Archive for July, 2006

Here's the Lake!

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Feast your eyes!

Two weeks later!

Monday, July 31st, 2006

I’m back at a computer!

For two weeks we explored the non-internet world.  A world where I seldom wore a watch – or seldom needed to refer to one.  Where every day I read a new book.  Where every day I wandered down to the shore to view the water’s expanse.  Where everyday I did the dishes (while my wife cooked).

Oh, the cabin life is a great one!

Pictures to follow!

Computers ahoy!

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Well, actually that is “land ahoy,” and “anchors away!” 

The next few weeks we will be away from computers and out by the lake.  See you next month!  I’ll get some pictures to show you what you missed!!

Japan thoughts!

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

From 1:30 – 3:00 this afternoon we met with Don and Carol Love.  They are missionaries in Japan — home for a year while Don teaches at our Canadian Bible College, and Carol works with accounting assignments for the mission.

We’ll be working with the Loves to link to Japan.  Perhaps there are ways in which we can be helpful to them, and ways in which they can benefit us.

The most interesting “take-away”?

We are not far from being like Japan.  A younger generation that doesn’t have any religious loyalties.  A psyche within those under 30 that doesn’t comprehend the story of Jesus.  A culture that is changing.

The whole world is a stage — amazing how much of the props and the actors are the same which ever country you end up in!!


You'd never have guessed!

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

The highway through our town seems busy.  There are trucks throughout the day — constantly stopping at the Tim Horton’s or other coffee bars.  The three traffic lights on the highway seem overkill.

Until today.  I was with a friend headed to an eye appointment.  Shortly out of town, on our way to Saskatoon, an accident had occurred.  Probably around 9:30 in the morning — we arrived at 11:00 or so.

As far as I can determine, a semi-truck with some rolls of steel had tipped over.  The steel was still on the highway.  The truck was just being towed away. 

One lane of highway was open.  A flag person, after about 10 minutes, waved us through.

We surveyed the highway, gouged where the steel had fallen.  Then we looked at the lineup of cars awaiting our passing.  And we looked, and we looked, and we looked . . . for about a mile.  People were standing outside their cars, straining their necks to see what had happened.  An SUV had decided to try the ditch and was slowly plowing towards the accident scene.

At one point a tourism announcement had proclaimed that 5 million vehicles pass through Kindersley each year.  Now, I’m beginning to believe them!

They're off!

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Or at least I think so.

Mom and Dad arrived in Calgary in time for their flight at 2:00.  The flight was cancelled.  We were able to reschedule them for a 4:50 flight.

We then proceeded to Kelsey’s (in the airport) for lunch.  One hour later we finally had out lunch.  By then we were not sure if they had gone out to catch the cow!  The steak was alright, not unusual.

Looked for a laptop computer.  No sales but great computers! 

Left Calgary with no computer,  parents gone and a four hour drive home.  Arrived back at 10:00 and we are off to bed soon.  The past month and a half have been a learning experience.  I’m getting to know more and more the thought — “Live one day at a time, tomorrow has enough evil of its own.”

On elephants and chickens

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

Many years ago my children were ready to get me an elephant ranch.  I had a running joke that elephants were my favourite animal.  When asked what I needed for a birthday, I just told them to buy me a place for my elephant.

Yesterday we were out on a ranch.  For a wedding.  With sheep, and chickens and what sounded like a few coyotes.  Oh, yes, there were some 200 people to see the wedding as well.

I looked over the ranch.  Flowing hills coverged into watering holes in the lower basin.  This would be perfect for an elephant!  Or for chickens!

I’ll leave it up to the kids.  See what they might surprise me with . . . I’m not holding my breath!!

Wedding Day!

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Months have passed since I was asked.

Asked to officiate.  At a wedding.  A first time wedding.  A wedding with youthful enthusiasm.  A wedding with centuries old wordings.  A wedding speaking to the culture of today.

Arlin and Laura thought the ceremony through well.  They suggested wordings and directions.  They had her father give her away with more than a quiet acquiescence.  In fact, Kevin gave quite a speech!  The first words of the wedding were spoken by the groom — before the bride even entered!  Interested??  Leave a comment and I’ll be glad to let you know all that was included.

Oh, the wedding was held in a beautiful valley setting, under a tent, with grass under foot and the skies above.

A story to tell!

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Vietnam has the largest Christian and Missionary Alliance church in the world!

At our Assembly of Alliance churches in Canada, our President (Dr. Frankin Pyles), related the progress of the Vietnamese church over the past 30 years.

In the mid 1970’s missionaries were forced out of Vietnam.  They left behind fewer than 100 official church workers.  They left behind a church of less than 100,000.

Now the numbers are ten times as much.  There is a seminary that graduates 100 students each year — all of whom are headed into ministry.

All of this in an atheistic communist country.

Away to C&MA General Assembly — Edmonton

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Every two years our denomination holds their nationwide assembly of churches for policy, prayer, and praise times.  We enjoy seeing each other — some were in school together, others have met in district conferences, others just enjoy meeting new people.

I’ll leave today and stay at a friends place.  Friday I will be back to prepare for a wedding on Saturday.  Unfortunately (or from Jill’s perspective — fortunately) I’ll be travelling alone.  If I find a computer to continue the blog, I’ll keep you updated.  If not, see you later this week!