Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Alimento Para el Alma

Every year our Spanish speaking TWR partners get together and produce a daily devotional book titled: Alimento Para El Alma. For 2018, we also produced a Papiamentu language version of the book for the ABC islands. We still have a few left, by the way.

The 2019 edition of APA is now available. We won't be doing a Papiamentu version for 2019, but Bonaire is still represented. The front cover features one of my Bonaire flamingo photos and the back cover tells about the new 800AM transmitter here on Bonaire. You can learn about APA and even order a copy at: www.twr.org/alimento. In the USA, they cost $7.50.

Audio and print versions of the Spanish APA devotionals are also available each day online at https://www.twr360.org/ministry/13/alimento-para-el-alma/lang,2  (the Papiamentu version is also available at twr360.org)

If you don't speak Spanish, you can still enjoy the book. You can download each day's devotional and then translate it online. Here is how my favorite translator, www.deepl.com/translate
 renders the back cover of the book.

"From Bonaire Netherlands Antilles, the island of the flamingos, broadcasts Trans World Radio."
That's how RTM transmissions started in Bonaire.  Since the 1960s and from this Caribbean island, the message of Faith and Hope has been transmitted continuously.  We dedicate the presentation of this 17th edition of Alimento Para El Alma to celebrate the new power of this station that will now reach thousands of kilometers to the countries of the Caribbean and the continent of Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond.  Millions of people are being reached daily with Bible messages.
One of the attractions of Bonaire are the flamingos so beautiful in their color and majestic in their bearing.  They extract their food from the water contained in some parts of the island.  In the water is life.  Also the high salinity water in that region allows the message to spread further.  "The water of Life is Jesus and whoever drinks it will no longer have spiritual thirst.   The human soul feeds on the water of life that is born in the heart of Jesus for salvation.
That is RTM mission and from the book you now hold in your hands.  Thank you for preferring to use it this year.


Milky Way over Bonaire

The moon is waning and I'm hoping for some clear skies so we can enjoy the bright winter stars. This morning was clear and Venus was really bright in the East.

Back in September I made this image of the summer Milky Way setting over Kralendijk. You can also see the four TWR towers on the horizon. You'll probably need to look at this full size to see all the stars.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Then and Now

 Here is a photo of the first TWR Bonaire office, back in the early 1960s.  When the current Hato offices and studios were finished in the late 60's, the original office and studio buildings were converted into housing.

Below is a photo of what it looks like today, complete with freshly mowed "lawn."

By the way, there is still a nice old style VW Beetle running around here on Bonaire.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

October "showers" bring November weeds.

It continues to be pretty rainy here on Bonaire. But the last couple days have been dry enough to do some grass cutting.

Kevin Baker and i mowed at the TWR houses in Playa Pariba, Jonas and I mowed in Hato, and here are a couple shots of Lionel mowing in our satellite antenna paddock.

I had thought about washing the car on Saturday, but was glad i hadn't when Saturday night found me again driving on wet roads. What i did do was wash the headlight lenses, so that i could see where i was going at night.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Heavy Rains = Clean Air

The rains yesterday seemed to have washed all the dust out of the skies. There was a super awesome green flash (like 10 on a scale of 1-10) yesterday evening.

This photo was taken shortly before the green flash while I was on my way to try to get a picture of Scorpius, Jupiter and Mercury hanging over the Slave Huts. 

When I got to White Slave, the mosquitoes were scary fierce (like 11 on a scale of 1-10) and I got out of there as fast as I could.

I did get Scorpius, Jupiter and Mercury from the downtown waterfront. Jupiter was down really near the horizon by the time I got there.  You'll need to look at the photos full size to see the planets and stars.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Rainy Rainy Day

We have rain!  Kind of reminded me of the movie, Twister, where a Cow comes sailing across the road and they say, "we have debris!"

Some weather came through a bit after noon, with heavy rain, lightning, and a reported water spout to the west. The streets downtown are completely flooded. I couldn't even see the speed bumps on Kaya P. Silie. Had to downshift to second as I plowed through the water that flooded the length of the street. This picture is by the yacht harbor, where the water from the stink pond sometimes comes across.

The radar map is from the Curacao weather center, www.meteo.cw

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Shimarukus in November

Went on an early morning bike ride around the North end of Bonaire, before the men's breakfast at the International Bible Church. I was surprised to see some Shimaruku trees with fruit on them! I think of Shimarukus as being a late January type thing.

It was a good excuse to stop and take a picture. Actually, i feel worse when i stop than if i were to just keep going. When i get near home, i ease off the pace some, so i can "cool down" a bit. Then i feel ok when i stop.