Saturday, July 30, 2005

A New House Guest

Meet wëtä, our new house guest. Unfortunately for him, his stay wasn't too long. He kindly visited our home this evening as we were eating dinner. Ryan noticed him from across the room and calmly pointed him out to me. As I proceeded to move to the furthest point in the room AWAY from the wëtä, Ryan caught him with a cup and released him in the great outdoors, where he'll hopefully stay.
Funny because we were discussing the wëtä just last night over dinner with some friends. The wëtä can grow to the size of your hand and will bite if they feel they are in danger. Something to remember in case you come face to face with a wëtä, don't scream...they'll react and most likely fly into your mouth!! Gross!
I found this on the internet: "Weta is strictly a New Zealand name that derives from the Maori name of wetapunga that was given to the giant weta. Wetapunga translates roughly to "God of ugly things"." I can see why!!

A Walk to Remember

"Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever." Psalm 111:2&3
Yesterday Ryan and I took a few hours and went on an amazing hike through one of the forests surrounding Auckland. After about an hour in, we crossed a river and came upon a series of three waterfalls. It was unbelievable! We climbed as close to them as we could and ate lunch on a rock near the bottom of one fall. The beauty was so overwhelming...great are the works of the Lord! Glorious and majestic are his deeds!

cession music team

Ryan's first time leading Worship was this past Sunday. He did a great job! This is a picture of the week before when he was playing with the team. They have a great mix of musicians and vocalists, and there is a lot of talent flying around! I was so proud of how great Ryan did this past week. It's great to see him leading music again!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Pig Roast!

The above pic is Larry the pig (after shot). In the bottom pic, you see Netta and Greg uncovering whole fish wrapped in tin foil and kumura (sweet potato) and bannanas. The process is to dig a hole and light a fire till the rocks in the hole are real hot. Then out goes the fire and on go all the things to cook, covered then by wet leaves then wet cardboard, then burlap. Samoan-style! YUM!

Mission Trips!

It has been over a week since our beloved ISM Mission Team has left. We had a great time with them! It was great watching Ryan connect with them like he had as their youth pastor in the states.

We really enjoyed watching the life-change God did in so many of the students. One great time was at a church called Streams. It's a multi-cultural church, mainly Fijian, that meets at a school. Such a passionate group of people, speaking with an excitement and love for God while preaching as well as 1 to 1! Many of the students were touched during this service and re-dedicated their lives to God!

It was great to watch them begin to serve each other and dive deeper into their relationships with God during their time here.

We miss 'em, but we know they will be changing lives in Lowell!