Thursday, September 26, 2013

3 Planets

Saturn and Venus were pretty close together in the evening sky earlier this week.  And Mercury got close to the star Spica.  I went out shortly after sunset on Tuesday and was able to spot the three planets, but not Spica.  By the time is was dark enough, Spica and Mercury had descended into a haze layer.  Binoculars would have made it easier, and they showed up in the photos I took.

This first shot is a wide angle view.  Saturn and Venus are pretty easy to spot.  Especially since I've labeled them, ha ha.  If you look at the full size version, you can also see Mercury if you know exactly where to look.  To help you know where to look, I've included a second cropped photo which zooms in on Spica and Mercury.  Once you figure out exactly where they are, then maybe you can go back to the first shot and find Mercury, and maybe Spica.

Here is the zoomed in crop of the above picture.  Spica and Mercury are to the left of the palm tree, about half way up from the bottom of the frame.  Mercury is brighter than Spica.  I actually enhanced Spica a little to make it easier to spot.  It was dimmer than this actually.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Update from Our Listeners

The work involved in operating and maintaining the station here on Bonaire is never ending.  For a glimpse into why we persevere, check out the following paragraphs from a report we received this summer from Alberto Gonzales, our TWR partner in Cuba. 

"I went to preach at an event for Christian disabled workers in the city of C******.  There were pastors, missionaries or home church leaders, some of them blind and with other physical problems, but anyway serving the Lord with joy. When I was presented to the people, quickly many identified themselves as listeners of TWR.  There was Luis R., a blind man with his wife.  (pictured left and center, with Alberto-right)   I hugged this blind brother and his wife who was crying besides him. It was a very touching moment and all the people were excited and clapping.  He knew complete passages of my books that his wife had read to him and the topics of the programs of TWR.

But the biggest surprise was still ahead…  I****, a Roman Catholic catechist, whom I had seen the previous day imparting a biblical study in another room of the building, got up and said:  "Pastor, when I saw you yesterday night while you passed by and I was teaching, I hadn’t any idea who you were.  If so, I would have invited you to enter to my class because yesterday I was teaching to my Bible Study group your book "Living the Gospel".  Since we have been studying your book we have become your listeners and TWR programs every night..!  Our knowledge of the Christian faith has improved and changed completely from then on. Can you send us more material to use in our class?" 

I was not prepared to hear something like that..!  The impact of TWR in Cuba is a lot more than we imagine.  So, I gave to the group the audio CDs of the four books of the serial "Living..." and a DVD with more than 600 programs of “Messages of Faith and Hope.”   Without a doubt, the Holy Spirit is moving in a very special way in Cuba and He is using TWR Bonaire to reach all the corners of the Island, winning people for Christ and encouraging the believers to a better knowledge of the Word of God.  In our office, we continue receiving an average of 200 letters each month from listeners and people requesting biblical materials.  Many of them are new believers.”
It is great to hear from our listening audience.  People usually correspond with our regional offices, rather than directly to us on Bonaire.  But I’ll take second-hand reports, like the one above, any day!  And now you are hearing it third hand.  J   I hope you are encouraged by what the Lord is doing through the broadcasts as well.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Moon and Venus

The Moon and Venus made a beautiful pair in the evening sky tonight.  The star Spica was to their lower right and the planet Saturn to their upper left.

The Moon actually appeared to go in front of Venus as seen from locations South of us.

This picture shows the Moon, Venus and Spica.  Saturn is out of the shot to the upper left.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

More Bonaire Panoramas

I've mentioned the Bonaire panoramas Web site before.  Bill Heatley just sent me a link to a brand new one they shot at the top of Brandaris, the highest point on Bonaire.  We've had some really clear days (and nights) lately, in between the thunder storms.  I had been wishing I could get to the park to climb Brandaris, but now I don't have to!
Check it out.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

New Swanson page on TWR.ORG

We now have our own page on the TWR Web site.  There is not much there except our quarterly news letters from 2012 and 2013, in PDF form.
Over the years, stuff generally shows up on this blog before it appears in the newsletter.  But during the last year or so, since I haven't been blogging that much, you'll probably find TWR ministry related stuff in the newsletters that never appeared here.
So check it out if you get a chance.