BIT 39 – May 25, 2010
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Well, we just started a sabbatical for the first time in years… we are staying in Idaho. We flew out here about two weeks ago. This is my first time visiting this state. A few days after we arrived, I played during the offertory at the Intermountain District Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene held inside of the College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho… It was a hit!
I also want to celebrate with a friend of mine who had a dream come true! She is Glenda, an English teacher in Costa Rica, who on the same day I played at the Intermountain District Assembly, was meeting with Princess Nora of Liechtenstein! She literally had a dream about getting to meet Princess Nora, and that dream came true for her. She was able to thank Princess Nora personally for the curriculum sent to Costa Rica on behalf of the people of Liechtenstein that she uses to help her kids learn English! I’m SOOOOO happy for her!
The following Sunday we also visited the Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene in Caldwell, Idaho as Rev. Philip McAlister the Field Director for NAZNEF (Nazarene Northern European Field) was speaking there. We met him two years ago at the Nazarene British Isles South District Holiday at the Barnabas Frontier Centre in England and had a good time getting to know him then. It was great to see him again! I ended up playing a special performance during the service, and we are arranging a concert in the park for sometime in August!
Incidentally, we had snow on May 22nd! It was quite a sight. As we were driving about 25 miles outside of Boise, Idaho, the rain abruptly turned to a heavy snow! It was almost like driving in a blizzard! The only thing that was missing was gusting wind, which thankfully, was missing.
The next day, my birthday, I played at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene in Meridian, Idaho. It was a nice service, and a fun “picnic”. They ended up moving it indoors as it was so inclement outside. Ironically, the picnic was to celebrate the beginning of summer, yet it was so cold and damp outside. It did finally clear up outside so everyone was able to go out and enjoy some games and fellowship.
I also am looking forward to exploring the mountains around us in the coming days and weeks! The mountains look so beautiful all around us, I can’t wait to enjoy them. My dad and I are thinking of doing some gold panning while we are here… sounds like fun even if we don’t find any. Well until next time…
Keep pickin’ & grinnin’…