Many Vandalia area residents might have noticed a couple on horseback riding through the area last week with their dog “Chico” leading the way.
For Tim and Lynn Tuggle, the Vandalia area was just a place to stop on their journey across the United States as part of a riding missionary tour “Disciples of Jesus Horsemen.”
The Tuggles sold everything they owned and started their journey to North Carolina in California in late 2010.
The couple had stayed in Callaway county this past winter speaking at area churches and working with troubled youth in the Columbia, Mo. area.
While coming through the area, they first spent time with Connie Rutherford in Rush Hill before riding through Laddonia and staying the night at Heather Williams’ home through the help of Harold Williams.
The Tuggles also visited Glenn Forman and Rick Beatty at Friendship Baptist Church in Mexico, Mo. before reconnecting with Forman at the Rose Restaurant on April 27. There the Tuggles had their picture taken with The Vandalia Leader’s Ron Schott, Glenn and Freeda Forman, and Charlie with Ruth Ann Crow.
With Highway 54’s bridge being closed until later this week in Louisiana, the Tuggles are staying in the area as they will be speaking on Friday, May 4 at Kentucky Road Christian Church at Mexico, Mo.
They’re passing through this direction with plans to visit family in Indiana during their journey.
“It’s been awesome,” Tim Tuggle said of the couple’s journey to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He said 99.9-percent of people they’ve met on their trip have been “unbelievable.” He added that the couple also has received a few complaints as well.
Tim Tuggle added that the horses have drawn in people to see them and ask questions about their journey and their faith.
“This has turned in -to something way more than Lynn and I expected it would be,” he added.
“We want to encourage people to take it day to day,” Lynn Tuggle said. “…There’s something in us that is bigger and He’ll guide your way.” One of the special moments for the Tuggles on their journey was when a man turned his life over to Jesus in the middle of the desert.
For more information on the couple, visit Lynn Tuggle on Facebook or visit http://www.timesevenproductions.com/studio/studio.html.