Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Three P's

I guess you could say this is sorta like a good ol' Southern Baptist Sermon -3 points all starting with the same letter and a dynamic story to draw it all together. (dr. holems would be proud, he was my preaching prof at SBU, yes, i took preaching)

Praise- Praise God, Vernon made it safely to Uganda. He is with Victor and a lot of doors have already opened for him to meet with Imams in the area! (Imams, the best i can describe them, are the Islamic equivalent to a Priest, they are the head of the Mosque and oversee all the leaders and pretty much their say goes.) We are so excited about this. During his last trip he built some great relationships with a lot of head Islamic leaders in Uganda.

For Vernon, Tomorrow, (so tonight around midnight) Vernon will be meeting with Muhammad, an Imam in Kampala. Pray for great conversations and Vernon would have many opportunities to present the Gospel and that Muhammad would understand.
For my Family in Missouri. They have been out of electricity for 24 hours and are not expected to have it back until the weekend. My brother has electricity but the roads to his house from my mom and sister's house is really hard to drive on in the ice. If they can all get to his house they will be great for the next couple of days. My sister has 3 boys and when i talked to her earlier, they were freezing in their house. They were all under blankets trying to stay warm.

These are just some recent photos...thanks to sarah barnes...alot more to come.

Last night my cousin Caroline came to stay with Titus and me. We had a great time. This morning after Titus woke, Titus and I were laying in my bed. Caroline came downstairs and jumped in bed with us. Titus looked up at her and said, "you know where my daddy is?" and she said, "where?" Titus replied, "oh, he is in Sudan teaching people about Jesus, isnt that cool?!" To which we both smiled and replied, "yah! that is awesome!"

Monday, December 10, 2007

London Tonight, Uganda Tomorrow

Here I am again, thinking of something to write to tell about Vernon heading to Sudan, but i think i said it best last time....

"One would think that Vernon's departure to Sudan would get easier with time but i would say it gets harder. I mean logistically it gets easier because we keep everything he takes to Sudan washed and together so all it takes is putting them in Ziploc bags and putting them in a back pack. But emotionally it is always hard. I think it is because we are growing so much closer together day by day and we are both so involved in the ministry in Sudan, that when he goes we are overwhelmed with emotions that usually do not exist simultaneously. Excitement, Sadness, Fear and Joy to name a few.... The embrace at the airport always seems to be longer and deeper., neither wanting to let go but knowing the work in Sudan and furthering the Gospel is worth it."

So that said, it has be a very productive night, I have started a Christmas present/project that will take Vernon's entire to trip to Sudan and back to pull off....but I cant release any information just in case Vernon reads my blog while he is in Sudan. But if you want to help or want to know.....just call or email! But i will say involves building and organizing.

Please keep your eyes out for updates on the SUDAN BLOG. Vernon will try to post as much as possible. He will layover in London and then head to Uganda where he will visits the Mosque and some Islamic leaders. Please pray for favor.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Titus Plays Basketball

Today was Titus' first experience at being on a team....I can not believe he is old enough to be on a basketball team! I was the dorky mom taking pictures of practice!
He was not quite sure at first but the Coach was awesome and got them all in a line. Once they lined up she taught them all how to dribble and bounce pass, i could not believe these were both accomplished in one practice!And at the end they got to line up and do what they had all been wanting to do, dribble in and shoot....and Titus made a basket! He was SOO excited, and of course Vernon and I were too.He shoots, He scores!

***also an update on the SUDAN BLOG***

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Shepherd's Pouches

I have also been asked how I made the Shepherd's Pouches so here goes.
I used:
Old fabric scraps
left over Christmas ribbon
A Sewing Machine (you can totally hand stich this if you dont have one)

1)Cut two identical rectangles out of fabrick. Size may very depending on what size you want them to be.

#2) Fold down a 1/2in on a short side of one of the rectangles. Sew a straight stitch acrossed. Repeat for other.

#3)Lay matching rectangles on top of eachother with the folded down side out and sew them together using a zigzag stitch (on my sewing machine it was a 3) along the three remaining sides, starting and stoping just past the stitching from step #2.

#4)Fold in side out and thread with whatever kind of ribbion you want. I used ribbion for some and made a ribbon out of old fabric for another.

These are REALLY basic for picture taking purposes but for fun you can add a liner or decorate them with buttons and/or beads.
Happy Sewing!