By Emily M.
We grabbed a bathroom break and a quick cell phone charge then headed to baggage claim. Some of the team members pick out a few of our bags amongst the bags being unloaded from the plane before we de-boarded, so we knew at least some of our stuff had made it!
We ended up spending two additional hours at the airport sorting out rental cars. The original reservation was not able to be fulfilled, so the company needed to call in a passenger van from another rental car agency. By the time we loaded the vehicles, we were ready to eat! The vehicles we'll be driving are a Ford F-150 and a Dodge passenger van. Chris and Jon did a great job transferring luggage into the truck bed.
At Wal-Mart and at Lowe's, there were homeless men standing on street corners where there were stop signs. The Rennells handed out at least two blessing bags, and Ed spoke with one of the men. The Rennells' passion for this work is clear. They care deeply for this population.
After finally leaving Wal-Mart territory, we made the drive out to the Soaring Wings ranch. I can't speak for the group in the van, but in the truck we noted that there was a definite improvement in natural beauty as we approached the ranch. It is situated in classical western country. There are tumbleweeds, prairie grasses and mountain views. Meeting the Rennells and seeing this setting it becomes obvious that God is working in their ministry.
Taking a look at the foundations of the addition is symbolic. The Rennells have been out here in Colorado laying the foundations for their ministry to the homeless. Trinity Bible Church is here for a week. We will help build from the foundation, but so will many others who will follow us. But with each group that gets involved with Soaring Wings, they will build both a physical creation and a spiritual team to lend support.