This week, I am thankful for:
1. Pets. More specifically, my Maine Coon cat. He is 19 pounds and can reach up to grab the edge of the counter top with his paws. His name is Istanbul, but I call him Izzy for short. He is my little buddy and I miss him. He lives with my mom, but I hope to move him here to Knoxville with me someday. Izzy has a bit of a “Lassie” personality – he will alert me when something is wrong and lead me to the problem, which is really handy when your laundry room is flooding due to a backed-up drain! (more…)
Just before I went to India in December 2011, STEPS Home had some other guests. Isaac was telling me about a filming crew that was coming from a Canadian ministry (Living Truth) to do a documentary about the STEPS girls. Because of their efforts in 2007, money was raised to help purchase the land that the new STEPS Home will be built on. The documentary that they filmed five months ago was just aired all over Canada and in parts of the US.
This week, I am thankful for:
1. The Well – Every Wednesday night at my church we have a prayer and worship service for two hours. I love the flow of worship leading into prayer and prayer leading into worship. They really are intertwined. And I love spending my evening with my brothers and sisters in Christ praying for the things that the Lord wants us to pray into.
This story is taken from: Child Tries to Kill Herself – Gospel for Asia.
Kanti was desperate. She and her family couldn’t escape the death, sickness, poverty and discrimination that had devastated their lives. In despair, Kanti tried to kill herself. She hadn’t even turned 9 years old yet.
Her story of despair had started years earlier. The child’s father died of alcohol-related liver failure when she was very young. As the family fell deeper into poverty, Kanti’s mother, Lona, began cleaning houses to earn money for herself and her son and daughter. But when she fell sick with tuberculosis, she couldn’t keep up the work. So, while all Kanti’s friends started school, the little girl was forced to wash dishes for a living.
Kanti did this until one of the people she worked for found out she was from a low caste. In a moment, thousands of years of discrimination destroyed what sense of value the little girl had for herself.
Because of the problems Kanti faced, including being deemed “untouchable” by society, she attempted suicide. (more…)
This Thursday I am thankful for:
1. Dutch letters! Oh, they are the most wonderful confection.
I get them only once or twice a year, but they are wonderful… especially the ones that come from my cousin’s world-famous bakery (Jaarsma’s) in Pella,Iowa. While I was home last weekend, I got to partake of their flaky goodness, and rich almond paste centers. (Am I making you drool yet??)
While I was home last weekend, I enjoyed the time I got to spend with my mom and brother. One day, Adam came home after work and left his boots by the back door since he had been out doing field work that day.
Within a few minutes, my cat Izzy found those boots. Apparently, Adam had walked through something that smelled really good to felines. Izzy spent the next 20 minutes sniffing, rubbing his head on, and hugging my brother’s work boots. It was quite a funny sight. (more…)