Wednesday, July 30, 2008
We ask for your prayers for Ansley. Please ask God to send his angels of protection over her international flight and to bless her with a safe trip home.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
........she had a great first try.
Both coach and student (and I hope the practice baby) were pleased with the result.
We love our big family.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Carys decided to adopt him and give him a little style. Here's what she did: Yes that's a top hat.
And his name that she gave him? Abraham Cricket of course.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Here is a picture of my mom in high school. Isn't she beautiful? In her school yearbook, the phrase that was chosen by her classmates to describe her was "The Model of Propriety". Propriety - doing what is proper and right. That phrase fits her personality perfectly. She is a person who will do the right thing whether it is easy or not. I was taught by her to do what is right - even if I didn't want to.
There are so many more wonderful things about my mom that I could write, but I decided to ask the kids what are some of their favorite things about her. Here goes:
Oh the depth and sentimentality of kids.
Granna, we love you so much and hope you have a wonderful birthday. Wish we could be there to give you a hug in person.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
That's one thing I love about him.......he doesn't let flesh and blood come before what God wants. Like I said, he's a great role model of what Christ desires.
Now before you think he's Mr. Perfect, he'll be the first to tell you he's not. He's a sinner saved by grace and he knows it. This knowledge helps him to lead with humility. He's not afraid to admit when he is wrong and ask for forgiveness.
He also isn't afraid to grow his faith. Unfortunately too many Christians think they've got all the answers. With this attitude comes a lack of spiritual growth and maturity. My dad will continue growing his faith until he breathes his last breath. I know God couldn't be more proud.
The Blume family name could not have a better patriarch.
Oh yeah.....he's also lots of fun. He loves to goof around and he especially loves spending time with his grandkids. He will even reproduce the picture on the DVD box of "High School Musical" when asked by his grandkids.
He's kind of cool. We think we'll keep him.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
It's not just print advertising. Recently Bronwyn and Ansley were asked to do a voice over, in English, for a commercial that would be played in Brasil and also taken to the Cannes Film Festival in France. Benay went along and listened to what they were saying in the commercial. She finally couldn't stand it and told the director of the commercial that what they were saying in English made no sense. He actually argued with an American, English speaker about whether or not it made sense. He finally said, "It will be shown to an international audience. It will make sense to them." At that point Benay threw up her hands and gave up. Like I said, it drives her crazy.
We thought we'd share an example of my amusement and Benay's frustration. The following is from a breakfast card that was at our hotel on our recent trip. It was set in front of the food item and it was explaining, to those who speak English, what the food item was.
Any ideas? Here's what it is.Still don't know for sure? It's our hotel's version of French toast.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
We first met them at Garrett's soccer school. Kjeld was taking soccer classes at the same school.
One day she heard a woman and man speaking English at Kjeld's soccer practice. She talked to the coach and found out that Garrett was an American and that the couple speaking English was my parents visiting from the states. She got our phone number and got in touch with us.
One of the first real conversations I had with them was during a soccer tournament. They both told me they wanted "spirituality" for their son but they didn't know what that meant. I almost fell over and really felt Spirit led to have a conversation with them right there about what this "spirituality" was. We got home and Benay said, "I hope you didn't come on too strong." Rarely do I just jump into biblical things with new people and rarely do I come on too strong. I believe that everything starts with a friendship and usually it goes slowly as you build up trust but I really felt led to go deeper with them on that first conversation. During the conversation I invited them to a mid week bible study we were having. They came but, as Moema confessed later, they were just being polite in accepting the invitation and decided to come once and then never come back. The opposite happened........they never quit coming and about 6 months later they gave their lives to Christ.
They have good hearts, question lots of things and really study and try to do what God wants. We love them.
When Moema's cancer was diagnosed she was able to retire from her job as a sociology professor at a university. Roberto is a gifted singer but has had a difficult time being able to keep a job since we've known him (not from any fault of his). When his last job didn't work out he and Moema decided to really turn their future over to God and ask His guidance on what to do next.
God has led Roberto to begin a 5 month training program with Youth with a Mission. It's an international Christian program that trains people for mission work around the world. They have a training center not too far from our city. Roberto left today to begin his training. Moema and Kjeld will stay here.
This past week Benay sent out an invitation to all the house churches to come to our house to send off Roberto with a blessing.
Roberto had a chance to explain what he was being called to do:
We were pleasantly surprised by the number of people who came to bless their brother.
People had the chance to share with him from their heart. We were also able to bless him by reading emails from people who weren't able to be there and at the end we put Roberto and Moema in the middle of all of us and laid hands on them and prayed for them and this training.
We, of course, had fun as well:
A cute, future mom (again) got to get a little practice in.
We even got to watch a guy try to break into his own car after he locked his keys inside. Like I said.......we had fun.
We praise God for Roberto and his family and for God's faithful love for His children.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Bronwyn and Garrett are my soccer nuts and game companions. Garrett didn't need to join yet because, until he turns 13, he gets the best discounted ticket. FREE. That's right, you don't pay if you are under 13.
Our team turns 100 years old next year and they are trying to get 100,000 members by then. We thought $12 per month wasn't too much to help them toward their goal.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
"Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer."
Twenty years ago today Benay and I were married. We were talking last week and it feels like these twenty years have passed in 5 minutes. We never thought we would have 6 kids. We never thought we would be enjoying the blessing of the pregnancy of our 6th child while we celebrate our 20th anniversary. We never thought we would live in another country and love the experience of being missionaries. We've known what it's been like to literally have nothing and we've known what it's like to have jobs that made our lives comfortable (materially speaking). We've been blessed to watch and help each other grow spiritually. We've also been blessed to be able to see our kids tell the world of their love for the Savior and as well as watch them share the love of Christ with their friends. We've been shown how truly big and good God's family is. Many things have changed over the last 20 years.
Two things that haven't changed are God's love for us and our love for each other. As I type that I realize that I am wrong. God's love never changes but our love for each other has changed. It's stronger today than it was 20 years ago and grows stronger every day. God's faithfulness overwhelms us. We could not be more blessed.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Obviously the slave traders couldn't openly go against the law of Brasil so they hid the slaves on their ships and also brought in a great number of chickens. When asked what they were bringing in they would show all the chickens and state that they were chicken venders.
I read where, once they arrived, they would let slave buyers know that new slaves had arrived by going to the beach and using the following code, "There are new chickens in the port."
So the name changed from Porto Rico to Porto de Galinhas.
Our tour guide told us one day that they aren't proud of the history of this name but it stuck and so they make sure they tell the story so that no one forgets the history involved with the city.
Although there isn't pride in the way the city was named, the city won't let you forget the name. Even if you didn't have a clue as to the name of the city, after a 5 minute walk through the main street you would gather it had something to do with the flightless chicken as noted by the slide show below. We took these pictures in the city on our first day there.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
"I learned last year not to answer too quickly when someone asks me if I’m a Christian. When asked that question I now ask the question, “What do you mean by the word, Christian?” Sometimes after I hear the definition given to that word, I have to say, “If that’s what you mean by the word, Christian, then ‘no, I’m not.’ But I am a Christ Follower and…” I read somewhere this year, I think in the book, Un Christian, that perhaps the reason churches all over are declining in growth and in reputation, is because of the behavior of Christians themselves. I guess we have a bit of God within us though – we seem to hate the hypocrisy we see in others – we just don’t seem to be able to see it in ourselves very well -another reason we need time in the word, good preaching and good books - and perhaps, I should add, people who really love us enough to confront us when we need it. I prefer the gentle confrontation, but God loves us enough to put an Amos in our life when we need it.
God hates hypocrisy, but loves those who are sinned against. Someday, He will make it right. God loves those who act justly and who love mercy and who walk humbly with their God (Micah 6:8). That is all He requires. It is simple. The trouble is … this kind of life is costly."
Friday, July 11, 2008
We then went and visited more of the town.