Nerf Gun Matters

Ben really likes nerf guns and there is a store here that sells the real nerf guns! So after saving his allowance for months, he recently purchased this cool looking gun!!!!
Let the nerf wars begin!!!!

Great Reads on Raising Boys


Wild Things by Stephen James and David Thomas

King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His Father
by Steve Farrar

Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson

Light From Lucas: Lessons in Faith From a Fragile Life
by Robert Vander Plaats

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson

Fathered by God: Learning What Your Dad Could Never Teach You by John Eldredge

How To Get Kids To Do What You Want by Bill Crawford, Ph.D.

Carrot Cakes

We enjoy making recipes from the Redwall Cookbook.
The other night we enjoyed "Brockhall Badger Carrot Cakes."

3/4 cup cooked and mashed potato
3 medium carrots, peeled and grated
1 medium onion, peeled and grated
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
3 eggs, beaten
salt and pepper, to taste
1 T vegetable oil

Mix potato, carrots, onion, breadcrumbs, parsley, eggs, salt and pepper together well.
Heat oil in frying pan and drop tablespoons of the batter into the pan. Cook until the undersides of the cakes are golden brown, turn them over and cook the other side, 3 - 4 minutes per side.
Transfer cooked cakes to a paper towel-lined plate and keep warm in oven. Continue with the remaining batter, adding oil to the pan as needed.
from "The RedWall Cookbook" page 32

Geeking Out in God's Kingdom

A message from Kurt.....

What I learned years ago while contemplating the call to missionary service is still true today - missions
desperately needs computer programmers. Computers and the
software that we write helps Bible translation get done faster.

I am currently involved in developing a suite of
web applications that allow missionaries throughout Asia to
collaborate in teams on special projects.
Missionaries are using our software for saving
documentation on best practices, storing meeting notes, doing project planning, uploading and downloading important
documents, collaboratively writing documentation on all sorts of topics in their field of interest, making decisions with other team members, and many other things.

I get geeked about software development. Ok, I realize that you just rolled your eyes and yawned ... my kids do the same thing. Just yesterday Ben asked me what I like about writing
computer programs. Apparently to him programming computers is only slightly more exciting than watching snails sleep.

"Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in
whose mind the LORD had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work." -- Exodus 36:2

I consider myself a craftsman for the Lord.
In my craft I do not work with silver or gold
or cloth - I work with computer languages,
network security protocols, and the ever
growing list of needs of the missionaries we
serve. Just like the craftsmen whom God called through
Moses, I believe that the Lord has given
me both the skill for the work and the
heart to "come to do the work".

Beth and I would like to thank all of you who are supporting us, both financially and prayerfully. You are partners with
us in building for God's kingdom. Thank you for helping to bring God's Word to the thousands of communities of people
who still do not yet have it.

Being Authentic

"The inner child is capable of a spontaneous breakthrough of
emotions, but the Pharisee within represses them.
This is not a question of being an emotional person or a subdued one.

The issue is, Do I express or repress my authentic feelings?

To open yourself to another person, to stop lying about your
loneliness, to stop lying about your fears and hurts,
to be open about your affection,
and to tell others how much they mean to you - this is the
triumph of the child over the Pharisee and the dynamic presence
of the Holy Spirit at work.

Brennan Manning