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20 June 2007

Travels and Sightseeing

Trip Number 4...

Have you ever been out to Lancaster, Pennsylvania? Well, now I can say that I have!

Driving from Indianapolis, I picked up my friend Cheryl, and we headed to Pennsylvania to connect with It's A Wonderful Life group from a supporting church in Tennessee.

We had a wonderful chance for fellowship, touring and seeing the sights! Not to mention that we ended the tour with a lovely production of creation at the Sights and Sounds Theater.

This was a trip dropped in my lap, and gave me the opportunity to enjoy fellowship with some of the older gang from the church. We had a blast!

This is Theresa trying to kiss a cow!

All I got were these shots...

Travels and Babies

Trip Number 3...

My little sister is having a baby!

So I combined some presentations to include a trip to visit her in Oregon!

My sister Becca and I flew out over Memorial weekend, and then I stayed for 10 days to visit and help out. It was such a great time, and it makes up a bit for not being able to see the actual birth of my little nephew 'Untitled' Opazo. (That is what we're calling him until his Dad Hamlet actually gives the name at birth!)

We ate Oregonaian food (mostly organic stuff), walked the streets of Newberg, went to galleries, got coffee...
And set up my sister's photography for a display at the local coffee shop! Her photos were from their 3 years of service in Kuwait, and showed daily life as well as the colors and beauty of the world there.

We all dressed up in Kuwaiti garb and spent the night chatting with coffee drinkers about Kuwait!

What would a trip to Oregon be without a trip to the coast? It turns out that there are lots of little fun spots along the way too, like Otis Cafe for breakfast! Don't miss it if you get the chance to go out that way!

And one of my favorites after the coast was to get a real original Pronto Pup, which turns out to be the best corn dog I have ever eaten! And I don't even like hot dogs!
I was also thrilled to spend a bit of time with my old Taylor University buddy Marci. It is amazing how much time passes and yet we could still chat as if we were living in the dorms!

Travels and Starbucks

Trip Number 2...
The morning after the conference I took the train to Chicago to meet up with Yuri and Sergei and Natasha to translate for them with our fabulous sister church North Bridge.

The hustle and bustle of Chicago meant that we got very little time to relax, but spent the majority of our time with people - which we loved!

Chris (who interned with us this past fall in Russia) came to visit and hang out with us, which was great, and even brought me some fun Starbucks surprises!

Our next meeting with everyonw will hopefully be in Russia at Natisk Camp this August!

Travels and Pineapple

The month of May for me was full of traveling, fellowship and new experiences. I went straight from one trip returning late at night, to the next early morning trip - for about 4 weeks!

Trip Number 1...

My sister Becca joined me for International Teams annual conference where we spent a lot of time learning about leadership and enjoying the fellowship of missionaries from around the world.

Spending time with others learning about their mission fields was eye-opening and very encouraging.

Our Moscow team spent most of our time in meetings, but had to get some 'fun' in during the meals! It was wonderful to see how the gang rose to leadership and presented the ministry in Russia. Not to mention how well they play water polo!

Traveling around the country there was a lot of time for chatting and seeing things, plus the fun of packing luggage on TOP of the van daily! It was actually a rather good system, for even during the torrental downpours not too much got wet. Imagine that!

We also got to participate in a fun adventure at the end - zip-lining!