Friday, November 21, 2008

They say the cutest things...

Matia, our youngest little Ugandan boy, always wants me to sit with him on the bus. So the other day, I sat down with him for a while. It was a long drive, so I usually circulate and try to sit with several kids throughout the trip. This was the conversation that took place:

Girls in the back of the bus: "Auntie Tiffany, come sit back here with us now."

Me: "Ok, I'll be back in just a minute..."

Matia: "You don't like me!"

Me: "Of course I do, I love you."

Matia: "But you don't going to sit with me anymore."

Me: "That's because I love all the children and want to spend time with all of them."

Then Matia looks up at me with the cutest little face and says, "Auntie, just love Matia!"

Monday, November 17, 2008

1 carrot: $.25, 1 bag of oreos: $3.49, the look on their faces: priceless!!

We finally got to see snow! The kids went home with their host families last Sunday night in Erie, Pennsylvania. It was chilly, but nobody was expecting the white stuff. To our surprise, we woke up the next morning and saw the ground was covered. It was the first time that the kids had seen snow in their lives. It was so cute to watch them play in it. The church took all the kids on an outing for the day, so Drew and I decided to build a snowman. Being the over-achievers that we are, we couldn't settle for just a normal sized snow man, so we built a giant one. We made a mad dash to the store to purchase eyes, a nose and mouth before the kids returned from their outing. We went for the traditional carrot for the nose, but finally decided oreos would be the best bargain since they could be the eyes, mouth and buttons. Auntie Ashley's scarf was the final touch.

The kids loved it. As soon as we got pictures, they attacked it and ate every remnant of cookie on the poor guy. This is what he looked like several hours later...notice they didn't eat the carrot.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

What is it about Sunday afternoons?

First off, the kids got new Sunday outfits that will be more appropriate for cooler weather, and they are pretty stinkin' cute! The boys had seen Uncle Steven sport his pink shirt, so they were pretty excited to wear theirs. I was excited because they coordinate so well with the girls' outfits. Don't you love the boots?

And now for the fun part...this is pretty much what you would see on any given Sunday in our bus on the way from our morning church to the evening church.

They're so cute when they're sleeping!

They all have a story...

This year's children came to us all the way from Nepal, Uganda and the Philippines. Most of them come from children's homes, but they all have a story of trials that God has brought them through. Some of them have faced things in their young lives that most of us won't face in a lifetime. We praise the Lord for the ministries that love and care for these kids, and most importantly, are teaching them what it means to live for Christ. These children are the future Christian leaders to some of the most unreached areas of our world. We are so blessed to be able to disciple them and have them here as missionaries to the U.S. this year.

give hope

Everywhere we tour, people have the opportunity to give HOPE by sponsoring a child. Just $30 a month provides a little boy or girl with food, clothing, medicine and an education, but it also gives that child the opportunity to hear about Jesus...the only HOPE for eternity! Maybe this is something you've always wanted to do, but you just wanted to make sure it was a trustworthy organization. Maybe you came to a concert and are still thinking about it. Whatever the case, we hope that you will prayerfully consider sponsoring a child. There's no better time to invest in eternity! 

Tour Schedule

'09-'10 tour schedule to come...we'll be heading west this year!