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Wednesday, 14 December 2011
On the 6th Day of Christmas...
Topic: Ministry

...my true love gave to me:

Six Turkeys Cooking (Only 12 more to go!)

Five People Cleaning (Three were Tinkel kids and they actually did a good job!)

Four Trips to Hardware (For parts for the broken furnace - See below.)

Three Cats a Eating (Only one was ours and they were eating the bones from the cooked turkeys.)

Two Tired Tinkels (Both over the age of 30.)

And a broken furnace in the basement! (Thanks Harley - a good friend of ours - for working on it and putting up with one very unhandymanish person helping.)

Yep, this was my day to day. Can I add in play practice, passing out flyers, deboning turkeys, decorating, and, and, and, to the list? The next two days aren't looking much better! Please pray that everything will come together for the big meal this Saturday. We already have about 150 take-out plates to shut-ins and the elderly that we are delivering meals to and we aren't finished!

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Tomorrow is Catalog Day!
Topic: Compassion International


I remember how I excited I was to get the Sear's Wishbook Catalog when I was young. I would flip it over (the toys were always in the back you know) and I would pour over every page. Well, maybe not the Barbie and other doll pages - although it was interesting to see what new thing B - but I Barbie had going - but I digress. Anyway, I would pour over every page and even circle the things that I wanted. It was always an exciting time. It provided many a day of dreaming for a young boy like me. Of course, when I didn't get what I really, really wanted, I would sometimes be a little upset. I was terribly dissapointed - even as an adult - when they discontinued Wishbooks. It's an annual tradition that my boys are now missing.

Well, tomorrow is going to be another big catalog day. No, not the Wishbook, but another catalog. And this time it's not going to be innocently, but perhaps selfishly, looking for things for themselves. This time they are going to be looking for others. You see, the catalog that they are going to be pouring over is going to be the Compassion International gift catalog called "Gifts of Compassion". This is going to be our first year doing this and I'm hoping and praying that it becomes a tradition. Here's a short video that tells how "Gifts of Compassion" works.

This is going to be a real test of faith on my part. I'm actually going to let the boys choose which gifts to give. I'm planning on giving them $35 at the most to spend. I'm anxious to see what they do with the money! What combination will they come up with?

Mosquito Net - $10.00  +  Garden Seeds - $10.00  +  African Drought Survival Kit - $13.00  =  $33.00

Household Items Kit - $15.00  +  Building Materials - $20.00  =  $35.00

Soccer Ball - $13.00  +  Chicken - $16.00  +  Bible - $5.00  =  $34.00

The combinations are endless. There are more expensive things as well. Have a look by clicking here.

I want my kids to know that earth does not revolve around them. I want them to realize that there is extreme poverty all around the world.

Don't get me wrong. I believe in helping the poor and the needy around us as well. But, you have to remember, we are full time missionaries and direct a ministry to the low income folks in the town where we live. Our kids see the poor and the needy around us every day. This is a chance to give to others around the world that need help as well.

I want my kids to learn not to have a cow, but to give a goat - which, by the way, is only $45.00 through the "Gifts of Compassion" catalog.

So, this year, why not consider having your kids give a gift or two from "Gifts of Compassion". And, hey, if they really want to have a cow, they can give one of those, too. It's only $100. Just click here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above.

Thanks ahead of time and have a very Merry Christmas.

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Updated: Wednesday, 14 December 2011 11:53 PM CST
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Monday, 12 December 2011
Tinkel Family Christmas Newsletter
Topic: Ministry

Sarah's done it again! She's created another great newsletter. For those of you who are on our email list, you will be getting one via email soon. I wanted to share what's going on with our family and Good News Mission with everyone though. So, here is the link to our Christmas 2012 newsletter - http://familiesagain.blogspot.com/ . Thanks ahead of time for all of your prayers.

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Sunday, 11 December 2011
How Many Turkeys Will Sarah Cook This Year?
Topic: Ministry

It's that time of year again! Time for our annual holiday meal at Good News Mission. This has been going on at the mission since before we became the directors of it and is a lot of work, but a lot of fun as well and, the rewards are great. Last year Sarah cooked, if I recall, sixteen turkeys in all. She always has four five turkey's going on at once in an oven or a roaster. Then, she de-bones them and stores them in the refrigerator. She'll used to start on Monday and the delicious turkey smells would be with us throughout the whole week. This year the refrigerator in the mission is broken and we don't have as much shelf space. So, she's going to bee cooking them all on Thursday and Friday. So, how many is she cooking this year? Well, I won't tell you how many she's doing yet, I'll save that until the end of this post. We advertise on the radio and pass out lots and lots of flyers. Last year we fed around 250 folks, but weather complicated our efforts. This year we are planning to feed around 400 shut-ins, elderly and folks that live in the projects. We do take outs from 10 am to 12 pm, then feed the ones who walk in. Here's the flyer we are giving out:


Now, I know most of you can't come, although you are invited and welcome if you live or will be in the area, but what we really need is your prayers. In fact, we covet your prayers. Pray that we will be a blessing to many in our area. Pray that Sarah will get everything done and all of the churches that said they would supply things will get them here and on time. Pray for all of those that will be helping. Quite a few have said that they will come to help. We need many that would be willing to deliver, serve, pass out goody bags and mingle and talk to folks to make them feel at home. Pray for our family, as this is always a busy week. On top of the holiday meal, John Allen and I are involved in a large production of "A Christmas Carol". I am in the play and John Allen is a stage hand. Please pray that all will get done and that no one will lose their sanity. Thank you ahead of time for all of your prayers.

So, how many turkeys is she planning to do? How about TWENTY! Yes, I said twenty in a two day period. Call us crazy, I know, but the blessings are immense.We are probably just as blessed by the people that come as they are blessed by our feeble efforts.

Lord I ask right now that you bless this weekend. Bless Sarah for all of the hard work that she puts in to this. Bless the workers that volunteer their time. And, Lord, bless the folks that we will be serving. Please be with us and among us. Thank you so much for the blessings that are going to be poured out this next Saturday. Amen.

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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Topic: General

Visit My BlogFrog Community!

I've started Blog Frogging again! Why I do this I'll never know. Don't I have enough to do with Facebook, and Pinterest, and Twitter, and my own blog, and the TOS Homeschool Crew, and the different Yahoo groups that I'm a member of and...and...and? I do it because I love my blog and I want my blog to be known. Not because I want the fame, but I do blog for the Crew and a couple of other reviewing groups and I want to do right by them. I also blog for BCM International and for Compassion International, and I want them to be known. And, not to forget, my own ministry and family. So, I get involved in these social groups. Anyway, sometimes I wonder when enough is enough. Can't I just wave a magic wand and get a 1000 hits a day? No? I guess not. So I get involved in all of these social sites. So, that's what I have been doing this evening, until I looked at the clock and realized I hadn't even written a blog post today. Oh well. If you want to join my Blog Frog community I'd love it. Just click on the Blog Frog badge in the margin. You can join in my misery. Really it's not that bad, I don't want to scare you off. But, you do need to watch that it doesn't suck you in! Happy Blogging!

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