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Monday, July 14, 2014

In His Service & Loving It---the book!

 "But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully."  2 Cor. 9:6

Our family is known mainly for Paul's chalk art evangelism, but it is not the only way we try to reach people to tell them about Jesus.  Paul write books that can go where we can't, and can be read while we sleep, and can even speak after we're all in Heaven.  We do other things too, but these books are a big deal to us, so a new one, back from the printers after years of writing, editing, formatting and then waiting, is a BIG DEAL!!! 

 Tandym is our printer, so when the truck pulled up in front of our house last week, we all spilled out like ants to welcome the load. 
 Tim's friend Daniel was visiting, so he got roped into helping unload the shipment of 3000 books.
 In His Service and Loving It--fresh from the printer!  It's biographical, with lots of pictures. 
 The front cover...picture taken in March in Sasolburg, South Africa...
 and the back cover on our last day in Zimbabwe in May. 

James was here passing books to Daniel and Tim.

Gabby was here, acting with Evangel, another ministry.  They didn't stop to unload books as the guys had that well in hand, but they continued filming the last scene for Evangel's movie.  
Recognize Evangel?  She looks like a gypsy, but it's all part of sowing bountifully. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Camping with the Collins in the Karoo

 The Karoo is the semi desert to the north of us here in Cape Town.  We were invited by our friends Nick, Margie, and their son Oliver Collins to spend the weekend with them. 
 We in turn invited our little 5 year old nephew Daniel.  I was a bit nervous about how we all would mesh, 4 adults, eager for relaxation, 5 teens, eager to giggle, and one 5 year old, eager to be included in all.  I need not have worried, everyone got along great!
 Daniel hiked the trails with the best of us, climbed the rocks and the water tanks, and learned to play Uno with the guys. 
 He had a faithful little follower who he didn't much like because it jumped on him.
 And a whole group of big people to do whatever he needed done. 
 He enjoyed having a stick like Josh. 
 Instead of the puppy, Daniel liked this white cat.  I detested the cat at first, because it howled non-stop.  Then we fed it, and it got quiet.  Apparently the animals had been alone awhile and were starving.   I came to like that patient cat.  It let Daniel carry it all over the place.  It even let him catch it out in the bushes, though they gave me a bit of a start when I saw them out far from the rondavels once.  A leopard was photographed on this land recently so I didn't think any small people should be off alone in the bush.  
 Evangel and Daniel gave the outdoor tub a dry run. 
 It was also our first overnighter out in our new red car.  We hooked the trailer on so we could bring as many blankets as we wanted to. 
 Daniel and Evangel shared this little rondavel. 
 Daniel wanted pictures inside too, to show his Mom. 
 The Karoo looks so dry and brown from a distance, but we did some nice hikes and saw brilliant little flowers along the way. 

 Nick cooked the meat over the fire fire, and Daniel enjoyed hanging with his buddy Josh.  Simon and Oliver seemed OK with the little guy too. 
Nick and Margie were our host and hostess and are dear friends.  They took us to see these bushmen art paintings in the cave.  How cool!  I wanted Paul to bring along his chalks and add some more artwork, but that fresh art is frowned upon.  Wonder why.  :- ) 
When I consider thy heavens, the works of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained, what is man that thou art mindful of him?                       Psalm 8:3-4a

I'm glad He is mindful of us.  I like that my Creator cares about us, enough to give us this beautiful world to live in and explore. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Our Glad Grad

 We have had our daughter Evangel for over 18 years now and I still like telling her birth story.  Partly just because it's a good story, and partly cuz it's fun to see her blush.  Evangel was born the 9th of October, 1995, 11 days before her due date. 
 She was born the same day we decided to go see the Grand Canyon for the first time.  Truthfully, I was a little distracted from the wonders of the Grand Canyon.  We finally left the Canyon, with just a quick stop at McDonald's, when my contractions were about 6 minutes apart.  What were we thinking?  You have to wonder.  We drove about 5 hours across Arizona, to Gallup, NM, where I gave birth at 8:30 in the evening. 
It's so fun to embarrass her.  If I just told that much each time, she might not blush.  But she's brave enough to wear grad gear in our public park, so she isn't too timid.
 Evangel's our child with fingers in every pie, literally!  She's cooking a lot lately.  She may have graduated in the sense that she finished all her curriculum, but now she's doing a post-graduate culinary science course that means a lot of cooking.  She's got oodles of craft projects in the works and a movie she's editing too. 
I like her new devotion to her brothers. She has set aside Sunday as "brother day" to help them with their projects.  That's special.  I've never heard of another girl doing that, and I just love it.  If I try to schedule anything on Sundays, someone, usually Josh, says, "Wait, that's brother day."  Sweet.  
 In the past few days she had jogging dates with Becky, tract passing dates with Feylin, and get togethers with Mrs. Ross.  She does crafts with Eleanor and chipped in to help with the little guys during our ladies Bible study.  She rescues me on the computer more often than I like to admit. 
She's the light of our home, our beautiful, talented daughter who walks in the fear of God, eager to do His bidding.  We just thank God for her! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

All precious and pleasant riches

 Through wisdom in an house builded
 And by understanding it is established
 By knowledge shall the chambers be filled 

With all precious and pleasant riches. 

Our art gallery is expanding!  Evangel intended to do this for Christmas, then for my birthday in April, or Mother's Day in May, but we were gone to Zimbabwe, so it became Paul's Father's Day gift!  I'm glad I live with Paul so he can share it with me. 

What shall we call it?  James called it "2 Birds on a Branch" which is descriptive, but it isn't the most romantic.  How about "Lovebirds in the Moonlight". 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Joys of Joy Club

 On Thursday afternoons we join with the Apps family at a Bible Institute and have a Bible club. 
 These little cuties can give you a run for your money! 
 Pippa Apps (left) is the organizer of this club.  She just loves these kids. 
 We didn't play all the time, but we only took pictures during play time.  Winter is settling in on us. 
 Notice Tim in the background with a child dangling over his shoulder.  They LOVE to be carried, in whatever way. 
 Sarah Apps puts up with a lot and appears to be enjoying herself. 
 Evangel piled a load on too.  Notice how I'm not naming anyone.  That seems discreet and safe.  Plus they have a lot of names I can't pronounce or remember. 
 Please pray for these kids.  They need to know the Lord, for real.   We'd love to hear that our children walk in truth. 

Increasing in wisdom & stature & favor with God and man

 Joshua turned 13 on the 21st of May!!!  Our traditional celebration involves a game of Capture the Flag at the beach near our house, and then a big squish back inside to play games and eat cake.  I counted 29 people we had in our house this year.  We've had 35 before, but the people are getting bigger and the apartment isn't. 
We were 10 days late with our party, giving Josh time to recover from having his foot run over by a car.  Our friend Oliver turned 17 on the 22nd, so it was a joint party.  Oliver (in the plaid shirt above) was deathly sick on Monday, and there was a fear it was meningitis but he's doing much better today. 
Joshua got a remote control UFO.  We're hoping this might be helpful in drawing crowds sometime, but it's rather tricky to drive. 
We're thankful for Joshua John. He really is growing in wisdom and stature and in favour.  He's a few inches taller than me, but I still outweigh him.  What a dubious claim to fame.