Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Speaking Schedule, Washington

  • Sunday, May 1, AM, Gig Harbor
  • Sunday, May 1, PM, Camas
  • Tuesday, May 3, 11 AM, Seattle Aurora
  • Tuesday, May 3, 7 PM, Port Orchard
  • Wednesday, May 4, Kent
  • Sunday, May 8, AM, Seattle Beacon Hill
  • Sunday, May 8, PM, Everett South

More Hawaii

If you haven't caught on, we really enjoyed our time in Hawaii.  Here's a little more about our time there.

Speaking at kid's camp.
On the first Tuesday we spoke at kid's camp.  We had a beautiful drive across the south part of Oahu to the camp, then had a very fun time speaking to the kids.  The highlight for them was when we dressed one of the young pastors in PNG clothes.  They didn't care that every item he was wearing was from a different region.

Waves on the North coast of Oahu
We went back via a different route along the north coast.  It was a windy day with a very high surf, so we stopped several times to take pictures of the spectacular waves.

Waikiki in the dark!   
The only time we could find to go to Waikiki Beach was late one afternoon.  By the time we got there it was dark.  Oh, well.  We had a great time walking along all the stores and the people in the area.  That's our hosts Al and Linda, along with Judy.

I'll try to do one more Hawaii post before moving on to CANADA!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Catchup. Not ketchup.

As promised, I'm going to try to catch up on our travels and deputation.

We took a route home that we've never tried before; from PNG to the Solomon Islands to Fiji to Hawaii.  We did 2 weeks of deputation in Hawaii before travelling on to Idaho and our family.

Scott and Olivia Dooley

The Dooleys took us to the airport.  This is Scott and Olivia.  We successfully avoided overweight charges, got checked in and away to Port Moresby without too much stress.  We spent the night in Pt. Moresby, staying at Mapang Missionary Home.  Early Sunday morning we left for the Solomon Islands.

Airport in Honiara, Solomon Islands
This is our only evidence that we were ever in the Solomons, and not very good evidence, since you probably can't read the sign.  We didn't go through Immigration (so we don't have stamp in our passports), just got off the plane, went through security, waited a few minutes then got back on the Air Niugini flight.

Singers in the Nadi (pronounced "nandi" if you care), Fiji, airport.

This is our only evidence of ever having been in Fiji.  We just went through as transit passengers, so still didn't get our passports stamped.  These young men were there in the airport playing and singing Fijian music for the people waiting in the line for the transfer desk.  After a while I guessed that they were singing Christian songs, based on the fact that some were to familiar hymn tunes.  As I sang along in English I made eye contact with the guitar player, who smiled.  When they finished, he came over, shook my hand and introduced himself.  He confirmed that they were, indeed, Christians, and were from a church there.  What a delightful break in the boredom of standing in line.

Judy with happy little kids at the Living Waters Church of the Nazarene

Even thought it was Sunday morning when we left PNG, we crossed the International Date Line, so it was Sunday morning again when we arrived in Hawaii.  Well, missionaries doing deputation can't waste a Sunday morning, so we got off the plane at 7:30 AM, and were speaking in a church at 12:00! 

This was in a delightful church plant called Living Waters Church of the Nazarene.  They meet at noon, because that's the only time they can get time in the school where they meet (apparently 6 or 7 church groups meet at this school).  They are effective in ministry and evangelism--a significant number in the church are homeless, and many are new believers.  The pastor is R.J. Strickland.  He and his wife were both music majors at NNU, and have a great ministry in teaching music lessons.  In fact, one of the requirements for being in the worship band is taking weekly lessons. 

We don't have any pictures of us speaking there, but we weren't too alert by then.  We were thankful to go to the house where we were staying and take a nap!

More about Hawaii soon!