Tuesday, October 26, 2010

When Sea Billows Roll....by Paul Schlener, author of, PORT OF TWO BROTHERS....

You can purchase your copy by clicking buy now... for $12.50  includes SHIPPING
(Less if you purchase a box of 56.) plus shipping.
This makes a wonderful gift for the Veterans in your life.
This book is about a young man in his teens who runs off to join the Navy to fight for his country. It gives a very accurate account of surviving one of the worst typhoons known in world history as
the "COBRA".
This book is written by one of our nations  few living WWII Veterans,
Dr. Paul L. Schlener.
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Letters from Africa

Long day today but a real good day. Feel like I am in the Amazon where you were raised. It rained today too but it didn't cool off at all.

They just told us that we might have internet up at the round huts we stay in.


Dear Cindi

I only was able to get on internet now since we talked last night. The signal is always weak and most of the time not available. Tomorrow we leave for out in the sticks and will not have internet until Saturday. We start heading home on Saturday and arrive in Albany Monday night.

Pastor Tomas says that at times we will have a phone signal so will try to call between tomorrow and Saturday while we are out there.

 Hi Cindi:
I have been texting but I guess you have not been receiving. We got in save and sound. Many delay for mechanical reasons. Its 1:35 AM and I just got into the room and we have internet. I preach in the morning at Tomas church.
I called the house a few minutes ago and left a voice mail message. I also called Presley so he would know all is well.


 Hi Cindi:
Just got back to the room after a real long HOT day. Its like in the high 90's and high humidity. Church goes a long time ... hours both in the morning and evening. Tomorrow we leave at 6 AM to start with the FH staff.

Had fish for supper tonight. Roballo. Was real good. I just went online and saw the temperature. Already getting cold every evening there.

Tuesday we go to Gorongoza were we will not have email .. but the phone does work every once in awhile. .. if you can get to the right spots. Gorongosa is were those round houses you have seen in the pictures. Tomorrow is staff here in Beira and than we are up there with the pastors.

Sleep well with our two little friends.


Taking Time to be Thankful...

My husband, who works for the organization called Food the Hungry, (www.fh.org) takes these by-yearly trips to Mozambique, Africa.  He is the translator and one of the Bible Institute teacher to 200 African Pastors (or more) the trip usually takes three day, two nights and the one day’s trek to the bush country. The last couple of trips he has been able to communicate via texting/e-mail so I sent him on his way without any worries because I knew he could touch base.  He always calls when he arrives to the field of service and always calls when he is on his way back home.  This time however, he didn’t.
I was fine for the first 24 hours then as one day turned into three I became considerable worried.  No word at all through any avenue of communication.  So I began to call around, everyone I asked that could promised to call as soon as they heard anything at all good or bad.
So my mind started imagining the worse and preparing for it. I love the film called, Blood Diamond, so that came to mind in my despairing thoughts. I pictured him taken captive by that scenario. The show, Lost, played havoc with my thoughts one whole night as I tried to sleep, I didn’t want to watch the news because it can be so graphic at times I feared seeing the plane in a field with nothing left but the smoking remains of the fuselage.
The fact that, from all the people I contacted, hadn’t heard anything either, just seemed to multiply my apprehension. I tried to keep busy, sang out loud, and prayed without ceasing.
He left on a Wednesday afternoon…and finally 1:35 AM Sunday morning Mozambican time,(5 days ) I get the call from a very tired weary yet relieved traveler.  After 3 days and 4 nights and lots of flight delays and mechanical situations he was there safe and probably not so sound for the lack of sleep. He apologized because he had tried to communicate and knew they couldn’t and there was nothing they could have done about it.
You know what I did, of-course, I took the TIME to be thankful. After realizing all that could have gone wrong I was grateful it hadn’t.
O...let us give thanks...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Take Time To Bake This Bread....

JUST FOLLOW the directions to the T especially the greasing part because it is sticky(able)

1 cup(8oz.)lukewarm water
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup melted butter or veg.oil( I used oil)
3 TB of molasses or maple syrup(I used molasses)
2 tsp instant yeast(rapid rise kind...really measure because the packets have more the 2 tsp)
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk(I buy the little box that has packets in it Wal-Mart)
3 cups King Aurthur Whl.Wheat flour(100%)
1 1/2 tsp. salt(I used kosher)

Thoroughly grease an 8 1/2"x 4 1/2" pan....very IMPORTANT to grease the pan well as the bread tends to stick

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Beat the mixture vigorously for about 3 minutes;an electric beater on high works well...(I have one of those large kitchen-aid beaters) Scope the soft dough into the prepared pan.(it will be sticky/glue-like, but comes out easy.

Cover the pan with lightly GREASED plastic wrap, and it will rise for 90 minutes: it becomes puffy.

Bake pre-heated @ 350*oven Bake for 30-35 min. Cover with tin foil after 15 minutes. The bread is done when golden brown on top.(my was in for 40 minutes)
If you insert a instant-read thermometer it should read 195* (I don't have one so I don't do that') Let cool on rack for 5 min. before removing from the pan...and IF you can don't cut til it is completely cooled....RIGHT!!! I can't wait.
ENJOY!!! It is SO easy and is SO good. 
SERVES 16  (sixteen )

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Take Time to go Back...

.......................  These are question that were asked of me for a  Missions Conference..................
                                                October 23-24

1. When you transitioned from one ministry/field to another or back to the States, what was the most difficult aspect for you personally?
The most difficult aspect for me transitioning back which most definitely outweighed some of the others was saying good-bye to 20 some years of friendships. Several that had become closer than actual family. Accepting the fact that they wouldn’t be just around the corner anymore and knowing that communication basically stops. The fellowship(face-to-face kind) with each other ends. Several other aspects were, change of culture, change of position in the ministry, making new friends and not necessarily in that order. Not to forget those tears, the tears…oh …the tears. I tried to keep them back and keep a positive attitude in front of the children least they thought God’s will is making Mommy cry.

2. What was hardest for your children/spouse?
Hardest for my children, was their educational changes the new school and making new friends. My children went to the public school system on the field. So you can imagine their English grammar was weak, weather, food/diet; other then these few things nothing that required counseling or special attention. My spouse, the answer to question #1 would apply for him too.

3. What were some great things other people said or did in your new location that made it easier for you or were an encouragement?
I really can’t recall any great thing anyone did for us. Not even our church, quite frankly I expected some sort of hoopla but we sort of slipped in/back quietly. In fact I think people seemed annoyed to seeing me break down to tears a couple of times. I could have been just my thinking it, but no encouragement at all. Hum…. I hope that I am not stepping on toes. Let me be clear, we did return to a location where we had relatives/family so maybe people assumed we were all set in the encouragement department.

4. What were some things that were hurtful or made the transition more difficult that others did, said or failed to do?
Because we suddenly re- appeared back without the above (lack of hoopla) I think people assumed we were back for some negative reason, would naturally lead them to ask questions that seemed to dig into one’s soul and hurt. So I think the answer to this question would be both did or failed to do and said or failed to say.

5. What would have blessed you or made things easier for you that you "wish" people would have done/said/not done?
I really feel uncomfortable with answering this question because I don’t want to judge I don’t know people’s hearts. But in their defense they really didn’t know how to help so I will answer this the best way I know how so to help others see the problem and fix it. 1. Pray with you; ask what they can pray for; 2. Have you over for a getting acquainted time; 3. Make sure one knows upcoming events that could help involve you back into it all 4. Encourage their children to reach out to yours and it doesn’t take much to encourage kids,

6. Looking back on your transition, would you do anything differently?
The actual mechanics of it all went very well. I insisted on bringing all my precious things (Praise the Lord I was able to) because if the truth be known and I recommend others to the same, it helped the children feel like they were home with all the familiar “things” surrounding them. Some wise old missionary had advised me to do this and I took her advice.

7. What advice would you give to anyone who knows a transitioning missionary?
I believe the advice has been given/specified in my last several answers. I could not reiterate/restate any better than I already have.

8. What (if any) resources were helpful in your transition ( ei: books, websites, etc)
What was helpful with our transition was that before we totally moved and said our goodbyes we were able to return for several summers and eased our way into the new ministry. It was less brutal then up and leaving.

9. If you feel comfortable sharing briefly, what were the reasons for your change in ministry?
The reasons for our leaving the ministry were to be able to serve our mission in a larger way, getting involved in the bigger picture. Our leaders felt that my husband’s gifts could help the whole of the organization.

10. Was your change a relief, very difficult or combination?
I would say our change was a combination.

11. If you remained in a supported ministry, how was your support affected?
We didn’t remain in a supported ministry but those that had supported continued to do so to the work we left behind.

12. How long were you at the previous location?
We were at our previous location 23 years.

13. How long did it take for you to feel "at home" in your new location?
I felt right at home at certain places like shopping…but socially it has taken longer.

14. Did you accept new ministry opportunities (personal) quickly or did you need a break for a little while?
I tried to get busy right away I got involved in a customer service capacity which allowed me to learn the system as well as make friendship the staff members.

I might add one more thing, I was saved at a early age and was a MK myself so I suppose that is a culture in and of itself in all these years of seeing God’s love and spirit touching lives and changing people and on and on. I am humble that He allowed me to do the same. Sure there are heart breaks and hardships and yes, it is hard to leave family and friends and transitions to places that make us uncomfortable…but I put my trust in Him and He promised to never leave me or forsake me when life seems unreasonable at times confusing…He has a plan because he loves me.
Hope this helps a little bit. God Bless