The Facebook community is vast and nearly limitless.   I was perusing my news feed one day and saw that singer/songwriter Matthew Smith was going to playing at a church in Modesto, California in a few days.  When I check the trusty atlas, look at that!  Modesto is right on the way to our next destination:  Yosemite National Park.  So as we left San Francisco, we headed to Modesto! (this was on Aug 8, if you are wondering...I know, I know, I'm behind!)

About Matthew Smith:
Matthew Smith is an East Nashville singer-songwriter who writes brand new music to centuries-old hymn texts. He is a founding member of the Indelible Grace community, whose work has drawn acclaim across denominational lines.

Matthew played at our church for a conference a few years ago, and he seemed a little shocked that we showed up again at this concert.  

We met some great people at the church, and the pastors there were kind enough to let us park (and plug in) overnight.  These little blessings make life on the bus a little more enjoyable (avoiding Walmart and having electricity in the middle of the night).  A group of the pastors in the area were heading out to Yosemite the next day to hike Half Dome.   We didn't see them there, but they gave us lots of advice on how to get there, where to go, etc.

One of the best connections we have made thus far was Bill Meyer.  He and his wife were sitting behind us at the concert, and when it was over, he leans over and asks us about Tucson.  Huh?  Well, he had seen Max's information on a sign up sheet that was passed around and noticed that we were from Tucson.  Of course the conversation moved on to "what brings you here" and after a half hour of sharing, we left with the promise of further communication.   Within a few days Bill had sent several emails to friends of his that he thought would be interested in hearing more about IYT.  Thank you, God, for Bill!
 





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