Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Touring With Juan


Whenever we have a Spanish lad with us we make an effort to get out and about and show them a bit of Cornwall. Here are a few photos from the past week.

Friday, 23 July 2010

July Church Outing


Where has July gone? We have been having good services but no visitors. Always nice to have faithful folks who come to the services but visitors seem to encourage everyone. It was time for another church outing so we went to the south coast of Cornwall to Trebah Garden. Voted one of the top 80 gardens in the world, it was an enjoyable day out. One special thing about the garden, it has a small beach that was used as an embarkation point for D-day. The concrete poured for the loading of tanks is still there.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Spanish lad

For the past three years, we have participated in a program in which we host a Spanish child for a period of 4 weeks during the summer. Since we cannot take the gospel to Spain, we like the idea of Spain coming to us. We usually have two lads each summer at different times. Jose was back for his third year this summer but Juan just arrived Friday for the first time. It was a gorgeous evening Sat so after dinner a few of us loaded up and headed to Polperro to show Juan around.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

A Few More Pics


Here are a few more pictures from Ben's Senior Trip.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Sometimes it is just sitting in the rain

Many people wonder what all being a missionary entails. They have visions of jungles, cannibals and horrible looking food. The reality for most missionaries is missions life looks alot like regular life only in a different locale. We were at the Liskeard Show yesterday to man the church stand there. Andrea and Kent got everything set up and then the rain started. It rained fairly hard for over an hour and there was nobody walking around the show grounds. As we sat there, we laughed and exclaimed "sometimes being a missionary is just sitting around while it rains". What is so scary about that!

The rain cleared, the skies lightened and the people started coming. This year was probably the best attended of the 4 years we have been involved in the show. Almost 200 people signed up to win the bench and we have no idea how many kids played the free games for candy. All in all, several hundred gospel tracts were handed out and we had several good conversations with folks about why Baptists are different and why we were not with the Liskeard Churches Together booth.

Friday, 9 July 2010

It All Started With A Twinkie


Still trying to adjust to England time. Jet lag is a curse of the devil.

A few years ago, a lifeguard at the gym approached me asking what a Twinkie was. He had watched an American movie and heard them speak of Twinkies. I tried to describe them but ended up asking Andrea to bring some back from the States on her next trip. Steve really liked the Twinkies and also asked about Hershey bars. We would talk on occasion and he would ask advice on rearing children and getting his life straightened out. We have invited him to church a number of times but he has yet to come. I was at the gym this evening and Steve came up and told me he was considering becoming a Christian. I asked a few questions and it was obvious he thought you just needed to become a better person. We talked a bit more ( he was working and I do not feel it is right to steal time from an employer) and I told him I would leave some information for him to read and I would set a time to answer his questions. He seemed stunned that he could not be good enough to get to heaven and asked to me to not forget the info.
Please pray for Steve and never doubt the power of a Twinkie.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Staying Busy


Been a busy few weeks since we last posted. We had the 90 & the 9 birthday party on Sat, 19th, Jose arrived from Spain on the 21st and on the 21st, Kent and Ben flew out to NYC for Ben's senior trip. Ben wanted to go to watch baseball games in the northeast for his trip so they stayed with a pastor friend in NJ and sent 12 days hitting every ball park within driving distance. Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York (Mets and Yankees) and Boston were all taken in. They also did a few educational things although Ben thought they were pointless since he was done with school. All the while Andrea was home taking care of business.
They were also able to visit a few supporting churches and Kent preached at one. Jose is a Spanish exchange student who spends a month with us each summer. This is his third year with us. Seems like part of the family. They told us to treat him like our own and it did not take us long to discover differences in our culture and the Spanish culture. All in all he is a wonderful young man and we enjoy having him stay with us.
Kent and Ben arrived back on Sat evening and it was back to normal today. We had good attendance in both services as well as a 4th of July fellowship after church this evening. For some reason the British are not as keen on the holiday as we are.