Sunday, December 25, 2005

Xmas -> Safari

Christmas was different (as expected) but good (as expected). I'm now both tired and full and had the opportunity to ring my family and have them pass the phone around as they enjoyed the evening's festivities at my grandparents' house.

I leave early tomorrow for a Safari that will last for four days. But, before I go, let me share these with you all:

(Link to the video on the right)

Many pictures of Christmas festivities online also.
(Follow the link on the right)

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas!

hey! check this out:

[Like a chorus of little birdies: Sophie, David, Kristina, John]

Tonight I've been invited to the house of the family that hosted Karl for his 7 days of language school. Tomorrow afternoon everyone left on the base will go over to Blake and Carmen's house (the base director) and we'll have a little gift exchange.

A very merry Christmas to all my family and friends from Puallip to North Shore, from Whidbey Island to Apple Valley.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Fire next-door

Last night our next-door neighbor's house caught fire. We were able to help extinguish the flames but only after the little building was totally gutted. No one was hurt, but William who owns the house has lost just about everything he had in the world. That includes his home, clothes, mattress, bicycle, and the hand tools that he uses to earn money.

Fortunately, his chickens, turkeys, and lovable dog all survived fine. He had a few friends and relatives there today to help clear the rubble. He has taken the blow admirably and plans to start building again on the day after tomorrow.

Good things that have come of this:
~new unity among the neighbors
~we were able to put the fire out before the structure collapsed
~new unity among our team
~an opportunity for us to show the love of Jesus to him by helping however we can
~William knows that he can trust his friends when he needs them


[This picture (from Karl) is of us in the heat of action throwing buckets of water into the fire. It seemed hopeless but as the fuel was exhausted we were able to save the structural beams.]


[This shows our Posada on the right and the fire truck's lights next-door.]

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

ASL project

For my second book report I chose to finish a project that I started last spring with Becky Taylor. We had translated a song by Jars of Clay called "Worlds Apart" into American Sign Language and with some work I finished the translation, practiced lots, and presented it to my fellow students.

The song cries out for brokenness and, through spending time with it and a good dose of sin experience, it became my own prayer to God.

The video file (32mb) is available here.




[While on outreach I had the opportunity to share this again] (Photos from Karl)

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Contrasts

My family shared with me last weekend that it was snowing inches upon inches at home in Bellingham. With that in mind, I never thought that I might need sunscreen as I hiked in the Andes on Saturday... but my frightful sunburn which started to blister today reminds me of how close I am to the equator :-)


[Bellingham today] (swiped from B'ham Cold Storage)


[Looking back down the valley that I hiked in]

Monday, December 05, 2005

Choir audio

Here's something fun...
Sophie recorded the concert we had last week with our two gospel choir songs and Stephan prepped the audio files and got them online. Now, I get to glean the benefits and provide these two links:

Keeps on Making a Way

Hallelujah You'’re Worthy to be Praised

And he also put up my recordings from many weeks ago when we performed as a choir (not gospel) in our Thursday evening service.

All in All

Alleluia, Gloria

p.s. Don't forget that you can right-click to take these home("Save target as" or "Save link as")
p.p.s. I sing bass in all four (that's new for me).

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Election day

It turns out that any day that there are elections in Venezuela two things happen:
~no alcohol can be sold the day before, and
~no meetings (public or private) are allowed.

It so happens that this second one includes churches and as the elections are tomorrow (Sunday) that means it'll be a little more crowded around the Posada in the morning. Oh, and our pastor friend Mario who used to be a military police officer told us that the Venezuelan police have the authority to shoot anyone on sight of anyone breaking this little "no meetings" rule. Crazy stuff.

So, in recognition of this heavily militarized election day, here's a picture of an officer in riot gear for last week's student protest:

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Jazz Entre Amigos

Last night we had a concert featuring Sophie and her jazz band and included all of us students in the finale as a gospel choir. Today, we're headed to a home for delinquent boys to hang out with them for the afternoon.