Monday, November 21, 2011

NYC In November


Hi!  It's been a long time since I wrote.  Last weekend, Darlene and I joined about thirty others from our college on a bus ride to spend the day in New York City.  We love visiting the city.  We took a carriage ride through Central Park, road the subways, and visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  We shopped around in the Apple Store, American Girl Doll Store, had Starbucks in Trump Tower, ate at Roxi's Deli and had the best burgers ever at a place called The Counter.

It was a fabulous sunny day for sight seeing.  We spent most of the day with Rick and Judy Dunham, a couple that work at the college with us.  It was a great day in the city enjoying the sights and fellowship with the Dunhams.  They had never spent time like this in NYC so much of it was new to them.

Have you ever noticed that some experiences are just more fun when you share them with others?  God created us to live and work and grow in community with other believers.  There are some things that are fun to do alone, but even coloring seems more fun when you do it with a friend.  Darlene and I have been to the city many times.  It is always more fun to see things when we are with somebody who is experiencing them for the first time.

It's Thanksgiving week and you will have opportunity to enjoy spending time with family and friends.  I pray that you will have fun visiting and celebrating all of the good things God has done for you this year.

 Carriage ride in Central Park

Inspired by Liberty

A view of the City from Ellis Island

Miss Liberty at Sunset

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Just Got Back From Kenya

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Hi!  I flew home from Kenya on Saturday and Sunday and boy are my arms tired.  The picture above is one of me with kids from one of our school shows.  My team and I were blessed to share Jesus with over 6000 kids last week.  Many children raised their hands to ask Jesus to be their Savior and Friend.  After doing school shows and a crusade, we went on safari.

That's me just a few yards away from some elephants.  We saw lots of elephants, lions, zebra and many other African animals.  I am home and safe and thank you for praying for me while I was gone.  Here are a couple more pictures for you to enjoy.
The Great Rift Valley

Our big blue safari truck.

Kenyan children praying at school.

Preaching at a school in Nairobi, Kenya.

African lion
Darlene and Dawoodee on safari

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Going to Kenya

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I am going to Kenya, Africa today.  My wife Darlene and ten college students are joining me to go and minister to boys and girls on the "dark continent."  Do I look excited or what?  I am so pumped right now.  All of my life and ministry I have wanted to go to Africa.  This is my first chance.  I was in a missions service when I felt God's call to become a minister.  I dreamt of one day going to Africa, sleeping in the dirt and eating bugs.  My idea of missions was not very well developed.  Today is the day.  I finally get to go.  Be sure to check out my Kenya blog at the link over on the right of this page.  I will try to update that whenever I can.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Weekend in Pittsburgh

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Hey Friends!  I just spent the weekend with the most amazing kids on planet earth, my grandchildren.  We gathered in Pittsburgh at a Residence Inn so that the moms could attend a baby shower for Tim and Brittany.  We had fun staying in a couple of rooms, eating food made in a small kitchenette area, and playing with toys.  On Saturday night, the boys had a sleep over in grandma and grandpas room.  Sunday night, the girls took their turn.  I must say that girls giggle and talk much more than boys.

Someday, we will all have a sleep over in heaven.  Everyone who knows Jesus as their Savior and Friend will come together to eat and play and spend time in God's presence.

Here are the kids watching grandma tell a Bible story.

Grandma gets ready to tell the Bible story 
using pictures from the See With Me Bible.

On Sunday morning, we had our own little children's church time.  We sang songs while the kids played percussion instruments. We had story time and the Ninja duck even visited and received hugs.  It was a fun time, but boy am I tired. I am so thankful that we got to spend time together. I am thankful that God gave each family member safe traveling to and from Pittsburg.