Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mission ConneXion Northwest 2011

Yesterday, my 17 yo daughter, Alyssa, and I went to Mission ConneXion Northwest 2011 at Sunset Presbyterian Church in Portland.  We spent a whole day there attending workshops and visiting different mission exhibits.  We had a blessed time!

I attended the following workshops:
- Sharing the Good News in Word and Deed (presented by Andrew and Kevin Palau)
- Growing World Christians, Start Them Young (presented by Dorothea Lander)
- Reaching Unreached Peoples--the Beginning or End? (presented by Joe Murray and Larry Taylor)
- What Can You Do to Reach Unreached Peoples? (presented by Joe Murray and Larry Taylor). 

Alyssa attended the following workshops:
- Back to the Future: Following Paul in Tentmaking (presented by Kevin Williamson)
- Preparation for Mission (presented by Gerald Griffin)
- Utilizing Missionaries to Set Others Free (presented by George Verwer)
- Missions--Can It Change Your Life? (presented by Ryan Fast). 

There were so many wonderful mission organizations.  Some of our favorites were Frontiers, Gospel for Asia, International Students, Inc (ISI), Living Waters, New Tribes Mission, Operation Mobilization (OM), Voice of the Martyrs, and Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Our family takes the Great Commission seriously. It was delightful to mingle with people who shared our vision and passion :). Alyssa is considering going on a short-term mission with OM after she graduates from highschool homeschool this year. Let's take the Gospel to the nations!

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
"How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'" Romans 10:14-15

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Photo Hunt: Shadow

It's time for a weekly PhotoHunt hosted at This week's theme is Shadow.
Can you guess what my son was doing?............ 

He was about to shoot a mini-basketball into a mini-hoop that was hung on top of our French door. You can also see the shadow of books and the shadow of the lace valance.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Top Ten Highlights from 2010

We are so grateful for the Lord's blessings, love, grace, mercy, and faithfulness throughout the years.  I like to take a look back each year at what He had done for us, in us, and through us.  We're especially thankful for the Lord's healing on our 12 year old son.  There's a big difference in him between 2009 and 2010.

1. Our daughter, Alyssa (16 then), gave 2 wonderful speeches at our local speech/apologetics club.

2. I was the Grand Prize Winner for Focus on the Family's Celebrating Life Contest in February. I've won a trip for two to Colorado and lunch with Jim Daly, the President of Focus on the Family, but Focus on the Family has not given me the prize yet (Update as of Feb., 2011: FOTF is arranging an all expense paid trip for our whole family of 5 to visit Colorado in July! Praise God!). I also won a Rosetta Stone Giveaway (from Rosetta Stone via a blog).  We picked Mandarin Chinese.

3. I was one of the contributors (by the name, "LivingforGod") at Faithful Feet, an international Christian blog.

4. Alyssa (16 then) raised $1,670 for Pregnancy Resource Centers via Steps for Life (which she has participated in for over 11 years).  $1,670 was her highest amount so far :).

5. Alyssa (16 then) and our youngest son (8 then) made a video titled, "Trying to Forget."

6. Alyssa (17) launched Childlike Faith Publishing in November.  Currently, there are two ebooks for sale (see my blog's right sidebar for more information).

7. Alyssa (17) made another video titled, "Why I Believe God Exists."

8. Alyssa (17) won 3rd place at our local Bible Bee competition and qualified for the National Bible Bee Competition but decided not to travel to Illinois to compete due to the expenses.

9. Alyssa (17) won 1st place at the Homeschool Writer of the Year Competition.  It’s a competition to see which homeschool writer can enter the most contests on the contest chart from February 1st to November 30th.  She entered 67 contests within those 10 months.  Her prize was a William Wallace sword.
10. Alyssa (17) won $50 cash as the first runner-up in the local VFW's Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest and also won $25 at the district level.

In addition, Alyssa's writing has been accepted for publication by various online and print magazines.  Our youngest son (8 then) got an honorable mention in a coloring contest; he won 2 books.

We're looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us in 2011.  We hope and pray that we will bear much fruit for His glory in 2011.