Monday, November 17, 2008

TWR's New President

While we were in North Carolina last week, Sandra and I dropped in at the Trans World Radio office in Cary for a brief visit. Sandra happened to be at the reception desk when her dad phoned in from Africa, so she got to say hi to him. What great timing.

I "bumped into" TWR's new president Lauren Libby in the hall. He seemed really nice.

Fun Run

Here are a few shots of some of the runners in the 5K fun run in Greensboro. After going around the pond, they entered some great woodsy trails.

I got in some fine road bike rides while I was in Greensboro, but I saw some really interesting single track trails that have set me to scheming on how I might bring a mtn. bike along the next time I visit.

Suprised Pumpkin

We were in Greensboro, NC on Halloween. Our hosts, Josh and Katie let Sandra carve her first ever Halloween Pumpkin.
Sandra actually enjoyed scooping all the gucky stuff out of the pumpkin. Josh salted and roasted the pumpkin seeds for an additional treat.

Mural in Greensboro

As part of their Fall Global Celebration, Westover Church had a family day in a nearby park. There was a 5k run, food samples from around the world, (we brought Dutch licorice), and a big mural that everyone could paint on. Sandra was the brave one to paint first and contributed a Bonaire flamingo.


I like pretzels. They are not always available on Bonaire, so I chow down when we are in the States. Here is a picture of pretzel nirvana at a farm show in Pennsylvania. Sandra and my mom also tried their hand at making some large soft pretzels of their own.
They were quite tasty, and chewy the next day, just like the pretzel stand pretzels. So I think they got the recipe right. We'll have a go at making these on Bonaire from time to time.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Fall Global Celebration 2008

Sandra and I are at Westover Church, in Greensboro, North Carolina all this week, as they celebrate 60 years of Global Ministries.

There was a picnic and 5k run on Saturday, all sorts of meetings on Sunday, and they are keeping us busy each day during the week too. We've had lots of opportunities to present the world wide outreach of Trans World Radio. We've seen a bunch of old friends and made many new ones too.

If you have a high speed Internet connection, check out this video of the opening of the "Fall Global Celebration." We appear briefly by the Bonaire flag that we brought along with us, about 2/3 of the way through the video clip.

The video was edited to shorten in some and the opening remarks that provide a context for all the drumming aren't there, but take my word for it, it was a great kickoff for a special week.

Project Hannah

For the month of November, the Trans World Radio web site's home page features Project Hannah, a woman's advocacy movement, radio program, and prayer ministry that is celebrating its tenth anniversary.
Founder, Marli Spieker says, "God has done amazing things in the past 10 years of PH ministry. It has progressed from a simple concept to a vibrant, worldwide radio ministry, prayer and advocacy movement in more than 104 nations, as well as numerous mercy ministries on the ground. There’s also been an astonishing growth from one radio program in English to 47 languages, and 15 more on the way."

There are links from this month's TWR home page to video clips, info. sheets, and downloadable prayer guides.

Project Hannah has much more information on its own web sites in both English and in Spanish.

The women in the picture are from Bonaire, and work together to produce a Papiamentu edition of the Project Hannah radio program.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Adventures in the New Jersey Woods

Sandra stepped on a snake when we were hiking the other week. She screamed and then Nancy stepped on it too. (it was under the fallen leaves and they couldn't see it) When Nancy stepped on it, the snake jumped into the air. I guess it was a friendly snake because no one was bitten. The colors in the woods were really pretty. We must have sounded like a herd of elephants walking through the leaves. Louis L'Amour would not have been impressed.
Richard drives under this walkway over I-287 every day on his commute. It is labled Cannonball Trail. So one afternoon we hiked in and walked over it. I rode his bike on part of the trail as well. The Cannonball Trail was used during the American Revolutionary Way to move supplies in secret from the British troops.

Some of the fallen leaves were yellow. Others were red. The colors on the trees and on the ground, and the filtered sunlight made the woods a beautiful place indeed.