Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Emma in Chalreston/Georgetown

Last weekend, I got to go to Charleston. It was an adventure. The first day I got there there was a "spinny-thing" playground. One of my favorites was a spinny bench. You get on this blue thing, and somebody would push you, kinda like a merry go round, except it throws you off. I met the ground face first!

Then we went to look around in downtown Charleston. After we left we were trying to find our hotel. Gabby, mom's and dad's GPS, drove us in circles. Then I had a dream come true. We were stopped at the train tracks, and I got to see an entire train go by. Then we finally got to the hotel. Maggi and I got to swim for a few hours. We met a friend at the pool, her name was Reagan.

The next morning we went to Monk's Corner First Assembly. My best friend Ashley, Sam's sister, was there. We had a great time. Oh I forgot to tell you to look for MIKO. He is a chameleon, so he can blend in really well. I will give you a hint, he is green.

Then I went to Cypress Garden. I got in a little rolly thing, and my friends pushed me. I went around around and around. So then I got on a boat, and Ashley and I were alligator bait. I was nervous.

We went to Goergetown First Assembly, and I met two new friends, named Abby and Erin. They gave my some great artwork.

I fell asleep on the long drive home.

Maggi's weekend in the low country

This weekend we went to Monk's Corner, near Charleston, SC. We had been driving for quite a while, so when we arrived at pit stop number one, Charleston, we decided to take a walk around. When we were walking around, we found a little park.

We looked at it and it looked there was a bench, and monkey bars. And my mom said, "looks like this is it". So I went to go sit on the bench, when I sat down on it, it started spinning. Then Emma and my mom got on, so then we started pushing ourselves around. Then we went over to the monkey bars, beside it was something that looked like it would spin around. Then we discovered we could actually sit in it. So we had fun with that, because our dad pushed us around while we sat on it.

Next we went walking along the open market in downtown Charleston. We saw alot of cool things, like handmade sweet grass baskets, someone was actually making them. Then we went to our hotel and went swimming.

The next day we went to the First Assembly of God church in Monk's Corner. It was small but inspiring. My best friend Samantha came to the service. Then we went to Cypress Gardens and had a little picnic. This is where my mom and dad got in engaged.

Later that night we went to Georgetown First Assembly. We met some new friends named Erin and Abby.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Maggi's view of itineration

Hello this is Maggi.

My chameleon's name is Grace. My chameleon is colorful.
All the Pastor's have been kindly generous.

Something we do at every church we got to is to set up a table with things from the culture of Costa Rica. For example it has some coffe beans, a globe cup, a wooden placemate with exotic wood from Costa Rica, etc. Every church we go to I have something I say, part of it is. . . "when we got to Costa Rica, it is not just the culture we see, but that we get to tell people about Jesus."

One thing at alot of the churches we visit has a table in the front that says, "do this in remembrance of me".

I love that all the churches have wonderful praise and worship. Most churches are in wonderful locations too.

And so far itineration has been great.


Miko on the road

This is Emma! Hello.

My Chameleon's name is MIKO (he follows us on the road). See if you can find him in the pictures.

Last Sunday we went Grace Ministries. I had a blast. I even spoke a little bit of Spanish!

"El Senor es mi Pastor nada me faltara"
The Lord is My Shepard, I shall not want.

This was the first time we were able to show every one our board. It was beautiful. And some parts are even funny. I met a new friend, the Pastor Boan's grandaughter, Kelsy.

We stopped and had ice cream and then went to Dry Oak Assembly. My mom bought me a coloring book. At the Mission's dinner they had cute Valentine's balloons and yummy cake.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Life on the Road

The next phase, we call "itineration" has officially started. We have tried to make it an adventure for the girls, as much as we can. This is the part of the journey that takes us all across the state sharing our heart and vision. It is the fundraising part. We are including the girls in our service, and letting them participate any way that they desire. It is such a blessing watching them blossom, and grow.

What I haven't figured out yet, is how to let them find the time in their otherwise busy schedule to blog, so before we got to far behind, I will catch ya'll up.

The Assemblies of God, World Missions, has a department for the children called ISMK (the international Society of Missionary Kids). Their logo is a chameleon, as it can adapt to it's surroundings.

So we thought, one way to mark the itineration trail remarkable for the girls would be to document their stops, with a picture of their chameleon at the church we visited. The girls have their own chameleon, and have colored them and named them. I will let them update you on that later.

Our first service was in Orangeburg, South Carolina at Way of Life with Pastor Hester. The girls had a great time, and even got to be big helpers in the nursery.

We finished that night at Relevant Ministries with Pastor Ernie Cogdell (we forgot to take a picture, but are planning to visit Derrick and Vicky's again and get one in front of the cow!!) That night the girls got to enjoy playing with some old friends and some great food. Mom had a great time being loved on by old friends.

The next week they also made instant new friends with Pastor Bolding and his wife at Carpenter's Tabernacle in Greenville. The church was so sweet to the girls. They even noticed that Emma's birthday was that week, and blessed her with an offering, and not to leave big sister out, they blessed Maggi early. They left that church feeling so loved, and proud to be missionaries.

The next post will be from one of the Girls, I promise.

Thank you all for your encouragement and support through our journey!