Greetings to all our Family, Friends and Supporters.
I am late in getting a newsletter out, once again. We had family visiting earlier this month and then we had the I-80 Truck show in Walcott Iowa to prepare for, and before I knew it, it was July 21! So, I’m finally sitting down and getting the newsletter written, with Mary’s help, of course.
Our Spring Truckers Jamboree happened on May 31 – June 3. I am happy to report that we had a great crowd for it. Several other trucker’s ministries were in attendance (RIG Ministries, Channel 21 Ministries, Truckers for Christ, and Truckers for Jesus) and gave testimony to what God has been doing in their ministries as well as helping minister to drivers who came in. We had some great inspirational speakers throughout the day and at our evening services, which were well attended. We had great music by different people, but the ones I want to mention are The McKay Project which is a husband and wife band that played every day for us, and also John Skorski, who led us in the worship time for all the evening services. A big “Thank You” to all who participated and volunteered. We can never make these jamborees happen without our volunteers who set up, tear down, clean, cook and clean up. If you were one of the drivers who attended, we want to say thank you for attending, and we hope you make plans to attend our Fall Truckers Jamboree which will be held on September 27-30.
On June 23 and 24th, Mark Hewett, Clyde and Cheryl Searfoss and Mary and I were able to attend the RIG Ministries meeting that they put on every year. Mark attended both days, while Clyde and Cheryl attended Friday’s meeting and Mary and I attended the Saturday meeting. There was some great music and preaching and it was nice to attend meetings where we could soak in God’s presence.
In previous newsletters I have mentioned the name of Mark Hewett, but I realized that I have not introduced him to you. Mark was voted in by the ACT board in January 2017 to be the Director of Development. He lives in Sioux Falls, SD with his wife, Debra. Mark represents ACT at the truck shows and does follow up on the different trucker’s ministries that we want to be associated with. He also provides information to companies and individuals who what to support ACT. He is an ordained pastor and is affiliated with BAM ministries. He writes daily blogs which he posts on our Facebook page, ACT Road Angel. He is also the administrator of our web page which is, acti70.org. We want to welcome Mark to the staff of ACT and we are excited for what God is going to do. Mark always end his conversations with “Roll on with Jesus” and that is what we all should do no matter what we do or where we are. So, this is a challenge from me to you that you “Roll on with Jesus” today.
I want to give an update on the summer projects that were mentioned in the May newsletter. We have received a donation of $200 designated for the resealing of another section of the parking lot. We have checked the prices for the sealant and tools that are necessary for the project, and believe we need close to $1000 to buy the items. The other project is the repainting of the main building. We have received a donation of 10 gallons of paint from Sherwin Williams and also a lower rental price for the paint sprayer when we are ready to paint. We will need at least 25 gallons of paint for the project and we need to rent a lift to reach the top of the building. We are seeking volunteers who are wanting to help with the painting. We can give the volunteers room and food for the duration of the project. Please contact me if this is something you can help with. No dates have been scheduled yet, but if we receive the funds necessary for the project, we would like to have the building painted before our Jamboree in September.
We have just returned from the I-80 Truck Show in Walcott Iowa. This is our 2nd year being represented there. Mark Hewett, Clyde Searfoss and Cheryl Searfoss attended the show. They reported that three people prayed and accepted Jesus as their Savior, 4 cases of Bibles with ACT literature were handed out, as well as several cases of ACT scratch paper. We give thanks to God for the contacts that were made. The next truck show we will be attending is the Great America Truck Show in Dallas Texas on August 24-26th. As of right now, Mark and Debra Hewett will be representing ACT at the show.
I want to share with you a letter we received from a driver regarding our ministry:
“To the fine people at ACT; just a few words to say what ACT means to me. When I first stopped in to see you all, I didn’t know what to expect. But what I found was a place that I could come to and find hope. We all think there is no one out there for us to talk to, but I found out quickly how wrong I was. You all open the doors and hearts to me. Not just you hearts but the heart of ACT. You have given me a home to come to just like going home to my parents (Mom and dad’s home). When I pull into your parking lot, the weight of the world is lifted from me and I can be who God wants me to be and not one of you judge me. I am able to sit and talk about my Lord with whoever is there. It could be with one of you all or another driver. I was asked one time what ACT meant to me. There are so many different things it means. It just depends on what is going on in my life at the time that I stop by. All I can say is Thank You for being there for me when I needed God’s help and didn’t know where to turn or how to get there. Please do not change what you have. God is very pleased with everything you have going on. ACT is where I get my church any day of the week. There are seven Sundays every week. God Bless”
That is why this ministry has continued to grow. Truck drivers love this place. It feels like home to them. They feel God’s presence here. Thank you for making this ministry possible. Thank you for your continued support and most importantly, your prayers.
Have a great summer and stop in and see us, even if it is for your 15 minute break. Good fellowship, prayer and coffee are always available!
May God bless you and keep you until we meet again!
In HIS service,
Chaplain Dock Hinman
Web Site: acti70.org (you can donate on this site under one of the donate tabs)
Facebook: ACT Road Angel
Phone: 618-427-3737, or 618-704-4366