Sunday, October 09, 2011

International Kite Day Comes to the Village

Today is International Kite Day...A new piece of information for me.  But today we, as a church did something a bit unusual. We move church to the village...Kluszkowce, in the Czorstyn Lake area to be exact.
Rays of Hope
We decided to "BE" the church by supporting one of our emerging leaders as she & her time bring life & hope to their community. It was a great opportunity to begin bridging the gap to those who have been recently saved in the village. Those who have given their lives to Jesus have done so because they have seen the "hope" that is within Natalia & she has been able to give an answer for that hope.
Here are some pictures from the Kite Festival....
Oh by the way I won the adult category :)

The Fireman with is Monkey

A Clown's Trade

Adjustments must be made
The Kite Doctors
Natalia with her sister

Kite filled skies

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Anniversary Quiz

It is amazing the kind of perspective one gets after 25 years of ministry & 15 years of living among a particular people. I wish I could say it was all wisdom. I have put together a trivia quiz to share with you some of what I have learned & experienced.

left to right - bottom to top:
(a) banana (b) coffee (c) mulling spices (d) peanut butter (e) lime (f) brown sugar (g) oreo (h) celery (i) reese's mini cups (j) M & M's (k) can pineapple (l) cassette tape (m) lemon (n) Irish cream coffee syrup

Which of the item(s) above were/are/was/is:

  1. purchased in Poland?
  2. used to "grease the wheels" when crossing the borders in the 1980's?
  3. included in AmPol care packages during communism?
  4. comfort food brought from USA?
  5. started a pie baking craze when 1st discovered?
  6. cost more than $3.50, today?
  7. the root form has been commonly used in Poland for years?
  8. controlled "substance" during communism?
  9. brought as gifts during communism?
  10. new within the last year in Poland?

The answers are:
  1.  a,b,d,e,f,g,h,j,k,l,m,n
  2. b
  3. a,e,k,m
  4. c,i
  5. e
  6. b,d,f,n
  7. h
  8. l
  9. a,b,j,l
  10. g
If you got ______ questions correct:
9 - 10 You are old enough to remember "when" & tell some "unbelieveable" stories
7 - 8    You have been around enough to understand that decisions & actions of a few politicians can    effect the lives of many for generations.
5 - 6    You've had pierogi at Russian restaurant.
3 - 4    You've been to Victoria & felt like you were in an exotic "European country"
1 - 2    You're an expert on the foreign foods found at Costco

    Monday, October 03, 2011

    Remembering the Cost of Sacrifice

     This lady - Let us never forget!

    The world hasn't just become' s always been wicked. The prize doesn't always go to the most deserving.


    Irena Sendler

    There recently was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena.

    During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.

    She had an 'ulterior motive'.

    She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews (being German).

    Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids).

    She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto..

    The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

    During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.


    She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely.

    Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.


    After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family.

    Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

    Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    She was not selected.
    President Obama won one year before becoming President for his work as a community organizer for ACORN

    Al Gore won also --- for a slide show on Global Warming.



    I'm doing my small part by forwarding this message.

    I hope you'll consider doing the same..

    It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.

    This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests, Nuns who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated!

    Now, more than ever, with Iran, and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be 'a myth'.

    It's imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.