Saturday, February 28, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
In the middle of this picture is Zach's dorm parents from last year, Mr and Mrs. Reincheld. They came over to get a picture of all the boys that had been in their dorm before. Zach is on the far right.
Kevin was able to go to Kenya this past Saturday and stay the whole week helping the parents and juniors make the set for banquet. The theme was Willie Wonka as you can tell from some of the pics. below. Kevin had a great time working alongside of Zach and seeing him interact with his friends. It was an experience he wouldn't trade for anything in the world.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
A couple of weeks ago James Adair, a missionary in Kaputa Zambia, went with Kevin twice to this area. Kevin really appreciated the help and I think James had a good time too. They even got to see some hippos going and coming back. They ended up going to two different places because the people just begged them to go to their church also. Kevin ended up sharing about Pauls conversion experience and then shared about his own. When he asked if anyone else had ever received Jesus and if their lives had changed-meaning they could see how they were before they trusted Christ and could then see that afterwards their lives had changed. No one could raise their hands. That day about 20 people prayed to receive Christ.
This past week our son, Justin, was able to go out with Kevin too and had a great time. They saw a pod of about 5 hippos on the way. After so many prayed to receive Christ the week before there were still about 60 in attendance. Please pray for Kevin's protection as he travels by boat twice a week-Tuesdays and Fridays. Pray that he will not grow weary in this big task. Pray the people will really grow in their relationship with Christ. Below are some pics. that James took when they went out together.
Monday, February 16, 2009
2 cups flour
2 Tblsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup warm milk or water
Mix together for 5 min. Drop into hot oil until brown.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Last night, Hannah asked if I could make her pizza in a heart shape. I tried making choc. chip cookies in a heart shape but they just turned into a circle. Oh well, they still tasted good.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Good morning to you, valentine;
Curl your locks as I do mine ---
Two before and three behind.
Good morning to you, valentine.
In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favourite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him.
Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
A love seat is a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman and her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in an S-shape. In this way, a couple could sit together -- but not too closely!
Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off.
Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have.
If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.
According to Hallmark-and they should know-one hundred eighty-eight million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year, and that does not even include the countless packaged kids' valentines that are given. When thinking about this day, we might picture stressed young men poring over racks and racks of pink and lace at the last minute, but in fact, over 80 percent of all Valentines are purchased by women.
We know that the tyranny of finding and sending the perfect card is all the fault of one man, who died hundreds and hundreds of years ago -Saint Valentine. Or is it? As it turns out, the first commercial Valentine's Day greeting cards produced in the
Pope Gelasius I first proclaimed the Feast of Saint Valentine in 496, even though he was one of those "...whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God." In fact, "Valentinus" is the name of several martyred saints of ancient
In Legenda Aurea (a popular medieval book about the lives of saints), Saint Valentine was persecuted as a Christian by Emperor Claudius II. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was beaten with clubs and stoned. When that didn't finish Valentine off, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate (circa 269). Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer.
This story isn't at all romantic, so embellishments were added portraying Valentine as a priest who refused a law ordering that young men remain single (as to make for better soldiers). Supposedly, our romantic priest Valentine performed marriage ceremonies for young men in secret, and when Claudius found out, he had Valentine thrown in jail. This revised history ends with the doomed priest writing the first "Valentine" to a young girl-either his beloved or the jailer's daughter, whom he had healed. The note was said to contain the inscription, "From your Valentine," and was unadorned with any hearts or cherubs.
During the Middle Ages, people in
Regardless of the veracity of these St. Valentine's Day stories, as we approach February 14th we should remember those who have gone before us, dying for our faith and pray that in the face of opposition we would be able to stay true to the Lover of our souls as this great saint did.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.