Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Week in the Life of a Hitchhiker


Northwestern United States

In the past week, I hitchhiked from Helena, Montana to Dayton, Washington. The ride from Helena took me to Missoula. This guy's name was Harry and he came from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana. Harry was from the Assiniboine Tribe; we had a good talk. I told him that I was a Christian. He knew very little about Christianity. I told him about my faith in Jesus and that he should read the Gospel of John in the New Testament. I think he said that someone gave him a copy of the New Testament some years ago.

It had been snowing that morning when I left Helena and there was some slush on I-90. Harry was going 85 miles per hour when he hit a patch of slush. All of a sudden, we were going sideways down the interstate. Then we went sideways down into the median (I thought we were going to roll his van over) and continued going sideways into the next lane into oncoming traffic. This big tractor-trailer was bearing down on us and I thought we were going to get T-boned by the tractor-trailer when, all of a sudden, the van straightened itself out. Harry took control and we drove on the shoulder to the next exit. That happened near Clinton, Montana.

It was quite a rush for at least several seconds. It all happened so quickly. Harry and I looked at each other and heaved a sigh of relief. Harry said that my God saved us. I said, Praise the Lord!

Harry was in a hurry to get to this hospital in Missoula; he had injured his back getting bucked off of a horse during his rodeo days. We went to this hospital where they gave him some shots in his back. I sat and talked with Harry as he lay in the bed. The nurses thought it was pretty funny that he had picked up a hitchhiker.

After the hospital, Harry took me to his relations' place in Missoula and I slept on the floor that night. The next morning, his nephew drove me to Lolo where I started walking west on U.S. 12.

I walked a couple of miles or so and this married couple in a vehicle pulled over. They were Michael and Sandy and we had some excellent fellowship--they were really in tune with the Holy Ghost. We drove to a cabin that they had rented and had a powerful prayer meeting. The demons were manifesting in Michael as I commanded them to come out. We later had breakfast at a local bar/restaurant and then headed back to Clinton where I stayed at their place for the night. The next day Michael drove me over Lolo Pass to Lochsa Lodge and dropped me off. Then I walked a few miles and got a ride to Kooskia, Idaho.

From Kooskia I got a ride to Kim and Pat Hosking's place between Stites and Harpster. I met Kim and Pat while I was hitchhiking on U.S. 12 near Lolo, Montana in 2004. Kim builds wood furniture and has a portable band saw, so he can cut up logs into boards.

I hadn't seen Kim and Pat in a year. They let me stay for five nights. I helped Kim cut some white pine, yellow pine and red fir logs on his band saw. Pat was doing some editing on her book The Lion's Roar (her pen name is Margaret Hosking).

Yesterday, I hitchhiked from Kim and Pat's place to Kamiah. From Kamiah I hitchhiked to Lewiston, walked across Clarkston, Washington and got a ride to Dayton where I will be staying with Gene and Tanya.

I met Gene and Tanya back in October of 2008. Gene and his son picked me up hitchhiking in Walla Walla and took me home. They asked me to speak at their church in Dayton. Tanya gave me a sleeping bag back in 2008 which I still have.

Gene and Tanya and I have had some real good fellowship. I may be here for a few nights and then head into Oregon.

It rained last night; the skies are overcast now. I got a real good sunburn on my neck and arms after working with Kim on the band saw. It is a real blessing to be out of the sun for a few days.

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3 comments:

  1. I am enjoying reading of your travels and am very glad you came to stay here last night. I enjoyed visiting with you this morning and will check in on your blog frequently to see where the Lord is leading you next. Be blessed!

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  2. Even though that near fatal crash was almost funny as you described it, I thank the LORD he saved you as well as Harry from the Assinaboine (could that be like Samson's donkey bone warfare?) May God bring Harry to salvation and his whole tribe. In Jesus' Name I ask.

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  3. I thank the Lord he save you from destruction...I meant to say :-), but the computer deleted the word. Oh well, maybe it was a Assinaboine demon that was bent on destroying you and Harry. The LORD was greater than the forces of evil.

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