Sunday, January 28, 2007

Needing some motivation to come visit us in Zambia...

Check out this link for Victoria Falls... It is one of the 7 wonders of the world and the mist from this waterfall can be seen from 18 miles away... Not that you needed any motivation, but this might help motivate you to start saving up:)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A good thog (thought from a blog)

I ran across this random blog today... Here is the posting:

I was challenged by it, especially in light of our going to Africa... Just thought I would share it!

New Year Buy Nothing New Pledge
After much contemplative thought, I am pledging that in the first 6 months of 2007, I will buy nothing new. With the obvious exception of food, medicine, and new underwear--I pledge to buy nothing new until July 1st 2007. I am led to this pledge for many reasons--the foremost being a witness for change in our consumerism culture. With this in mind, I pledge to not only buy nothing new, but to talk and write about this action. I first heard of this concept (lifestyle change?) in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle a year ago--here is the blog site of "The Compact"--the original buy-nothing-new group, which has inspired me to this action. And here is another quite fun blog on this subject: Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. A hint to me just how much we accept the buy-new-stuff-all-the-time messages of our culture was one reaction from my 28 year old daughter---"Wow, Mom, that is radical!" she said. Why is this pledge radical? and what does viewing this action as a radical step say about our culture?

Monday, January 15, 2007

Treasures in Heaven

Stephanie had a great idea the other day to put up two thermometers in our living room to show the progress of fund raising towards going to Africa. This has brought the whole family into the process... The other day Kamryn brought Stephanie her piggie bank, and said, "I want to give this for Africa." Not just a little, but all of it, which was a total of $7 dollars. Bradyn also wanted to give. She gave $6 dollars and Julia also gave all of what she had which was $3 dollars. We were both humbled and grateful for the example of our daughters giving everything they had. We went out and colored in a part of the thermometer. It didn't go up much on the actual thermometer, but we know that the one in Heaven did!

Matthew 6:19-20 (NIV) "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. [20] But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Please continue to pray for our family as we continue on in this new adventure!!!