Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The fishermen were surrounded by streams and lakes full of
hungry fish. They met regularly to discuss the call to fish, the abundance of
fish, and the thrill of catching fish. They got excited about fishing!Someone
suggested that they needed a philosophy of fishing, so they carefully defined
and redefined fishing, and the purpose of fishing. They developed fishing
strategies and tactics. Then they realized that they had been going at it
backwards. They had approached fishing from the point of view of the fisherman,
and not from the point of view of the fish. How do fish view the world? How does
the fisherman appear to the fish? What do fish eat, and when? These are all good
things to know. So they began research studies, and attended conferences on
fishing. Some traveled to faraway places to study different kinds of fish with
different habits. Some got doctorates in fishology. But no one had yet gone
fishing.So a committee was formed to send out fishermen. As prospective fishing
places outnumbered fishermen, the committee needed to determine priorities. A
priority list of fishing places was posted on bulletin boards in all of the
fellowship halls. But still, no one was fishing. A survey was launched to find
out why. Most did not answer the survey, but from those who did, it was
discovered that some felt called to study fish, a few to furnish fishing
equipment, and several to go around encouraging the fishermen. What with
meetings, conferences, and seminars, they just simply didn’t have time to
fish.No, Jake was a newcomer to the Fisherman’s Fellowship. After one stirring
meeting of the Fellowship, he went fishing and caught a large fish. At the next
meeting, he told his story and was honored for his catch. He was told that he
had a special “gift of fishing.” He was then scheduled to speak at all the
Fellowship chapters and tell how he did it. With all the speaking invitations and
his election to the board of directors of the Fisherman’s Fellowship, Jake no
longer had time to go fishing. But soon he began to feel restless and empty. He
longed to fell the tug on the line once again. So he canceled the speaking, he
resigned from the board and he said to a friend, “Let’s go fishing.” They did,
just the two of them, and they caught fish.
Monday, December 29, 2008
We got talking with them and decided it has been to long since we have had a good visit, so on the weekend of January the 31, we will Traveling to Lebanon, Ohio for a visit.... Now as you know we have a tendency to over do everything, so we decided that we should have an open house while we are there and invite the world... So if you are not doing anything that Saturday night and would like to join us as we reminisce about our friends in Central Asia and raise a little support and awareness for them, let me know and we will book you a seat at the table . If you are interested email me at email@example.com we would love to see you there... ...
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Kristina helping to give out mittens to the kids From left to right ... Anya's mom, Kristina, Ruslan, and Anya .. this photo was taken at a good buy party we hosted our last week in town
The ladies group from our home Church sponsored the wedding for them complete with dress and the banquet afterwords... The youth team catered the event... I was such a blessing to do this not only for them, but all her family and friends... it certainly was a day to remember...
One of the many picnics in the mountains with the kids
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Hello dear John, Julie, Emma and Bekah.
I now learn in the English lesson,
and I have lessons extra for Russian, and mathematician. Very soon I will go in
the school in" Akbata". Every Sunday we together go in the church. We now with
Sergey and Anya and this is very nice time for us. Today Sergey bought for me a
sport shoes, I am so happy, is good for me, now I can go in the sport lessons
big tennis, and when you come back I will show how I can play.
I learn well and I try. My dance lessons is every Tuesday and Thursday. We like
be in Sergey's family. Thank you what wrote for us e-mail. We like see your
family and every time when we see we to smile. Now we think about you. Very soon
Christmas day will be great see you, but I know what you in Canada.
Aysulu " I can count from 1 to 20 in English, I very like see your foto what you
gave for me, I love you and miss you. In the kindergarten we dance, and I try
doing well, I like play with doll, yesterday we was in the church and I have
many prezents. In kindergardan I eat very well and sleep. I like draw. We wait
you. I love you. One my teeth fell."
God bless you.
Kumushay, Alymbek and Aysulu.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Christmas is a time of year that we love to have family and friends over for dinner... It just starts to get a little more complicated when that dinner party you are hosting between your family and new friends takes place on the other side of the world. Last week, we had the privilege of hosting a dinner party in the village. This was a special event... you may remember the story, One of our readers...Ann... had heard the story of the stolen animals from Aygola's family, and sent money for them to purchase a BIG MEAN DOG... Well this story has taken an interesting twist.
"Just over one week ago I met the most amazing group of people. People who I had never spoke to, seen or met before. But less then 12
hours after meeting them I cried like I was leaving a best friend behind."
Thursday, December 04, 2008
I just received the final sponsorship for the Hernia operation... a good thing since we went ahead this week and booked lili for her operation ...We have also given out the first batch of blankets.... what a blessing that has been for the Babushka's facing a cold winter ahead. We have also had many other needs met , like trips to the dentist , and baby formula. The scholarships have done very well also... and we have been able to get kids into some excellent schools as well as tutors for those that need a little extra help.... Even some little extras in life like Dance lessons have been sponsored. The word is starting to spread in Central Asia, and We are starting to get more requests for help ... from kids like Anvar and Kamala ...
By seeing the difference that is being made in lives around them, people are allowing themselves to DREAM ... we are seeing HOPE return to the hopeless.... When we started this, I had not taken into consideration the spin off that hope brings... it not only touches those that are blessed when thier dream is met, it reaches deep into hearts of those around them . They see the difference that hope is bringing..It is giving them the strength to carry on . When a new Dream comes in I want to jump right away and say "Yes..Yes .... here you go" to all of them , but like them, I have to have faith .