“The wagon train traveling west created a safe home for me as a runaway slave,” Harriet explained. She showed Susanna where she had hidden her signature on the log cabin design. “Not my best work, but the challenge of creating something useful from scraps on the jolting ride gave me hope. The trunk must have gotten mixed up in the chaos as our wagons chose different trails.”
“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.”
—Hebrews 12:11-13 KJV
Sam, the local blacksmith, invited Susanna to a Friday evening Surf ‘n Sing that he and his wife, Harriet hosted most weekends.
“And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.”
—Acts 16:14 KJV
In Orchard Valley, Rosita discovered a trunk from the wagon train in the storage room of the chapel. The believers used the dresses and quilts they found stored inside to meet the needs of their community. Susanna read the note Rosita had tucked inside the quilt: “I’ve been reading Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians and felt impressed to send this to you after reading chapter four. I think of you often and may this quilt bring comfort to your hurting heart.”
“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
—Isaiah 65:24 KJV