Bob & Barb's Spring Mission Trip 2009 travel blog

Jack's sandwich sign for church $ervices... check out the "s" - guess...

Jack and Leesa


We have arrived and set up camp at Superstition Buttes Mobile Home and RV Park. This is our fourth or fifth time here. To the west of our site are the Superstition Mountains, named because of The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine.

The legend of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine centers around the Superstition Mountains. According to the legend, a German immigrant named Jacob Waltz discovered a mother lode in the Superstition Wilderness and revealed its location on his deathbed in 1891 to Julia Thomas, a woman who had taken care of him for many years. Several mines have been claimed to be the actual mine that Waltz discovered, but none of those claims have been verified.

Some Apaches believe that the hole leading down into the lower world is located in the Superstition Mountains. Winds blowing from the hole are supposed to be the cause of severe dust storms.

People continue to search for the Lost Dutchman's mother lode, it has never been found and so have some of the people. In search of riches often times we find poverty within our lives.

Jack and Leesa Verdot are the Chaplains at "the buttes". We were able and blessed to invest several days with them. As I have stated before, each person has a story, each story is like a fingerprint of life, unique and special to that person or couple.

This is true with Jack and Leesa who have been willing to travel from their home state of Missouri to Arizona to serve for the winter. In talking with them, you soon realize this second chance couple has a deep abiding love for our Lord, each other, their family, their ministry and their friends.

This couple has made the commitment to bring the word of Christ and the love of our Lord to anyone who will listen. One listener is a person who has the unique name of Keeper. With over twenty years of sobriety, Keeper knows a whole lot about survival. Like Jack, a Viet-Nam vet and Leesa also a veteran, Keeper understands challenges, commitment and Christ. Perhaps this is why the three of them communicate so well, they have been to the brink, looked over the edge and understand things unspoken between each other.

So, the ministry continues at a park in the desert of Arizona, a ministry of eternal opportunity, a ministry of commitment, a ministry of Christ's calling.

Two veterans, committed to making sure all have the opportunity to eternity.



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