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Monday, June 07, 2010 11:18 AM

Delphos resident Beth Metzger is participating in The Glory Ride and Tabernacle. The vision of the group is to ride from the west coast to the east coast by horseback, worshiping, blowing the shofar and asking Almighty God to come and anoint His people to minister to the millions who are about ready to receive the answer to their prayers. Her sister, Helen Kaverman, chronicles her ride through phone calls and e-mails.

Beth said: “I never want to drive over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, nor the Rockies again!”  Beautiful as they are, the drive can be stressful when you can average only 35 mph going up and down and over.  Many peaks were over 11,000 feet high.

While in Ogden, they participated in a prayer ride, which took them past the IRS building and down several streets. While four or five ride their horses, another person follows with the truck playing Christian praise and worship music.

In Ogden, they met the owner of the land on which they were camping. He said he had been neighbors to the Osmond family during his younger years in nearby Huntsville. When this gentleman found out the purpose of their mission, he very generously filled up all their vehicles at the local gas station.

They visited the International House of Prayer, which is open 24 hours per day for prayer and other mission activities.

Judah and Katy returned to their Utah home over the weekend, leaving Berchett, Chris, Joy and Beth to carry on the mission.

While in Ogden, the ladies didn’t have too much time for general sight-seeing so they had to pass up the Great Salt Lake, which is the largest body of water between the Great Lakes and the Pacific Ocean. It is also the largest salt lake in the western hemisphere. The lake is a shallow remnant of ancient Lake Bonneville, which was a deep freshwater lake that covered much of western Utah but disappeared about 10,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. This lake is fed by several streams but has no outlet. As a result, the salt content has increased over the years due to evaporation.

The Great Salt Lake is eight times saltier than the ocean. Only the Dead Sea has a higher salinity level. Great Salt Lake is approximately 75 miles long and 50 miles wide, stretching from Ogden down to near Salt Lake City. Each year, 400,000 tons of salt are harvested from the lake to be used for everything from table salt to salt for salting icy roads. The lake also supports over 200 species of birds, which use it and the surrounding land for breeding, migrating and wintering.

The Bear River empties into the Salt Lake, near Brigham City. This spot is home of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. This has been a bird haven for thousands of years.

Beth and her friends rose early on Sunday morning, traveling Route 84 to Interstate 80, where they soon crossed the border into Wyoming. Route 80 traverses the lower part of the state, with plenty of mountains and valleys. Their destination was Cheyenne, the state capital.

Along the way, they experienced some trouble with Berchett’s supply trailer and Beth’s truck. Beth possibly hit a bump and developed what appeared to be a short in the electrical system, causing a malfunction in the turning lights and dome light, along with a low battery charge. Two truck drivers assisted her to keep her on the road. Berchett’s supply trailer developed wheel-bearing problems and had to be left sitting by the road. It’s still there.

They arrived in Cheyenne late Sunday night, where they were met by Kathy Cassidy from the state of Washington. On Monday, they circled the Wyoming State Capitol with the white horses for a prayer ride. There wasn’t much happening in Cheyenne, which is more like a county seat in size.

They soon made their way down to Denver on Route 25.  Kathy was able to locate a nice place to camp at “Friends of Horses, Rescue & Adoption” an organization which houses about 50 horses in need of rehabilitation. Sometime along the way to Denver, Beth hit another bump in the road and the lights on the truck miraculously started working again. What a relief!

First thing on the Denver agenda was a Glory Ride around the state capital. The mission of the group is to give glory and praise to God and ask Him to enlighten His people to bring our country back to Him. They believe this is a means of drawing attention to the cause.

While in Denver, Beth received a phone call from her friend Vicky Siefker, who was in the area visiting her daughter Nicky. They had a couple of phone conversations but could not meet up in person because Vicky was getting ready to fly home.

Thursday the ladies took a side trip to Colorado Springs, where they went horseback riding in the Garden of the Gods.

The Garden of the Gods is a fantastic wilderness of massive red sandstone rock formations that tower over gnarled junipers “older than Methuselah.” Beth took many photos of these strange but beautiful rock formations. She is becoming quite a photographer, using her camera phone. She then sends them to us via the internet. Some of this technology is truly amazing.


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