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Sunday, 9 May 2010
Men's Monday Meme - OH NO! I messed up!
Mood:  d'oh
Topic: Men's Monday Meme


I messed up! I really did. I could say that ministry got in the way, and it kind of did, but really I have no excuse. I just didn't get around to posting a new Men's Monday Meme question this week.

So, this week I'm posting two questions that will cover this week and next. You can choose which question you want to answer which week. The only difference is I will leave this Mr. Linky up for both weeks. You just sign the Mr. Linky twice if you want to answer both questions. So, without further adieu, here are the two questions.

Question Number 1 - Because this is Mother's Day, I thought I would put a question up that is, in a way, in honor of mothers. The answer may not be a mother at all, but since there are folks in life whose mother was not active in their growing up years, then I thought I would phrase the question a little differently. Here goes.

Who is the woman that has made the most impact in your life and why?

It could be your mother, your wife, a sister or other relative, a teacher...whoever.

Question Number 2 - I've been thinking a lot about life lately. I guess reading about the Vogel's bicycle trips have got me to thinking about priorities. The Vogel's are a homeschooling family who just decided to get out of the rat race and live their dreams now instead of waiting for their twin boys to grow up. They wanted to share the adventure with their boys and make real memories that they could cherish forever. Their first adventure was taking a year to bicycle through the United States and Mexico. They bought a three seater bike called a triple (yes they make such things) for Dad and the two eight year old boys (yes I said EIGHT) and a single touring bike for Mom. Both bikes had bicycle trailers attached. After that was completed, they decided to leave a year later for an even bigger adventure - taking two and a half years to bike the Pan-Am highway from Alaska to Argentina! They wrote a journal of their first trip that you can find here and they are almost two years into their Pan-Am trip. You can follow that trip by clicking here

The Vogels really promote family adventures. They encourage you to live your dream now, whether it's a little dream like to plant a large garden or a larger dream like building a cabin in the woods or hiking the Appalachian trail or, even traveling across the country. 

So, I've been thinking a lot about what our dream is. Of course, you know that the Tinkel's are a very unconventional family to begin with. We are full time missionaries who have three very unique son's, so thinking about these types of things isn't out of the ordinary for us. However, it is still thought provoking. In the weeks to come, I'll be writing about what our Great American Dream is and how we are preparing for it. In the meantime, I want to know what yours is. So, here is question number two.

What is your American dream? What is it that you have always wanted to do, but always put off until "after the kids are grown" or "when I retire"? Tell us why you don't think you can live that dream now.

Okay, now that you've read the two questions, let me remind you of the rules:

  1. This is a man's meme, so the answers must be the answers from a man. Either the man can answer on his blog, or a wife can interview her husband for her blog. However, if the wife puts it on her blog, she must stay true to what her husband said.
  2. You are encouraged to put one of the Men's Monday Meme buttons found to the left on your blog. Just copy the code below the button of your choice. The more folks who link, the more readers you may have to visit your blog.
  3. You may answer the question any time during the week up through next Monday. After you answer the question, add the address to your post to the Mr.Linky below. If you could, please only add the direct link to the post to make it easier for readers to find the entry.
  4. My answer along with a new question will be posted next Monday. The new Mr. Linky will be added at midnight Monday night or sometime within the next couple of days after that Wink.

And here's the new Mr. Linky:




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Saturday, 8 May 2010
Amazing Story About Somi's Village!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Compassion International

Yesterday's post on the Compassion Blog was about the very village that Somi lives in. It is a great example of how Compassion's money works. Here's the link - http://blog.compassion.com/access-to-clean-water-community/#comment-16447


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Friday, 7 May 2010
Never Fear - Call A Story is Here!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: BCM International

Do you have kids that always complain about having "nothing to do"?

Do  you wish that there was something more for you kids to listen to other than the ridiculous gibberish that's on the TV and radio these days?

Do you long for yet another way for your children to hear and internalize the Word of God?

Never Fear - Call A Story is here!

Many years ago, BCM Canada (the Canadian branch of the mission we are with) began working with a man from California who for years recorded and made available Bible stories that you could put on a small answering machine type device to be played after children dialed a number. He called it "Call-A-Story". When the old tape machine type answering machines became obsolete, BCM Canada began putting the stories on CD's to be put on computer answering devices. They realized, however, that even that had it's limits.

Now, they have reworked the stories to be a little more modern and have put them on the internet! And, it used to be that you were at the mercies of the people programing the answering machines as to when a new story was put out. Now you can listen to as many stories as you want, when you want them! They are totally neat. Hear is the web address - http://www.bcmintl.ca/CallAStory.php Dial...er...I mean click in today for a new and fun way for your kids to hear Bible stories.

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Thursday, 6 May 2010
Super Star Speech - Never Say Never
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Homeschool Product Review

I've learned to never say never.

I used to say things like, "My kids will never act like that!" or "If I ever caught my child doing that I'd...".

Anyway, I found out long ago that God has a sense of humor. Don't ever say "never".

That also carried over to those non-controllable things. It's not that I thought it was impossible for one of my kids to have cancer or to have autism, it's just that I never thought about it or put it out of my mind. It was like I was living in a state of denial.

Well, guess what. John Allen did have cancer when he was a baby, and Joshua is on the autism spectrum, and, more recently, we found out that Jacob has severe speech problems.

Now, with the cancer that John Allen had, there was absolutely nothing that we could have done at home to prevent it or help cure it. It was just one of those things that happened. With Joshua, although no one truly knows what causes autism, there are ways to combat it and we are doing our best to do that.

It used to be with speech problems you just loaded them up to take them to speech therapy, or perhaps, if they went to public school, they went to speech during school hours. There was, however, very little you could do at home except for some mouth exercises or something like that...until now!

It just so happens, that at about the same time that Jacob was diagnosed with his speech problems, that the TOS Homeschool Crew was given a program called "Super Star Speech" written by Debbie Lott. Debbie Lott is a speech therapist and just happens to be a homeschooler. She recognized that there were many speech difficulties that is best left up to professionals to help, but there are many minor speech problems that can worked on successfully at home.

I was really wanting to dig into this with Jacob to see how much we could help him during our homeschool hours, but with his frequent testing, and recent tonsillectomy, I wasn't able to get very far. I have fudged and put off writing it until we could work more with it, but I really feel that in order for this review not to be totally drastically over due (it's already well over a week - maybe two - overdue SurprisedFrown) I need to get at least a description of Super Star Speech written, and then give a more thorough update after we have used it for some time.  

I can however view Super Star Speech with somewhat of a trained eye because, as an educational therapist, I did work with many children who had minor speech difficulties. I will tell you that what I have noticed from reading through Super Star Speech and using it briefly is that it is very well done. 

The first thing that Ms. Lott recommends, if you haven't had formal testing done of course, is to give your child an informal test at home. Everything is laid out and explained in very laymen terms as to what to do. You test how well your child can say sounds at the beginning of a word, in the middle of a word and at the end of a word by having them look at a picture and tell you what it is. You then mark on a sheet if they said it correctly or if they had difficulty with that sound. 

Depending on your child's age, there are going to be some sounds that he is expected to know and some sounds that he may be too young to be expected to say correctly. That is all taken into consideration when scoring the results.

After discovering their weak areas, the work begins.  There are complete instructions, again in laymen term, on how to write a therapy plan and how to proceed with therapy. There are even specific instructions for when a child is having difficulty differentiating between two different sounds such as P/B, T/D, or K/G, among others. She explains all aspects of the therapy session from using a mirror to help you child see the correct and incorrect way to form letters, to making the session fun and using games.

Nothing is left out and nothing is left to chance. Everything is laid out and very well explained. From the testing, to the planning, to the therapy. i really like what I see and what I have used thus far, and am really looking forward to getting more into the meat of the program and writing to you all about our experiences. 

To find our more about Debbie Lott's Super Star Speech program, you can click here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. To find out what some of the other TOS Crew Members thought about the Super Star Speech program or some of Debra Lott's other fantastic homeschool products, you can click here. Happy home educating!

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I was given a free download of the Super Star Speech program in order to try out and review on my blog.

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Updated: Thursday, 6 May 2010 10:54 PM CDT
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Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Is There Power in the Blood?
Mood:  happy
Topic: Ministry
Saw this recently on the Our Compassion forum and asked permission to reprint it. Isn't this so true about most ministries and about most Christians. I know it is with our ministry at Good News Mission. It's something we fight all of the time.
Please prayerfully read this and think about your life and your ministry. It really made me think.

  IS THERE POWER IN THE BLOOD? A Warrior Speaks by Jane Hamilton

There was an old man at Kiwawa whose life was changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. His name was Loitaluk. He was a headman of the village and one of the first to welcome us to Pokot territory. He was the first to bring is children to the school and later to bring his wives and children to church. Loitaluk put off many years of becoming a Christian. He liked the beer parties that are so much a part of the Pokot men's gatherings. He had been a warrior in his younger days and he sat on the council that planned the cattle raids and laid the battle plans. Even though he was chairman of the school committee and attended church regularly, he resisted surrendering his life to the Lord. But one Sunday, the Lord moved Loitaluk to stand up and the end of the church service and say that he wanted to become a Christian. Everyone cheered when Loitaluk came up out of the waters of baptism. He was somewhere in his sixties and had lost all but two of his sons in tribal warfare. (One of them was killed by Karamajong raiders the day that I had to flee to the hills with the school children.) Loitaluk had, at one time, 10 wives; 4 of his own and 6 he inherited from brothers who were killed. He had outlived most of his wives. His had been a hard life but had had the wisdom of those hard years.

One Sunday, at the end of the communion service, Loitaluk stood up and asked the question:

“Which is stronger, the blood of Christ or the blood of the Sapana?”

It was a question for which he needed an answer because he had seen something he could not understand. In his background, he understood the blood of the Sapana cow. In their culture, it was powerful and it worked. And this is the way that it worked:

When boys become of age to join the ranks of the warriors and become men, they go through a ceremony called Sapana. The group of the young men go through this ritual to become “blood” brothers. Through their whole lives they are a mutual support group, sharing their belongings, helping each other to obtain wives and supporting each other in all things. They go into battle together as a unit and are responsible for each other. They watch each other's backs. If one falls in battle, his age mates carry him on their backs. No one would abandon a Sapana brother in battle. They will literally give thire lives for each other. And what binds them together is the oath taken when they drink the blood of the cows that are killed at the Sapana rituals.

Loitaluk had been a Sapana brother and warrior. He had gone into battle and protected his brothers as they protected him. He knew what it meant. He knew that if two Sapana brothers had a quarrel, the elders would call them together, a cow would be sacrificed, they would drink the blood together and the matter would be settled It would never be spoken of again. They could not mention it or even remember it against each other. The survival of the group, and even the tribe, depended on the unity of the warriors. No division could be allowed among them. The drinking of the blood of the sacrificial cow bound them together. It worked for the community and the tribe for the unity needed to survive.

Loitaluk's question about the blood of Christ had arisen because he assumed that the blood of Christ would bind Christian brothers together in the same way that the blood of the Sapana cow bound together the age mates. However, in the church he saw division and quarreling and gossiping against each other. His words to the congregation that morning were:

“Those of us who take communion together are bound together like the Sapana group who eat the feast together. Why are there divisions and quarrels in the church that go unforgiven?”

We guiltily GOT what Loitaluk was saying. Does the blood of Christ bind us together strongly enough to look out for our brother and to put our differences aside? When we see a Christian brother fallen, do we pick him up and carry him until he is strong enough to stand again? Or do we run off and leave him alone in the midst of the battle? Or do we jump on him and get in a few blows ourselves with our gossip and our condemnation? A beautiful African Christian lady once told me that only Christians shoot their own wounded. When a Christian brother has fallen wounded by Satan, other Christians in their self-righteousness will often deliver additional blows to their brother. Where is our brotherhood in Christ? Do we recognize who the enemy really is, or are we quick to decide that the enemy is our brother? Oh, what we could learn as Christians about who the enemy really is and how necessary our unity is to the battle we are involved in. Satan has divided and conquered us for so long. The blood of that perfect sacrifice was shed so that we could be ONE.

Is the blood of Christ stronger than the blood of the Sapana cow? Can our differences be forgotten at the cross, the site of the letting of blood? Can we go out from the sacrifice as brothers, never to remember our hurt feelings or cross words again? It works for the Pokot because they believe it works. There is no power in the cow's blood except in their belief that it works. We as Christians, have the real power in the shed blood of that perfect sacrifice, Jesus.

The scripture says when we come to the communion table if we have anything against a brother, go and make it right. The scripture says that the blood of Jesus washes sin completely away. But do we let it be forgiven and forgotten or do we carry it around? How strong is the blood of the communion? We know that it is the blood of God's very own son. Powerful indeed! Power over all our weakness, failure and sin. Power to make us new. To make us clean. To make us forgiven. To make us united. To make us strong. To make us God's chosen. Yes, there is power in the blood. Yes, there is healing and restoration and wholeness provided by Jesus' blood. As we have just come through the Easter season and celebrated what Christ has done for us, let us embrace the love and forgiveness and oneness that he purchased for us on the cross.

Written by Jane Hamilton

East Africa Christian Mission

PO Box 1612

Medford, OR 97501-0123



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