Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Psalms 119

Hello,

We have been studying Psalm 119 in our Wednesday evening services for the past few months. It really struck me tonight how much David loved the word of God and turned to it whenever things went bad. In verse 78, he basically says that the proud can do whatever they are going to do but he will just stay in the word of God. What good advice. We tend to want to solve everything by our knowledge and wisdom.

It rained from dawn to dusk today. We are at 278% of our normal July rainfall and that is really saying something here. No outside work today but Kent did spend the day in the garage working on some benches and duckboards for the shower house at camp. The benches turned out okay but I thought the duckboards were better than average.

In every bad situation there comes some good. A satellite television group here went bankrupt and their assets were sold to ESPN. The new owners are running an extended free view on their American sports channel. We are enjoying watching the live baseball!!

Monday, 27 July 2009

Saturday, 25 July 2009

The Behemoth Grows...





Hello,




here are a few pics of the playground in process







The second tower went up today and we started working on the bridges to connect them. Not sure if Bro Dotson was thinking on the same scale as we were but we decided bigger is better.

The theme of camp this year will be the Royal Air Force vs. the Royal Marines so we are looking for camouflage clothing and Kent is working on messages to match the theme. It looks to be the largest camp to date and there are sure to be lost kids there. We are praying to see God do some amazing things.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

The Backyard Behometh

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It has started. Several years of planning and waiting and it all kicked off on Monday. The church/school/youth camp at Brimpton has been wanting a swing/playground for several years. There were several holdups but approval came this summer and Kent started putting the plan into action. Two towers each 6 ft by 8 ft connected by two bridges; slides; swings, fireman's pole; etc....... it certainly has the neighbors talking and finally today one asked if it was going to be staying in our garden. When we explained it was going to be disassembled and taken to Brimpton, they seem relieved. The boys are the designated holders and Deidra blows the dust out of the holes when Dad drills one. Supposed to rain the next few days but we are praying we can get it finished up and delivered next week in plenty of time for camp. We will add some pictures when we get them uploaded.

Andrea and kids went to sports day for homeschoolers today. It always seems a shock to us that not everyone who home schools is a Christian.

Javier, our second Spanish child of the summer, seems to be settling in after a rough start. He just needed a bit of direction pointed out to him.

More later........

Saturday, 18 July 2009

A Good Day

Today was a good day for us as parents. It is always good to see your children accomplish hard tasks and especially hard tasks that they might not be all that excited about. It does seem as though life is composed of 90% of things we would rather not do in order to do the 10% of things that we really enjoy. At some point, children need to learn that they will not enjoy everything life will require of them.

Some 6 months we challenged Benjamin to run a half-marathon in exchange for us paying his plane ticket to the States. The thought of running 13.1 miles was quite daunting to Ben as he had just started running 1.2 miles as part of his gym program and was stopping twice during this short distance. Today was the Swanage Half Marathon and Ben ran it in 2:22.57. This was well within his allotted time and so he achieved his goal. Well done! It was an extremely hilly course and so was quite trek. No word from Ben as to his plans to repeat the feat next year but we are not sending in any race forms yet.

It was also nice to fellowship with the Dickens. They are missionaries in Wareham, Dorset here in England and live about 7 miles from Swanage. Bro Pete ran the race as well and so we went over Friday night, had a cookout and talked a bit. The ladies went shopping while the men were out running and then we had lunch before heading back home. The only live about 150 miles from us but it takes 3 - 4 hours to get there because of the roads. After the Harvey's in Exeter, the Dickens are the next closest Baptists that we know of.

Here is a link to a few pics of the days events.
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=93566&id=795797459&l=bfdf10d21b

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Culture vs. Scripture

Hello,

Well Jose is gone and Javier is now here. He seems pretty outgoing and likes pasta. We will get along just fine.

One of the battles a missionary faces no matter what country they serve in is the intrusion of culture into doctrine and practice. Many people do not realize how much culture has to do with their religious practices until they step outside of their own culture and into another. The thought that the other culture is doing things wrong must be tempered until the practice is weighed against Scripture to determine if it is Biblical or preference. Here in England, the Anglican Church has for the most part defined religion in England for the most part of 4 centuries. Even "Bible believing Christians" can find themselves holding certain practices dear that the C of E places emphasis on but the Scriptures do not.

We are not here to make people Americans, the basis of doctrine and practice should be Scriptural and not cultural. Unfortunately, you can lose people over these issues.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Just things....

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Here is a link to some pictures from the Liskeard Show. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=92802&id=795797459&l=7a37fb3674

Today was Jose's last day with us so we went to Plymouth and ate at Pizza Hut. We also did a little bit of shopping. Deidra and Kent got matching shirts and so we will post some pics when we get some. We will miss Jose but he has already said he would like to come back next year. Javier arrives Thursday from Spain and we will start all over again. We believe this is Javier's first time out of Spain so there will be some adjustment. We go to Swanage Friday to spend the night with another missionary family and then Ben and I are running the Swanage half-marathon on Saturday.

We have been asked to build a playground/swingset for the church/school/youthcamp at Brimpton. The plans are set and we bought the wood today. It will be delivered on Monday and we will get started building it. We will preassemble it here at home and then take it up in pieces. That way we can make our mistakes in private and the folks at Brimpton will think we know what we are doing.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

No Accident

Today was the Liskeard Show. The forecast was for mist all morning with rain and high winds by noon. They were right. What a miserable day. However, we had some real blessings to day. When we arrived at 8:00AM to set up our marque and display, there was someone in our spot. We were supposed to be in the middle of a row of booths but a pet supply company had put down there. We found the man in charge and they put us on the end of the row right opposite the show entrance. So instead of being lost in the middle we were on showcase for everyone as they entered the showground. This means that even with a diminished crowd with the abysmal weather we reached a large number of people today. We made a few good contacts and had a few good discussions. We came home wet, cold and blessed.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

New week, new project




Hey,






never a dull week here in Cornwall. Deidra had her final Brownies meeting Monday evening and they went to visit the Brownies in Polperro. Kent dropped her off and had an hour until pickup so he went to Polruan and walked around. Here are a few pics.
The giveaway chairs are almost done being painted. Will post a few pics when they are done. Most of the other preparations for the Liskeard Show are already done.





Monday, 6 July 2009

Hello,

Life is slowly returning to normal or what we consider normal. We receieved a phone call today from an older couple that we had visited last year. They had told us then they were considering coming to visit our church but have yet to make an appearance. They rang today to confirm our location and service times so we are looking forward to seeing them on Sunday.

We have been posting pictures of the trip on Facebook. Here are the links to the photo albums posted so far:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=90473&id=795797459&l=da8c10d389

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=90540&id=795797459&l=2d17332a03

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=90909&id=795797459&l=157d6a795a

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Where Did The Past Two Weeks Go?


Hello again,


What a blur!! The group from our home church came for a missions trip and the last two weeks have been just a blur. It was a good trip and the group passed out around 7,000 John/Romans with a church pamphlet as well as helping us with our float in the annual town carnival parade. Incidently, we won first place for our float so we were quite chuffed.

A total of 19 people came and we warned them that we had them scheduled to do nothing but go, go, go. They could sleep on the plane back to the States. We did mix in some trips to see the sights but the focus of the trip was to advance the ministry here in Liskeard. We had 30 for our morning service last Sunday and were blessed to have James Dudley sing for us. He is 89 and still has a desire to serve God. He touched many hearts that morning. The group spent the day Wednesday in London sightseeing and all came home a bit sunburnt. Who would ever think that you could get a sunburn in England? They flew out Thursday morning and since Ben was flying back in Friday morning, I stayed up London way. Ended up helping someone move some furniture and was able to fellowship with a couple of missionaries over meals. Back home late Friday and now it is time to get ready for the Liskeard Show next weekend.