Wednesday, May 24, 2017

European Vacation

This time coming home from Mongolia, we had to visit Germany.  So we decided to see France, Switzerland and Austria while we were close.  Here are pictures from 10 days of that tour.  At the end is a picture of the purpose for our trip, a visit to Black Forest Academy...

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Goodbye Mongolia (for a year or so)

Dawaa and Baynaa came to say goodbye the day we left Darhan.

Josiah holds their daughter, 'Gentle Gift'

Zola came to see us off too and pray.

Date night at 'The Veranda' restuarant
Genhis Khan statue and Suxbaatar square behind us.

Brunch out at 'California' restaurant

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fun, Field Trip, Food

Kids had fun playing with their friends from UB who came for last FLT.
Josiah enjoys a last ride on his favorite swing.
Girls with their friends on a field trip to a local felt slipper factory.
Meal to celebrate 4 months of basketball outreach ministry.
Baggie and Dawaa split a rack of mutton, I believe it was, to celebrate success and say goodbye.
May God get the glory from seeds sown on the playing field of faith.

Long Shadow on KAMA Service

This gate sign threw a symbolic shadow toward a main ministry space for the past 15 years.
Dawaa at the helm as manager to drive the transition church-based services.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Good Friday and Easter Sunday

The girls floated their boat at the river on Good Friday.  

The kids hunt for eggs, some of which were in trees.
Johanna and Clara join a dance group of girls celebrating the resurrection at church.
Maggie enjoys fellowship following the service with some hot dairy beverage or Pepsi?
He is Risen!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Fun and Games

The International Workers Kids School in Darhan held its end of the year party on Friday.  Seeing all the schoolwork was followed by a meal and games like this one, and line dancing (not pictured).

Jeremy's friends at the Iron Factory of Darhan invited him to play in a tournament in town.  Teams came from UB and Erdenet, but we defended our home court and got the gold!

Josiah and his friends Jimmy and Mercy get a lesson in archery from "Uncle Ryan" at the children's park on Saturday.  
Letting them chase the arrows reminds of two old friends from long ago, David and Jonathan. 

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Mongolian Alliance Church Meetings

This last weekend in March new elections were held to reorganize and register our group of churches in the capital city under a new name.  Mongolian Mission Church Alliance, as it appears in the local language will continue the Christian services we have been providing in the past.

The hope is that the services we use to strengthen communities and society will also now be set up to strengthen member churches by serving local communities through faith.

We want to use long-term trust relationships to reach new people and communities.

There is excitement that changing the system and structure could help us bring more lasting fruit and glory for the kingdom of God. 

And overall more abundant blessings for the people and country of Mongolia.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Loving Ministry and Life

On my way to help teach kids about basketball and life today, I saw a lady walking with a cane.  It made me thankful to be healthy enough to run around the court and coach.  Today my own kids had a day off school, and so came to practice and played with the boys.  I don't have any pictures of that since I was out there with them.  Maggie and Lydia held their own with the guys.  I was proud of them for that and fighting through some understandable shyness. 

I love this game.  And I love serving on a team of coaches training and reaching a new generation of guys with true life. Here's a picture from the previous week:  Our colleague and local pastor friend came to teach on the topic of faith. 

Below is our church service from last Sunday.  Our Alliance National President was in town so preached the sermon. 

Josiah gets a good bit of time at home this year.  But he's starting to realize it will soon end with Kindergarten on the schedule for next year in America.  Here's where he goes to hide or get some alone time when he needs it.

On a recent visit to our friend's dairy farm, Josiah and his friends each rode a calf or three.

Even more fun than that was this big pile of dirt they played in for hours. 

Like the dirt he tracked into the car since it was all in his clothes, life like ministry can be messy.  It's nice to have days like these to reflect, and be thankful for all we have.  Getting a break from all the problems of life, love and ministry are all part of one organic gift I'm grateful for.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Good News

Not about Mongolia, but about the power of sports for good in the world - Basketball no less!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Earth Sun Iron Ice

This picture out our window struck me yesterday morn.
So I thought I'd share it.
 It says to me the promise of spring.
God sends sun to warm the earth, melt the ice, water the ground, grow the food, feed the workers, fire the furnaces, mine and melt the iron, providing for and protecting people.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Winter's Almost Over

This picture outside "Ruby Room" restaurant, was taken after eating there last month in UB. The burgers are probably the best I've ever ordered in Mongolia.

The really good news is that this winter is getting close to over.  You know you've been in Mongolia for a while when you're feeling hot and stuffy and check the thermometer and see it's still under 20 F.

Maggie Turns 15!

The day before was the last day of prayer retreat.

Party culminated in a new coat from Darhan's own sheep skin coat factory "Nekhii".