praying for speed…

When I first moved back to rural Kentucky, I left the high speed internet world behind.  When I had my phone line installed at my house I asked the AT&T guys how long I would have to wait for high speed and they told me wait two years.  slow-computerThat was in 2005 and 2007 came and went long ago and I still don’t have that promised high speed.  By 2008 a little progress was made in the form of satellite internet.  While this was a  vast improvement, the ability to do so much that DSL, cable, fiberoptic, or T1 internet allows has been missing.  From keeping the Rec Center website more up to date and posting videos to even the ability to stream Netflix as a family.

It looks as though we finally might be making progress though.  For the past few month the phone company trucks have been out and about running lines for internet.  And in just the past few weeks they have been even and more visible.  From what I have been told maybe with in the next few weeks we will be able to get connected at my house and then by May at the Rec Center.  I know this sounds trivial, but please pray with us that this will become a reality.  How much this can help the Rec Center cannot be over stated.  Not only can I do a better job of working on the Rec Center website, but I can do more advertising and fund raising for our Center.  The biggest need is that the Rec Center can finally become a wifi website.  This allows us to draw in tourists who can come in and keep in touch with family and friends and do work online.    Getting people into our facility to use the internet will be a huge draw that helps us financially and gives us an opportunity to build even more relationships that lead to the Gospel.

So, please in the next few weeks pray hard with us that these promises of high speed internet will indeed become a reality!

updating pains…

computer frustrationYesterday was the big iOS7 release date.  All around the world people were waiting to download the newest iOS for their iPhones and iPads.  I was among the many ready to upgrade, but as usual when it comes to updating things it took me a bit longer than most people.

Living rurally we are still waiting on high speed cable or dsl internet to come our way.  The good news is that for the past couple of months the AT&T trucks have been all around working hard to hopefully have that blessed high speed internet up and running by the end of the year.  The bad news, is that it is not up yet and thus I am still stuck with the slowest satellite service known to mankind….Hughesnet.

When 1pm came on Wednesday, I started seeing right away that my friends were upgrading and already bragging about the new software.  Their I sat trying to get my phone to stop saying there was an error with my internet connection.  Three hours and several attempts later my upgrade was complete.  At home we tried to upgrade our other devices and it literally took all night to get it done.  Slow does not begin to even describe how poor our internet is here.

That being said, this post really isn’t about about my upgrading to iOS7.  Although, my upgrades many hours later are complete and so far I am really enjoying them.  No, this post is really about a prayer request.  Please pray that we will get high speed internet here soon.  It will help us tremendously with not only our ministry websites and personal use, but also an influx of business at the Rec Center.  We are constantly asked by visiting hikers, climbers, and other tourists if we have a wifi hot spot that they can use.  When informed that we don’t the often leave.  Having wifi here would enable us to draw in much more business to help us with our major financial needs.  People will stay longer and eat more, it works out great.  So, please join me and praying that high speed internet gets here soon!