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Monday, January 29, 2007

Summer Opportunity

(above) The teen group after English lesson

The student center is in the beginning stages of developing a small team to travel to Budapest, Hungary June 25-July 10. The purpose of the team will be to assist WGM missionaries in hosting a family (ages 6 years-old and up) English camp.

Nathan and I have had the opportunity to lead two Asbury teams to Hungary for previous English Camps and can testify that this is one of the most exciting short-term missions experiences that we've ever been a part of. (I know, I just ended a sentence with a preposition -- but even if you didn't catch that, you are still qualified to be a member of this team!)

If this piques your interest, please stop by at the student center or give us a call and we'll tell you more about it.

Friday, January 26, 2007

This Sunday at Global Cafe` & other stuff at the center this weekend...

We've just come off of missions conference at Asbury this week! What a great week of messages from Dr. White! If God touched your heart in a special way for missions, you won't want to miss this Sunday's Global Cafe`. Kevin Zirkle will share about the country of Japan, a place where he and his family have invested their lives to share the hope and love of Jesus. Did you know that less than 1% of Japanese individuals call themselves Christians? Click here to view learn more about the need for men and women to invest their lives (like the Zirkles have done) to grow the Kingdom in Japan.

In other news:
  • the upper level lounge TV is STILL in the shop! We're so sorry! Especially as the cold winter temps are keeping us all indoors!
  • We're excited to have the Consecrated Class in the lower level tonight and the swim team in the upper level this evening!
  • we have room for 2 more men and 3 more women for next week's missions ski retreat! Contact us at the center if you want to come. It's only $70 for skiing (including ski rentals) AND an overnight stay at a hotel. It would cost you $70 for skiing alone if you went by yourself.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Here's where some of your gifts went!

Before Nathan and I headed to Albania to pick up Ellie, many of you showered us with gifts for the kiddos remaining behind in her orphanage. From the 3+ weeks we spent visiting Ellie, we know how sorely they needed the gifts you gave! While protocol required us to give the items to the orphanage director on the day we took custody of Ellie, we did manage to sneak a few toys in for her roommates. Sorry for the delay in reporting on this event in which you were such generous benefactors. See the photos below!
Here we are unloading the goodies y'all donated to the orphanage!
Olsi didn't know what to think of the "ribet-ing" frog!

We thought Matilda would benefit most from the teething ring since she had done a good job chewing up her crib rail...

Here's Xhemmi (like "Jimmy") with a stuffed bear from Shannon

Ermali didn't know what to think of the ruckus. I think his teething discomfort kept him pretty quiet that day!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Center's Newest Resident

(an advance copy of our adoption announcement)
You may have noticed that it's been a little quiet on the blog front! That has been for good reason. Thanksgiving weekend we flew to Albania to adopt our daughter, Ellie! While Nathan was able to come back to Kentucky for the last week of classes and finals week, I stayed in Albania through the duration of a 15-day waiting period after our adoption hearing, and then another 9 days while we waited to get Ellie's passport and travel visa. We got home on December 29 and have spent the last week catching up on mail, messages, and paperwork. We're anxious to introduce her to all of you when classes resume next week!