our 50th Anniversary

Usually we head out for a summer of preaching as soon as Institute is over. This year we stopped at the end of July instead of August. Our 50th Anniversary was August 12. All three boys came in with their families. They live thousands of miles apart. We have grandchildren who had never met. We all enjoyed the time together. Then I took Kathy away for a couple of weeks. Now, we’re working on year 51!

Books

The Answer Book #1 is now in it’s 12th reprint. I’m plowing away on the Greek manuscript book and four others, including one I just started. I’ll tell you about it in a future letter.

Prayer

I have often said that prayer keeps us going. Please continue to pray for us. Whether driving or flying Kathy doesn’t “bounce back” as fast as she used to. Both of us know this has to end some time but we both have, “No Desire to Retire!” When that time comes we’ll know it. Until then, if you would mercifully pray for us we would greatly appreciate it.

God bless you all as you seek to serve Him!

In Christ’s Service,

Samuel C. Gipp

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