Friday, December 19, 2008

Well, when you say it like that...

Our Ugandan kids all learn English in their country, but they learn British English, or "the queen's" English. So every now and then, they say things in a more proper way than we would. Catherine gave us a prime example at the park today when she came up and told us,

"I have just stepped in the poop of dog!"

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thanksgiving...a week late!

We spent Thanksgiving down in Alabama where we were all under the same roof for 5 days! My parents graciously hosted us and all the kids, and Josh's (our soundguy) parents came down from Bristol to be with us too. After discussing why we celebrate Thanksgiving and some of its traditions, the kids got really excited. A couple of the boys even helped put our 25 pound turkey in the oven. We had such a good time that we're going back for Christmas!

One of the highlights of our break was a trip to the beautiful farm of Tommy and Dawn Fish. The kids all got to ride horses, which brings me to a funny story. One of the men walking the horses was a hispanic man named Roberto. He didn't speak a lot of English, so Dawn thought it would be great to have Blanca, one of our Spanish-speaking Guatemalan girls, to go over and say hi. This was their conversation:

Dawn (pointing in Roberto's general direction as he was walking a horse): "Blanca, you should go talk to Roberto. He speaks Spanish!"

Blanca (puzzled): "The horse?"

It was hilarious! That would have been exciting...and miraculous!

The horses were fun, but it didn't stop there. They also raise deer, so they had lots of little fawns that like to be hand-fed acorns and peanut M&M's...and yes, I'm pretty sure the kids stole some of those! The kids were great with the fawns even though they had to be very quiet. I think they set a record that day. Even our little hyperactive ones stayed quiet long enough to feed the deer. I'm thinking of getting one for the bus! We ended the night with a bon fire and s'mores...thanks for an awesome day Fish family!!

Anyways, the pictures say it all. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving week, and we have so much to be thankful for!

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!