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Time for a road trip

By Gil Hanke

Recently, my wife and I visited some family in Northern Virginia. We each selected some of our favorite CDs and put some bottled water, tea, and lemonade in a cooler, put some snacks in a bag, and had ourselves a delightful, daylight road trip.

We had a nice breakfast and left for home and in eight or nine hours arrived safe and sound in Nashville.

Now it is your turn! On July 7th, you and a few of your friends can leave your homes, and ride together to the National Gathering in Indianapolis. You can leave together as we did, or pick up guys along the way.

You could all meet at a central point and take the church bus or van. Several conferences are planning to take chartered busses, and I have found there is an Amtrak station in Indy, and in the past, with the right number, some have purchased discounted tickets for flights, (Southwest does fly to Indy).

For those who might consider the “road trip” Indy is an eight-to-nine-hour drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, Harrisburg, Buffalo, Minneapolis, Lincoln, Kansas City, Fayetteville, Memphis, Montgomery, Atlanta, or Charlotte.

So, if you’re in that circle- Road Trip!

I know there is cost to this, but if that is the only issue, ask for some help from your church. Wouldn’t your church, want four guys to have a God-inspired weekend?

My mentor in UMM told me his wife insisted that he attend these events because he was so much better when he came home! ASK! Now is the time! Don’t wait.

Invite your bishop, district superintendent, your pastor, a few young guys, some guys who have always wanted to go, but haven’t, guys who came when it was at Purdue. Invite your son, grandson, dad, brother. Invite that guy that moved, and you would like to see him again at this event.

Yes, it is ok to quote from the “Blues Brothers,” you ARE on a mission from God!

The “table” is set, don’t miss this great chance for a road trip that will change your life.

See you in Indy.

Gil Hanke, general secretary

General Commission on United Methodist Men




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