Thursday, January 18, 2018

Rocky Mountain Tour Views

The youth of Nampa's The Rock dressed up in Mongolian costume.

The Snake River from 486 feet above in Twin Falls.

Hiking the mountains north of Nampa.  See hot springs below.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Immigrant and Sports Ministry in Asia

Another family in our Alliance talks about their ministry in Papua in this short video:

Winter Hiking

The Kittitas Valley outside Ellensburg looks different this time of year.  It was nice to get some air and exercise on Manastash ridge.


That's Mt. Stuart in the distance on this clear cold day.


God's creation is beautiful and gives perspective.

Contrast the mansion on the right above the valley with the town in the distance.  Jesus promises us a mansion in the sky, in our Father's house.  "In my Father's house are many mansions...I to to prepare a place for you." - John 14:2 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Christmas Story

Kids play with toys after opening presents at grandmas house 

Cleveland's Play-House Square Allen Theatre
We got tickets to A Christmas Story
for Christmas!
If you have seen the movie you'll understand these quotes
The best parts of the play were the parts that aren't in the movie.  Like Red Ryder's speech on what it means to be a cowboy, and American.  If you get the chance, go see it.
A few days before, on our way from the airport to Akron, we even saw the original house where the movie was filmed in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood.  There's a "major award" lamp in the window.

White Christmas in Ohio

The weather was pretty raining our first week in Ohio.  So our hopes for snow were not high.  Notice the warmth on compared to our other frequented places.


Then Christmas morning we woke up to white, if not deep, snow!
See Renee's new Ohio State Buckeye sweatshirt

Notice the family dog is excited too.

After opening presents Christmas morning with Uncle Aaron, Pop, Gram, and Aunt Kristin

Dinner for 21 at the Bisheimer table

 Cookie making maids and maiden or two.

Playing board games the day after with blankets since its now 12 degrees outside.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kittitas Valley Views

After Thanksgiving, we headed for the hills for a hike around the outskirts of Ellensburg.


The mild fall has been surprisingly moist, making green grass grow in late November.




The local hardware store hosted families for birdhouse making.  


Look for these in and under trees near you ;~)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

River of Life Greets Mongolian Alliance

"Sain Baina uu!"
Vote (in comments below) for which one is best in volume or pronunciation:
 Youth Group
 First Service
Second Service

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mid-America District Tour Views

Coming to Grand Junction, Colorado from Omaha and Lincoln churches, I stayed in the town of Mesa and woke to walks with deer and sweeping views.






Also, got to visit Fruita, CO.  One of the mountain-biking capitals of the west, we rode trails overlooking the Colorado River and its magnificent red rock canyons.  Some of the above shots are from the Colorado National Monument.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Cooperating with Christ

This morning I had a vision of believers being a bridge between working healthy 'haves' and the hurt, sick or homeless, 'have-nots'.  Such a three-standed cord 'is not quickly broken'.

Most societies, Mongolian included, have understand the need to help the poor.  Most materially secure people also have an understanding you can't just give people money and food irresponsibly, or you can make matters worse.  Taking too much responsibility for people can rob from them their own responsibility to care for themselves and loved ones.  The church can help with that.

Christian people have limited quantities of wealth to share with the massive needs or the world.  So partnering with entities that want to help can be a fruitful partnership.  Union Gospel, and other city missions are right to seek and accept contributions from both Christian and non-Christian sources.

In Mongolia, our efforts to help the poor have been fully supported by the Great Commission Fund of the C&MA, funded mostly by American Alliance people.  Very little buy in from the local Mongolian economy or society can severely limit effectiveness of charity.  I believe we are going to see much more fruit for the kingdom and measurable benefit to society if we seek, expect and see cooperation of the local people in helping their own people.  We don't need the local people's money or control that may accompany it.  But we do need their buy-in, relationship, and possible back-up.

Further, if we do our job well, with culturally appropriate local buy-in and back-up, our 'meaningful impactful presence' should result in trusting relationships with our more financially secure neighbors. Even if they choose not to partner with our efforts to help the poor, they will appreciate being asked and may understand more our purpose more for being there.  That will help them trust us more when we get a chance to help them understand the message of Christ 'to seek and save the lost'.