June 24, 2018 Live from the road

Drummond - Missoula

Reported by Pujari Schaffer 56.0 mi

A pastor and his two children ran out of their church upon seeing the torch and were thrilled to hold it.

We left our campsite early to run to Missoula. Montana's awesome nature energized us as we headed to the Unitarian Church.

Upon our arrival the local TV station interviewed Pujari.

Sara lights the candle from the Peace torch which was then used to light the prayer candles during the service.

We were thrilled to meet Moira and her husband Charlie. Moira is the sister of our dear friend Adhiratha who has participated in the Peace Run many times and has worked tirelessly for years at the United Nations in New York.

Charlotte Kasl is an excellent pianist and we enjoyed her talented and soulful accompaniment .

Maggie Marmon read a Dr. Seuss story that was illumining and fun.

Sarah Berndt who was the service leader receives our certificate of gratitude and a small painting by Sri Chinmoy.

Louis Willstein is the oldest member of the Unitarian church and will turn 100 in October.

Charlotte Kasl is a service leader and the pianist.

We met a local Missoula resident, Warren, who was happy to hold the torch.

The boys enjoyed a streamside lunch. The nature of Montana is pristine and immense.

Moni and Atul visited the Ohrman Museum and Gallery and met John Ohrman the artist who works in metal and wood.

The artists, Bill and John, create amazing lifesize renditions of wildlife.

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Torch carried by
Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Atul Arora (India), Banshidhar Medeiros (United States), Boijayanti Gómez-Badillo (Puerto Rico), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Kshema Lezhnina (Ukraine), Mananya Galante (United States), Moni Neradilek (United States), Nayaja Perugini (Italy), Nikolaus Drekonja (Austria), Pujari Schaffer (United States), Putu Ekawati (Indonesia), Sarankhuu Jargal (Mongolia).  
Arpan DeAngelo, Banshidhar Medeiros
The torch has travelled 56.0 mi from Drummond to Missoula.

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