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Sunday, 7 March 2010
Camping Anyone?
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: BCM International

Today was a beautiful day. Warm outside. Clear skies. It made me finally think of spring. Days like today get me excited because after spring comes summer, and you know what happens in the summer don't you? Camp!

Many of you know that for over 25 years Sarah and I have been involved in Christian camping in one way or another. This summer will be no different. Although we no longer work at an overnight camp, we still run day camps for the kids that we work with that live here in the projects. This year we haven't decided exactly how many to run but we do know that it will be either three or four. That, along with our regular ministries and our community garden will probably be all that we can handle.

We love camp, and think that it is a valuable part of a child's life. Now, I know that if you lived closer, you would want to send your child to one of our day camps Cool. But, unfortunately, so many of you live too far away, so I decided to introduce you to BCM International's camping ministry. They have been doing camps for almost as long as they have been doing Bible clubs for kids. They have dozens of camps all over the world and they recently put together a little collage of some of the camps that they run. I decided to post it here for you all to see.


I have had the pleasure of seeing a few of BCM's camps in person and can tell you that they are magical, Christ filled places. For more information on BCM's Christian Camping ministry, please click here to go to their website.

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Posted by tink38570 at 9:47 PM CST
Updated: Monday, 8 March 2010 9:01 PM CST
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Saturday, 6 March 2010
Somedays It's Just Not Easy Being a Missionary
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Ministry

Some days it's not easy being a missionary... 

Some days it's not easy being a husband...

Some days it's not easy being a Christian...

Some days life is just hard...

Today was one of those days.

Sarah has been away tending to a sick grandmother for a few days. It was a tough couple of days for her.

Then, she gets home and the house is a mess. The boys and I hadn't done our part to help out. So, she's upset that the house is a mess.

Then she has to run all over creation getting ready for a baby shower that the mission is hosting for a girl from the projects.

She's tired from the mission of mercy she's been on; angry about the house; and frustrated because there is so much to do. This does not make for a very happy momma.

Finally the shower begins. Most of the guests are from the low income housing area that we serve with a few of the girls family members.

But, lo and behold, who should walk in, but two ladies from a large local church that just happen to be acquainted with the girl. And, of course, what should they do upon entering the mission? They open all of the doors and look in every room.

They look in the nursery...thank goodness that's straightened up.  

They look in my office...the office that I never use...the office that's basically used for storage of teaching materials...the office that is overflowing and a mess right now.

They look in the storage room...the one that the ladies are working on organizing...the one that is also a mess.

They look in the kitchen...the kitchen that the ladies have been cooking in all morning...the kitchen that the ladies cooked in the night before for a birthday party that we had for one of the ladies that attends the mission...the kitchen that was used the night before that for another birthday party.

Oh...and did I mention that this church that they attend is one of our supporting churches? Sarah calls me up soon after they arrive and is in tears.

Did they sit down and talk with Sarah about the ministries that we have here at the mission? Did they ask how are children's program is doing, or the ladies cooking class, or the Sunday meal and Bible Study that we have? Did they mingle with the people and ask what the mission means to them? No. One lady left before the food was served, the other lady left right after eating.

Thank goodness that another lady from that church was there. A lady that is our treasurer and is on our board. A lady that knows us well and knows our limitations and strengths and is always supportive. Hopefully she will smooth things over if there is anything said.

I know that by writing all of this, I am having a very judgmental spirit myself. And, I know it is wrong. Let me apologize right now for my spirit that is out of fellowship. I did however say that I would be real on my blog. I said that I would tell it like it is and tell how I really feel. Well, this is how I really feel right now. After I close my laptop, I need to stop, drop, and pray. But...

Some days it's not easy being a missionary... 

Some days it's not easy being a husband...

Some days it's not easy being a Christian...

Some days life is just hard. 

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Posted by tink38570 at 11:13 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, 6 March 2010 11:18 PM CST
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Friday, 5 March 2010
Have You Hugged Your Child Today?
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Compassion International

Compassion Bloggers: Kenya 2010 

Have you been reading the Kenya Compassion bloggers? Your heart will be broken. Have you hugged your child today? If you're on twitter, here is a list of all of their twitter addresses. If you're not a tweeter, click on the banner above and it will take you to the CompassionBloggers page that has links to all of their blogs.

CompassionBloggers in Kenya @lvhanson @keelymarie @MckMama @DetzelPretzel @kentshaffer @WeareTHATfamily @theshaungroves @Jonesbones5

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Posted by tink38570 at 11:30 AM CST
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Thursday, 4 March 2010
What in the World is Going on?
Mood:  cheeky
Topic: BCM International


In BCM (Bible Centered Ministries) International's world that is. For some time now I have been looking for ways to tell you about BCM International and some of their ministries. Sarah and I have been involved with this great mission for almost 13 years now and have grown to love the organization and the people in it. In my zeal to find ways to promote it on my blog, I totally forgot something that was as plain as the nose on my face - The BCM World Magazine! BCM puts out this fantastic magazine three times a year and publishes it for free on their website. They will soon be coming out with their spring edition, but here is a link to the great fall magazine that focused on short term missions.

Sarah and I have wanted to go on a short term mission trip to a foreign country for what seems like forever, but the Lord has not lead us in that direction yet. Perhaps, however, he is leading some of you to consider short term or even long term missions. As you peruse last fall's BCM World Magazine, won't you pray that God will use you in any way that He leads? Perhaps he wants you to go or, perhaps He wants you to send, by supporting someone prayerfully or financially. Whatever the case may be, please read and pray with an open heart. Click here or on either the above banner or below picture to get to the magazine.



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Posted by tink38570 at 11:21 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, 4 March 2010 11:29 PM CST
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Wednesday, 3 March 2010
MckMama's on a Trip
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Compassion International
Compassion Bloggers: Kenya 2010
No, not my MckMama, the MckMama. Sarah is away right now, but I'm talking about someone else.
Do you remember me talking about having the shock of my life when I got about 300 page hits in one day a few weeks ago. If you recall, it was because I had commented on someone's question about what to do for his wife on Valentine's Day. I told them about something that I had done years ago for Sarah and he ended up doing it for his wife. His wife was McMama~a very big and highly respected blogger. She blogged about it and left a link to my blog.
Well, she and her husband sponsor a couple of children with Compassion International (a couple after my own heart) and they were selected to go on one of Compassion's blogging trips to Kenya. Compassion takes several bloggers on a trip to meet their sponsored children and to tour the Compassion work in that area. In return, the bloggers then blog about their trip every day for the whole time they are there. Well, the trip began today. You can find out all about their trip by clicking here or, if you are a twitterer, you can click here to go to their twitter page. To find out more about Compassion, click here.

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Posted by tink38570 at 11:48 PM CST
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