Friday, March 16, 2012

Kids at Awana

I had fun sharing with the children at Calvary Church of Pacific Palisades, where I went to church as a child!

  Awana is a children's evangelism and discipleship program, and this month the kids are learning about missions.

We looked at where we were on the map, and I told them that the culture and way of life in America and in Mozambique is very different!

We learned about 4 differences - the first one was that Mozambican women wear capulanas.

And then I called on 4 volunteers...

The first one got to wear the Mozambican capulana. 

The second volunteer got to have a life-size baby doll wrapped around her back just like a Mozambican woman. 

The third one (and maybe the most difficult) tried to carry/balance a "load of laundry" (lots of towels) on his head.

Definitely a balancing act!

As the laundry on the head struggles...the fourth volunteer tries to balance a small basin that would usually be filled with some fruit or food to sell (but we put books inside, so as not to harm any fruit in the process :) 

A great expression from our fourth volunteer trying to keep that basin on his head.  

The capulana girls and the balancing boys did a great job, and we had a lot of fun!

I shared why I live in a far away place where people do things share the love of God in Jesus Christ. And I hope they remember something about God's cross-cultural love when they think of all the different crazy things they did at Awana :o)  

Friday, March 2, 2012


I've returned to California to share with some churches and a small group.

A.C.T.S. (A Church That Studies) in Santa Monica.

Rev. Joseph Metoyer, the pastor of A.C.T.S., bought his first wetsuit and bravely entered the ocean at sunrise on Easter morning back in the year 2000 to baptize me...thank you, Pastor Joe!

San Diego

Uncle Doug, Gwen, Aunt Michele, Kate, Aimee, Cody 

I look like I'm headed to the Arctic in this picture, but it was only San Diego. I must have gotten used to some of the African heat.

It was special to share with my Uncle and Aunt's small group from the Rock Church, which was my church when I lived in San Diego when God first called me to go to Africa! (see first blog post) 

Uncle Brian, Aimee, Aunt Val

I was also in San Diego to share at the Pacific Beach Praise Center. 

I so appreciate the prayer and support from my partners.