Thursday, December 16, 2010

~Cold fun~

Sorry that our blog has been "silent" for a few months. We are enjoying being in the USA, working on our house in Cinci, having a new baby in our family, getting ready for Christmas, playing in the snow, etc.
Here are 3 fun pictures of us having fun in the snow.
Here we are with our cousins Bryan and Darla who live just across the street from our house in Cinci. We have enjoyed getting to be with them on the days we go down to help Daddy on our house.
The snow man Sarah made.
Sarah and Noah playing out back of the house where we are staying.

Friday, July 30, 2010


Yesterday when I was in the kitchen we had an earthquake here in Colombia. I was making Noah a sandwich when I heard the refrigerator and what was inside rattling. We have had problems with mice and rats coming up from downstairs where they store grain, so I thought that I was hearing a rat. Then I heard Mommy say something about, "It's an earthquake." Mommy tells more about the earthquake on her blog here. - post by Sarah

When the earthquake happened I was standing up watching the china cabinet shake; I thought that it was neat. -- post by Noah

I was downtown half running trying to get somewhere by a deadline so I didn't feel anything. But I noticed a bunch of people gathered outside of a tall building with shouting and a lot of commotion. I crossed the street to pass on the other side, thinking that it was a fight or an arrest (common here downtown) and I didn't want to be caught in the "crossfire." Later I found out that the news said that downtown people were yelling and fleeing the buildings. It was a 5.4 in magnitude. Heather describes more on her post in Heather's Highlights. -- post by Phillip

Friday, July 23, 2010

From what we are reading along with family altar in the morning

Our children beg for me to continue reading in this book, Thirty-three Years A Live Wire. In the morning when we have family altar I often also read 2 or 3 pages from John T. Hatfield or another exciting holiness book. Tomorrow we should finish the last chapter. If you find a copy to read, your children will be impacted and you will be left unsatisfied with the norm if you have a hungering after God's holiness.

"This is one of the Historic places of the Civil War. It was one of the strong fortifications of the Confederate army. Some of the old cannons are still there yet and they are just as good as ever, but they have no explosives about them. They are not in war now. How many old church professors are like those old cannons, sitting around on the breastworks of an old battlefield telling about what they did fifty years ago, but nor they are powerless, and the devil is no more afraid of their old brass cannons than a yearling bull would be of a popgun. One little sleepy devil could lay in the belfry and keep charge over a whole church full of such fellows.
". . . I had read of these battles in my boyhood days, at the time when the fight was on. I was not a soldier then, but I am now, I am in the war against sin and the devil, and it takes more backbone, grit and grace in these days to stand straight for God and declare against sin, than to shoulder a musket and go to war. There are men living to-day who were in those battles and fought bravely, who are now members of church and make a profession of religion and yet they are so cowardly they are afraid to let their wives and children hear them pray."

-pp293-294, Thirty-three Years A Live Wire: Life Of John T. Hatfield, By Himself, God’s Revivalist Office, Cincinnati, Ohio, no date.
John T. Hatfield was born in 1851 in Charlottesville, IN and was a personal friend of Uncle Bud Robinson who said of him, “He is always full of juice and freshness and fire and glory. Brother John never runs a meeting by a program; he is as liable to call mourners at the opening of his service as to call them at the close of his service. He is one of the greatest puzzles to the devil that is now living; the devil never knows what he is going to do next; he is about as liable to preach in one end of the church as the other – no strings on that man! He is a cyclone of grace turned loose on the hills of the earth to do just as the blessed Holy Ghost suggest to him.”
- post by Phillip

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

From what we are reading at night to our children.

The second baby was a girl. They named her Bertha Viola. She was a beautiful child, a bundle of sunshine and the picture of sparkling health.

One night when Bertha was about three years old, she suddenly became desperately sick. She had laughed and jabbered and romped all day as usual. She and Jacob Leander had skipped and tumbled and played all over the yard, through the house, and on the porch steps. Through the open door Villie could hear them singing the dear little songs that they had learned in Sunday school. How beautifully their voices blended in heavenly childish chorus!

And now what could be wrong with little Bertha? One crumpled hand lay under her hot cheek, and her tangled blond curls hung over the pillow edge.

“Dannie,” whispered Villie, “I believe she’s very sick. See how she rolls her eyes up into her head. ….

The doctor came at midnight.

“I know you folks want to know the truth about this case,” he said after he had sat by the child’s bedside for fifteen minutes, “but as yet I’m puzzled. I’ll leave this medicine and come back tomorrow. It acts a little like brain fever, but I wouldn’t say yet.”

“Oh!” Villie’s hand went to her throat, and she tried to control her emotion and stifle the spasm of sudden fear that gathered around her heart.

“You and Dannie go on to bed and get your rest,” Mother said. “Jake and I will stay here and take care of Bertha.” ….

Not joy, not ease, not sunshine but trials and difficulties, heartaches and troubles make great experiences, and great experiences make great lives. To struggle and battle and rise above troubles and discouragements develops strength of character and courage for greater trials farther on. Out of kindness and tenderest love, God ordained it that we could not look ahead, not even for an hour. It’s a moment by moment life to live.

For three weeks little Bertha Viola lay unconscious, hanging between life and death. The doctor charged seventy-five cents for his daily calls. Dannie stayed as close to the house as possible, and Villie hugged Jacob Leander close in her arms and cried over his head.

The day came when Bertha Viola was well once more; so the family went to town on a shopping tour.

-- Dannie of Cedar Cliffs by Christmas Carol Kauffman, 1950 (an excellent and beautiful true story of Dannie Roth, 1865?-1950, and his dear wife Villie, a dear Christian couple and faithful laymen in the early Mennonite church.) We have been reading from this book many nights before praying and putting our children to bed. -post by Phillip

Sunday, July 18, 2010

*I LOVE coffee*

As you can already see I do love coffee. Here in Colombia people start drinking coffee when they are Elijah's age and I wish that the people in the USA did that because I love it. Now I don't drink a 4 gallon thing of ice coffee every day. I limit myself to about two times a week. Here is a little acrostic I wrote about coffee.

C =contentment

O =on occasion

F =fabulous

F =fantastic

E =enjoyment

E =extraordinary


post by Kimberly*

Sunday, July 11, 2010

*Kooking in the Kitchen with Kimberly*

"Blueberry Kiss"
1 cup fresh or frozen blue berries (thawed)
1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream
1 Tablespoon sugar or other sweetener, to taste
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup ice cubes
Throw all the ingredients into the blender and blend up good!! (from VITA MIX RECIPE book)

I've made this recipe at least two times. Mine is different though because we can't find blueberries here so we use a berry named agras. We think agras is black currant.

posted by Kimberly

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Advice to Christian Workers

All ministers should be revival ministers, and all preaching should be revival preaching; that is, it should be calculated to promote holiness. People say, “It is very well to have some men in the church who are revival preachers and who can go about and promote revivals, but then you much have others to indoctrinate the church.” Strange! Do they not know that a revival indoctrinates the church faster than anything else?
-- Charles G. Finney quoted by E. E. Shelhamer in Heart Talks to Ministers and Christian Workers, 3rd Edition, printed by God’s Bible School, pg. 107

Scouting trip into Argentina

After an all night flight I arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina on a Tuesday. What a huge metropolis -- around 13 million souls!

One site ranks Buenos Aires as the 10th most populated urban area in the world, another site at 15th. I didn't return home until a week later, so I had plenty of time to walk the streets, pray, and to try to learn about this mission field. I had the honor of sharing in one church and preaching in another on my only Sunday there. I was able to pass out tracts, witness, and make some good contacts. God let me meet a dear preacher and his family who are trying to plant a church in a poor neighborhood of Buenos Aires. They want to study in the classes that we have been offering to those here in Colombia and plan to offer in Argentina. I also made the three and a half hour trip into Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay. In both countries I saw a dearth of good churches and as far as I know there is an absence of any holiness churches who would be happy to identify with our preaching of heart holiness.

Sunday, June 6, 2010


The other day while at church I was playing my violin and I had to put my case in the middle of the floor. (this was after church) Well I looked down and Elijah was IN my case and broke it!!!! Jesus made him cute so that we wouldn't shoot him. Smile!! We do love him dearly. He keeps life exiting!!

post by Kimberly

Saturday, May 8, 2010

~For the Mothers in my Life~

"If I am Thy child, only God, it is because Thou gavest me such a mother." -Augustine

I bless God with a sincere and deep gratitude for the three holy mothers in my life. My first mother (Sherry Dickinson) bore me next to her heart for nine months and has continued to carry me in her heart with love, instruction, and prayer for these following 36 years; I am who I am due to God blessing my life with my mother. My second mother (Martha Bryan) has done the same in such an excellent way so as to replicate her noble self in the lady who is now my wife and mother of our children; I am a blessed man due to the mother of my wife. The third mother in my life (Heather Dickinson) is my wife and the mother of our children. I now sit here staring at the computer unable to find sufficient words to praise her enough. She is beyond precious and virtuous, and she excels my ability to laud her as she deserves; I and our children are filled with joy to belong to her life. "Thank you, God, for Heather!"

Regarding our three mothers: "Her children arise up, and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates." -Proverbs 31:28-31

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Discipline verses Salvation

A chairman, in representing one of his preachers, said, “He has not much salvation to offer, so he goes it heavy on discipline.” Is not that the real seat of the difficulty with preachers who have so much more zeal and success in getting people out of the church than they do to get them to unite with the church? They have not much salvation to offer. They can see the disease, but do not furnish a remedy. A person who has the toothache will not make up any more faces if you cut off his head. But is that the best way to treat him? To destroy a church is not the best way to promote its purity. Piety, prudence, and patience will go further towards getting people fitted for the kingdom of God, than will a furious zeal to turn them out of the church. Before you begin proceedings to turn members out of the church, read the chapter on Discipline in “Fishers of Men.” Above all, read Matt. 18:15-17. Then pray for them, until your heart is filled with deep, tender love for their souls. If proceeding against them, act just as you would if the person complained of was your own brother or son. Remember that the great object to be gained is the salvation of the soul.

- Minister Benjamin Titus Roberts (bishop of The Free Methodist Church) published in "THE FREE METHODIST" quoted in Pungent Truths

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Christian, choose your spouse well

If a believer marries an unbeliever, he has the devil for his father-in-law.
- anonymous


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Are you discouraged?

Unbelief concludes evil to be invincible and seeks to manage what it cannot destroy.

said Samuel Chadwick, pg. 25 of 25 Sunday Mornings, (London: Epworth Press, 1951) Thanks to Edgar Bryan.

I must stay filled with faith by obedience, sanctification, prayer, and looking to the promises. -pdd

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Who you are = your future.

God chose and anointed David to be the future king when he was yet young and yet a man after God's own heart. Children and young people must take care to remember that God is choosing their greatness and usefulness now and such will depend on their holiness now. We parents also must have a burden and consuming passion to lead our children into holiness so God can use them later in the greatest way possible. For the grandness of our usefulness tomorrow depends on who we are or how we are today. Or put another way... The greatness of who we are tomorrow depends on how holy we are today. Never limit God. -pdd

*Is that real?*

Ok so I know that it has been a VERY LONG time since we have posted but we have been busy. (I know what you are thinking "Uh huh, excuses,excuses." ;) I am sorry that we haven't posted for a while. But anyways...

When we went to buy flowers (see Mommy's blog) we bought some of these "mini pineapples" (as I call them; we don't really know their real names). Are you impressed with all the information that I know about these things? Smile. These tiny pineapples are not edible. They are grown here in Colombia. Isn't it cute?
Posted by Kimberly

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

~Christmas in March?~

Elijah and I in our matching jammies! Elijah's are getting too small for him, so we wanted to get one last picture of us together.

We are having fun having our Uncle Daryl and our cousin Natasha here with us. They brought us some yummy Cheerios (which we have yet to find for sale here in Colombia), 300 Dum-dum suckers (which we shared some with our 3 pastors so they can pass them out to the children in their church), a nice sticker book for Elijah and I, some stickers for Kimberly and Sarah, some goodies from Gram, (Some Easter goodies that we don't know about yet, Mommy has them hidden =), Mommy's maternity clothes, our Schoolwork for next year, and some scrapbooking things for Mommy, some prenatal vitamins and Barley green, and some books and CDs that Daddy had ordered. It was like Christmas in March. =D
Natasha is being a big help to Kimberly and Mommy. She is helping with laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of Elijah.
God is helping Uncle Daryl as he teaches the classes at our church here! We cannot believe that our week with them is already more than half over. They will be leaving us before we know it. =( But...we'll not think of their leaving, we'll enjoy them being here and make good memories to enjoy after they are gone!

posted by Noah (and Mommy=)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


"Fundays" (as Noah calls them) or Mondays are our family days. We either go somewhere or just stay home and have fun together. Here we are on one of our family days at a park that has a place to skate. (Mommy was walking around with Elijah for some exercise for her and baby)Sarah
Kimberly (or me)
The two prophets
And Wijah (he is our precious boy who is always getting into EVERYTHING so we call him Wijah like, "Why'd ya do that?")
:D *Posted by Kimberly*

Friday, March 12, 2010

Quotes from T.M. Anderson II

From chapter “A Manifestation Of God In Answer To Prayer” in Prayer Availeth Much.

“…When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” – Acts 4:31 [the whole chapter is alluded to]

“We cannot ignore the fact that we desperately need a startling manifestation of God to shake us out of our spiritual lethargy and selfish complacency. We cannot substitute a program for power and have the least semblance of hope that the unsaved will be attracted by it.”

“[They had not] the slightest intention of compromising the truth in order to have favor with men. They did not call a meeting of the official board to discuss ways and means of evading the fundamental issues involved. They did not take refuge in a stupifying pessimism saying that nothing could be done to remedy the situation confronting them. Neither did they deceive themselves by saying that things would work out satisfactorily to all parties concerned. There were willing to accept the conflict that challenged their faith and hope in God. They did the most natural thing in the sight of the Lord when they assembled together with one accord in prayer.”

“Unless the believers … today have their spiritual strength replenished repeatedly by the Spirit they will not be able to overcome the increasing power of spiritual wickedness threatening them today. The church cannot cope with the menacing threat of worldliness except the company of believers pray for power to meet the insidious threat.”

“It will require much prayer to prevail against the creeping paralysis resulting from meaningless programs and pointless plays promoted by the worldly-minded leaders in the church … in this day of formality and unbelief.”

“God did not answer their impassioned prayer in the hour of crisis by miraculously changing the attitude of the determined opposition. He did not remove the threat which endangered them, neither did He destroy the ring-leaders responsible for the persecution of the church. It is interesting to note that the company of believers did not ask the Lord to change the attitude of their enemies.”

“They accepted the fact that such persecution had been foreseen... ‘The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.’ – Acts 4:25 & Psalm 2 [Bold mine to show why Christians and politics don’t usually mix very easily. -pdd] The Lord would have us understand that suffering persecution for His sake is the price to be paid in the blood and tears for the unspeakable pleasure of serving Him in the holy way of life.”

“Our young people should be impressed with the fact that they cannot expect the Lord to change the attitude of their unsaved friends. When once the young converts discover this truth they will not find it difficult to overcome the hardships of life. Pastors find it difficult to get the young people established in the faith because they apparently believe that God should change their environment in answer to prayer. It is apparently difficult for them to understand that a change in their surroundings is not the solution of their spiritual problems. It is likewise true that a change in the moral conditions which environ the church today is not the solution of its spiritual problem.”

“The…believers found the solution of their problems when they lifted up their voice with one accord in prayer to God.”

“The embattled believers were praying with an unwavering faith when they said, “Lord, thou art God… It is remarkable how impotent and insignificant the feeble efforts of wicked men appear when we realize that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Ps. 46:1)

“When we fortify our faith … with the words, ‘Lord, thou art God,’ we can prevail in prayer and overcome the combined forces of evil which threaten us in these trying times. Almighty God will not abandon His eternal purpose because a few wicked men have lifted up their voices against Him.”

“It does not require moral courage to promote a program to entertain a group of nominal Christians. Neither does it require courage to give a book review, or speak on current events; but it does require boldness to press the claims of Christ on men, and command that they repent of their sins and yield themselves to Him.”

“It does not require spiritual fortitude to organize a campaign to raise money for the general interests of the church; but it does take much prayer and faithful preaching to precipitate a genuine revival of full salvation.”

“It is not unusual to hear some ministers say they are so burdened with the work of the church that they have very little time to spend in earnest prayer. The results of his neglect of prayer will be revealed by the poverty of his preaching. God’s servants should consider that nothing pertaining to the church of Christ is more important than waiting before the Lord in the secret place of prayer.”

“I am persuaded to believe that the professing Christians would see more miracles of healings performed by the hand of Jesus if they would spend more time in earnest prayer for the messengers of the Gospel.” -posted by Phillip

Sunday, March 7, 2010

~Kooking in the Kitchen with Kimberly~

These are the muffins that Mommy told you about the other day.

Jam Surprise Muffins
2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 cup milk
non-stick vegetable spray
1/2 cup your favorite jam

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Blend in butter using a fork until mixture is crumbly. Whisk together the egg and milk and then pour into the dry ingredients. Stir just until ingredients are moistened,about 25 strokes.
Batter will be lumpy. Fill sprayed and floured muffin cups or paper liners about 1/3 full. Spoon one tablespoon of jam on top of the batter and cover with enough batter to fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Q: What kind of jam wouldn't you eat?
A: A traffic jam!

(From Gooseberry Patch Kids in the Kichen) Gram gave us this cookbook so I hope she knows that we are enjoying it.

Post by Kimberly

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

~Having fun with teeth~

~I'm so glad that Jesus sent me a brother. We surely have a lot of fun playing together.
Elijah and I got "new teeth". So, here is a picture of my plastic teeth (or tooth =).~~And here's a picture of Elijah and his teeth. =)~
I hope you liked our pictures.
Posted by Noah!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sharing Savor with Sarah

Most of us like to help in the kitchen, especially when there's treats being made. We all quietly tip-toe into the kitchen to lick the pan or the spoon. For instance...

Here is a recipe that you might enjoy.

PB + J Milkshake

2 tablespoons of peanut butter
3 tablespoons of your favorite jelly
1/2 cup of milk
1 cup of vanilla ice cream

Stir the peanut butter and jelly together in a cereal bowl. Place milk and ice cream in a blender. Add peanut butter and jelly. Blend until smooth.

I hope Grandma and Gram make this! :)
Thanks for Sharing Savor with Sarah.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The things you see...

Bro. Don Moore gave me this pic of a truck hauling matreses in Tegucigalpa, Hondurus. We have seen similar things here, although usually we don't have our camera ready.
-post by Phillip

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Quotes from T.M. Anderson

From the chapter “Praying Without Doubting” in Prayer Availeth Much
…And shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. -Mark 11:23

Our Lord would have us see that we can possess the faith of God. He revealed this fact when He said, “…Have faith in God.”

Christ works according to His own faith, and His people enter into His faith and work with Him in accomplishing His purpose in redemption.

A man can plan for the happiness of a family before a child is born to gladden his heart. It is also true that a man’s family can enter into his faith and assist him to achieve his purpose in life. Surely it is possible for the redeemed family of Christ to enter into His faith and participate in His eternal purpose…

…The mountain is not removed by the efforts of man. Therefore we must conclude that the person speaking the words that remove the mountain has access to a power sufficient to remove the mountain and have it cast into the sea.

Let us assume that the mountain represents the mass of human misery caused by sin in this troubled earth.

Ponder Paul’s immortal challenge, ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’ –Rom. 8:31

When once we have a proper concept of God’s immutable purpose…, it will not be difficult to pray without a doubt. ‘…And shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass’ …let us underscore the words, ‘Shall come to pass.’

When Christ has fulfilled His eternal purpose in redemption, then the mountain of human misery and woe shall be removed from the earth. When we perceive this truth as revealed in the Scriptures , we can understand that every prayer offered without a doubt in our hearts shall surely be answered in full.

The things we say in prayer are powerless and meaningless unless we have Christ’s authority to say them. But if the things we say in our prayers are the things which He has said, then we can pray without a doubt in our hearts. -Post by Phillip

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

~Our first lessons back here in Colombia~

We had our first lessons back here in Colombia on Friday. We were glad to see our teacher and she was glad to see us, I think (I HOPE!) =) Here we are tuning our violins.
Joshua (our teacher's baby) and Elijah had fun playing in Elijah's little pool. They are cute aren't they?
Sarah and our teacher or "Maestra".
My piano lesson with our teacher. We are a little rusty (because if you know anything about traveling on deputation than you'd know that we had NO TIME AT ALL to practice) but God is helping us.
Have a super day in Jesus!
- Posted by Kimberly, sounds official doesn't it? =)

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Explaination For This Blog

Our family decided that it would be fun to have a family blog. So you should be hearing from each of us at different times. This will give the kids a chance to share with our friends and family once in a while. Heather and I will be posting at times as well. With all of us being so different, I imagine that it will be quite the potpourri -- hopefully a pleasant potpourri. See you later.
-Phillip for the family
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