Monday, June 25, 2007

Some pictoral catch up

A couple of weeks ago, Josh, Sam and I got to go to a San Fransisco Giants game. Our first major league game compliments of our good friend Bob. We had a blast. They were playing the Toronto Blue Jays so Josh and Sam chose to cheer for the old country. I had to explain to those all around us that they were Canadian. One guy said, "If they're Canadian, then where's their beer!" I got a picture of what was important though...



This week, we got to take the group of kids we visit each week on Hatch Road out for a little field trip. Nine excited kids all held hand and piled in our van....



Several of them had recently had birthdays so Aaron made a cake and then it melted in the central valley sun...



And fun was had by all!



Also, something really cool has happened in the past couple of weeks on Fridays. It sorta happened by "accident". It was really hot so we took out a cooler of ice water to the 9th St. Motels. of course, everyone was appreciative but at the Shiva, people just kinda hung out. We were set up in the shade, we were drinking cold water and started playing games and just like that, the Cafe Shiva was born. We did it this last week to and had a great time...



And finally, today we took the kids with our home school group to Heifer Project International. This organization is awesome. The group raises money here to fund projects all around the world to help poor farmers get ahead by giving them animals. They give water buffalo, cows, chickens, goats, bees, etc. to help the poor get a chance for a sustainable life. Here's Splash, the water buffalo...



The farm is in Ceres and is really cool and you would do well to take a tour before they move the facility to the Bay area at the end of the year. Our Ceres farm will still be a HPI farm but just not open to the public. Also on the tour, all over the farm are sample houses of how the poor live around the world. Teams that come to work that farm, sleep in these houses to get a feel of how most of the world sleeps and works. I can't say enough about how impressed I was. And very heartening to find something that neat here in the valley...it's out there, we just gotta go looking for it. It did us much good to experience closeness to the earth and how much healthy good stuff can just come right up from the ground. God truly has provided for us. And his provision is all the way good.


8 comments:

Bringer of Smiles said...

they were so close. why couldnt they just be "HIP" and call it the heifer international project? boo.

ps, where's the beer?

Jennifer said...

Heifer International is awsome. so was Aaron's cake even though it experienced a melt down

Stuff I Like. said...

It was nice to see the pics from when we took the kids out to the park.

Also, I'd never noticed the benevolent alien spirits whose faces are manifested in the ceiling of our van before. Good ol' Yamblor. He'll never change!

willinpismo said...

Hey Chris...i'm glad your boys cheered for the jays....they actually are over .500...who would have thought. Talk to you later...peace

jenish said...

Oh I miss everyone so much. Arlee and Hatch Road kids will be always in my heart. Please tell Arlee and Hatch Road kids I said Hi when you see them. And can you give me the address for the New Hope church. I'll try to send some cards to the kids. We'll see if it gets there or not.

Mary said...

I miss Rhiannon----and she just left this am---can you send her back please?

Jimmy said...

...What are you doing to change the world?
Really.

willinpismo said...

hey chris...have you caught the sustar blogging bug. that being posting once every month or so...Hope your doing good. Just letting you know i miss what's happening in the lives of you modesto peeps.