Monday, August 30, 2010

Why We Do What We Do

We are a family who loves VeggieTales and we still enjoy watching them together and belting out the silly songs.  This last year I read the fantastic autobiography by creator Phil Vischer called "Me, Myself and Bob", and it was compelling reading - highly recommended.  His new material called "What's in the Bible" is excellent!!

Anyway, VeggieTales begins a number of DVDs with a small clip showing their own children, and then the banner comes across the screen to say "why we do what we do".  It's a quick visual to show that this young generation is the reason for their ministry.

What do WE do?  What brings us alive is to make the Bible both knowable and known.  Creating paths for understanding what God both was and is communicating through scripture is where our strengths lie.  Empowering believers to communicate what they have found in the Word is a joy.  Using a variety of expressions, it's all about knowning God and his character and his ways through the Bible, and then passing that on to others.

WHY do we do what we do?  Turn on the TV.  Look out the window.  Maybe just look at your own heart.  Life has its challenges for all of us and we have not been created to do this alone.

Hawaii video part 1

Below is a video Elisa put together about our time in Hawaii.  I think you will enjoy it.  Due to the length, it is in two parts.

Hawaii video part 2

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Back in the UK

It’s good to be home!

After a fortnight of catching up with friends in Colorado and then being whirlwind tourists in Los Angeles, we have finally landed (and feel awake at the right times) in the UK. It has been a fantastic transition of catching up with family and friends, and we are always overwhelmed by their kindness.

There is a lot to be said about not living out of a suitcase, having my own kitchen (albeit very small) with my own things in it, and all those familiar things and people around us. The unpacking process felt like a form of torture, and we have committed to being lighter travellers from now on!

A week in Brighton with Phil’s mum and sister and the Holland Road Baptist Church is nearly over and then it is back to Nuneaton for a good stretch (that is, all of us but Elisa who leaves mid-week for 5 days of camping at Soul Survivor down in Somerset). She and Jonathan will be reunited next week with their best-est friends in the world whom they have known nearly all their lives. We look forward to sweet reunions.

So the car has had its roadworthy checks (MOT), taxed and insured, the TV license is in place, the cupboards are about to be filled, and soon life could feel like normal (whatever that is!!).