Sunday, October 29, 2006

Weekend at the Whites

"Hi, Y'all" from North Carolina! Here are Jeremy and Rachel with thier missionary kid friends in Waxhaw, NC. Our good freinds, the Whites, moved from Texas and we decided to plan a much needed weekend away to go and see them. They are Wycliffe missionaries who were a great blessing to us and our kids in Guatemala. Their friendship has meant alot to us over the years. Here's a couple of shots that can almost capture the precious moments of catchup time. Included is a must pitstop on the way to take in a breathtaking view of some Virginia landscape.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Sing unto the Lord

The way we might sing some well-known hymns if we were being honest:

1. I Surrender Some

2. There Shall Be Sprinkles of Blessings

3. Fill My Spoon, Lord

4. Oh, How I Like Jesus

5. He’s Quite a Bit to Me

6. I Love to Talk About Telling the Story

7. Take My Life and Let Me Be

8. It is My Secret What God Can Do

9. There is Scattered Cloudiness in My Soul Today

10. Onward, Christian Reserves

11. Where He Leads Me, I Will Consider Following

12. Just As I Pretend to Be

Mine eye affecteth mine heart (Lamentations 3:51)

I saw this image on both my friend's blogs, including Nigel Barham's Prayer Blog Nigel Barham's Prayer Blog and had to include it here. Nigel (former missionary kid, "MK") is serving around the world as George Verwer's (Operation Mobilization) gopher.

The caption reads:
"" PULITZER PRIZE " photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan famine. The picture depicts a famine stricken child crawling towards a UN food camp, located a kilometer away. The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat it. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken. Three months later he committed suicide."

Nigel challenges us with these thoughts...

"...consider these thoughts: (1) Jesus loved/loves this little boy, (2) Christ called/calls us to share Himself with such as these, (3) Were any of us there? Why not?, (4) Jesus loved/loves the photographer who took this picture (see caption), (5) The photographer did not have the hope of Jesus in his life, (6) Did any of us share Christ with this photographer? If not, why not?, (7) If one of us had been there for the little boy, how would this have impacted the photographer?, (8) How long do photographs like this have an impact on us?, (9) Most of us are comfortable lifestyle-wise and perhaps believe that this is because God has blessed us (don't tell that to John Piper); if this is true, how does this blessing relate to this little boy?, (10) Matthew 43-44: "For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me." Is this true of me? (11) Where were you in 1994? Where was I?

May we examine our attitudes."

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Trekers Treking...

Here's an Awana Trecker marking her Bible during one of the study sessions. The whole weekend was packed with fun; even a torchlight hike Friday night. Please enjoy some of the pictures. In the one with the blindfolded Treckers, they think they are going to eat Sardines, but gummy fish were substitued at the last second! The changing leaves of fall provided a beautiful backdrop for some of the few games played outside. It is easy to see why this weekend is a highlight of the year for the Treckers.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Trek Treat at Beacon

Here are the Trekers (formerly Jr. Varisity clubbers) of Northside Awana. Although the weakend was chilly and wet, it did not dampen in the least the fun and fellowship at Beacon Bible Camp near Bala, Ontario. At least one girl from our group ran up to me and said, "Remember when the speaker said we could pray and ask for salvation?" "Yes", I replied. "I did it!" What an encouragment to hear this clear profession of faith in Christ. We will try and post a few shots of the activities over the next few days. Rob Armstrong is pictured with me and the kids and Marlise our director is the photographer.

Way to go Trekers!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Sick Router...

Dear Blog Readers and Prayer Partners. Please forgive the lack of blog bytes! Our wireless router is very ill and will die I'm sure. So, hardwired in the living room I'm trying to get this online.
So, let's bring our readers up to speed: first, look at Andrew as he follows the Lord in the waters of Baptism. Jim Comte is baptizing him. You can see a video of this at Northside's website at and hear him share his faith.
This weekend Rachel and I will be going on the "Trek Treat", an AWANA retreat at Beacon Bible Camp. We'll remember to take our camera and try and bring back a report.