Monday, March 30, 2009
Today I have been really tired. We have had 3 of the children here today. This afternoon Deborah and I went to Chamblee. We checked on the new baby and Mom. Deborah helped with homework and I went up to visit and teach with the Bengali family. I am hoping to get some more work done and then off to bed.
What a long but wonderful weekend at the Atlanta Passion Play. The cast was told that we have probably never had a better opening weekend in the 33 years of the APP.
Yesterday was extra exciting with about 420 soldiers from Fort Benning attending the play. They recited the Soldier's Creed for everyone. Truett Cathy, Chick Fil A founder, was in attendance at the play and helped to get the soldiers to the play.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Last night was another dress rehearsal at the Atlanta Passion Play. It was Act II. I think things are going well. We have one more full dress with the orchestra tonight then the performances start Saturday. Saturday we actually have 2 shows so it is a long day. There is also a show Sunday and then next week. We slept about 30 extra minutes this morning. Yeah! we all need the rest.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Today a group of our missionaries with Whirlwind Missions and North American Mission Board met at Clarkston International Bible Church. Dr Geoff Hammond, President of North American Mission Board, was there to see the work going on in the Clarkston community. I was one of the missionaries who had the opportunity to meet him. Tim Cummins told him about the work going on here in Atlanta in the refugee and international community. Bennett Ekandem shared a testimony of the salvation of a Muslim family then Dr Hammond prayed for us and our work.
Tonight we were downtown at the Civic Center for the start of the Atlanta Passion Play. We all had the Act I dress rehearsal with costumes, makeup, and microphones. Traffic was pretty slow getting into downtown. It took us an hour. Practice went well though. We are all tired and ready for sleep.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I started working on my newsletter for this month. For some reason I was in brain freeze for most of the day but I finally have it all down and on paper with the pictures. Tomorrow I will do the printing. I am going to try and get over to Clarkston tomorrow afternoon to see the President of North American Mission Board. He will be there seeing our work with the refugees in that community. It is a big week with Atlanta Passion Play starting tomorrow afternoon until Sunday. I am off to bed early to try and get some much needed rest.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Leah and I went out to Chamblee to Azalea Place today. I needed to check on a new Mom and her baby. He will be 3 weeks old tomorrow. He is so cute! When I got there Mom was changing his diaper and her little sister was helping her. I held the baby and talked with them for almost an hour. Mom is feeling good and hoping that she can try and get a job soon. I told her to make sure that her Dr. gives her the okay at her Postpartum checkup before she does anything too quickly. We need to make sure she is healed.
Leah and I then headed across the complex to the other side.
We ran into Tim in the parking lot. He introduced me to a new partner Bayo from Nigeria. I also met Ian and Ruthie North. I have heard alot about them the last weeks and actually ate some cookies that Ruthie made for the Movie night last week but it was the 1st time I saw them in person. It never dawned on me until we were talking that Ian is David and Kathy North's(Missionaries in the Philippines) son and Ian and Dorothy North's(Ambassador's For Christ) grandson. What an amazing legacy he has. Of course Ian North was at First Baptist Atlanta for many years and I had the great honor to sit and listen to him preach often. My dad used to do the prayer letter for Ambassadors for Christ every month and went to many of the AFC retreats. It is a small world. Ian and Ruthie North are also partners working with North American Mission Board and fellow missionaries that I will be working with. It's funny I sent a message to David North just last week on face book. I never knew that I would be working with his kids this week.
Tim brought candy and we participated in a candy throw to the kids. They always love that. Leah and I then went on upstairs to do the English lesson at the Bengali apartment. The 2 ladies and I had a fairly short lesson today, but it was good to see them and keep on loving on them.
Friday, March 20, 2009
We went to Movie night in Clarkston with the kids at the mission tonight. We were suppose to help take the kids to FBA to see a movie but we realized the movie that was showing at church was more for adults. Bennett quickly made other plans. Some of the ladies made cupcakes, cookies, and popcorn, and we brought some DVD's. The kids voted and chose to watch Peter Pan. It was a great evening of fun!
The last 2 days have been rather busy. Wednesday we made a mad rush to church. I actually got there late, ate in a hurry, then went to set up my choir room. We were in the Gap 57 room tonight. It is a change for us since construction is about to begin in the area where we have been meeting. The kids were pretty hyped up. I told them we really only have 6 more practices until the spring choir program. We worked on some individual songs then moved into the big room with all the kids to work on hand motions. After children's choir I left Mark at church and headed out to get a few groceries and some office supplies. Leah and Deborah had their friend Ruth come home with them to spend the night. They were so excited.
Thursday we started out running with Spencer, Lianka, and Ondrej here. I had alot of prep to do for going to the mission. I spent about 3-4 hours (counting some interruptions) watching Tim Cummins Video Training Seminar, all 19 of them. They are all pretty short 5- 7 minutes each but I did all 19 while I was watching the kids. Learned some good missions stuff though. Thanks Tim for doing this for all of us! If your interested you too can catch the training at www.whirlwindmissions.org.
In the afternoon I flew by the bank, the chiropractor, and the store to get camera batteries, on the way to Clarkston for Choir. We had a good practice. Mark got there a little late. It is amazing to see the kids bonding with us week after week.
I can't wait until we can start Saturday choir too in just a few more weeks!