September 2007

Women Drinking Coffee2

Hebrews 11:24,25 (NIV) And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…

  • It was great to read all the farm stories! (click here to read them)

  • Be sure to “attend” this week’s Bible study: Working Together as the Body of Christ
  • Thanks for all the book and music recommendations!


      Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski
      Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action by Dr. J. Matthew Sleeth
      The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun by Paul Hattaway
      Safely Home by Randy C. Alcorn
      and those from the following authors: Karen Kingsbury, Ted Dekker, Francine Rivers, and Brock and Bodie Thoene


      the album, Legacy…Hymns and Faith by Amy Grant, which includes “My Father’s World” and “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”
      many of the old hymns, including “It Is Well With My Soul”, “Be Thou My Vision”, “In the Garden”, and “Because He Lives”
      “Say the Name” by Margaret Becker
      “Hold Me Jesus” by Rich Mullins
      Sorry, I could not find a couple of the recommendations (that were suggested by Mary and Lynn), but I did find an album from The White Sisters, Bonnie! – click here

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • In the times of my life where things are unknown or seem to be uncertain, I cling to songs and Bible verses that remind me of His faithfulness and help me to refocus my mind, heart, and soul on Him instead of the circumstance(s). The following is one of the songs that I revisit during those times. (Just to let you know, I hesitated to display the picture of the album cover, but then figured it would offer a good laugh at those “late 80’s” hairstyles!)

    May you be drawn into His peaceful presence as you read these words. (more…)

    Safely HomeI thought I would pass along my recommendation for this book by Randy Alcorn. I read it some time ago, but it affected me so much that I still think about its contents quite often. The way he portrayed one’s purpose here on earth (as we have been looking at in our Bible study), heaven and the afterlife, as well as the underground church in China, was powerful and challenging. (more…)

    Here are some things we experienced as we traveled and spent a few days in the southern part of the country, just a bit southeast from the city of Valdivia (see map):

    Cities in Chile

  • We traveled on the same road for 9 straight hours. (Chile only has one highway that runs north and south.)
  • We had to pay $60 in tolls and $190 in gas to make the trip there and back.
  • We drove during the daylight hours so we could enjoy the sights of the magnificant volcanoes, the snow-capped Andes mountains, and the endless rich green pastures filled with livestock.
  • We needed to slow down more than once to allow the cows and sheep to cross the road
  • Our evening barbeque at the campground didn’t even start until 9:00pm. (And we were the first ones to leave…at midnight!)
  • After asking the horse rancher if we could ride again the next day at 10:30am, he wondered if that would still be too early in the morning for us to get up and get ready to ride. (As you can tell, their daily time clocks run a little different from those of North America. Everything runs a little bit later in the day than what we were used to in the US. Our family motto still runs true: It’s not better, it’s not worse, it’s just different!)
  • We traveled the farthest south in the world than we have ever traveled before! (And as you can see from the map, there is still a lot more of the south to explore!!)
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    Women Drinking Coffee2

    Hebrews 11:24,25 (NIV) And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…

  • Wow, what a time of refreshment we had as a family this past week, both here in Santiago as well as down south! Thanks for all your prayers. I missed our time of communication together, but I am looking forward to telling you all about our past week. These pictures can give you a sneak peek! (more…)
  • Instead of “Happy 4th of July!”, here in Chile we are hearing “¡Felices Fiestas Patrias!”, which is in celebration of their national independence day. Many have left the city and have traveled to the ocean beaches, to the warmer climate in the north, or to the beautiful lakes in the south. It is actually kind of nice to stick around and enjoy a quieter Santiago for a few days before we head south as well. Our next-door neighbors invited us to join them for a few days at a campground located about 10 hours south of Santiago, so we will be leaving tomorrow, in the early morning hours.

    I will look forward to ‘giving you the scoop’ of all our activities when we get back! Because of the fact that the location does not have internet access, I will not be able to write to you again until next Monday. However, I just posted the new Bible study (week 3), so you will still have opportunity to study together by leaving your comments and responses to the discussion questions. I’ll join in when I get home!

    Please be in prayer for traveling safety as well as for our neighbors, Exequiel and Paola (and their two little daughters, Kata and Trini), who are searching for the Truth.


    Okay, all you moms out there, what did you feel as you read this title? Did your ‘mama protective claws’ come out?

    This was one of my reasons for requesting your prayers last week. Addison was getting picked on by some of the neighborhood boys. My first reaction was to get upset and want to go have a ‘chat’ with those boys. Then, after sleeping on it, Max and I realized we just needed to take the time to talk to Addison about it and let him know that we are proud of him and are praying for him.

    We think the reasons for the name calling included both cultural and personality issues. Addison is a good-looking, blond-haired, blue-eyed ‘gringo’ who all the girls seem to like. That means he is a threat to the good-looking chilean boys that live in the neighborhood. Also, Addison is not used to having to stick up for himself. Being the first-born, he hasn’t had to do that (unlike Isaac and Jacob, whom we have no doubt will be just fine with sticking up for themselves!). (more…)

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