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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Visitors

This week has been busy with visitors! Hosting these two fellow MAF families this week was so much fun! We met the Doles (first picture) and the Eadies (second picture) diuring our candidacy training in Ontario in May. Both families are on the road visiting family and friends, sharing about their ministry with MAF. When we parted in Ontario, we didn't know if we would have the chance to visit again, so having this opportunity was very special. As we said good-bye to each one, it was difficult not to wonder when we would meet again.

Our prayers are with you Doles and Eadies!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Madagascar, Africa

As of now, we are pursuing Madagascar as a possible assignment! There are a few more tests and interviews to undergo before anything is finalized, but for now, the research into this peculiar country has begun.

Did you know

  • Madagascar was renamed as Democratic Republic of Madagascar in 1975 and finally given the name ‘Republic of Madagascar’ in 1993.
  • The official languages of the country are Malagasy, French and English.
  • The capital of Madagascar is Antananarivo, while its currency is Malagasy Ariary.
  • Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Its coastline is as long as 4828 km. 
  • Mountains are situated in the center of the island, the highest being Maromokotro, which is as high as 2876m.  
  • Madagascar has a narrow coastal plain. It is the world's largest producer and exporter of vanilla
  • The majority of the people in the country have indigenous beliefs with regard to religion. This follows a relationship between the living and the dead. 
  • Madagascar boasts of unique flora and fauna, majority of which is not found anywhere else in the world.
  • The country is also referred to as the Red Island, due to the red color of its soil. 
  • As much as 5% land of the country is under cultivation. Crops including coffee, vanilla, sugarcane, cloves, cocoa, rice, cassava (tapioca), beans, bananas and peanuts are grown here.
  • Nearly half of the land of Madagascar is covered with forest
  • Due to soil erosion and deforestation, many of the plants and animals found in the island have been categorized as endangered species. 
  • There are a lot of variations in the climatic conditions of the entire island. While the east coast receives monsoon, the climate is wetter in the northern part of the country and the southern tip is covered with cactus-like plants, which give a semi-deserted look to the portion.   
 

   
 


 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Abbotsford Airshow



Rob and I will be at the Airshow on Sunday afternoon. If you're in the area, come by and see us at the MAF booth there! We would love to chat with you and will try to answer questions you may have about the ministry.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

God's Promises; God's Work

"I lift my eyes up, to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, Maker of heaven, creator of the earth!" Ps. 121:1-2
"He will not let your foot slip--he who watches over you will not slumber." Ps. 121:3
"Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Ps. 124.8

I love the Psalms. I find myself reading them over and over again, realizing these sorts of promises again and again. Which causes me to wonder, if I read them so often, and if they bring me comfort and strength, why do I still struggle with worry and lack of joy? Why do I still grumble at circumstances, and fret over unknowns or seemingly huge tasks?

I feel like a true Israelite today. Or maybe the disciple, Peter.

Praise God for His mercies are new every morning, and no matter how many times I lose sight of His promises, or am unfaithful in doing His work, HE is faithful, and pours out love and grace and mercy, calling us back again and again. We have been reading through the Gospel of John, and this morning, John 6. Jesus reminds the disciples in two spots here that it is the Father's work! Salvation only comes through the Father, and nobody can come to the Father without first the Father drawing him. And then later in the chapter Jesus reminds them, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him." These are humbling words! Truly, we are His disciples purely on the basis of the Father's work. It really has nothing to do with us and what we could ever do, except for the fact that He first loved us and sent His Son for us.