Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Scarlet and Puppy

Well it has been a tough couple of days here for scarlet (the dog).  She went into labor Saturday night and the first puppy got stuck.  So, she worked and worked for we don’t know how many hours but by morning she was exhausted and she did not even have the first puppy pushed through.  To make a long story short, we worked with her the whole day but we had to call the vet because she was just too tired to deliver.  Out of 6 puppies only one was alive.  There are still more puppies in her and it is Monday night.  Too much time has passed so, we must take her for surgery to get the rest of them out tomorrow.  Poor Scarlet.  So much milk and so much work and only one puppy to show. 

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She made a nice home under the top of the car that was laying on the ground.   At one point we had to use it as the surgery table.  So was NOT so happy about that but we put her back in the hole she dug and put her roof back on.  It was good there was a roof because it rained today and they were cold. 

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Prayers for Scarlet and the puppy please. 

UPDATE!  Since I could not get this to post on Monday when I wrote it there is an update.  Scarlet delivered two more puppies on her own (well with some help here but not from surgery).  One, a girl, alive and one dead.  That was Monday night and Tuesday morning. 

Last night (Tuesday) she had another dead puppy.  Not sure if there is one more or not.  Scarlet is not looking so good now and she is not eating.  The 2 puppies seem to be doing well but we have to carry them to Scarlet because today she is not going to them.  What’s next????  Not sure….  One day at a time, one hour at a time, one moment at a time. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving and Birthday at COZV

In ALL things GIVE THANKS!!!  So in Namibia, they do not celebrate Thanksgiving as we do in the states.  But, thanksgiving should be every day so, it was another day at Zion and another day to be thankful.  God has been and continues to be GOOD!  We had many errands to accomplish that day.  So many that Lorna had to get the volunteer, Laura, to fill in for her at the school (since she usually teaches there on Tues and Thurs mornings). 

I know that you are all wondering what we had to eat.  Well, it was a nice meal of chicken (actually we could have bought a turkey but they were so expensive that we opted for the cheaper version – chicken), corn on the cob, potato wedges and garlic rolls.  We don’t have pumpkins yet in the garden but when we do, we will catch up on the pumpkin pie :)  We enjoyed dinner and the evening with our friends and volunteers from Australia and Laura from the states. 

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Travis celebrated his birthday in style on Friday.  I ask the ladies to sing a song because they just have beautiful voices.  Well, they gave him a CONCERT!  It was wonderful.  I made chocolate (of course) cupcakes and we all enjoyed them.  Then the children made cards and gave them to Travis later in the day. 

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Since it was Friday (our typical date night) we went out to dinner. He was celebrated there with the owner and her daughter and a big piece of carrot cake and a big candle. God Blessed Travis on his special day! Thank you all for the many greetings that came on facebook and email and even snail mail!!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Small ones present in church

Coming home from Camp:


If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.                2 Chronicles 7:14

Last week I wrote that we took the 8-12 year old children to a Christian camp for the weekend.  Well, today in our church at Zion, they presented what they learned.  It was awesome!  The scripture base is 2 Chronicles 7:14 above.  They all could had the scripture memorized and said it in front of everyone, one by one.

They also made bracelets with the colors on and described what each color means.  Gold is the road to heaven, black is sin, red is the blood of Christ, white is forgiveness from sin, blue is baptism, green is growing in faith.    They can all tell you what each one means. 

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They did a drama where there is a bench with a sign that says SIN, DO NOT TOUCH.  Well, the person touches it.  Then the witchdoctor comes along and says that she can free him but she too becomes stuck.  Then the strong man comes and says he can free them for he is powerful but he too becomes stuck.  Then the police man comes and says she can free them but she too becomes stuck and on and on.   It was not until the Christian came with her Bible to tell of the love of Christ that one became free.   Then that person went to tell the next and he became free.  Then that person went to tell another and she became free.  One by one they were all free because of the love and power of Jesus Christ, not by their own power. 

We cannot be free with our own power but only by the love of God can we be free.

 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

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We then had the pleasure of hearing them sing.  WOW!  Want a joyful noise unto the Lord! 

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A special thank you goes out to Mark, the missionary in Namibia and the team from Pennsylvania that led the camp!  Our children were blessed and we were blessed from them!  God is working BIG in Namibia!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Zion small children go to church camp.

There is a team here from Pennsylvania and they are working with a missionary that is living on the coast (yes far from us).  They have been traveling a bit through Katima and visiting villages and having fun spreading the word of God.  We met the missionary one evening and he told us about a camp they were going to be doing here in November.  Then on Thursday he called and ask if the team could visit on Friday afternoon. We were excited to have them.  They sang some songs with the children, put on a couple of skits, played a bit of volley ball and made some balloon art.  It was a wonderful time.

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They also put together a camp here in Katima Mulilo.  We had the opportunity to register our small ones ages 8-12.  That included 11 of our children.  So, last evening we dropped our children at camp for the weekend.  We are excited about how God will work through this team and minister to about 60 children total. 

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Since the 3 that are about 6 years old were a bit lonely and disappointed as their friends packed to go camping, we took them to town today.  They looked and things and wanted to buy most everything (even an umbrella because it is so hot) but they ended up with and enjoyable ice cream cone! 

Happy Anniversary to us as we celebrated ice cream with them.

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