Thursday, December 30, 2010

Here at Seedsowers

It's been a bit since a proper update, and I'm not even at home, so can't show any pic's!

Christmas was a very enjoyable time, celebrating with Rob, Ada and Brayden - it was just so great that they could be with us! We opened stockings first, then had some Swedish Tea Ring that I made for breakfast - it is a Woodford tradition, but the first time I tried it - opened presents afterwards and had a yummy turkey dinner with 3 pies (pecan, apple and pumpkin) to offer for dessert. There were four pieces taken from those 3 pies after dinner, so after the girls napped, we took over some of our board games, plus some food, to the Cain's. Duncan, Sergio and Dee from Obregón were there as well for a bit, until Duncan and Sergio headed home. We had fun playing Catch Phrase and Taboo, eating, and then singing some beautiful English hymns - how I miss that! Over Christmas Eve and Christmas we got to enjoy talking on the phone with several of our family members (even Andrew in Mozambique!), which made the days much more special too!

It was a bit of a hullabaloo getting ready to leave for seedsowers on Sunday afternoon, but we did manage to get a few hours of sleep before getting up at 530am Monday (the pies were even finished by then, too!). Thankfully, Alison offered to go with me as I drove Rob and Ada up to Tucson to the airport. We also took along Vivian and Kyla. Tim and Marcus left Hermosillo around 8am in the two big vans, with the rest of our families, and around 10 young people from there. It was sad to see Rob and Ada leave - we had a really nice time with them.

We arrived Monday evening around 530pm in San Luis Rio Colorado - still in the state of Sonora, MX, but right on the border of San Luis, Arizona, close to Yuma, AZ and Mexicali, MX. It's a relatively small city, laid out nicely for visitors with streets that all mainly go north-south and east-west. Good for seedsowing too!

Just in case you don't know what seedsowers is (which is the reason why we are here!), it was first of all a thought of a farmer in rural Manitoba, Canada, who was out on his tractor in the fields one day. He decided he wanted to get the Word of God to every home in the province of Manitoba. A beautiful 8X10 text of the verse John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." was made, and every single home got one, delivered by groups of mostly young people. The spirit spread, and since then, there have been distributions all across Canada, the US, Mexico, countries in Central and South America...as well as other countries across the world. Many different verses are available, in many different languages.

We have about 50 people here together from Canada, the US and Mexico to help. John Dennison will begin gospel meetings tonight (each of the seedsowers has an invitation to the meetings in them) - Marcus will also speak one night, and Tim one. Then, Dan Harvey arrives to continue the meetings with John. We pray that God's Word is reaching people seeking for Him, and that there will many saved, and much glory given to God as a result of this.

The hotel is really quite a nice one (the rooms even have BATHTUBS - a rarity in Mexico - and an unexpected pleasure I have already taken advantage of once so far!!) - the rooms are quite spacious, plus we have wi-fi, and heat! We are very thankful for the heat, as it's been Really cold, apparently uncharacteristically so, since we arrived. Yesterday it rained, and today it is windy, but the sun is shining!! There were two girls who were bitten by dogs today - thankfully neither seriously, but we would appreciate greatly your prayers for safety. The guys have jokingly said that they christened the town with a new name, San Perro Rio Polvo, which translates literally, St. Dog River Dust. No one has ever seen as many dogs as there are in this city, and the dust on the roads is inches thick!

There will be further distributing tomorrow, and then we head home to Hermosillo on Saturday, arriving, Lord willing, some time in the evening. Something different this year is that the only children here are our girls, plus Jake D and Evelyn C, so the games that are played range from "spies" to bead-stringing! =) The first two days here I was still very tired, and unfortunately quite grumpy, but thankfully sleep has mostly been caught up on, and I've been enjoying spending time with the girls. We've read books, done puzzles, coloured and done crafts together, and it's been nice. After the groups of distributers leave in the mornings, the other ladies have been leaving as well to prepare meals at the little hall that is rented. The 6 children stay here with me, and it's worked out quite nicely. In the afternoons we come back for the little girls to sleep (plus me, except for today).

Everyone will be back soon, so I'll leave this for now. If you think of it, please pray for the Word being "sown" here in SLRC, as well as in Texas at another distribution. Starting today and continuing until Jan 1st in Midland, Ontario, Canada is also New Year's Revolution, that my brother Jeff and Marianne have headed up over the last several years. It is geared for the spiritual growth of young people, and your prayers would be greatly appreciated for it as well!

If I'm not on again before, Happy New Year, and may each of you know the Lord's guidance and blessing in 2011.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy Birthday, Marianne!!

Today is my brother Jeff's wife Marianne's birthday. Not only is she a dear sister-in-law, she is my sister in Christ, and dear friend, too. Lots of water has gone "under the bridge" since we started nursing school together over 12 years ago!


Here is a picture of Jeff and Marianne...

...and their sweet family: Jared (6), Gracia (3.5), Lucas (1)

Their little pumpkins this Christmas

The girls on Christmas morning
Without looking, I know the verse I put for you last year was Proverbs 27:17, "Iron sharpens iron, and one (wo)man sharpens another." I could put it on again (since it still applies), but thought I would at least try to be a little unique!! =)

This is actually the verse that popped out at me as I was preparing this post. "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1 John 2:15) Right now, instead of celebrating your birthday with family, you are (and have been for months) preparing for New Year's Revolution. You and Jeff have desired to bless and encourage and build up younger believers - and for several years in a row now, you have done just that. Thank you for your care for others, your hard work, organization and prayers for those dear young ones. Thank you for loving His things, and not the things of the world. We are praying for all of you right now.

Have a wonderful birthday, Marianne - we love you!!
PS (Sorry this is late posting, I had the time set for 12 PM!!)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Visitors!!

Last week ended the gospel meetings and children's meetings in Tirocapes. Unfortunately there weren't many who attended the last meetings, but we were thankful for those who were there, and listened well. Tim left Saturday afternoon to go to Obregón, where he spoke that evening, and then on Sunday, returning home to Hermosillo in the afternoon. The Cain's graciously invited the girls and I for lunch, and so the day passed quickly.

Monday morning we were up at 4am, and left about 445am to head to Tucson, AZ. Tim's brother Rob, his wife Ada and son Brayden flew in about 10am, and we were all very excited to see them! We did some shopping, and got home around 9pm that night.

Tuesday was fairly uneventful, and Wednesday was amazing, but I'll save that until you see the pic's, below. I haven't posted any in a while, so these first ones go back a few weeks:

Kyla chatting on the phone and Vivian not wanting to be left out!
"Hand it over, Sister, it's my turn to talk!"
Welcome sign for the Cain's, the night they arrived.
Doing some fun Christmas crafts:


Christmas chain...
...and pictures.
Some of the finished products.
Vivian playing at the Cain's while we visited.
Helping
Decorating a gingerbread castle with Evelyn

All the "helpers"!
There are lots of places little people fit that big people don't! =)
Shaelyn's picture she drew of Uncle Rob and Auntie Ada. She always makes sure people know that Uncle Rob is blue, and Auntie Ada is red!!
Last children's meeting in Tirocapes
Jazmin came over for the afternoon, and they decorated cream-cheese cut-out cookies

Pretty!
On Wednesday, we headed an hour and a half away to a little coastal town called San Carlos. This was a pretty view we stopped at on the way to the beach.
The day was very cloudy, and we could see rain off in the distance. We weren't sure how great the day would turn out. In this picture, Vivian is in the front middle, and the other 3 are running up the sand dune.
Rob, Ada and Brayden
Running down the sand hill
Ada and Brayden
Kyla sliding down...
...then, Shaelyn's turn.
Chatting with the babies
This is just to show how cloudy and dark it was
Self-portrait! Vivian was not impressed!
Rob and Brayden
Vivian and her new sister or brother. =) Kyla got swamped by a wave and was soaked! We had no extra clothes (since we weren't going swimming!), so we wrapped her in my sweater, and hung her clothes out the van windows to dry!
After lunch, we thought we would go down and see if there were any boats to rent, as we'd heard of others who had done it, and really enjoyed their time. By this time, the sun had come out, and things were finally warming up. Here we are loading up.

Enjoying the view on the top!
Then out the front!
We stayed in the back, until something more exciting was happening up the front...







Isn't that amazing!?! We're not exactly sure how many there were, but usually around 5 dolphins at a time were racing along at the front of the boat - just a few feet away from us! The driver of the boat went back and forth in the same area about 5 or 6 times so we could see them again. I think he was enjoyed watching our girls' excitement, as much as they enjoyed seeing the dolphins!




I love this one!
Shaelyn
Mika


The ocean was incredibly calm, and I'm sure we could have water-skied, if we'd had the equipment. It's usually very windy in San Carlos, so we were surprised to see how flat it was.
Fishermen with their catch
We were out for about 2 hours. When we got back, we saw a couple men loading up their catch into their vehicles, so walked over to check them out. Mika wasn't impressed by the smell! This is a yellow-tail fish, and was about 10-12 kg.
And we brought one home to eat. The girls were all turned off by the blood and guts, and as we were leaving, the man was cleaning everything up, and Shaelyn said in a most disgusted voice, "And look what he's stepping in!" We all had a good chuckle!
Vivian crashed right after that!
We joined the Cain's for a Taco Bongo experience back in Hermosillo, and then we all crashed pretty early last night!

Today we spent most of the day baking - getting ready for seedsowers, as well as some extras for Christmas. Tomorrow will be another baking day, methinks!! We'll have our turkey dinner on Saturday, then head over to the Cain's to play games, etc. Rob and Ada fly out on Monday, but I think we might need to go up to Tucson Sunday afternoon so they'll catch their flights. We'll have to see a little closer to the day. After dropping them off, we continue on to San Luis Rio Colorado, a small town where there will be a seedsowers distribution next week. Please join us in praying for the Word of God that will go out. "Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain." (Psalms 127:1)
Time for me to get myself to bed now, it's a late one! Good night!