Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pastor Jason??!?!!

As some of you know, we're blessed to have a very dear church here that has welcomed us into their community. Including us, there are about 12 people in the congregation. We have a pastor who comes every 6-8 weeks from the capital and the rest of the time, the preaching is divided between two men in the congregation ...

Last week, after singing and announcements, one of the lay-pastors, Kaston, says to Jason, "do you want to share some blessings with the church?" Jason stood up and shared how blessed we've been by the congregation, their assistance to us and how welcoming they've been and sat down ... we soon realized that was NOT what Kaston had in mind! Since Jason had nothing prepared, he asked if he could share next week and it was agreed upon.

So...this past Sunday, Jason delivered the message to the congregation! And, he did a GREAT job! On Ephesians 6:10-18. He was pretty nervous, but not as nervous as I was when they told me that I was to lead worship!! Seriously!

Manna from Heaven (almost!)

Wow! We received FOUR packages in the mail on Friday! It literally felt like Christmas ... coffee, tea, chocolate, dried fruits, nuts, candy, books, magazines and so much more! We could not have been happier! Thanks Trudy, Bonnie & Marilyn! To top it all off, some new acquaintances who live in the capital contacted us to tell us they were going to try to put some fresh produce on the next boat for us! How generous & thoughtful! We haven't had any fresh fruit or veggies since we were in the capital 6 weeks ago! Yum!

Monday, November 3, 2008


My parents sent us a wonderful package!! Full of a lot of food items - awesome! One was a mix for cupcakes ... although we have a 2-burner stove, we don't have a "normal" oven ... but, we tried out cooking them in our outdoor oven powered by Jason's great fire-making abilities ... and ... they turned out GREAT! We ate half of the batch that first night (yes, that's 3 each!).

In addition to all the great treats from my folks, our box included a belated birthday gift from my brother, Mark -- a new french press with matching cups! Sooooo perfect! Ours had shattered in-transit here and we'd been using a tea strainer type thing to make our coffee every morning. Now, we have delightful coffee served in fun cups!

Thanks Mom, Dad & Mark!