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- At the airport in Entebbe
- With Sisters Community Church’s pastor Tim Kizziar
- On the road to Kampala: Boys sitting on top of a hundred live chickens
- African Sunrise
- With Moses and Godwin (from Kapchorwa)
- Overlooking the Bukwa (sometimes spelled “Bukwo”) city center
- Bukwa District sign in the Mt. Elgon mountains

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Here is the view from our drive to Bukwa when I was in Uganda.

Bukwa is an isolated region as there is only one road in that requires 4 x 4 and is washed out six months out of the year. It is where Antioch is planning to be involved in Uganda because it is one of the neediest places in the whole country economically, physically and spiritually.

Bukwa is on the Eastern most part of Uganda and borders Kenya. It is at the feet of the Mt. Elgon mountain range and is a spectacularly beautiful place.

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Happy Meal

Our youngest daughter, Sara, often gets the short end of the stick… so yesterday I took her out all by herself to get her first ever very own “Happy Meal” at Wendy’s.

She road in her big sisters car seat, drove in daddy’s car (something she kept reciting over and over as we drove down the road) and got to pick out her own food, arrange it on the table and not share it with anyone.

It was priceless :)


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Summit High

So the big news this last Sunday is that Antioch is moving from the Regal to Summit High.

There are a ton of reasons we are moving out of the Regal and we are pretty excited that such an amazing facility came through just when we needed it!!

On Sunday I conveyed that I dragged my heels more than anyone else on staff (since the theatre felt like my baby), but realized after a while that it isn’t a choice of which option is better… the truth is that the theatre is no longer an option.

Some of the pluses of the school are the theatre (it has over 600 seats so we can go back to 1 service again), the amount of space that we can use for children’s ministries (we were beginning to exceed our limit at the Children’s Museum), the commons area that will allow our church community ample time to hang around after the service and fellowship, the outside areas that can be used by the youth during the summer, the parking, the house lighting (people will actually be able to see their bibles now!!) and the cost — it is actually cheaper per week than the theatre!

It’s going to be a ton of work over the next month as we head towards a January 20th start date. The analogy I have is the initial start up when you are water skiing… you hold on for dear life and then once everything planes out it gets a lot easier :)

Here is a video that Kip worked up to help people get a glimpse of Summit.


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400 Posts

Just hit the “400 Post” mark on the blog… not bad!!

Blogging is a great tool for “digital discipleship” (even though lately it’s been more of a journal or communication tool than anything else).

Oh… and just so you don’t miss one of my favorite past topics, I will tag this one with “Kip” so that you can click on it and see all the wonderful past pictures of our Youth Pastor Extraordinaire!!! Make sure you scroll down until you see the “sombrero hat” — it’s my favorite!!

Speaking of Coffee

At Antioch we started serving Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, which is a fair trade humanitarian minded coffee company seeking to help the coffee growers of Rwanda.

We’re waiting for our next shipment and when it arrives you can get the coffee at the book table area.

Here is the video of Land of a Thousand Hills that we showed a few weeks back…

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Coffee Restaurants

One of the things I found interesting in Uganda was that they grow amazing coffee… but don’t drink it.

I had the hardest time getting our driver, Masandich Moses, to believe that we have entire “coffee restaurants” in the U.S. (Starbucks etc.) He thought I was trying to play a practical joke on him :)

Anyway, he’s supposed to give me a bag of coffee from his plot of land the next time I go back.

Here is a picture of the coffee plants (first time I’d ever seen them). They grow to full size in a year, but then slowly die over the next 3 -5 years and have to be pulled out so that fresh ones can be planted. Pretty interesting stuff…

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Here are some of my pictures from Uganda!!

I was lucky to be able to ride along on several different day trips to small villages and some IDP Camps (refugee camps for Internally Displaced People). It was good to see a lot of the country… and it was difficult to see how much poverty and strife exists.

The one thing that really struck me is how hopeless the situation is for so many people. What I mean is this… in America there are options (Oregon Health Plan, Disability, Unemployment, free school, school loans, business loans, 911, Urgent Health Care, clean water, trustworthy police, safe roads, paved roads, grocery stores etc. etc.)

In Uganda, by contrast, there is no way to esacape a bad situation. There is no way out. Living on subsistence farming just to eat one meal a day leaves you with no options to get ahead. Unless other people give a helping hand… there is no help.

I think of the 15 year old girl with her 1 year old strapped to her back who works all day picking passion fruit in the mountains to make $1 day (if she’s lucky).


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I was going to try and get some of my pictures online tonight, but I can barely keep my eyes open. I’m going to postpone it till tomorrow (even though I know I’ll be starying at the ceiling again come 3:00 in the morning… got to love that jet lag!!)

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I’m back…

I got in late last night and fell straight into bed. I’ve been staring at the ceiling, however, for the last five hours or so… Uganda is 11 hours ahead of Pacific Time, which means it’s 1 hour shy of the biggest jet lag you can get!!

All I can think of is going to Johnny Carino’s for Italian Food today… you have no idea how good that sounds to me :)

Anyway, I’ll try and recap the trip a little later today when I get my head screwed back on… it was pretty amazing!

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I’ve had my ipod on shuffle for the last couple of days. I haven’t heard some of my favorite songs in ages! It’s funny: for almost every cd I own there was a time when I never turned it off, but eventually they all get pigeonholed and relegated to “occasional listening.”

It’s fascinating the way music timestamps our lives.

Do Magic

This is my new motto: Do magic. I had to design a set for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for my scene design class, and on the day I was first trying to tell my teacher what I had in mind, I had a really difficult time putting it into words, because the design involved some complex lighting, and I had no idea how it could be done. After listening to me stumble over my words for a few minutes, he told me to simply tell him what I wanted to do. So, I started, “Well, if I could do magic…” When I was finished, he presented (without even hesitating) an easy, practical way of doing exactly what I wanted to do.

The moral is: turn the censor off. I’ve been reading this in every book, hearing it from every teacher, and seeing it in every class for the last year. In order to be creative, it’s absolutely necessary to shut off common sense, practicality, economics, convention, or whatever else might get in inspiration’s way.

For me, it’s my “internal editor.” When I’m writing, the left side of my brain wants to step in and say, “No, that’s not right. That won’t work. People won’t like that. That isn’t funny.” And the worst of all is: “That could be better.” That could be better gets me in all kinds of trouble, because I sit around obsessing about one or two little things and neglecting the big picture.

I have a friend who is a phenomenally gifted scene designer, but her censor is practicality. She sits at the drafting table thinking about materials and budget before she’s even begun drawing, and I’ve seen how it hinders her creativity…she allows practicality to stunt her ideas before they mature. Editing is a natural part of the process, but it comes after creation.

The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that shutting down the censor is a vital part of nearly every endeavor. It’s necessary for acting, singing, instrumental performance, writing, designing, directing, and dancing; and I imagine there are many other things that I’ve missed. Who likes watching inhibited dancers, self-conscious actors, or timid singers? It’s the performers that don’t hold anything back that thrill, terrify, inspire, and astonish us.

Furthermore, the idea of not holding back reverberates into everyday life a little bit, doesn’t it?


Lewis on Good Philosophy

I thought since Ken hasn’t been on this blog for more than a week that someone ought to quote C.S. Lewis. Some of you will remember his “Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.” Here it is with the rest of the paragraph (from “Learning in War-Time”)…

If all the world were Christian, it might not matter if all the world were uneducated. But, as it is, a cultural life will exist outside the church whether it exists inside or not. To be ignorant and simple now–not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground–would be to throw down our weapons, and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defence but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered. The cool intellect must work not only against the cool intellect on the other side, but against the muddy heathen mysticisms that deny intellect altogether. Most of all, perhaps, we need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present, to remind us that the basic assumptions have been quite different in different periods and much that seems certain to the uneducated is merely temporary fashion. A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village; the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and microphone of his own age.

There are two events happening in Bend this week that I like to think “Jack” would have applauded. The Apologetics Guild is meeting for a luncheon lecture on Wednesday, and we’ll have a meeting of the Antioch History Book Club on Thursday eve.

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Aww…sleep :)

Well, I’m rested and working on a longer post…since I won’t have a computer until Tuesday, I’ll talk to you then.

The Longest Day…

I’ve been awake for about FIFTY-TWO hours right now. Yep. I’ve been awake since noon on Wednesday, putting together my final project for scene design. I have never–never pulled two all-nighters in a row before.

I’ll be honest, it’s actually been a really fun two days. A few good friends of mine were also stuck in the scene design room all week, so even though it was a lot of stressful, tedious work, it was kind of a party. We ordered pizza, played hangman on the chalkboard, or hit 7-11 when we needed a break.

You know, every person I talk to says that this has been a really difficult term for them. It’s certainly been the most difficult college term I’ve ever had. I have friends who are having financial trouble, relational trouble, time trouble…the list goes on and on. I don’t know what was going on in the world for the last three months, but whatever it was, it was an epic struggle.

I’m a little tired, so I don’t really have the mental capacity to say anything meaningful about stress or dating or money or school or any other trials and tribulations, but just know, if I’d had some sleep, I would :)

Pearl Harbor Day

On this day, the 66th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, I can do no better than to link readers of this blog to a transcript of Chuck Colson’s daily radio broadcast, Breakpoint. This broadcast, titled “Forgiving our Enemies,” deals with the wonderful testimony of Jacob DeShazer, a POW in Japan. What you won’t learn by reading the transcript is that DeShazer was a Central Oregonian, having grown up in and around Madras.

Antioch Kids Web Site

Be sure to check out the new Antioch Kids’ web site. It’s amazing!

Saint Nicholas Day

As most of our friends know, Ken is Dutch.

Celebrating St. Nicholas Day is a tradition passed down from Ken’s family that we have carried on with our girls. The actual day is December 6th, but we have always celebrated it on the 5th. Not too sure why (honestly, I think Ken just got a little confused the first year we were married, but the date sort of stuck…so that’s when we celebrate. Fine with me. I’m not Dutch, so I think getting a present or two anytime before Christmas is pretty exciting).

So, anyhow, tonight the girls and I celebrated St. Nicholas Day with a couple close friends. It’s always a lot of fun with the excitement and energy that come from a 2, 4 and 6 year old at a gift exchange.

But tonight’s party was nothing like the real Dutch celebration. We were introduced to that earlier this week at the Dutch Club Saint Nicholas Party with Oma and Opa (Ken’s folks). That was an experience! Mary Joy and Esther were both frightened to death by the “Zwarte Piets” that came in passing out gifts. It was their first exposure to the real Dutch experience.

In case you don’t know much of the legend here’s something I pulled off the Internet:

Sinterklaas (Dutch name for St. Nicholas) arrives in the Netherlands by way of steamboat from Spain 2 weeks before his traditional birthday, December 6th, along with his helper, Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), who will help disperse the gifts and candy to all the good children. Sinterklaas, along with the zwarte piets, will go abroad at night and stride about the countryside wearing his red mantle, his mitre, and his golden crosier and sporting a long, white beard. Referring to his book that lists all the good and bad children, Sinterklaas will deliver presents to all the good children, but watch out if you’ve been bad!”

This story is reenacted every year in full costume as standard celebration protocol along with singing and lots of interesting food. The kids set out their wooden shoes–like we set out stockings, only they leave a carrot instead of milk and cookies–and then are left with a nice gift from Sinterklaas sometime in the night. (Come to think of it, that’s probably why we celebrate it on the 5th. We never really set out the shoes at our house, I just thought they made cute seasonal decorations. Can you tell I’m new to this Dutch thing?)

With Ken in Uganda for 9 more days it’s been good to keep the girls distracted with fun activities. We’ve gotten quite a bit of mileage out of the St. Nicholas celebrations, now we’ll focus on some fun Advent traditions and our count-down chain that keeps track of the days until Daddy gets home.

Today, we were fortunate enough to receive a phone call from Ken. With the time delay that occurs with international calls, five minutes wasn’t a lot of time to split between four girls. But, we were glad to hear his voice and get to tell him how much we love and miss him.

He said the trip has been really amazing so far. I can’t wait to see his pictures and hear all of the stories of his experience.


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