Thursday, July 26, 2007

We're Here!

We've been in Bogota for 24 hours. Everyone is looking after us quite well and our schedule is looking very full. Will try and take a few pictures in the next days and post them for all to see. Today we ran a couple of medical errands with my health insurance in preparation for my check ups (MRI etc.) next week. It was great to see the city and realize how much we miss living here. Tonight we are off to visit the Bible Institute, tomorrow we'll visit with friends... Bill's speaking about 14 times at least while we are here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Packing ...

We're packing today... tomorrow we fly down to:
We'll be gone for three weeks... but we do have a couple of cat-sitters lined up!

Last Friday we had one last visit to the beach with our Colombian friends from Talbot... here's Bill and Julian boogie boarding!

Monday, July 16, 2007

The Spectators

Meanwhile, Sonja, Misha and I watched the boys racing around the track....

... but that got a little boring, so we played a couple of games of air hockey.

Afterwards we went out for a treat (see NZ ice cream post) ...
... but some of us needed a frappuccino too!

He tells me this was his very first Starbucks that he didn't have to share!?

Jon's Birthday Present

We took Jon to a go kart racetrack for his birthday (late gift... it was a couple of weeks ago!)
He and Bill raced each other (with a few other strangers)... overall Jon had the best lap times, but Bill managed to sneak ahead of him in time for the finish line!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Let me recommend...

... some New Zealand ice cream! We found this store in the city of Orange this afternoon, with genuine NZ ice cream. The most authentic NZ flavors you should try are: Hokey Pokey, Orange Chocolate Chip and Boysenberry.
We all had Orange Choc Chip, except Misha who had vanilla!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Hollywood Bowl

We went to hear the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform several classical Russian pieces last night. It ended with a fireworks display timed with the music.
Sonja, Dad, Mum, Bill, Noel (NZer on his way to Guatemala) & Jon.

Trivia: the Bowl seats 17, 376 people!

We arrived early... this section was full by the end of the evening!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

STEP 2007: Summer Fun Day

Summer Team Evangelism Partnership

We ended the ten-day outreach efforts with a day off for the team. We went down to Laguna Beach early Monday morning hoping to find breakfast and then spend the day swimming and snorkeling in the ocean. We had a hard time finding a breakfast spot we could all agree on, when the smell of bacon lured us to this delightful little restaurant overlooking the beach. I think everyone was happy in the end!

Then we met up with Paul K. and had a great time swimming, boogie boarding, snorkeling & tide pool exploring. There were several sunburnt bodies at the end of the day!

One of the men in the Spanish church has a brother who drives a Hummer Limo, so he arranged a free ride in the evening for all... a fun way to end a busy, challenging but rewarding outreach effort.

STEP 2007: Outreach

Summer Team Evangelism Partnership

We were trained by Tom to use the Open Air Sketchboards to present the gospel to the children:

We were trained in personal evangelism and how to reach out to children with God's love and truth:

We went out into two hispanic neighborhoods and held children's clubs that included games, songs, memory verses and a Bible story. Parents were also reached on a one-to-one basis as well as with a gospel message in Spanish at the end of each club:

Newport Mudflats Hike

Last Sunday after Jon, Sonja, Bill & I went for a hike in the Newport Bay area. It was interesting... you never really got the sense that you were totally away from civilization as it is located just south of the John Wayne airport, which is the main OC airport. There is actually a lot of wildlife there, we walked about a 2 mile stretch and saw lizards, bunnies, birds & fish. However we only saw a small percentage of the entire area.
Some of our group forgot that we were supposed to be hiking!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Green Thumb ?

After the semester ended I got inspired to try gardening again. I planted herbs, some potted plants and flowers. So far everything is thriving... here are a few pictures:

Back Porch

Front Flower Beds

Independence Day

Jorge & Monica, from Bogota, Colombia, spent a night with us on their way through L.A. to Australia. We spent the 4th of July with them driving around the Palo Verde Peninsula and then down to Seal Beach. We arrived at the Korean Freedom Bell around 11:00Am to discover they were having a 4th of July celebration. So we stayed and heard some speeches (in both languages), saw a flag folding ceremony (the words that go along with this are amazing, I'd never heard them before) and then heard the bell rung 14+ times.

Korean Bell Flag Folding
(You can read the words that accompany this ceremony here, scroll down past the folding instructions and you will find the words)

Jorge & Monica at Whale Watching Lookout Museum

Summer Team Evangelism Partnership 2007

Summer Team Evangelism Partnership

Our team leaders/initiators, my Dad & John Duckhorn (Wisconsin):

The team was composed of people from our local church in Westminster, the Knox family from Tulare, CA and the group from Wisconsin (Milwaukee area mainly):

The folks from Wisconsin (minus John & Dona):