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Archive for September, 2011

Introduction to Tamil

I figured since I am going to be traveling to India now starting in December, I should probably learn some words and phrases in Tamil. Tamil is the language spoken by the people who live in southern India (as is my understanding so far), unlike other parts of the population that speak Hindi. After searching online for some cds to help me learn to speak Tamil, I unfortunately came up dry; most foreign language programs teach Hindi, but not Tamil. I was hoping to be able to listen to the cds, especially while driving back and forth when I travel to IL.

I did stumble across a series of youtube videos that may prove to be helpful though for now. A lady with a lovely voice has created a series of twelve lessons, including an introductory video that explains some of the background information. I have watched a few of them, and I think with some practice and repetition, I will pick up many useful phrases. The helpful thing about these videos is that the words are written in English pronunciation, not in the Tamil alphabet. Someday I would like to learn to read and write it, but first things first – I need to at least be able to introduce myself and greet people! (more…)

Stinky Mulch and Mothballs

I really enjoy the path I walk. Though the hill is tough, the view at the top is so worth it. The only problem with that path is the stinky mulch and mothballs.

Someone must have come up with the idea that if the dye mulch pitch black and make it reek like stinky socks, rotten eggs, a compost bin, and a manure pile, that people would buy it. And they were right. You can smell it three houses before you reach it, and it follows you after. Crossing to the other side of the street doesn’t help. And if it’s fresh, it’s a strong enough stench to make you gag. I have not figured out why Knoxville-ans like it so much. Regular mulch is pretty. And it smells better too! (more…)

September 2011 Ministry Update – India, here I come!

I am so excited to share with you that I have a plane ticket to India in December! Isaac and Tara have asked me to bring them a few things that are difficult to get in India, such as peanut butter and Jolly Ranchers. I included their wishlist in this update. Check out all the details below! (more…)

Beauty from Ashes… 10 years later

This morning on K-Love I heard a story that captivated me, so much so that it made me late for church because I had to stop and really listen. One of the pastors from Brooklyn Tabernacle recounted this amazing story to Scott and Kelli. I found the story retold on and wanted to share it here. It is truly an amazing story of how Jesus can bring beauty from literal ashes.

Genelle Guzman-McMillan insists that it is not fear that keeps her from returning to Manhattan’s ground zero. The Port Authority employee, now also an author, says that it is the ordeal of reliving how two hijacked planes 10 years ago sent the World Trade Center crumbling, burying her co-workers and herself beneath piles of rubble. As Guzman-McMillan lay buried alive for nearly 30 hours, the screams she heard in the darkness around her soon faded away. She was alone, she thought, and could think of only one thing to do – cry out to God. (more…)

Unproportional Portion Sizes

Yesterday, I went out to lunch with my friend Theresa. We decided to eat off the Wendy’s value menu. What you may not realize until you get your food is the very unusual portion sizes – they are not proportional.

I ordered a chicken sandwich, fries and a Frostie from the $1 menu. Then I ordered a meduim lemonade. Theresa ordered a medium drink and regular fries with her meal. Take a look at the different sizes we ended up with: (more…)

August 2011 Ministry Update

Can you believe that August is over? Before we know it, the crispness will return to the air and we’ll be full-swing into autumn. This summer has been an amazing one though. God has been so kind. Read all about it below.

(Click on the picture to enlarge it, for easier reading.) (more…)

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