Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Wonderful day to all

What a wonderful day we had today. We were able to put some of the talents that God Almighty has blessed us with into practice and strengthen our skill of loving others. Enjoy the pictures…..

Making Friends – Actually Claudia is trying to learn how to cook Liberian. Grace (the nanny in charge of the special care orphanage) is teaching her every morning. She took Claudia to the market and is introducing her to the local fare. Fish, beef, chicken feet, hot peppers, palm oil and of course lots of rice are the staples of Liberian cuisine.
new friends (Grace on left)

Using Skills – I had a great opportunity to share some of the automation and industrial controls know how by troubleshooting a tank filling system that was over filling the gravity tank since we arrived. What I thought would be a simple re-wiring of the contactor turned into a good chance to be diligent at the task at hand. After finding broken sensor wires and a circuit still able to be used I had to rip out the very, very thin speaker wire that was originally installed (absolutely the wrong wire for this application, but here you must do with what you have) and re-lay better grade wire. After about four hours I was able to test the system before power went out. And yes – thank you God – the system is running fine without overflow problems.
up for the troubleshooting challenge checking the level sensor

Sharing Great Joy – What an emotional experience we had when this lovely couple from the US got to see there adopted twins and baby girl for the first time. Praise the Lord!
A new family was made today and it was just as exciting and wonderful as the birth of a child.

Twin boys for mama and papa
Going to meet baby girl
What a moment
The new family and friends
God's blessings in real time

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Warm welcome to Liberia and some new pictures

We are settling in the guest house for a brief while and enjoying the neighboring orphans from Acres of Hope. The children are making friends and helping with the orphans and some of the storytime joys. It’s like instantly having even more brothers and sisters.
We are doing well, adjusting to the weather - about 85 and 60% humidity, a little cooler in the evening early morning – the humidity is supposed to crank up to about 95% within the next month.

I am hiding the ID of the orphans in the below pictures for privacy purposes but they have the most amazing smiles and joy in their hearts.

We had a wonderful rest in the Lord today, mentally, spiritually and physically. We were able to hit the beautiful beaches of Liberia for a while and – Wow!!!!!
What a wonderful and refreshing time to relish in the magnificent and powerful creation and design of God. It was good to share ourselves with the local Liberians and I had the chance to show a few young local boys how to get into the deeper waist high water to body surf (they are terrified of the potential for death by drowning because they lack some very basic wave wading skills – hope my childhood years in the South Bay beaches of L.A. pay off). The waves made for an incredible playscape for the children and we enjoyed lunching under the tiki style huts on the sand. After that we went to the lagoon on the other side of the shore where fresh water is setting on a bed of sand washed over from the high tides. It’s like a three foot deep freshwater pool with beach sand – neat.

Here are a few pictures of our new surroundings – the “mall” and other local stores. There is a wonderful grocery store but most everything else from buckets to flip-flops are found at the street vendors, or in their portable kiosks (wheel barrows). Traffic is quite challenging as the main route to the city is under construction but we make due with what we have to work with. We are very encouraged at the business and improvements that are slowly but surely coming – God willing.

We had a chance to share again the joy of our salvation tonight, this time with a neat little dvd called God’s Story. It is a program that is being used to reach the world with the story of God’s plan of salvation from His word. Our family has been enjoying this dvd for over a year now and if you get a chance pick it up.
This is the link for more gods-story(dot)org

We are patiently awaiting the soon arriving containers carrying the donations for Acres of Hope orphanage and the missionary housing items among many other family items.
Pray that the logistics go well with the containers, please. You cannot believe what you have to go through to get the items and containers into your possession. Pray for us in that regard.

May God Almighty enhance your walk with him through his enduring word.

Peace to you all.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

We've Made it to Liberia

Hello friends, we have made it to Liberia and are well and very excited about our new home. We are temporarily in the guest house of Acres Of Hope and look forward to setting up permanent abode closer to the orphanage. There are 13 orphans here at the special needs orphan housing and our kids are taking to them with great joy. The girls are already learning from the nannies how to cook Liberian and the boys are creating toys from the growth of wood and other scraps of building material for their adventures with the orphan boys.

It was a short lived trial for us and shock as well in seeing the tremendous differences in culture and everyday way of life. We are so blessed in America and are now really seeing what most of the world sees in how the daily markets and lives work for so many countries in the world like in Mexico, India,, China, Bosnia, Russia, Liberia and many many others.

What a feeling of joy we had as we prayed about and trusted not in the things and worries and concerns of man but in the promises of God and blessings from him. Our spirits were truly lifted by the power of God’s word and the Holy Spirit of God as the joy of our salvation was renewed and our faith refreshed.

We thank you for your prayers and support and will chat soon with pictures.

David, Claudia and children.

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