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Christmas celebrations

We've had a really nice Christmas. As you can see from my previous post, we've had some special meals. On the 23rd I made curry with all the toppings. After supper we made Christmas cookies and played Dutch Blitz.
On the 24th I made dough for dinner rolls and for sticky buns and I made a pie. For supper we had special finger foods after attending the Christmas Eve service at church. We ate supper while watching "It's a Wonderful Life". Christmas morning started with remembering the reason for Christmas. Next on the agenda was opening the gifts. I think everybody was pretty happy with their gifts! Daniel and Suzanne were especially happy with their new Sambas....special soccer shoes. The rest of the day was spent just chilling out, waiting for the turkey to cook. After eating we went over to our friends' house to play games and enjoy the evening with them.

If I haven't had a chance to tell you yet, Merry Christmas! God bless you in the coming ne…

Home-made Ravioli

About once a year, during one of the breaks when the kids are home from school, I make home-made ravioli. Why once a year? Well, it's not that complicated or difficult, but it takes a LONG time to make!

First you make the dough, which is simply water, eggs, flour, salt, and a little oil. After mixing these ingredients, you knead the dough for about 10 minutes and then let it rest for 30 minutes. While it is resting, you start working on the filling. I have always made the meat filling, but the spinach filling is also good. I know because I always order the home-made Spinach Ravioli at Le Pilier, my favorite restaurant in Niamey...and unarguably the best spinach ravioli in the world. Anyway, I digress. The filling is meat, onions, garlic (the more the better!), egg, salt, Parmesan cheese, and parsley.
By the time the meat is done, the dough has rested long enough. So, the next step is to cut the dough into six portions. One portion at a time, you roll the dough out into lo…

Christmas Outreach

Last weekend our church had a really neat outreach to our community. As the event was planned, we had no idea how many people would come. Preparing for the event took a lot of work by a lot of people and was covered with prayer.

As people arrived at the church they were greeted outside and welcomed to a bonfire. Then they entered the church. The foyer was a Candy Cane Room where the story about candy canes was told. You can see the full story here. Apparently this is just a made-up story and not the way the candy cane was created, it was a good way to present the gospel in a short amount of time. Also in this room people could have Christmas cookies and hot chocolate.

The next place people could go was in the sanctuary. There was an on-going concert in there and people could come and go as they liked. Of course, it was the little kids that stole the show. All the music was good and I think people found it relaxing to just sit for awhile and listen to Christmas music.

From the s…

A Trip to New York City

This past Saturday, John and I took the bus to New York City. On Saturdays Martz offers a good deal on tickets if you ride "the Shoppers' Special". Our bus was packed full and we were fortunate to get the front row seats. We made friends with the bus driver and we all had a great time teasing each other.

The Shoppers' Special drops people off near Rockefeller Center which was just a few blocks from where our friends from Niger were staying at the Vanderbilt YMCA. Peter, an Australian, had come to the USA, first to present a paper at the UN and then to travel on to Florida to present a seminar at the ECHO program. He brought a Nigerien co-worker with him. So, John and I walked down to the Y where we had arranged to meet them.

It was raining and quite cold. The first thing we did was to take subways down to Battery Park. The first thing you see as you enter Battery Park is this ....I don't know what to call of art? statue? monument? Anyway, it is …

Gifts for Those Who Have Everything

If you are like me, you have several people in your life who when asked what they want for Christmas, say either, "I don't need anything", "I don't want anything", or "I don't know". And chances are that someone is a man. Well, here is the perfect gift for them! It is guaranteed to please most men and it is useful too. Not only will it be a great calendar for the men in your life, the proceeds from the calendar will go to SIMAIR in Niger to help them buy another cost-efficient diesel airplane for their ministry of providing emergency transportation to missionaries in isolated areas. The calendars can be purchased on line from SIM USA. Just click on the words here: SIM USA Bookshop. That will take you directly to the web page for purchasing the calendar.

And don't we all love free gifts! I received this email from a friend and thought I'd pass along these free gift ideas (Author unknown):

1. The gift of LISTENING.
Try giving this t…