Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Don't even think about it...

So we're sitting at a restaurant with a few of the kids. We had just gotten our food when this conversation takes place:

Matia: "Auntie Tiffany, can we get ice cream?"

Me: "Matia, you can't even think about ice cream until you finish all your pizza."

10 minutes later, with just some crust on his plate...

Matia: "Auntie, can I think about ice cream now?"

Needless to say, we ended up at Dairy Queen!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter pictures

We had a wonderful day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus!

Gotta love the new boat shoes!

Monday, April 6, 2009

The disciples have no manners...lesson from the Lord's Supper

We are in Black Mountain, North Carolina. It is a small, quaint little town, and I had some girl time downtown with Ashley and Jennifer (our chaperones). We saw all two blocks of it.

Anyways, I ended up going with Jennifer to her host home for dinner. Afterward, we headed to a local church for an easter passion play with Juliet and Esther. They really enjoyed it and had a lot to say about it afterwards. 

One thing that Juliet couldn't get over was the scene of the Lord's Supper. She said, "Jesus gave them all bread and juice, and they didn't even say thank you." Jenn and I were flattered that our manner lessons must be sticking.

Seriously though, it made me think about how often I take Jesus' sacrifice for granted. He gave His body and blood for me, and I should just take time to stop and say thank You. I don't think I'll ever look at a painting or reenactment of the Lord's Supper without thinking about Juliet's comment. As we celebrate Easter and the glorious resurrection of Jesus, I hope we'll all take time to stop and reflect on the sacrifice that came before that, whether we take communion or not, and just say thank You. Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Goodbye teeth...a tooth-throwing tradition

A while back I wrote about what we do when kids lose their teeth. Rather than a visit from the tooth fairy, we have a ceremony. Ericka lost 2 teeth from her lower jaw, so she decided to throw them under water at the lake at Camp Sparta. This was probably the most "official" ceremony we have had.

Getting ready to say goodbye to the teeth...
Proof that they were Ericka's and from the lower jaw
There goes tooth #1...
Followed by tooth #2
You can see how everyone is watching to see the teeth disappear into the depths below. So dramatic!! 

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!