Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New and Improved Look!!! What do you think?


I feel spiritually poor a lot of times and this was a wake up call to me as well. In America we have been blessed in so many ways and yet many of us are poor...poor in the area that matters the most. True richness is found in Jesus Christ and in him alone!

This is a post from Without Wax blogging from India with Compassion.

"This morning before we left for a day of visiting Compassion projects I read this verse during my quiet time.

Revelation 3:17 “You say, “I am rich, and I have become wealthy and do not need anything. But you do not know that you are really miserable, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.”

Less than two hours later I met this young man at the Kestopur project here in India

As I heard him sing I felt God’s convicting spirit rush through my body. “Pete, who do you think you are? You think you’re here to simply write about poverty and child sponsorship, and you are, but there is more. I want to remind you that you’re the one poverty stricken. Pete, you’re spiritually poor.”

In the midst of everything I’ve been blessed with I’ve started to live with a delusional sense of self-sufficiency. Somehow, I’ve missed what this 7 year-old boy could fully grasp. This is the day. This is the day I should rejoice in Him.

Not because I’m rich.

Not because my relationships are going well.

Not because I’m enjoying a season of success.

Not because I have a secure job.

Because, this is the day. This day. With all of it’s potential troubles and unexpected crisis and interruptions is the day for me to be spiritually rich.

You and I can do a lot to change the lives of these kids (and I believe we should), but we could never replace the richness they’re finding in Christ. Just one more reason I’m such a fan of what Compassion and so many other great organizations are doing to take a bright light into a dark world.

Anyone else need a reminder that “This is the Day”?

Monday, April 27, 2009

So a few months ago we had dinner with Jeff and Abby and Ross and Erin and I am just now posting pics ....look at all those kids. We had a great time!!!! Thanks Abby for being so brave!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I am from Africa too

This is Eva saying that she is from Africa just like this dude!!!!! Also saying Hi to MR.SILAS

NEW BAGS AND A BROCHURE!!!!!!!! From now on when you receive your coffee they will be in this bag with this nifty brochure.....even though the bags are smaller they are still 1lb bags. We would LOVE it if you would get your churches involved in buying Gobena Coffee. Most churches serve coffee, why not serve coffee that helps orphans . We offer bulk discounts....


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

This is our social worker Jennifer, she helped bring two of our three kids home and has been a part of our lives since Isaac was six months old.....she is our social worker but has also became our friend....We Love You Jennifer....Thanks for all you did in the process of our adoptions.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

update on Gobena Coffee projects

This is an update of what is going on in Ziway, Ethiopia, by our friends that are working over there.....Gobena Coffee and Lifesong are partenering to help with the advancement of this project. We plan to take a vision trip in Sept. and then a work team once a year in the winter starting in 2010

This Ziway local church has a great vision. In faith they have stepped out
and begun building a much larger church building. As they receive funds
they continue construction. At this point in time, the cement block walls
are up and the steel trusses are in place. They have raised the money to
place the purloins on the trusses. After that is done they need to cover
the building with a metal roof.

Their priorities include pastor training and evangelism. Practically, they
are reaching out to the nearby Muslim village of Bochessa. Bochessa is only
accessible by crossing the Ziway River by rowboats operated by young boys
for a small fee. It is very difficult to get across the river to get to
Ziway for trading, to attend school, to grind grain, for medical care, etc.
There are repeated stories of people falling out of the boats and drowning
or at least losing some of their items which they are ferrying across the

There are also cases of hippos getting upset in the evening and attacking
the boats. It is a big hardship and very dangerous to get back and forth to
their village. To reach and evangelize the village of Bochessa, the local
Ziway Meserete Kristos Church (MKC) wants to build a bridge over the river.
This would have to be a bridge which is strong enough to carry truckloads of
cement blocks, rebar, or other building materials to facilitate future
development down the road.

Once the bridge is built, we hope to build schools, group homes for orphans,
a small clinic, and churches in the area of Bochessa.

We will be partnering with other U. S. organizations and individuals on
these other projects. We want to try to make it all look like a seamless
integrated project, providing many badly needed facilities and services to
the people of this area.

In summary, here is a list of projects we are preparing to undertake in the
Ziway area:

In the town of Ziway:

1) finish the construction of their church building

2) relocate and enlarge the school which they have already

3) implement a school feeding program

4) pastor training and teacher training

5) evangelism

In the village of Bochessa:

1) construction of the bridge over the Ziway River

2) group homes for orphans

3) a school going up through at least 10th grade

4) a small clinic

5) a church

6) evangelism and education.

As we mentioned, one of the first things that needs to be done is to build a
bridge over the Ziway River. I have attached some pictures showing the
river and one of the little rowboats used to ferry passengers and their
goods across the river. The river looks very wide in this picture; however,
once the original channel is dug out and cleared of the debris, the water
should fit back into that channel. We think the bridge may not actually
have to be more than 60 feet (20 meters) long. By the way, these rowboats
are the means by which we go back and forth across the river each time we

Your continued support in Gobena Coffee is helping to make this possible....Thank You!!!!! ! 100% of the profits are being used to help those in need.
A Looooong time ago a friend wanted to see our concrete counter tops......so friend here you go!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Look at my Little Dinker!!!!!

And Look at her Now!!!!!!

She has grown so much and has quit the little personality....we call her our little Eva Diva!
We Love you EVA!!!!!

I am currently reading this book...so far so good!

Have any of you read it.....if so what did you think?

What good books have you read lately?

Monday, April 13, 2009

This is part of the Good Friday Service at Buckhead church in ATL.  My friend Carlos is the creative arts pastor and does a GREAT job at what he does....check it out

Good Friday 2009 - Ending from buckheadchurch on Vimeo.
We went to the Creation Museum a few weeks ago and the boy's LOVED it.......They LOVE Dinosaurs!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Rise and Shine

I am a night owl that wants to be a morning person.....so how to make that work, i don't know?

Do you have any ideas?

What time do you go to bed and rise and shine?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

We went to Turkey Run on Sat. for a family hike.....it was a blast!!!! I LOVE walking in Gods nature....i used to go here when I was a kid, so it was fun to be able to have my kids experience it as well and they Loved it. Anyone want to join us next time?

Monday, April 6, 2009

 Some of you know that Gobena Coffee partnered with Lifesong for Orphans on  a project in Ethiopia....we are very excited about this and are planing a vision trip to Ethiopia in July. None of this would be possible without YOU the Gobena Coffee drinkers....Thank you for continued support in Gobena Coffee. Every time you buy Gobena you are a helping hand in the worlds orphan crisis.  Shortly you will be receiving a brochure with your coffee that will explain a few things and talk more about our projects...we would LOVE it if you would continue to spread the word about Gobena. Again 100% of the profits go directly to help orphans....100%!!!!

Thank you!!

Steve and I are going to the Orphan Summit this year. Gobena Coffee is serving the conference......so if you want to learn more about Orphan care and experience AWESOME coffee going to an AWESOME cause then come join us.  

Are You Going?

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Could anyone tell me the name of the first song in this video and where i could find it ?

Friday, April 3, 2009

"Your life is to be lived in such a way as to reflect Him, to show the world the character of God- His love, His peace, His mercy, His gentleness. You are to live for Him, to accomplish His will. To miss this purpose is to miss fulfillment. It is to have existed rather than to have lived." 

-Kay Arthur