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Guyana Technology Outreach Project

Want to help spread the Gospel in a simple way? Here's the story...

James emailed me a wonderful idea and said:

Here's a cool missionary project that would make a big impact down here in Guyana.

Portland to Paruima video

James & Joy made another DVD video. It's about 20 minutes long and describes some of their challenges. FYI, the video starts off with their first trip to Guyana. You can view it online if you have a broadband connection:

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If you can't view the video and want a copy of the DVD, send me an email to: jash-dvd AT azumatech DOT com

DIIC Video

James produced an awesome little 20 minute video about Davis Indian Industrial College (DIIC) and their work & ministry there in Guyana. It briefly talks about the history of the school, then shows the campus, the farm, interviews of several of the volunteers, photos of the school and more.

Download it here (Special thanks to Walla Walla University and Rob Frohne for providing the bandwidth for this!) Or, View it on Google Video

Kostia - Introductory Letter

Dear Friends and Family,

We have exciting news! Our family is looking forward to having a new child stay with us for the summer! For six weeks this July and August, we will be hosting a child from the Chernobyl area of Belarus, of the former Soviet Union. These children are being sponsored through a nonprofit group called Children of Chernobyl, Walla Walla. The six weeks they spend in our care will help recover their health from dangerous radiation exposure. Here’s a quick history of the situation:

An accident occurred in April, 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Facility in the Ukraine, of the former Soviet Union. Fifty million curie of radioactive isotopes were delivered into

Kostia - Child of Chernobyl

This summer, we have the exciting mission adventure of having a Belarusian child coming over to stay with us. This is being sponsored by Global Family Alliance and Child of Chernobyl, Walla Walla.

Several months ago, we heard about the opportunity and started seriously thinking about doing it. We prayed about it a lot.

Eventually it came right down to the wire of deciding which child we were going to have. There were several choices including

Answered prayers about a Pickup

A couple weeks ago our family went Goat-camping and we took our pickup to haul the goats. We traveled over 500 miles to Wapiki Lake, near Indian Heaven Wilderness.

Before we left, I checked the antifreeze and oil in the pickup, but forgot to put the cap back on the antifreeze. I left the cap sitting on the engine and closed the hood.

About an hour down the highway one of the kids just "had" to go potty, so we pulled off. I noticed antifreeze streaming out. Bad sign. I looked under the hood and noticed the cap wasn't on. And there was the cap, sitting right where I left it. It hadn't even fallen off! Fortunately I had tossed in a couple extra bottles of antifreeze before we left so I filled it, along with some extra water, and we continued our journey.

Computer problems & a lost DVD player

I'm learning to walk day by day, moment by moment with God, depending on His still, small, voice always.

A couple days ago I got a call from an older couple, asking for computer help and help starting their car. I figured it was God’s will that I go help them. It probably was, but I didn’t ask Him... I just worked it into my schedule.

I then tried to find our jumper cables. I looked and looked around our farm and couldn’t find any, but I didn’t ask God to help me find them... so I had to go to Wal-mart first. I didn’t ask God about going there.

While there, I bought a CD player, DVD player, and two sets of jumper cables. I should have asked God if he wanted me to buy them, and which ones to get.

Health Care Allegory

Welcome to the town of Allopath

There once was a town called Allopath. It had many people, streets
and cars, but due to budget limitations, there were no stop signs or
traffic lights anywhere in Allopath.

Not surprisingly, traffic accidents were common. Cars would crash
into each other at nearly every intersection. But business was booming
for the auto repair shops and local hospitals, which dominated the
economy of Allopath.

As the population of Allopath grew, traffic accidents increased to an
alarming level. Out of desperation, the city council hired Doctor West,
a doctor of the Motor Division (M.D.) to find a solution.

Be the Best Wherever You Are!

Here's a neat poem we ran across recently:

If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley--but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can't be a tree.

If you can't be a bush, be a bit of the grass,
Some highway happier make;
If you can't be a muskie, then just be a bass--
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can't all be captains, we've got to be crew,
There's something for all of us here,
There's big work to do, and there's lesser to do,
And the task we must do is the near.

If you can't be a highway, then just be a trail,

Encouragement for Moms

Here's a wonderful encouragement for moms I came across recently:

The mother's work often seems to her an unimportant service. It is a work that is rarely appreciated. Others know little of her many cares and burdens. Her days are occupied with a round of little duties, all calling for patient effort, for self-control, for tact, for wisdom, and self-sacrificing love; yet she cannot boast of what she has done as any great achievement. She has only kept things in the home running smoothly. Often weary and purplexed, she has tried to speak kindly to the children, to keep them busy and happy, and to guide their little feet in the right path. She feels that she has accomplished nothing. But it is not so. Heavenly angels watch the careworn mother, noting the burdens she carries day by day. Her name may not have been heard in the world, but it is written in the Lamb's book of life. -- AH p.244.

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