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.

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

Welcome

Welcome to the new home of the Looking Glass, the online edition. Hopefully, we will be adding much more over the next few months.

What is “The Looking Glass”? Well, The Looking Glass is the name we have given our prayer letter since its very beginning back in 1993. The idea behind the title (besides the obvious pun) is that our prayer letter offers a glimpse into our life and ministry. We believe that when you know us and our work better, you will be better able to pray for us. Well, as the internet has come of age, we have embraced it as another opportunity to gaze into this “looking glass” of ours.

A SHORT HISTORY

Since we first came to Poland in 1997, we have been posting regular updates via email. Usually, it was just text, with an occasional a photo or two, but it turns out that sending photos through email is not always the best way. So, we created a home page, to post these images, as well as to share some information about us. Unfortunately, while it met a need, such a web page is difficult to maintain, and takes a lot of time and effort to keep current–things that are often in short supply. Needless to say, the web site is not the most up-to-date. Then along came “blogging” (a shortened form of the words “web logging”) which is kind of like a diary on a web page. It is all the rage right now. While I have no interest in “blogging” per se, I thought that this would be an ideal way to supplement our emails, as blogs are very low maintenance–you just write your text, and post it! The blogging software takes care of the rest. Adding photos is as simple as dropping an image on top of the text! And with some simple (and free!) tools, we can have a beautiful blog with almost no effort and only a few minutes’ worth of work. And when I say a few minutes, I mean a few minutes. I can create an entry, complete with photos, and have it “online” in less than 10 minutes! Instead of spending time fiddling with technical things, I can concentrate on the important things–giving you the information you need to help you as you pray for us.

Through the years, our blog has migrated. This is the third incarnation, but now, for the first time, it is published on our very own web site, and thus, has its very own address. Furthermore, with this change, we have broken our web site into two parts. This blog will concentrate more on writing about life and the ministry, and our main web site (The GlassHouse) will focus more on photos and video. We hope you will bookmark both of these, and even better, will be able to use the RSS feed to be automatically informed of updates to this site. If you would like help with this, feel free to leave a comment.

So, without further ado, we present the new Looking Glass, Online Edition.