Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Ten Best Things to Say at Work When You are Caught Sleeping at Your Desk

Okay. I don't usually post the stuff I get in my emails. Although a lot of it is nonsense, some is incredibly funny to me. This one made me laugh aloud. So thought I'd share. Adjusted here or there this just might work at school too.

Here goes the David Letterman style countdown:

10. "They told me at the Blood Bank this might happen."

9. "This is just a 15 minute power nap they raved about in the time management course you sent me to."

8. "Whew! Guess I left the top off the Whiteout. You probably got here just in time."

7. "I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new business strategy."

6. "I was testing my keyboard for drool resistance."

5. "I was doing a highly specific Yoga exercise to relieve work-related stress. Are you discriminatory toward people who practice Yoga?"

4. "Darn! Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out how to handle that big accounting problem."

3. "Did you ever notice sound coming out of these keyboards when you put your ear down real close?"

2. "Who put decaf in the wrong pot?"

And the NUMBER ONE best thing to say if you get caught sleeping at your desk:

1. Raise your head slowly and say, " Jesus name, Amen."

Monday, October 23, 2006

A Lizard's Tale

I figured that if I didn’t start posting, that everyone would think I’d died and gone to heaven. (I’m not nearly as far behind in my posting as a certain son of mine is, however.)

The summer was spent in the USA visiting some of our precious donors/supporters for ‘Cup. Some folks we’d never met eye-to-eye before and for others it had been a very, very long time since we’d visited “live.” Before we knew it, it was time to come back to Swaziland.

Since we have been back here, we have had many guest teams come and go. They have all been tremendously helpful to us. The Dr Beyda's medical clinic was outstanding—you can read about it in the blogs of the other ‘Cup missionaries.

One very short visit included none other than Chad Daniel. Those who know Chad, know he’s a tremendous speaker/preacher/missionary to the youth of the world. But he’s also a bit on the…well…weird side.

As we (the 'Cup Team and Chad's team) ate Sunday dinner at a really cool and quaint mountain inn buffet, sitting on the veranda, Chad suddenly caught a lizard. Not just one of those wee things that we are used to having hang out on our walls and eat mosquitoes. Nope. It was about 12-15 inches long, head to tip of tail. And it had a sharp bite.

Needless to say, Levi and Kayla were delighted.

And Charles was not to be left out of the melee.

Poor critter. After he showed his strength and fierceness, he gave up and played dead.

End of the story is that the critter lives, unharmed (unless he got rabies from hanging on Chad’s or Charles’ ear). Mr Lizard was set free after all the excitement. And now he lives on to tell his children and his children’s children about the crazy day he met Chad Daniel.

Check out the photos and put your own captions on. Never a dull moment when Chad and Charles are on the same block.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

So You Want to Come to Africa!

I keep getting questions from folks wanting to come to work with or visit Children’s Cup on the field. So I thought I’d give y’all a few guidelines to answer some and to stir up others.

For anyone who is seriously interested in being part of a missions trip to visit/work with Children's Cup projects, our policy is that you MUST work through your pastor.

Until your pastor can put together a trip that includes YOU, you can do some things to prepare yourself. Get busy doing something NOW.

Volunteer to do anything and everything. The yukky jobs and the happy ones. Even without being told, pick up after yourself and others in the row you sit in at church. Pick up the paper towels in the bathrooms. Wipe off the sink.

Be friendly with everyone. Shake hands with the newcomers and welcome them.

Act like Jesus.

Stay in the Word. Get to know God and His ways. Realize His love for the lost. Adopt that love for yourself, so you can truly care for others.

Teach yourself to be a servant. That's the beginning of missions work.

Then you will be ready to be a powerful tool God can use on the missionfield--and anywhere!

When the pastor feels you are ready, have him contact our office——for your next steps.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Pat's Pig Tails

I have SO much to blog about that I wasn't sure where to start. But this has to be the best.

Go Pat.

He endured hours of pain to accomplish this special look. The Swazi-Italian twist.

(Yikes. And I used to think sleeping on brush rollers was painful.)

Pat Conti has a huge heart for the people of Swaziland. He knows how to love them to Jesus.

So glad he's part of our 'Cup Team.