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A True Missionary Heart: Eva Tonui

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Mrs. Eva Tonui (click on the link below to read her story) Kenya Missions of Hope: Missionary Eva : Hello friends, I have some words to encourage you this week. At 59 years of age, Mrs Eva Tonui is a self-sponsored missionary to an ...

Wordless Wednesday in Vancouver

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A Little Bird Came to Visit

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Little sparrow come Splish and splash, and dunk again, Delight in your bath {me, May 28, 2012}   Please join others here for Our World Tuesday.

Patio Make Over Unveiled

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Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine,  food and medicine for the soul.  ~ Luther Burbank  The garden is not fully planted but these container pots will remain more or less the same. The blue pot is a newer addition to the grouping. I've planted some colourful geraniums in them. I can't wait for the proliferation of blooms.  The repainting of the patio table and chairs was completed during this week of sunshine and warmer weather.  Just in time too as it is supposed to rain tonight and for much of the week.  The metal parts of the set used to be hunter green. Now they are a dark milk chocolate.The patio cushions won't be left out in the rain for at least this first year of wear. They last a little longer that way even if I have to remember to bring them in out of the rain. I purchased a chair cover for the winter months when we get even more rain. I've never used one before. I hope it works! I will

Friday Sky in May

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This is a shot from my patio looking straight across to the North Shore Mountains.  I like the fluffy white clouds and the sliver of blue peeking out from behind. That little dark clouds looks out of place in front. We've had a lot of rain this year. It is always nice to see the blue sky however small. You can click here and join others to see more beautiful skies.

Summer Daze

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Hi friends, I hope you are all enjoying your week. I thank those of you who left messages of encouragement and prayer for Kenya and those affected by floods, famine or just general lack. I thank you too for leaving me birthday wishes. I'm one of those who would rather not have a birthday, lol but we can't help but grow another year older each year. Hopefully we are making the best of the time we have. I know I'm trying to live a meaningful life and do things beyond myself that will  make a lasting difference for someone else. I have been home from my recent travels to visit elderly relatives for about one week now. I have been trying to take it easy and catch up on rest. At the same time, I have busily been trying to move forward on my action list. I've been reading a great new novel, Half a Yellow Sun and studying my Swahili lessons which are already coming to an end. I've been searching around for a Swahili tutor and thinking about continuing with classes in

Urgent Needs

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Friends, In my last post I wrote about the floods and how they affected the people of Rhoda Slums near Nakuru, Kenya.  I just got word that Jonah has been called home because his own mama has also been affected by torrential rains. Where she lives in a village near Kericho in the highlands it has been raining much more than usual.  Her kitchen hut has been badly affected (totally damaged by the rains and floods).  She has been cooking outside in the rain.  As you can imagine, this makes it not only difficult to cook but makes her prone to sickness.  Jonah has been called home from university studies and is trying to build a new cooking hut. (Sorry for the lack of good photos but Jonah has lost his camera.  A new camera is another ministry need). This is Jonah's mother's cooking area. If you look closely you can see that the ran has gouged out the land where the corn is planted. There are also other needs of the Missions of Hope at this time. We have been hel

Kenya Missions of Hope: Floods Cause Loss of Life and Lots of Damage

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There has been so much damage and loss of life in Kenya due to floods. Just this weekend, flooding struck near where Jonah from Missions of Hope is staying. He went to survey the damage.  You can read the story by clicking the link below.  As always, our hearts go out to these people who have so little and are struck by yet more calamity. Kenya Missions of Hope: Floods Cause Loss of Life and Lots of Damage : "Three people are missing while close to 40 families have been left homeless in Nakuru town after their homes were swept by raging floods o... Such a beautiful and dignified looking mama. She holds a lot of the experiences of a hard life in her eyes.

Happy Birthday

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It's my birthday. I'm not into big celebrations or at least haven't been to date.  But I do like a cake now and then to mark the day.  This is the cake shared with a family member. It's my favourite cake because of it's light texture. It's made by a local Chinese bakery. It has real whipped cream, vanilla cake (so light too) and fruit cocktail.

More Photos from My Journey

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There are so many photos from my recent journey from Vancouver to northern Alberta and BC. I thought I would share more of the photos taken on the northward journey through the Rocky Mountain ranges since it is so beautiful.   The water looks so green.  The trees are nice and green too. Everywhere you look there are mountains and lakes.   I was thrilled to see the Big Horn Sheep by the side of the highway. We stopped to capture these majestic animals. Here we are entering the town of Hinton. Hinton is like most small towns on the prairies. They are not usually very picturesque and have one or two main streets with lot of signage.  Hinton is where we stayed last September on our northern journey. I can wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant. Honestly everything that comes out of this kitchen looks scrumptious and the portions are very generous. Just the right thing for a break during a long journey. As some of you know, we were on

A Smile on Her Face

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Mama Linet has opened a small charcoal business which has been struggling. Jonah visited her recently and was able to give her a small donation to help with school costs.  It made her happy. Please continue to pray so that Mama's Linet's business will succeed and she can give her family the food and clothing they need as well as try and get some medical help for the little girl's cleft palate.

We've Covered a Lot of Miles

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Hi friends, I am back from my recent travels to visit elderly relatives. We started our journey at 5 a.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2012.  About 75 minutes later we came upon the scene in the photo below.  I felt it was a symbol that we would have a nice trip. Entering Kamloops, BC where I visit my mother. About one hour north of Kamloops and we are well on our way up the Yellowhead Highway. You can see the outline of our journey on the map below.  Our northward journey took us north east from Vancouver to Kamloops on Highways 1 and 5. We continued along the route shown by the upper purple coloured line which is primarily along the Yellowhead Highway. The route went through Kamloops, Barriere, Blue River, Valemont and on to Mount Robson at Jasper.  We continued through to Hinton where we stopped for dinner.  After a delicious dinner of calamari and caesar salad at L & W's, we drove on Highway 16 east to Edmonton and spent the night in St. Albert,