Sunday, January 24, 2010

Trip to Africa

We are going! May 2010! We have done a lot to prepare and there is more to do. And we are excited! The following is part of a letter that is being sent to family and friends.

I have heard stories of how God is moving among a people that experienced a horrific genocide only 15 years ago where almost 1,000,000 people were killed in just over 100 days. But now, God is reconciling this nation to Himself and to each other. No longer are people identified by what “tribe” they are from, but they now stand as a unified nation … Rwandans.

God has opened the door for me to go on a short-term mission trip to Rwanda with e3 Partners Ministry on May 16-30, 2010. We will be working with existing churches to plant new churches in a country that is desperate for the hope that can only come from Jesus Christ. I will be teamed up with one or more local Christians as we go door-to-door telling people about Jesus Christ through translators and bilingual literature.

This will be the sixth year e3 Partners Ministry has teamed up with the local churches in Rwanda. God used the short-term mission teams last year to see literally thousands of people profess Jesus Christ and to start over 200 new fellowships! The Rwandan pastors and nationals are encouraged by the North American teams and have continued to evangelize, disciple and baptize new believers. They have witnessed physical healings and reconciliation among their people – only God could orchestrate such things! Despite the many obstacles in Rwanda, their dedication to reach their country for Jesus Christ should inspire us all!

The goal for this year’s campaign is to plant more new churches, and discipling the Rwanda Christians as we model Christ for them each day. I pray God will use me to help our Rwandan brothers and sisters in Christ.

Your help is needed! This is a team mission, and you are needed on the team. First, we need your prayers for the spiritual battles ahead. Second, your help is needed to help cover part of the cost for this trip.

My total cost is $4500 U.S. Please consider investing in this mission project. Much of this amount is due in March. I am asking that you prayerfully consider partnering with me … go with me … be a part of this team!

If you would like to be a part of the team (our prayer partners and financial partners) please let me know, we need you!

Friday, January 15, 2010


I made this quilt, with help from my sister, and husband. I had it done by Christmas 2008. It is 2o x 24 squares and each square is about 4 1/2 inches. It is called Circle Blue Jeans Quilt and you can find the instructions like I did there too.

This bed is a queen, long.
(It makes it look like a twin bed in these pictures.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Olympic Torch

Went to see the Torch pass through our town last night!
Here are a few pictures.

Waiting for the torch to arrive.

The RBC Float.

The Coca-Cola Float.
Passed out Olympic Coke Bottle-Cans,
and Lighted bottles.

Okay so this is the torch and bearer.
In the middle of the pic is the flame
and under that is the bearer all in white with white toque!
It was very exciting to have experienced this!
Closed thing I'll get to the Olympics (Peter's quote!)

Thursday, January 7, 2010


We are in the process of taking a missions trip.
The very beginnings of that process too, I might add!
That means forms to fill out and all that goes with it! It doesn't seem too bad this time though, with the forms.
I'm reminded of my missionary call. I believe I was about 13 years old. There was a missionary from Africa speaking in my church, and he was sharing about his experiences. He had a great display in the back of the church of lots of Africa handcraft and what-not. It was all very interesting and exciting for a young person. And the work he shared about would touch your heart.
I believe that was when God spoke to me, in my heart, that He wanted me to serve Him when I grew up. I never thought much about it, as I figured that God would not send me to Africa or any place where it was hot, because I am so fair skinned and burn easily. After graduation, Bible School just seemed like the next step to take, which led to marriage and having children. We both knew we wanted to go into full time ministry and so did.
And the rest of the story - we joined Northern Canada Evangelical Mission (NCEM) and have been with them since 1987.
About 2 years ago our church took a group to Africa on a missions trip and I knew that I should have been on that trip by the time they were ready to leave. I've been desiring a missions trip since then. So now we are in the process of taking a missions trip!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

January 1, 2010

Another year is gone and a new one to live.
I awoke January 1st feeling much better than I had the day before (had a bit of sinus congestion) and was thinking that's great! I am excited to see what this New Year will hold for me. I want to do exciting things and was feeling great!
Showered and started to get ready to make Spud Soup, which is a family favorite, and being that we had family here for the holidays and I hadn't yet made it, I was looking forward to doing my best.
I was in the process of cutting the peeled potatoes into cubes, and Peter and Becky were in the kitchen, talking, and getting breakfast, etc.
And cut my index finger on the left hand. Oh did I yell, scared poor Makenna! I had to hold tight to stop the blood flow. Jason (with his first aid training) came after Peter got a bandage on but it was still bleeding through that, so he took over, tried to calm me down. Put another bandage over the first one, and Peter found an old finger guard that he'd used years ago, and we put that on too.
Went right back to getting those potatoes cut up for the soup (which tasted real good!).
Becky of course grabbed her camera and starting taking pictures.

Thanks everyone for being there January 1st.
What an exciting way to start the year!
Wonder what other events will be like?