Friday, June 30, 2006

Golf Adventure

Today was my first day EVER of golfing. I mean, I've been mini golfing and to the pitch and putt, but never a real game of golf. I was invited to speak out at Seniour's Camp at Sunnyside Camp, and I was driving down with our women's pastor, Debbie Fawcett. Debbie enjoys golfing, and it was her idea to get in 9 holes before doing the missions tea at camp. So, onto the course we strutted. Debbie a bit more confidently than I.... They started us out on the 5th hole because they were a little busier than we thought. But that was just fine by me, what difference did I know? Well, it was a learning experience! Oh the patience Debbie has! Watching me as I swing and miss, chew up chunks of the fairway, I even hit a tree and inadvertently, nearly beheaded some unfortunate people walking by! I had a lot of fun though, and as hard as it may be to believe, I did get a couple good shots in. A couple. Like two. :) But it was a fun way to start the day, and Debbie and I had a good time together. Like she says, "it's all about just being outside on days like today, the golf is just secondary. It's a good excuse to be outside." (paraphrase, sorry Debbie, I can't remember your exact quote!)

So, if anyone needs an ego boost and wants to go golfing, give me a call!

Oh, and didn't Debbie take a fantastic picture of me making a drive? :)

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Ft Mac

Well, I had a nice little visit up North in Ft Mac. I got to visit some friends from Bible College (Meagan Hicks, Lesley Peckford and Trina Rideout) It was great to see them again and spend some time. I also got to speak to a pastor while I was up there, so please, pray that they will want to join hands with me in Slovakia. My trip wasn't as productive as I had originally hoped, but then I was pleasantly suprised by the quality of time I had with people up there.

Meagan and her family were so incredibly generous and hospitable to me. I was really glad I could spend that time with them.

And at Lesley's house, we had some nice bonding time over Settlers and Fries and Gravy Chips. We strolled down memory lane, sharing stories of China and breaking out the home videos! Let me tell ya, I had forgotten how LITTLE talent for film making we had! But, those were the days! It was incredibly funny to see them, I miss times like that.

Trina and I had a nice coffee together. I was only able to get in contact with her the day before I left, so I was very thankful that she was able to meet with me. She woke up on her only morning off, and we went for Tim Hortons. :)

I love friends. They are such a blessing.

Complexities of English Lingo

Just last week I thought that I'd have a mini BBQ. A friend was coming over, and I found a couple small steaks in the deep freeze, so I thought that it was a good time to have them! So, with my friend on the way, I throw these steaks onto the BBQ, and everything seems to be going fine, until I flipped them. It seemed like the steaks were unravelling. Thinking this was odd, I poked at it. The longer it was cooking and the more I prodded, it eventually peeled apart into a couple very thin peices. Now being very curious, I looked again at the wrapper... "minute steak". I had read mi-nute (as in small), not minute (as in 60 sec).

So, I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but people still love me. Right??? :)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Financial Standing

When I am asked about my departure date, my answer has been, "Lord willing, funds pending...." So I thought I would include you all in how I am doing, and how much I have already committed. As you can see, I am raising $45,000. Yes, this is a monstrous amount of money, but a lot of that is going towards the national church and the start up of ministries that will be reaching the lost for Jesus in an area of the country where the Gospel has not penetrated.

Believe you me, it is daunting, but with the Lord and all of your help, I can get there! :) This will be updated as I recieve word from Head Office that a donation has been made.

Thank you to those of you who helped make this possible!

God bless you all!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Round Up from Oklahoma!

Well I just returned from the very warm state of Oklahoma! I had an absolute blast catching up with Amy, meeting her husband, Will, and just having a good time! I think one of my highlights was driving through the Oklahoman countryside, singing along to the Oklahoma the Musical, soundtrack. And then hearing Amy rap. Priceless. We did a bunch of fun activities, but I think my favourite times were just when we'd sit over coffee or a meal and just share together. Then, after these touching moments, we'd watch Fraggle Rock on DVD, play Mr. Mouth or Hungry Hippos, go garage-selling, jump in the shadow box, look at tanks, hang out at the Food Bank, experience the Earthquake room, or have our nails done by a self admitted red neck. I've got some good memories from my time in Oklahoma. No tornadoes though, sigh, perhaps next time.
Unfortunately, my fun was slightly overshadowed by some news from my family that my grandmother was extremely ill, and would not be with us much longer. So, instead of staying to itinerate in Calgary, I decided to come up to Edmonton and spend time with my family. Please pray for my family.