Ladies Tea, July 6, 2012

On Friday, July 6, Karen hosted another ladies tea at our home. She has tried for the past couple years to have the summer tea outdoors, in our garden, but the weather has always interfered, forcing the party indoors. This year, it looked like the weather was going to cooperate, so she went all out to make the garden look good, and prepared some wonderful food that fit the weather (very hot), and surroundings (outdoors, under an umbrella, in a quiet garden setting). Unfortunately, the weather forecast changed, and rain threatened the garden party for the second half of the week. Even in the final minutes, while the ladies were mingling in the garden, rain drops were falling, so Karen set up our dining room for the food and tea part of the party. Instead of enjoying the garden, they had to eat in the dining room, but I think that the layout was as delightful and inviting as I’ve ever seen Karen set up. After the food time, the weather was stable enough, so they moved outside for the song and devotional time. The rain actually had some wonderful side benefits. First of all, the temperature dropped from 90 or more, to just under 80. Plus, the clouds kept the scorching sun at bay (The sun sets here now closer to nine PM, so the sun can still be overpowering at 8 PM). We had two guests, and one of them commented how much she felt at home, and comfortable, and not at all “up-tight”. Karen’s wonderful hospitality and the inviting environment seemed to really open up the ladies for God’s Word and for the Gospel. Overall, I call this tea a great success. You can find a few photos of the event here: Ladies Tea.

Special music

Today, Elizabeth and Katherine sang a special. Since Elizabeth will be leaving soon to go to the States to study, I decided to record the audio, as it will probably be the last opportunity to do so. While they are singing in Polish, I think you can guess what they are singing, as it is a well-known hymn. You may even hear folks in the background humming along with them. Enjoy.

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Long Distance Ministry

If you’ve been receiving our emails, you’ve read how I’ve been doing pulpit fill for a missionary near Warsaw. I’ve been doing this via the internet, using Skype and a couple web cameras. It’s been interesting to have not just our own congregation in the room, but another, virtual congregation on our computer. It may be hard to visualize, so today, after the service was over, I thought I’d take a photo or two to show how it looks. Here are a couple pictures. Somebody may notice that yes, our daughters are in the picture in Otwock. They spent the weekend with the Petersens in Otwock.

This weekend was also a big weekend for Clarissa. She entered the first grade this year. Because her Polish has not advanced like with our other children, and because she will be an “only child” here in a few years, we decided to send her to a Christian school. This weekend was the initiation or official acceptance of the first grade into the school. It is a big occasion, for the students. I created a photo page with a couple photos as well as a couple short videos. You can find the page here: Clarissa’s Initiation.

 

Summer ladies tea

A few weeks ago, we held our August ladies tea. The turnout was fantastic, considering it was the middle of the vacation season. We had one first-time guest, and a couple ladies who either have not been for a while, or who have only been once or twice before. Here’s a group photo.

photo of the participants of the Ladies tea, August 2011

group photo

Otwock Bible Club

Last week, our daughters helped missionary friends near Warsaw with a Bible club. While attendance was down a bit, due to cold and rainy weather (you got hot weather in the States? We got all your cold and rain!), and the lack of a second vehicle to pick children up, but our daughters were happy with how things went. Please pray for the children who heard the Gospel.

Here’s a photo from the club.

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