Friday, August 24, 2007

Blogging by Extension

Hello this is Yekwanaman

Junglemom has moderated her comments and appreciates your thoughts. She has done this with no internet access

I am in the city accompanying my step mother who is the hospital for some tests. While talking to JM via cell phone (She is out on Hunting Island State Park, SC. she had me read all of her comments.

So is this a confirmation of a blogging addiction or what? She misses you all but ...

Look what she gets to wake up to!






Now that is what I call BOOTING UP in the morning!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Blogging Beach Break


I just found out I am leaving today, for 10 days or so.
Off to spend time with my father in law and the rest of the family at the beach.
I hope you will sign my guest book in my absence and enjoy the slide shows!

(Scroll down for guest book, keep going for the slide shows!)

Please, de lurk!!!








According to my site meter, I have about120 readers a day!
Some are from very interesting places.
I wish you ALL would sign my guest book! PLEASE?????
pretty please... aw, come on...

Jungle Flight Program

Scenes from the Jungle

The Wedding Album

Monday, August 20, 2007

Thinking of You All


When I sit down in front of my computer, the fun begins! Where to start? First I have some Caffeinated Thoughts followed by Stray Thoughts ,and never know where that may lead me...

I am so glad we as a family are Quilted Together something that for us is Nspired By Faith!

Glad to have these Moments In Time to rejoice we are in A Biblical Home .I am excited to share My Wonderful Life with you all!

Then as I am Skipping Along, I have Just a Thought, and I decide to share it...Over the back yard fence! That's whats so nice about Life In The Country and than I feel a little ,Bereft.
So off I go to My Quiet Corner where I spend time with my Thimble Thoughts.
I contemplate the Seasons of Life and realize I am Living to Learn & Learning to Live, ByGrace,
I look over at Kris's Korner and see a Knitting Kat! Now that is something to write in sarah's journal!!

I listen to the music coming from Garbanzo Toons and hear a Flight Song, is the music coming from Sarah Joy's Corner? Oh wait... it's Just Theresa.

I am a Happy Wife toYekwana Man, and this gives me Contagious Joy
which I have because I am Saved By Grace!
After all, I am The Preachers Wife not the butler's wife.

Some days I am sad when I realize it is The end of Venezuela as I know it,
but, I can say, "And I shall yet praise Him" because it will always be Venezuela4me!

Because of My Web Presence, I have traveled the world! For Zion's Sake
I have had Oleh Musings and even Shalom from Jerusalem! I even met a Jungle Pop!
OH! And a Gecko with Canon!!!
So now I am a Webutante!

I am A Work in Progress, at times I feel a Penless Writer, so I must borrow pen of jen to write my Blog From The Jungle!

Oh Fiddle-dee-dee, I am JUST HITTING ANOTHER BRICK WALL!!!!
There is no way for me to fit everyone in this! I just wanted to share a little 'Thought & Humor',
now don't think I have Rocks In My Dryer or that I livein ,The Zoo.

I really live in Mike's America! Where I run a NeoCon Command Center and am Always On Watch Two. Here I always see Shades of Red, White, and Blue! at myrepublicanblogand talk of Acute Politics! Because, Love America First is my motto!

So, here are my thoughts I have at Midnight Musings ,I am just a BAPTIST GIRL, with Christian Dreams n Visions! Working my way through the One Year Bible Blog! I like to have Chats with the folks at Biblical Hermeneutics.

and my question to you is...~::~R U Going 2 Heaven~::~?


( please note that I may not agree with all content in every blog!)

Found in Church Bulletin

Jungle Mom and son

When I opened up the church bulletin, I found an article about my son! I am very proud of 20 year old Josh as he serves the Lord through the ministries of West Gate Baptist Church as he attends Florida Baptist College. One of his weekly ministries is preaching at a local nursing home each Sunday. I am truly blessed of God to have such wonderful children!

Here is what I read:

A testimonial from the son of a resident at West Bay Nursing Center,
where a FBC student ministers.

My mother is a resident at West Bay Nursing Center. My wife and I attend Sunday Services with her on Sunday afternoons. This email is inspired by a young student of yours whose first name is Josh. We have been blessed to watch Josh develop his skills as a preacher. He is definitely a skilled preacher. This afternoon he delivered a sermon based on Paul's letter to the Romans. He artfully compared a metaphor of the slave market, where Roman citizens bought slaves,to Jesus' purchase of our freedom with His life. ( with the emphasis that Jesus bought us, and we need only accept His gift) It was one of the best portrayals of our choice before God I have ever experienced. I deeply appreciate his efforts, as well as those of Bro. Benefield and others who have contributed to the ministry at West Bay Nursing Center. Thank you. Please recognize the great ability and motivation shown by Josh.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

???

You might be a missionary if..

You (or your Parents) might be a Missionary if...

1. You can't answer the question, "Where are you from?"

2. You speak two languages, but can't spell in either.

3. You read National Geographic and recognize someone.

4. You have a time zone map next to your telephone.

5. You consider a city 500 km away to be "very close".

6. You watch nature documentaries, and think about how good that animal would taste if it were fried.

7. You can cut grass with a machete, but can't start a lawnmower.

8. You speak with authority on the subject of airline travel.

9. You have friends from or in 29 different countries.

10. You do your devotions in another language.

11. You sort your friends by continent.

12. You realize that furlough is not a vacation.

13. You know how to pack.

14. Fitting 15 or more people into a car seems normal to you.

15. You refer to gravel roads as highways.

16. You haggle with the checkout girl for a lower price.

17. You don't think that two hours is a long sermon.

18. You have a name in at least two different languages, and it's not the same one.

19. You feel you need to move after you've lived in the same place for a month.

20. You cruise the Internet looking for fonts that support your "native" language's alphabet.


Friday, August 17, 2007

Free to Learn


My home school curriculum has arrived and I am spending these next two weeks organizing and making my lesson plans. It is much easier now that I have only two students and that both of the students are able to do much of their work without constant supervision.

I have never been able to use a "packaged" curriculum . There are some great ones available, but I find them all, a little ...stale. Exciting as eating chalk! I have used syllabi of publishers to see if I was on track with my children, but, until High School , it is pointless.


One day I realized that I have taught my way through High School 4 times, nearly 5, and I might know a thing or two about it myself! What freedom! It seems to me that if a student graduates and has a love of learning, can read with discernment, write something that another person is willing to read...he's a success! No packaged books , no boring texts! Real books about real life!!! And there was my son who read his way through the encyclopedias...

I have home schooled six, including my two Ye'kwana children, I have tried to set up my goals in such a way that the child will become a "student for life". I don't want to spoon feed information to the child and have the student regurgitate it back to me. In real life we are rarely given the answers to problems but must spend time and thought to figure our for ourselves the answers. So... if you want to see a teacher who stands up and lectures all day, don't come to my house!!! Nor do I enjoy work books, although they have their place.

Certain subjects require the," line upon line, precept upon precept" approach, such as Mathematics and the upper level sciences. In most cases, once the basics are down, the student can apply knowledge learned towards understanding new concepts and rarely needs input but rather a sounding board to listen to ideas and give feed back.

All students need to know they are being held accountable and that their work will be seen and judged!!! I can tell very quickly, usually just at a glance, whether the student has given me something done lazily or if time and thought went into the work. Content is not all that matters. Many bright students learn early on that since things come easily to them, they need not apply them self to get a good grade. Grades are not the point or purpose of learning. The student must apply his self and present to me a knowledgeable presentation of what they have learned. Being a home school mom allows me to "push" each child according to his ability and not be tied down to the restraints of "the class" as a whole.


I usually give my child a book to read, or when younger I would read to them, then we discuss it informally. Depending on the age of the child, I will ask for a project or paper. This has worked well. Four of my children have gone on to higher education without any problems. (Roel, Ingrid, Jackie, and Josh. We raised two ye'kwana indians and both went to college in the US.)

Literature can not be left out of the students life. I am amazed at the lack of quality literature in most High School curriculum. Our children are being raised with out the wonderful advantage of all the learning available to us on the written page. Pages written by great minds! What a waste of time for the student to be studying "fluff" when there is so much more to delve into!

My children are all avid readers. I am as well, so is their father. From a very early age, I began reading aloud to the children and carry on to this day. Their father also read aloud to them. My children each have a book for "pleasure reading" on their own time and a list of required reading for school. No one has ever complained about the reading. Some of my children have a book for each room of the house! We often share with each other what we are reading.

It is good mental stimulation to have several books going on at the same time. You learn to "store" information and will find your self comparing ideas from one book, to another that perhaps are not seen as related, but you will begin to see that so much in the world is connected! Cause and effect. History repeating. Think outside of the box! Or as my daughter says, "Box!? What box?"

It is important to realize that when reading aloud to a child, make sure you are choosing books above their own reading ability. Children can comprehend much more than they are able to read for themselves. Choose classics, choose books you can make come alive for them and leave them wanting more!!

The child who reads will learn to compare information to related concepts in his memory. This will give him the mental flexibility to come up with new possibilities. By seeing these patterns of information, the child will then be able to ask questions , develop mental schemes, and realize there is often more than one correct answer to many problems. This child will be a THINKER! That is my goal.


This year, I have an 11th grader and an 8th grader. My emphasis for the 8th grader is on AMERICAN history. Being here in the states and traveling so much, this is a perfect time to explore the US of A. She will also be reading a lot of American Literature. Both girls will have a heavy load in the area of Bible.

This is our course of study;

8th grade


Bible
Prayer
Sin and salvation
Attributes of God
Early Church Leaders
Early Church History
The Early Churches
The Book of Proverbs
Understanding Today's Problems
Understanding Parents
Walking with God

Saxon Math

English Grammar and Composition

Literature

American History and American Literature

Earth Science

Music Theory

History of Art

Beautiful Girlhood

Journal

Physical Education


11th grade;

Bible
The Faithfulness of God
Romans
The Doctrine of Jesus Christ
The Nation of Israel
History of the Canon
Friendship, Dating, and Marriage
The Pursuit of Happiness
Answers for Apologetics
God, His Word and the Christian Life

Saxon math, Algebra 2

American Literature and Composition ( thesis)

World History ( Streams of Civilization)

Chemistry

Spanish 3

Home Ec

History of Art

The Christian Home

Physical Education

Driver's Ed

I Have a Dark Side!?!?!












You are most like:


Black


You are bold with a dark side. You make clear lines wherever you go, though you color outside of the lines. Many people may just see the surface of you and think you are merely plain, but you have a lot of depth to you as well.


Take this quiz: Which Crayola Box of 8 Color Are You?

My Art


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Article in The Record

Found this in my files and decided to share it with you all...


Helping Indians of Amazon change for the better

Thursday, November 16, 2000

By GREGORY J. RUMMO
Special to The Record

When one thinks of an anthropologist, visions of tents, sweat-soaked khakis, and well-worn notebooks come to mind.

Integrity also comes to mind. These scientists, who make their living by studying primarily pre-industrial peoples and their cultures, are supposed to follow a code of ethics similar to "The Prime Directive," made famous by the science fiction TV show "Star Trek." Like the crew of the Starship Enterprise, anthropologists are forbidden from interfering with the subject civilization in any way that would artificially accelerate its development or markedly change its culture.

But a recent USA Today story about a book titled "Darkness in El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon" (W.W. Norton & Co.) raises serious charges against anthropologists who studied the Yanomami Indians in the Amazon rain forest of Brazil and Venezuela during the 1960s.

The most serious charge stems from a series of measles vaccinations given to the Yanomami by a team of anthropologists. These vaccinations allegedly caused an epidemic that killed hundreds of Indians. The book offers evidence that the Yanomami deliberately were used as guinea pigs in a macabre and cruel experiment.

The book, written by Patrick Tierney, also alleges that French anthropologist Jacques Lizot sexually exploited Yanomami boys and girls. (Lizot says any sexual relationships he had in the Amazon were consensual and involved only adults.) Furthermore, Tierney charges that Napoleon Chagnon, an anthropologist with the University of California-Santa Barbara, mischaracterized the Yanomami as warlike, that he staged fights, and that he altered data to support his theory.

If true, these accusations are shocking, especially for a profession that prides itself on the ability to study cultures unobtrusively. But is this sort of research possible, or merely an intellectual ideal? I believe that no one -- not even an "objective" scientist -- can interpose himself into a group without causing some change. And to complicate the matter further, in many cases, the people being studied want change. They desperately hunger for the freedom to determine their own destinies rather than follow what an ivory-tower academic with a laptop thinks is best.

Much like anthropologists, missionaries go and live with various peoples. But missionaries are motivated by love instead of by a scientific quest for knowledge, best described as "publish or perish."

In 1998, I spent a week with 450 Maquiritare and Sanema Indians who live in the tiny village of Chajurana in the Venezuelan rain forest. A 90-minute flight in a Cessna 206 from Puerto Ayacucho on the Venezuela-Colombia border took me to a machete-manicured airstrip that is a mere 500 meters long. The remoteness of the location is hard to comprehend. There are no roads here. Without the Cessna, the trip would take two weeks by canoe along dangerous rivers filled with crocodiles, piranhas, and anacondas.

During my stay, I lived with the Clint Vernoy family in their thatched-roof hut. The Vernoys are Baptist missionaries and invited guests in this part of the world. They have earned the right to live among the Maquiritare. Consequently, they are able to minister to their Indian neighbors in a variety of ways -- by providing medicine, food, and other sundries, which the Maquiritare use for bartering.

The Vernoys' presence also provides a reason for Mission Aviation Fellowship to land its two single-engine Cessnas on the village's airstrip on a regular basis. These planes bring supplies to the Vernoys and provide a window to the outside world for the Indians in Chajurana. Most importantly, the Vernoys provide a Gospel witness among their Indian hosts.

I asked Clint what the Indians say to those who would accuse him of interfering in their culture.

"The secular anthropologists want the Indians to stay the way they are," he told me. "But the Indians themselves have often told me that they do not want others telling them how to live and that they must not change or become modern. The Maquiritare want to experience progress. They want to be able to determine their own destiny."

The Vernoys would be the first to admit they are living among the Maquiritare to effect a change in their culture, an honesty that is lacking among their academic counterparts.

"The secular anthropologists come here and try to tell the Indians how to live. Then they get on a plane and go home to the comforts of Western civilization. We are gaining the right to be heard because we live among them," Clint said.

This approach is certainly a far cry from the actions described in "Darkness in El Dorado," and is a refreshing change in a world where the weak are still exploited by the powerful in most Third World countries.


Gregory Rummo is a business executive who belongs to Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Paterson, where he also serves as choir director. You may e-mail him at GregoryJRummo@aol.com

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Who said it? ( quiz part 1)

“If the United States were to attack Iran, the only country ruled by God, we would counter-attack in Latin America and even inside the United States itself. We have the means and we know how to go about it. We will sabotage the transportation of oil from Latin America to the US. You have been warned”.

Who do you think made this statement?


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I'm not surprised!

Venezuela, South Africa Considered Among Most Dangerous Nations

Is there any area within a kilometre of your home where you would be afraid to walk alone at night?


Yes

No

Venezuela

84%

16%

South Africa

80%

19%

Bolivia

71%

29%

Kenya

69%

31%

Ivory Coast

65%

35%

Brazil

64%

35%

Peru

61%

36%

Chile

61%

38%

Argentina

56%

43%

Nigeria

51%

46%

Mexico

50%

48%

Ethiopia

50%

50%

Uganda

49%

48%

Ghana

47%

51%

Senegal

47%

52%

Palestinian Ter.

44%

49%

Poland

43%

54%

Bulgaria

42%

54%

Pakistan

40%

57%

Morocco

40%

58%

Italy

37%

62%

Slovakia

36%

64%

Turkey

36%

60%

Japan

36%

61%

Czech Republic

35%

65%

Tanzania

35%

65%

Lebanon

32%

66%

Mali

31%

69%

South Korea

30%

66%

United States

30%

69%

Britain

30%

70%

Malaysia

29%

69%

France

29%

71%

Russia

27%

70%

Canada

25%

73%

Sweden

25%

74%

Spain

24%

74%

Israel

24%

70%

Bangladesh

23%

77%

Germany

23%

76%

Kuwait

21%

75%

China

21%

77%

Ukraine

20%

77%

Indonesia

19%

79%

India

19%

80%

Egypt

16%

82%

Jordan

8%

89%

Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project
Methodology: Interviews with 45,239 adults in 46 countries and the Palestinian Territories, conducted from Apr. 9 to May 23, 2007. Margins of error range from 2 per cent to 4 per cent.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Gotta blog... gotta blog...

Mingle2 - Houston Singles



According to this, my blog is violent for the use of the word corpse, (1x), dead body, (4x's) and MISSIONARY!!!!


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The family...across the years.

1985




1989



1994



2007

Mi Familia

Mis nietas!


Jackie y shishuca Abbie
usando kawadimaca Ye'kwana




El papa orgulloso!

IF

In the book 'if' by Amy Carmichael it says:




if I ask to be delivered from trial rather
than for deliverance out of it,
to the praise of His glory;
if I forget that the way of the cross
leads to the cross
and not to a bank of flowers;
if I regulate my life on these lines,
or even unconsciously my
thinking,
so that I am surprised when the
way is rough and think it
strange, though the word is,
"Think it not strange,"
"Count it all joy."
then I know nothing of Calvary love.

Friday, August 10, 2007

MK isms!

For those of you who do not know, MK stands for Missionary Kid. Also known as TCK's or Third Culture Kids. It isn't always easy growing up in another culture, a different culture than your parents. You are neither one culture nor the other, but a mixture of the two. This creates your own unique Third Culture.

TCK's enjoy spending time with each other. No matter from what part of the world they come from, they will have something in common with one another. It is even more pronounced among MK's, as they have their faith in common as well.

Last week we had 30 veteran missionaries families together. We had 30 teens and they had a great time. I enjoyed observing them and how they interacted. There were a few cultural mix ups, as is usual when you have so many kids from so many culture. We had families from;

Canada
Japan
Fiji islands
India
Tanzania
France
Ice Land
New Zealand
Spain
Brazil
Venezuela
Mexico
Puerto Rico

But, my two girls both had an MK moment this week as well.





Sunday Morning after church, we were waiting in the lobby to meet up with another missionary couple from St. Thomas. Jewel pointed to the ladies restroom and asked if she could use it. Clint and I stared at her and assured her she could certainly make use of the public restroom. She asked again,
" Are you sure it is ok if I use it?"
"Yes!' we both replied.
She said, "Well, it has a handicap sign!"
We realized she had thought that since you can not park in a handicap spot, perhaps you could not use a restroom that was marked as handicap accessible.

The question is, How did she get to the age of 17 and never know that?

Jayde had such a good time at the mission with all the fun activities they had arranged for the MK's last week, she had decided to leave a thank you poem for all of the directors. I knew nothing of this until the directors all came and said how much they appreciated her poem. One even had taken a photo.


Life can be so tricky,
for a missionary kid,
but you made it so fun,
During Enrichment Week, you did!


We missionary kids are sometimes
longing to be normal.
But no matter who we were,
how we dressed, casual or formal,


You made sure we all fit in,
You helped us give our all to Him,
now let's sit back, bow our heads,
and watch it all begin!


Ok, so its not perfect poetry, but she expresses a common MK feeling, the need to fit in.

Happy Birthday, Jewel!


You’re a jewel in His crown
A rare and precious gem
A daughter of The Most High King
Created to bring glory to Him.


You’re a jewel in His crown
A woman of excellence and worth
A priceless diamond in His court
Fashioned for His glory since birth.


You’re a jewel in His crown
Loved by the King beyond measure
A royal princess, a coheir with Christ
A beauty to behold and treasure.


You’re a jewel in His crown
A unique and distinctive stone
Purchased by the blood of Jesus
You belong to Him alone.


Oh, sweet sister of the Kingdom
In God’s work may you abound
You’re a blessing, an awesome woman of God

You’re a jewel in His crown. †


Crystal Godfrey
Thanks!
BAPTIST GIRL

Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Courageous Blogger Award


I am proud to have been given the Courageous Blogger Award by two of my favorite lady bloggers! Stray Thoughts and CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART.

The Courageous Blogger Award
For those bloggers who are battling or have battled with physical and mental illness, those who are survivors of abuse, poverty, or who have overcome other challenges in life. Those who serve in the military or work/volunteer in dangerous situations in order to provide a service or to help others. This award is for the strong, the brave, and the courageous.




Award Rules


1) If you have received an award simply choose either the dark or light background image and save it to your files, then post it proudly on your blog!

2) Pass the award on to five other people, you can choose any of the awards from the series, you do not have to pass out the exact award you received. Choose whichever of the awards below that you'd like to give out. You can give out one of each or five of the same one, whatever you prefer.

3) You can change the size and color of awards to suit your blog, that's up to you, it's your blog, just leave the titles the same.

4) Please link back to this post so that people can read these rules and so that the meanings of the awards will not be lost.

5) If you feel that you or a friend are deserving of an award and no one has given one to you yet then email me at sayhitochristy(at)hotmail.com and tell me about your website.


So now to pass it on to 5 others:

1) My sister, Pam ,at Midnight Musings. She has suffered from arthritis for many years but still manages to be an encouragement to others. Anita Lotta Help ( battles physical illness daily)

2) My friend, Beth, who lives in Venezuela. Venezuela4me She and her family will need much prayer in the coming days.( life in Venezuela is uncertain at best these days!)

3)My friend, Liz, is also in Venezuela. She will not be able to post this and for security reasons, I will not post her blog address. She has been through a lot and still has faith!! ( being Venezuelan, she has a difficult task ahead)

4) Michael ,in Israel, is an American who chose to immigrate to Israel. His stories of last summers war with Lebanon and placing his young daughters in the bomb shelter reveal the true dangers involved in the daily life of an Israeli.Oleh Musings

5) A dear friend I have gotten to know from her blog, MJ, who has had to overcome some pretty difficult circumstances at a very young age.Contagious Joy I am proud to know she will be the future "Auntie" to my grand children!
(survivor of many hard things I can not even imagine!)

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Why Would I Be stressed!?!?!



Last week, in one of the sessions held for the missionary wives, the subject matter presented dealt with stress and depression. Both are common symptoms of culture shock. All the women present had spent at lest 4 years overseas, so we had all experienced culture shock at some point. The often over looked problem is that culture shock and stress can lead to depression. It is almost a taboo among missionaries to admit to times of depression. We see ourselves as strong people serving the Lord and thus should never feel depressed.

That's not the way it works! We are only human and we will feel the stress and pressures we encounter in foreign lands. Often we are isolated from other Americans and surrounded by people who, quite literally, hate us and our country, as well as our God. If we are not prepared for this bombardment, we will become depressed. Then we feel guilty and that brings more depression!

The talking points I am listing below were all discussed in a session held by Dr. Mary Ray. Her husband is the President of BIMI, Dr. James Ray.

Questions Missionary Wives Often Ask

Why was I so excited to live overseas?

answer: Because you didn't know any better!

Will I ever feel normal again?

answer:No!

Will my kids be normal?
answer: Probably not. (but that can be a good thing!)

Will I ever understand these people?
answer: Of course, someday you will.

Why do I feel depressed?
answer: Because you ARE depressed!!!

Why am I so stressed?

answer: Why not?!

After the last question was open for discussion, she passed out a copy of one of our Missionary News letters from the summer of 2005 as an example of why a missionary might be stressed out. I will share bits and pieces with you here so that you might get a glimpse into our lives.

Vernoy Report
June/July 2005

* Due to opposition from the government towards mission groups in the jungle, we have had to go to Caracas to "lawyer up". While there we both came down with E-coli. After our short time in Caracas, still recovering from e-coli, we returned to the jungle to begin the preparations to fly 6 Indian missionaries from Chajurana to Wasarana for a week of preaching and teaching. They were to be joined later by ourselves and an American medical team. Due to four days of bad weather, we were unable to fly out the 2 barrels of aviation fuel we would need for the flights. Then, on the one good day of weather, the airport authority denied us permission to fly any fuel. That was then followed by two "surprise" inspections of the plane by the Army.

*We were finally able to get the permit and fly the fuel to Chajurana and continue with our plans; however, the medical group was held up at the airport and charged a "special" tax in order to bring in the donated medicines.

*When we were ready to fly the medical group from the town of Ciudad Bolivar out to the jungle, the airport would not sale us av gas, although we had the required permit. This meant we had to fly to Puerto Ordaz to obtain enough gas for the flights. They group finally did make it out to the jungle.

*The following day, a 6 day old baby was brought to Chajurana by canoe from another village. The baby was dying. The father had committed suicide the week before the baby's birth. Although the visiting doctor did all that was possible, the baby's only chance for survival was the hospital two hours away by plane. We immediately prepped the plane for departure. The pilot and another missionary loaded up with the mother and baby. Thirty minutes out, the baby began experiencing respiratory failure and after Nate tried several minutes of CPR, his heart stopped. At this point, the plane began to return to Chajurana, having to fly around an electrical storm.
The plane had to land before the storm reached us and before night fall, as we have no lights for the runway.They landed with only a few minutes to spare.

*The baby was pronounced DOA. The Ye'kwana fear the dead and are afraid to touch the corpse. A Christan indian, a deacon of the church, built the tiny coffin and prepared the baby's body for burial. The next day we flew them to their village, intending to bury the baby properly. I also hoped to share the gospel with the village chief who had been asking me many questions regarding Christianity and salvation. But... the plane's battery was dead. We had to jump start it using our generator's battery. The pilot , Nate and myself (Clint) experienced a few harrowing moments working inches away from the running propeller. This meant we could only deliver the mother and coffin but could not stay, as we could not turn off the plane. We then had to fly 2 hours away to get another battery for the plane.

*We did get the team to Wasarana to join the indians from the church already there. Another village, Cumashina, had walked and canoed for 2 days to be there as well. We were able to hold a 2 day Medical Clinic and show films and preach at night. The chief from Cumashina says no one has ever gone to their village to help them at all. He invited us back to not only hold a clinic but asked us to preach as well.

So... there is a week of our life in the jungle. I find it odd that people often ask me if I ever got bored in the jungle, not having electricity, TV or internet. Actually, I find those things boring. A poor substitute for real life adventure.

Monday, August 06, 2007

The Early Years

The Jungle Hut - a work in progress!
( This is year 2, I know because we have a water barrel!)



Things were not always easy at first! It took time and a lot of hard work to get the home livable for the family. When I look back, I wonder, "What was I thinking?" I am so glad we did not hesitate but went to the jungle and spent the best years of our lives there!

I am glad my children were raised in such a humble way, as it has made them into strong, confident, easily satisfied adults. I thank God for the priviledge to have lived with the Ye'kwana people and for His love for them. For never failing to watch over us for all those years. May I never take it for granted.


Jewel and friends in front of our house.
(Sitting on the jungle poles used to work on the house.)


Clint and Josh walking over to the Sanema village on the log bridge.



Visiting with my friends.




Ye'kwana Man and Baby Jesica.
( Jesica is now an orphan.)



Doing the laundry in the Padamo River at Toki.
( The Indian with me, Frida, died in a plane crash.
We raised her two children in our home for 7 years.)



Trying to do school work with an audience.
( The fish bowl lifestyle of a tribal missionary family.)




Taking a blood sample to check for malaria...again.




Entertaining friends.



Baby Jayde in our unfinished house.
(This was my kitchen for more than a year.)



People We Love

Lovely faces!


Josue and Wendi -Church deacon

Bertico - Cacique (chief)


Petra -First Christian convert in village


Pre school class



Freddie - my neighbor


Marta and Yassir Arafat ( I kid you not!)


School lunch break


Camilo


Petra. My angel!

Very Emotional Week Ahead

This week we are still here at the BIMI World Missions Center. We are working on preparing our presentation which we will use to share the story of our last 20 years in ministry in Venezuela and our plans for the new ministry in Paraguay.

This involves reviewing lots of old photos and video as well as doing interviews and recordings. It is hard for me to sit and look at all these memories as well as discuss the things that happened for 8 hours a day for a week. I get sad, angry, jubilant, sad again. It is emotionally draining for me.

But...it must be done! And my motto is:

Just Do It!



Sunday, August 05, 2007

Gone to Meet the Lord


This morning while driving to church,
BIMI missionaries, Rev. and Mrs. Bill Hewitt
were killed in an automobile accident.
Please pray for their family.