July 2007

Thanks to the GAFIA girls, the women’s group at Northgate FMC (Batavia, NY), we were able to treat our pastors’ families with special goodies at our pastors’ appreciation picnic! And, thanks to the Albion FMC (Albion, NY), we were also able to add children’s ministry supplies as well.

Each gift bag contained:

for each pastor’s family
Bath & Body Works cream
toothpaste for adults and kids
paper plates
plastic cups

for each church’s children’s ministry program
children’s scissors
construction paper
Elmer’s glue
writing paper
pens & pencils

Each Santiago pastoral couple wanted to say “thank you” (2 couples were not able to attend the picnic, but also send their thanks!):

And, from us…thanks to all of our ministry partners. You are a vital part of the work here in Chile!

May God continue to use each of us for His glory!


Max and I watched a movie the other night called The Queen. We were very impressed with it (although my sisters may once again laugh at my movie suggestion since they aren’t too much into docudramas!!). We appreciated the way the plot showed differing perspectives and opinions of multiple people regarding the same situation – the death of Princess Diana.

The Queen2I was most intrigued with four of the story’s characters: Prime Minister Tony Blair, his wife (Cherie Booth Blair), Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband (Prince Philip). Cherie, throughout the entire episode, held close to her modernistic views and opinions, having no need for keeping with traditionalism and its historic value. Prince Philip, on the other hand, kept to his traditionalist opinions and wanted nothing to do with the thought of change.

It was very interesting, however, to watch the development of the relationship between Tony Blair and the Queen. Each one came from “the camp” of his/her spouse, yet they gradually became more open and respectful of the other. They each, in their own way, began to see through the eyes of the other. Each one realized that the other wasn’t trying to tear down his/her opinions – only trying to understand him/her so that a forum of dialogue and trust could be built. They began to listen to each other and appreciate each other’s perspectives. No, they did not always agree, but they were at least open to listening to the other side.

We certainly have all four of these personalities represented within our society and culture, as well as within our churches. I pray that we, those that are part of the younger generations, can follow in the steps of Tony Blair, and that the older generations can look to the example of Queen Elizabeth II, as portrayed in this movie.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (I Timothy 4:12, NIV)

Young [wo]men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (I Peter 5:5, NIV)
Olive Hockey

    P.S. Thank you, Olive, for being a godly example, mentor, and “adopted mom” for me, as well as for countless other women. I have always appreciated your willingness to be open to new ideas and possible change, as well as help to have those solid, Biblical values remain amidst any change that occurs.

Your turn to share: Which movie have you seen lately that you would highly recommend?

Each child is so unique.

Isaac is our 3rd child.

Our tough teddy bear. Emotional. Spontaneous. Energetic. Loving. Irrational. The first one to come and snuggle, and the first one to hit a wall and crash for the night. He’s all or nothing. In or out. Gets into trouble innocently. Reactive. Has the look and smile that can woo them all. Homebody. Friend to all. Accepting. Sensitive.

Yesterday we were sitting together eating lunch. Isaac said, “After I get married, I’m going to come back to Chile and live in THIS house. Oh…and it will be good because I’ll already know Spanish!”

Max and I just kept looking at each other and smiling. That’s our Isaac – our homebody, irrational, loveable Isaac! Has no idea what he’s saying sometimes, but we love him!

I wonder how many times the Lord has laughed to himself and thought, “That’s my Kristin – my homebody (yes, I am, even though I moved to Chile!), irrational, loveable Kristin! Has no idea what she’s saying sometimes, but I love her!

Lord, thanks for your love despite my ignorance.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14, NIV)

Your turn to share: Which one of your children seem to be like our Isaac? Why?

CloudsTwo of our main leaders in our church denomination spoke to the general conference about CLOUDS and WIND. I was not there to listen to their sermons, but as I sat on our back porch reflecting on those two things, I wrote the following:

Watching the Clouds Roll By

Always moving in the direction the wind decides
Visible, tangible
Wind is not, but it is there
We know it
All different sizes
All different shapes
Sometimes white and fluffy
Always moving

Sometimes dark and gray
Wispy at times
Sometimes not
Blocks the sun’s rays
At other times, allows the beams to shine through
Sometimes alone
Other times, grouped together
Traveling light
Traveling full
Always moving in the direction the wind decides

Reveals more
Covers up
Sometimes a blanket
Other times a pillow
Sometimes a dark mountainside
Moving together in the direction the wind decides

Ever moving in the direction the wind decides

All as one
Sometimes not
Not knowing where they are going
Yet always moving in the direction the wind decides

May we always be moving in the direction that God decides

Your turn to share: Pick out one of God’s creations, and let us join with you in praising Him for it!

MOM: “Wow, look at you! You’re getting so big!”
JACOB (our 4-yr. old): “I know. I’m gonna be big like Daddy!”

I want to be big like Daddy too – my heavenly Father. Big in:
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
(Galatians 5:22,23)

Lord, help me to be big in these areas of my life. And help me grow bigger and bigger each and every day!

I’m looking forward to starting a Bible study next month about the fruit of the Spirit (by Beth Moore). Thanks again for sending the material, K!

Your turn to share: Which fruit has the Lord really been trying to teach you lately?

We all want true friends. Ones that will stick with us through thick and thin. Ones that will always be there. Ones that will never hurt us, never betray us, only encourage and lift us up.
One day… but not today.

We live in a imperfect world. Don’t put those expectations on your friends. Jesus didn’t. He knew there would be times when His friends would fail Him. He knew He only had one true friend. Yet, He still deeply loved His other friends, despite their imperfections.

One of you will betray me
Surely not I?
Woe to that man who betrays

You will fall away
Even if all fall away, I will not.
You yourself will disown me
Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you
All the others said the same

Sit here while I pray
My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death
He fell to the ground
Not what I will, but what you will

Could you not?
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation
The spirit is willing, but the body is weak

Once more he went away
He came back
He again found them sleeping
They did not know what to say to him

The third time
Still sleeping and resting?
Here comes my betrayer

[He] kissed him
Everyone deserted him and fled
A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus
When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind

[He] followed him at a distance
He sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire
She looked closely at him
He denied it
Again he denied it
He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them,
“I don’t know this man you’re talking about”
Immediately the rooster crowed
[He] remembered
He broke down and wept

(excerpts from Mark 14:18-72, NIV)

Praise be to God that we can have one true Friend!

Your turn to share: What is one way you, personally, can be a better friend to others (i.e. be a better listener than you are now)?

The word “love”“Of all the commandments, which is the most important? “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12: 28b-31, NIV

Your turn to share: How’s your relationship with your neighbor?

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