Wednesday, October 29, 2008


It is  most urgent that all believers in the Risen Christ pray for our Country NOW!!!  There is so much at stake at this moment.  I am remembering Lot and Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot pled for God to not destroy the cities if he could find just one righteous person.  If you have read the book, you know he couldn't.  I am afraid that on Tuesday we may face the same sad judgement.  Perhaps our country will not suffer physical destruction like the cities of the Bible, but we will suffer major breakdown of our remaining freedoms and a rush to Socialism.  By looking at history one can see that Socialism has never worked and is not the friend of a Christian.  
We must all be on our knees before the Lord at this time.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

An Insightful post

Last Tuesday, my daughter Kris posted a very insightful post.  It would be fun if you were able to go read and comment.  Even you readers without a blog may find this one worth commenting on.

Monday, October 27, 2008

We are back in Kigoma

The drive to and from the camps was in and of itself an adventure.  Imagine the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland.  Now times that by 5.5 hours.  Factor in other cars, often traveling the opposite direction in your lane or you in the lane of the oncoming car, bus or truck because your lane is impassable.  This is the road that connects Kigoma with Mwanza to the Northeast and Dar es Salaam to the East.  Once you have factored in the other traffic, you have to add the people.  Everywhere you look on the road there is at least one person.  Walking or on a bike.  They also use bikes as taxis, so you will see a bike with one or two passengers sitting on the back.  Often with a baby strapped to their back or a small child on their lap. If it is a woman, she will have something balanced on her head also. We cannot forget the children.  In the dirt yards, standing alongside the road, in the road, or if they are lucky enough or old enough, on the way to school.  If they are not going to school, they will very likely have a hoe balanced on their (her) head and be heading to the field.  Often with a younger sibling tied to her back in in tow beside her.  The fields are often away from the home.  I saw a few in front of the homes, but not many.  Not only is the other traffic and the people a problem, but you are also dodging goats and chickens.  They seem to be almost as numerous as the people.  Makes one wonder why they are starving.  Occasionally, you will see small herds of the skinniest rangy cows being herded down the road.  I really want to get a picture of them before I leave.  They look like a cross between a Brahma, with the big hump on their shoulder and a Texas Longhorn.  With horns up to three feet long.  I certainly would not want to be near one if it were angry.  One herd I saw also had a half dozen sheep in the mix.  they do not seem to roam free like I see the goats.
This was all on the road to and from the camps.  I will have to gather all of my thoughts together before I write you about my feelings and experiences inside the camp.  Most likely once I return home. I will say though, that what I see inside is not much worse than what I see outside.
Once again, thanks for the prayers and encouragement.  I love all of you.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


We are preparing to leave for the camps.  It is 6 o'clock AM here.  We will have about a 6 hour drive across some pretty rough dirt roads.  I will not be allowed to take photos once I enter the camp so am hoping one of Msoshi's brothers will be able to take my camera for me and do it.  As usual prayer is needed during this trip.  We will be staying in some pretty primitive housing and thievery is pretty common. We should return to the Missionary compound by Monday afternoon. Bareing my soul and gut I am a bit SCARED.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Report from Africa

We will be leaving for the camps on Friday morning. It is a five hour drive to get there. Will stay until Monday when we will return to Kigoma for a couple of days then go on to another closer camp for a couple of days. The government is limiting the time we can spend with the refugees. We were able to get it extended a bit by a gentleman who lives here in Kigoma and must have a little pull. It did cost us about 10,000 shillings to get the extra permission though. I have been very comfortable up to now, but expect things to change for the next four or five days. The weather in Kigoma is a bit cooler than it was in Dar es Salaam. Yesterday evening at about 7 PM it was only 85 degrees inside the house.
Many of Msoshi and Rebeka's relatives have found their way to Kigoma to see them. I do not know how. I think it is a mystery.
All day and until I fall asleep at night I hear people talking. You can hear them down on the road in front of the house. It is actually about as far as Vista is from our house. There is constant talk and people walking. I also hear people in the surrounding area behind the bushes that surround the house. It is very interesting how the voices travel.
We are going to a church service this afternoon. It is in one of the African Churches and they have planned some type of welcome for us. In the evening we will go to another prayer meeting service that is primarily English speaking people. Mainly the Missionaries from around the area.
I am praying that my Malaria pills really do work because I am providing a feast for the bugs here.
Please tell Darla that I do not have her e-mail in my address book and that if she mails me at the verizon address I can include her in my letters.
Trish or Gina, if you want to post this for me on my webspace that would be fine, that way people will know what is happening. I have a few readers who do not read you who will want to know what is happening.
Gina, thanks for the commentary and fixing my post for me.
Love to everyone,
Ev, Evy, Mom, Gramma, etc

100 things about me

While Mom's away, those with her password will play! Mom asked me to get this to post today, and I just could not resist the urge to comment in the text!
1.I hate dirt!!! Dust Bunnies beware, I will get you!
2. There are three things you had better not dis to me. They are my GOD, my COUNTRY, and MY FAMILY.
3. I am the third eldest of 12 children.
4. I am left handed.
5. I have more freckles then anyone I have ever met.
Bree might have more.
6. I was a red head.
7. I was always jealous of people who had babies with red hair.
8. I had a favorite sister.
9. She had Downs Syndrome and went to heaven on Dec 31 1999.
She was not Y2K compatible.
10. She was 34 years old.
11. I lived in Alaska for almost eleven years and cried most of the first year.
12. I do not like Science Fiction movies.
13. I am not an animal person.
14 I will tolerate them, but not in my house
15 I would rather have a baby pee on my floor than a dog!
16. I like to knit.
17. I enjoy counted cross stitch.
18.I can only do it in the natural light now.
19.My eyes do not like working the small stitches in artificial light.
20. When Kris was sick, I was so terrified.
I was, too. Not so much for her, but for her boys who would be left behind.
21.I tried to bargain with God to not take her away from me.
22.I have tears in my eyes right now writing this.
23. Many years ago, a friend showed me the verse: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2Tim 1:7
24. I used this verse often when Kris was sick.
25. I am fearful.
26.Not for me.
27.I am always afraid God will take one of mine before I am ready to give them up.
28. My favorite Bible verse is Acts 16:31 And they said;"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
29 Just like a kid I want something back for anything I do. So if I Believe, He will reward me with the salvation of my whole house.
30. I just love commandments with a promise.
31. I prefer the King James version of the Bible.
I like New King James or New American Standard. I do not like NIV or Amplified.
32. I tend to smother people around me.
Uh huh.
33. Get used to it.
34. I have very definite opinions, and everyone is entitled to them even if they do not want them.
35. I have a pre-born baby boy, Jeffery Matthew, waiting in Heaven for me.
I wonder if he knows my baby. Is he Uncle Jeff in Heaven?
36. I thought I would grow up and be a Nun.
37. Boy am I glad I didn't:}
All 7 of us are kinda glad it didn't work out that way, too.
38. I do wish I had gone to college, though.
39. Wanted to be a teacher.
40. Now I would be an accountant.
41. Christmas is my favorite holiday.
42.Without Christmas, we cannot have Resurrection Sunday.
43. I cry easily.
44. I blush easily.
45. I care deeply.
46. My husband and I met when we were 15 years old.
47. Our first date was on my 16th birthday.
48. We got married when he was 19 and I was still 18 years old.
49. We have been married for 43 years.
50. I hate working outside of my home.
I'm not that fond of working inside of it, either...
51. Couldn't have been happier when I did not have to work any longer.
52. I am old enough for Social Security.
53. I love to drive.
54. I love to garden.
55. My favorite garden annual is a petunia.
56. I take my grands to Disneyland for their seventh birthday.
Or when they are tall enough to ride the rides, whichever comes last.
57.Really it is for me.
We know.
58.They are just the props.
59. I dream of being able to go to Ireland.
60. I wanted to bike all over Ireland.
61. Now I will settle for just seeing it no matter how.
62. I have a hard time saying NO.
63. Because of that I often feel used.
64. My drink of choice is Coke. Real Coke
65. I force myself to drink Coke Zero
66. I used to teach sewing.
67. I had my own business sewing children's custom orders.
68. I messed one order up very bad. Still feel bad about it.
Musta' been stupendously bad for you to still feel bad after 20 years.
69. I want a little red Miata.
Me too. But thenI would have to hire a chauffer to drive the mom-mobile. Actually, that sounds really good.
70. If I could move anyplace, it would be somewhere very warm.
Sounds good. Lets go. But warm, not hot.
71. I hate to be cold.
I hate to be hot.
72. I have only one son.
73. So I have a favorite Daughter in Law.
She's our favorite sister in law, too.
74. I have five daughters.
75. Can't have any favorite Sons in Law.
76. I used to smoke. YUK!!!!! What was I thinking????
77. I am a very messy painter.
78. I need to paint almost every room of my house.
79. I started painting it last Spring.
80. Will get back to it this Winter.
81. If Stan does not do it while I am gone.
No need to worry on that one.
82. I hope he doesn't.
83. I do not like his color choices.
84. I want to learn how to spin yarn.
85. I have a spinning wheel.
86. I do not know how to use it.
87. I have several balls of unspun yarn.
88. I have opossum fur from Australia that I want to spin.
I wish I would have known. I could have brought you another possum...
89. I have enough yarn that I could open a small yarn shop.
Don't kid yourself. It wouldn't be that small.
90. I love paper products.
91. If I have extra money in my pocket and see pretty paper, I will buy it.
At what point did I become my mother?
92. When I am old, I am going to start scrap booking.
93. I said when I am old. Not yet.
94. I like to cook.
95. I hate to clean up afterwards.
96. I do not like to make salad because of the mess.
97. I usually buy Salad in a bag.
98. I like to try new recipes.
99. My girls think I am crazy, but I pull out my stove and fridge every week to clean under them.
You're right, we do. Think you're crazy, I mean.
100a. If I die unexpectedly, I want everything to be clean.
100b. I never leave my home for an extended length of time without cleaning everything.
100c. I have a very dry sense of humor.
100d. I will be in Tanzania when this posts.
Um, mom, you had your numbers all messed up....

In light of all that I am seeing, this almost seems frivolous but I cannot change the world. I know that and we do need a little laughter and fun so I will go ahead with the post. Thanks to all of you who are praying for us, we truly appreciate it.
Am very anxious to share everything with you.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


We are in Dar Es Salaam. Arrived on Friday night. Tried one other time to post, but the internet was not working properly. I just want to tell you all that what I am seeing defies all imagination. That is without even being at the refugee camps yet. Am journaling everything, but cannot take time to enter it yet because I only have one hour and I need to send e-mails to family.
We appreciate all of your prayers and love each of you for the.
Are leaving Monday morning for Kigoma and will be there until November 7th.
Will try to post more later. C.W. If you have not seen it, I left you a note on your blog.
One thing that never dies is a grandma's love.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

More Birthdays.

Three of my sons in law have birthdays this month.

First is Joseph, on October 18. He is the husband of Kris and father to Brandyn and Andrew.

Joseph is a hunter and fisherman in his spare time. He hates to sit still and you will often find him puttering in his huge shop. He is always productive and always moving. If he is not hunting or in the garage, Joe will be studying. He is always expanding his knowledge.

Next, on October 22, is David's birthday. He is Angie's husband. Amanda, Shaylene and Olivia's father.

David and I used to work together. That is how he and Angie met. I say he is the only son in law I got to choose. Did a pretty good job too.

David sings and often leads worship at his church or the churches of some of his Pastor friends.

Finally, on October 30, is Sebastian. Sebastian is Gina's husband and the father of Jesse, Caleb, Elizabeth, Abigail, and Jonah.
Sebastian is a mountain climber. Like Joseph, he cannot sit still for a moment.
He is always on the move. If not working he is out in the wilderness, whitewater rafting, hiking or climbing some mountain.
God has blessed our family with three wonderful sons, husbands, or brothers. No matter what you call them, they are the Best.
All three of them are God fearing men who are dedicated to serving the Lord and leading their families in the way of the Lord.
Now boys don't you tell the others, but you know I love you the "most."
You are each my "favorite."

Happy Birthday to you, I love you each for the unique gift you bring to our family.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

My bags are packed, I'm ready to go

The Kitchen is clean.
The dining room is clean.
Family room is clean.
Laundry is done.

Floors mopped. Yes girls, I did pull out the fridge and stove.
Washer and dryer pulled out and cleaned under and behind.
The computer room is clean.
The sewing room is clean.
The craft closet is organized.

Grandson's room.
Adult Guest Room
Granddaughter's room.
The beds are made.
The toy closet organized.

The living room is clean.

The bathrooms are clean.
The car is clean.
The garage...oops.
Well, a girl just has so much time!

I can leave now. See you all in a month. Thanks for the good wishes and prayers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

This is the month for Birthdays

Today Olivia #3317 turns four.
Happy Birthday baby. Remember, you are Grandma's whole reason for waking up in the morning.
I love you the "most."

Saturday, October 11, 2008

New $1.00 bill

Have you seen it? It is the new bill issued just today.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Thought I would get into the action


Sometimes after as many years as we have been together, you can begin to feel like you are wearing the most comfortable old shoe you own. You know what I mean. He is just there and you know and expect him to be.
I have thought about My Husband Rocks for several weeks.
Of course in 43 years of marriage, there have been a few bumps in the road, ones that I need not elaborate on, the best news is that we worked all of the kinks out so far. God has blessed us in that we both understand that we are in this together and forever.
How does Stan rock?
He is not a demonstrative man, he is not into the outward showing of affection.
As a young woman, I always wished he was. He never reaches out and takes my hand, but if I take his, he does not let go.
He is my rock here on earth.
He comes home every night. Sober.
I have never had to wonder where he was at any time in our marriage.
He has always provided for his family to the very best of his ability.
He supports me in my endeavors. Currently he is behind me 100% in my trip to Africa.
He trusts me explicitly.
He is very quiet, and thoughtful. He never makes a statement without first thinking it through and knowing the consequences of what he says or does.
It took me many years to recognize it, but he is extremely sensitive.
He loves all of his children and grandchildren with a passion that is very hard for him to express.
He is tenacious. At close to 40 years of age, he went back to college to get his Chiropractic Degree. He never gave up, even when things were difficult in trying to still provide for his family and earn a degree.
He loves and trusts the Lord with all of his heart. Once he made that commitment, he has never looked back.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Must go visit

Therese again. She is determined to educate everyone in blogland, and I want to help her. You will not be sorry if you click on her name and see what she has posted today. Be sure to leave her a note of encouragement or whatever you believe. She can take it.

Another Happy Birthday

He is my 'Man", he is my "Hero. He is #6212

He has overcome many obstacles in his short 9 years. When I call him a hero he says to me, "Grandma, do not call me hero. I haven't done anything to be a hero, I wish someone would call me a man instead of a hero" So I present to you on his 9th birthday, my Man, Caleb Adrian.

And darling, you will always be Gramma's hero.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


if you are reading my blog today and you have concern for the direction of our Country, click here to view two videos that Therese @ has posted. Therese is a Catholic and the video is of a Catholic Priest speaking, but he is speaking to every Christian no matter the denomination. I pray everyone of you go and see and listen to what he has to say.

Monday, October 6, 2008

My Dear Friends

This is an e-mail I found while I was looking up some Bible Verses. A friend
had told me that things were pretty brutal in India. I am posting this because these people need prayer as they have never before had in their lives. I have posted this with the permission of Mr. Denig whose copyrite is shown below.
Just cannot post a Maxine when something of this magnitude needs our attention.

Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 8:46 AM
Subject: Urgent Prayer Request For YWAM (Youth With A Mission) Missionaries In India
This is is a request for prayer for YWAM missionaries and their churches in Orissa, India. The request came Mable Hurst, an associate of HCJB Global. Please read and make this a matter of urgent prayer.
Dear beloved sponsors and friends of Good News India.
We have never seen anything like this. We knew that Orissa was the most resistant and hostile State in India as far as the Gospel is concerned. And we brushed off the continuous threats and harassment we faced as we went about His work. But none of our staff imagined that they would see this kind of carnage.... And it seems to be totally under the radar of the Western Media ....
Let me explain.... A militant Hindu priest and 4 of his att endants, who were zealously going around the villages of Orissa and 'reconverting' people back to Hinduism, were gunned down by unknown assailants in Central Orissa last weekend. Immediately the Christians were blamed. The cry rose up..."Kill the Christians!" And the horror began.... In the past 4 days, we have first hand witness to hundreds of churches being blown up or burned and many, many dozens of Christian tribals have been slaughtered. For no other reason than they bear the name of Christ.
Night and day I have been in touch with our Good News India Directors spread across 14 Dream Centers in Orissa... they are right in the middle of all this chaos. In Tihidi, just after the police came to offer protection, a group of 70 blood-thirsty militants came to kill our staff and destroy the home. They were not allowed to get in, but they did a lot of damage to our Dream Center by throwing rocks and bricks and smashing our gate, etc. They have promised to come back and "finish the job." Our kids and staff are locked inside and have stayed that way with doors and windows shut for the past 3 days. It has been a time of desperately calling on the Lord in prayer.
More police have come to offer protection. In Kalahandi, the police and some local sympathizers got to our dream center and gave our staff and kids about 3 minutes notice to vacate. No one had time to even grab a change of clothes or any personal belonging. As they fled, the blood thirsty mob came to kill everyone in the building. We would have had a mass funeral there, but for His grace. In Phulbani, the mob came looking for Christian homes and missions. The local Hindu people, our neighbors turned them away by saying that there were no Christians in this area. So they left. We had favor. The same thing happened in Balasore.
All our dream centers are under lock down with the kids and staff huddled inside and police outside. The fanatics are circling outside waiting for a chance to kill. Others were not so fortunate. In a nearby Catholic orphanage, the mob allowed the kids to leave and locked up a Priest and a computer teacher in house and burned them to death. Many believers have been killed and hacked into pieces and left on the road.... even women and children. At another orphanage run by another organization, when this began, the Director and his wife jumped on their motorbike and simply fled, leaving all the children and staff behind. Every one of our GNI directors that I have spoken to said: "We stay with our kids.... we live together or die together, but we will never abandon what God has called us to do." More than 5000 Christian families have had their homes burned o r destroyed. They have fled into the jungles and are living in great fear waiting for the authorities to bring about peace. But so far, no peace is foreseen. This will continue for another 10 days.... supposedly the 14 day mourning period for the slain Hindu priest. Many more Christians will die and their houses destroyed. Many more churches will be smashed down. The Federal government is trying to restore order and perhaps things will calm down. We ask for your prayers. Only the Hand of God can calm this storm.
None of us knew the meaning of persecution. But now our kids and staff know what that means. So many of our kids coming from Hindu backgrounds are confused and totally bewildered at what is happening around them. So many of their guardians have fled into the jungles and are unable to come and get them during these trying times. Through all this, I am more deter mined than ever to continue with our goal: the transformation of a community by transforming its children. Orissa will be saved... that is our heart's cry. If we can take these thousands of throw-away children and help them to become disciples of Jesus, they will transform an entire region. It is a long term goal, but it is strategic thinking in terms of the Great Commission.
What can you do? First, please uphold all this in fervent prayer. Second, pass this e-mail on to as many friends as you can. We must get the word out and increase our prayer base for this is spiritual warfare at its most basic meaning. We are literally fighting the devil in order to live for His Kingdom. The next 10 days are crucial. We pray for peace and calm to pervade across Orissa.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please pass it on and help us to get as many people to partner with us on this cutting edge effort to fulfill His mandate: Go and make disciples of all nations.... Prayer works!
Blessings, Chip & Sandy Wanner Col 2:2 MBI Team Facilitators to YWAM frontlines
In seeking verification I discovered two web pages referencing the same subject. and
Home Page Bible Text Concordance Commentary Bible Illustrations Statement of Faith You Can Help
Copyright (C) 2008 Robert C Denig, All rights reserved. Email: This page updated 10/02/2008

I have this really cute

Dollhouse that my brother built for Libby and Abby, but Gina got tired of it in her house so I have it in my computer room.

A minute ago I heard Darius crying so I turned to see what was wrong. He was stuck on the stairs of the doll house. I took him off and set him down to play with something else, turned around and continued to read Julie's blog. Darius started crying again so I turned back around and this is what I saw.

The first time he had his jeans on. They must have been what was keeping him from negotiating the stairs because now they are lying on the floor and he is

Take him out, he climbs back in so gramma had to do this. Why didn't she think of this to begin with?

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Happy Birthday

To # 1419. Darius James is One Today!!!

You are the delight of Gramma's heart. I pray you will grow to represent your name in a very Godly manner.

Do not tell the others, but "I love you the MOST!!"


Friday, October 3, 2008

An E-mai I received .

I needed this today
No Admittance==============Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took the small boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked "NO ADMITTANCE." When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that her son was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and the spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the piano, innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano and whispered in the boy's ear,"Don't quit. Keep playing."Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right hand reached around the other side of the child and he added a running obbligato.Together, the old master and the young novice transferred a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience.The audience was mesmerized.
That's the way it is with God.What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren't exactly graceful flowing music.With the hand of God, our life's work truly can be beautiful. So the next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully and you can hear the voice of God whispering in your ear, "Don't quit. Keep playing."Feel His loving arms around you. Know that His strong hands are playing the concerto of your life.
Remember, God doesn't call the equipped; he equips the called.Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the reach of God's grace.
Don't Quit – Keep Playing

~Author Unknown~


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