Sunday, December 31, 2006
Our bus will depart from CCO around 10pm ish tonight. We are all looking forward to this trip - and with anticipation awaiting worship with 22,000 other young Christians.
May you experience Christ as you enter the New Year!
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Imagine having a storage shed that matches your house... :)
This structure is parked at the BlockBuster on Rangeline, in Joplin.
Feel free to go take a look - you can contact the manufactorer/owner from there (info on the structure) or leave a comment on my blog!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
- Thomas Eakins 1897
I've always loved art and this painting fascinates me! These guys are operating on a boy’s leg… They are all wearing black suites, without surgical cloves (are you kidding me).
This is how they operated in the 1800’s – no wonder so many people died of infections…
At this hour efforts are being made to keep this masterpiece at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is for sale at the price of $68 million
If you find this interesting go read the 99% I did not tell you about Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic.
Friday, December 01, 2006
SNOW * SNEEU * SNOW * SNEEU
After a stormy day yesterday - we whoke up to a WHITE, Bright & Shiny earth - It is so beautiful outside. Martin and I went outside and as he was scraping the snow and ice from our car, I tried (without succes) to build a snowman...
I did however make my first snow angel!!! - This is True, for our country does not have ice storms or snow like this.
Rudi met the snow head on. It did not take her long to be covered in snow. Luckely she had an orange jacket on, so we would not lose her... It was so funny to see her out there totaly covered in snow.
I hope you have a great snowy December 1st!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Who introduced you to Christ? Does a person or perhaps a few people come to mind when you think about those who influenced you in this major life choice?
Recently our church did an evangelistic sermon series, and they encouraged the members of the church to sit down and write letters to the people who introduced them to Jesus Christ.
I want to share my letter with you –
Dear Miss Alice,
It was 1995, and you were an English teacher at my high school who passionately taught British English to the Afrikaner Boertjies. (I grew up in South Africa and English was my second language as an Afrikaner).
Your class was fun and interesting. You taught us more than just English. You had lived in Russia over the last few years and had so much to share…
You told me about your life in Russia and how you were searching for something to fill the void in you. I understood those emotions. You told me how you went searching one night in Moscow and miraculously found your friend’s apartment where she introduced you to your Savior. You told the story with so much passion and peace. I realized I wanted to have what you had – passion and peace for something or Someone that was true and right.
You knew I grew up in the church. You knew the church’s history and how apartheid had taught our generation lies since we were little. You knew that religion and racism went hand-in-hand in my school, in my community, and in many of your students’ homes. It could not have been easy for you to ask me about my feelings towards black people. I did not really know what to think myself… I do know I was confused during those early years after the ‘94 elections when the government went through major legislative changes...
Jesus changed your life in a God-forsaken country, and I remember thinking to myself how awesome it must have felt – the God of the universe sought you out and found you and made you His.
You spent time with me and answered all my questions.
One day you asked if I would be willing to give up my Winter Vacation (3 weeks in June) to go on an outreach (missions trip) to a remote area close to Johannesburg! I felt honored but scared. How could a white Afrikaner make a difference in a rural community? You told me that we are never too young to tell people about Jesus.
I attended LSA (Love Southern Africa) ‘95, and that outreach to Manarandt changed my life. I saw people being transformed because of my God. I would never be the same after those 3 weeks!
You showed me how to fast with focus and how to pray diligently for the lost 10/40 Window in Africa. You gave me a passion for the truth and a passion to find the people beneath their colored skin. You introduced me to our Lord and helped me discover my passion for missions.
I’m thankful you took time, Alice. I’m thankful you did not give up on my rebellious teenager mentality. I thank the Lord that in 1995 you came along and changed my life!
I’m forever thankful.
Your friend and student,
Draw Near to God
Think back to that person or those people who influenced you. Thank the Lord for their influence in your life, and write them a letter (even if they are no longer alive). Try to get it in their hands if possible.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
A few pictures from our baby sitting adventure! These boys were so fun and we had tons of fun!!!
Riley with Rudi while Finnley goes CRAZY!!!
Martin & Aiden - this was how they bonded the entire weekend due to Aidens' fear of Rudi!!!
Nick and Lauren Greenlee is an amazing couple that moved to Joplin from Kansas City!
Nick made Ski Line Chillie - and YES I ate the Chillie and loved it!
They are both really good musicians and love the Lord Passionately!
Friends are family we never knew!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
This is Rudi, hiding... she just know when she did something wrong!!!
It is simple amazing how fast puppies learn what is right and what is wrong! I think they learn faster than humans :)
Martin and I attended our first American Football game last night! It is a HUGE deal in our town, Webb City for our High School Cardinals are REALLY good! Some people (like Ryan) will stand in line for hours, to go see a game – determination pays!
We had lots of fun with Ken and Marsha Ansley! I can say that I know allot more about this game than ever before – thanks to you guys!
I could not help but miss RUGBY! Yes there are so many similarities, but then again, not so many! Go check out the video on YouTube and we’ll talk some more!
Why rugby is different
Rugby is a unique sport for many reasons not least because it is a game that can be played by all shapes and sizes of people.
The light and fast man (such as 79kg Breyton Paulse) or the big and slow man (such as the 120kg Willie Meyer) both play in the same Springbok team, doing their very different but equally important jobs.
In the same way there is a special place in the game for the very tall (the tallest South African international of all time was 2,05m) while the very small (the shortest was only 1,60m) can also thrive because of rugby's unique demands.
Rugby is also unique because of its very large number of rules - called Laws in rugby - that at first sight make it look a very complicated and confusing game.
It is also different because there are four different ways of scoring points - all with differing values - that require teams to think carefully about their tactics at different stages of the game.
Rugby is different because it has more players on the field at any one time than any other major sport with 30 players engaged in trying to secure possession of the ball for the full 80 minutes of each game.
It has phases of the game such as the scrummage and the lineout that make it unlike any other sport and require a variety of physiques unlike any other sport.
And rugby has specific Laws on how the ball may be moved and how players may be stopped that make it quite different from any of the other 'football' and handling sports with the exception of rugby league.
Monday, November 06, 2006
The last couple of days Martin & I had the privilege to baby sit Riley, Aiden & Finnley Scott! The parents are in Florida having a great time…
Well what can we say, Riley (almost 8) loves our Dog and wants to be her baby/dog sitter, I’m not sure if she will concur.
Aiden (3) HATES my Dog… I carried Aiden on my back on Sunday morning and got all 3 and myself to church on-time! I call that ‘SUPER NANNY’!
Finn is the greatest 1 year old. He is fun and loving, he waddles like a little ducky with unstable legs.
We are alive, your kids, are alive Mom and Dad and my dog is finally hiding under the coach!
Can’t wait to give them back, no really we are serious!
We love you guys!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
He might look like a grandpa, and he might be but I knew him as P.W. Botha, the iron-fisted former white South African president.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - P.W. Botha, South Africa’s last hard-line white president, died Tuesday (Oct 31, 06), the South African Press Association reported. He was 90.
SAPA quoted security staff at his home on the southern Cape coast as saying that he died at 8 p.m. “Botha died at home, peacefully,” Capt. Frikkie Lucas said.
P.W. Botha led the country through its worst racial violence and deepest international isolation. Read this at MSN
Monday, October 30, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I got a few eye brow raising quotes out of I WANT TO TALK TO MY TEEN about Movies, Music & More ~
70% of all shows and 77% of prime-time shows include some sexual content. These shows average 5 sexual scenes per hour (Kaiser Family Foundation 05).
7 out of 10 teens have a TV in their bedrooms
According to USA today & Polly Klaas Foundation
85% of teens use the internet
82% of teens check emails
52% of teens send instant messages (I think in South Africa this is more like 90%)
I’ll stop with this –
“Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth will speak!” Matt 12:34
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The Knysna Lagoon is one of the few places along the coast and in the world that supports a oyster hatchery. And the Knysna oysters are reputedly among the tastiest in the world.
Knysna's history began in the year 1804, the year that saw the arrival of George Rex, rumored to be the illegitimate son of King George lll. He purchased the estate known as Melkhoutkraal on the shores of the lagoon and moved his entire family and considerable entourage down to Knysna to settle.
If you want a first hand look at Knysna, you have to read Dalene Matthee’s book – Kringe in die Bos (Circles in the Forest). It is an amazing story of a white family who lost their son, and a brown woman who found a son. It is a great story that is rich in culture and full of elephants (due to the natural forest)!!! This book was written in 80's.
Knysna to me, is one of the most relaxing places. The people are friendly and all very excentric. There are small giftshops and tea gardens... Bed and Breakfast places around every corner. I would go there right now if I could! You'll Love It Statia (and you will not want to return).
Monday, October 16, 2006
To Own a Dragon!
I recently finished Donald Millers latest book – To own a dragon.
Martin read it first and left it on the coffee table in our living room and made me promise I’ll read it before I hand it over to the bookshelf. We’ll I did, and loved it.
Don (as you get to know him through the book) does a great job of putting his thoughts on paper, if you have a scar somewhere because of your father this is a great book to read. Don has an extreme case of father neglect (my definition), and this book came out of a healing time for him.
Quotes that raised the hair on my neck (from www.belmontfoundation.org):
63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes – 5 times the average (U.S. dept. of Health/census.)
85% of all children who show behavior disorders came from fatherless homes – 20 times the average (center of disease control)
71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average (national principals ass. Report)
85% of all youth’s in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average (Fulton Co. GA, TX dept. of correction)
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
There's has been some major changes in Martin and my life... But life is a journey and if you are not part of the ride, you are going to miss out!!!
In the last 3 months, we moved to the cutest little country house out in Carthage, adopted (yes we paid) Rudi the newest addition to our Bravenboer family, she is almost 8 months old dauchund, Martin stopped traveling and loves his new job at Christ's Church of Oronogo & I moved to part time at CIY - with Discipleship & Wilderness Retreats!
If you want to hear the 'feeling' part of our move, call me!
Monday, July 31, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Family, I’m not talking about blood family!
Why is it, that when the husband goes out of town, the car breaks, the drain overflows… Why can that not happen when they are IN town?
Well, here’s why (my opinion) -
So we (wives) can ask for HELP!
So we can realize that there are people who care!
So we can trust on our Father to provide in every need!
So we can die to our selves and be humble by ‘family’ that wants to help.
I’ve had so many people telling me – call me if you need anything… that happened with you too? Well, Monday afternoon I trust that they really meant it. They DID. The Focus decided (that after Martin left on Sunday), Monday would be a good day for the ‘call me if you need anything’ TEST. It was almost a 100 F, 5pm & it had died next to one of our busiest streets (Airport drive). I called one of the only male friends that were in town (for everyone else was at a Summer Conference). He quickly hooked me up with the nicest & most caring ‘Dad’ in Oronogo! Linn Ragsdale! He not only got the keys (that I locked in the car in the frantic) out of the car in les than a minute, he got the car started and drove it to Oronogo (Joe Flynn, the mechanic). Amy took care of Rudi & even took me in for the night!
24 hours later, the Focus was fixed & I realized that God is bigger than any situation & that I have the biggest ‘non blood’ family EVER!
We are nothing without each other! The only thing we have in this life is RELATIONSHIPS (and Christ)!!! Things will break & break again, friends are there & most of them are just a phone call away!
Oh and by the way, I found a better place to get my car fixed… Flynn’s Auto, Webb City! Joe Flynn, goes to CCO, works all by himself in a non AC building & loves the Lord. Best service I’ve had so far, I’m willing to bet Auto Express on it!
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Finally back together again...
So after two and a half weeks Martin & I are finally back together. Martin was in Colorado with another CIY team, and therefore we served in different time zones & States.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. I totally get it! This was the longest time we've spent apart since we got married. NO FUN. It is good though. We were able to have our own separate ministries with single guys & girls on our traveling teams (something that is hard to do when you are married).
God is so good to us, and we are so excited to see what He has instore for our future. For He is good and His love endures forever!!!
Thursday, June 22, 2006
I think we all fell in love with this Southern Town! Even though it is humid, the trees, historic buildings & people make it the sweat worth.
I have met some pretty cool people & are so excited to see how our Lord will bring oppertunities to show His love!
I'll try to get some pics up!
Vrede, from the peaceful & slow Savannah!
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
This past weekend my brother in law got married to this beautiful woman. We love you guys & even though we did not get to attend we are very proud of you guys. Being married is the best thing you can ever do!!! Have fun in Knysna Ferdi & Lelanie!!!
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
I have to share this picture with you guys. Last year was the year of babies at CIY & Libby is so adorable. Here she is ready to go HUNT with Daddy Nate, in her CAMO!!! So CUTE...
For some of my South African friends, this is the way people dress when they hunt ducks & dear :)!
Monday, April 17, 2006
Conference Staff at CIY
In Front from left to right: Sara Hill, Sara Nelson, Kevin Greer, Jenette McEntire, Jennifer Deordorff, Chase Allcott, Robing Sigars
In the back from left to right: Patrick Snow, Nate Karnes, Eric Epperson, MD. Neely, Matt Foreman, Jayson Frensh, Johnny Scott, Jani(Yanee) Bravenboer, Mike Temm & Ryan Claborn
Saturday, April 15, 2006
We shopped the ENTIRE day.
We jumped in Meredith's Taurus (all 6 of us), and spent 7 hours in Louisville... everywhere. We did not find choco's for Jon & Sara, but we did find some running shorts for Martin. Sara & I spent 30min in forever21, without any success. I'll have to start calling Old Navy OLD FAITHFUL.
We backed into some minder car accident. I'd say to many heads in the back seat :)!!!
Our first day in Louisville proved itself to be FUN FUN FUN.
We might even get a change to hang out with Stasia.
VAKANSIE, (vacation for the english folk)
We are in Louisville, this time we got in the car with a smile. More posts to follow... for I'm enjoying my morning coffee in the fellowship op friends & who wants to be rude :)
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Martin loves to Braai - yes that means CookOut or BBQ! So not to long ago we drove by one of those houses on Joplin's 4th street & there it was. A charcoal grill for only $25!!! Now that is a steal :)! Martin has cooked steak/pork & chicken on the grill & LOVE IT. He is a wonderful cook & I'm loving it... Watch out Summer, here comes the grill & the Bravenboers.
We'll be on the road for a loooong time. See you later :):)
Friday, March 24, 2006
My wacky South African Friends
I have some pretty wacky friends!!! Flaps & Pieter are busy with a 42km race, they ran last weekend. This was Pieters first 42K & also the qualifier for the comrades!!! Geluk ou vriend!!!
They are planning to run the Comrades in June (89km) C-KRUIS & Comrades. I love that they are so committed. They are ROCKING my ‘walking to my car’- work out!
So nou is ek 26 jaar oud!
My BIRTHday was so special, Sara had planned a birthday party with some friends on Wednesday, & we played Ligretto!!!
I took a compday yesterday(that was my gift to myself). Martin spoiled me with a rocking chair (one of those dreams i've always had), flowers & perfume! I talked with my family & got so many emails & texmessages my phones battery was flat by noon:)!
Thank you for everyone who made my day so GREAT.
AFRIKAANSE WEERGAWE -
Hoe spesiaal het ek nie gevoel nie. My US friends het vir my ‘n lekker aandete gemaak & ons ladies (nie meer girls nie, nê) het ligretto gespeel tot die mans wou huiswaarts keer.
Martin het my verras met ‘n ‘lewensdroom’…so iets. Ek wou nog altyd graag ‘n rystoel (rocking chair) gehad het. ‘n Paar weke gelede noem ek dit erens in ‘n winkel & hy onthou soos ‘n olifant. So ek kom toe by die huis Woensdagaand, na my party’tjie & daar gereed vir ‘n eienaar staan my stoel. Ai so spesiaal.
My ouma’tjie, Loraine bel my toe 12am, yip in die middle van d nag, & ons kuier toe te heerlik in die bed, oor die foon.
Dit was ‘n heerlike bederf om met my ma & my skoonouers te gesels. Ek is so bederf.
Elke email & sms het my net eenvoudig meer en meer laat besef hoeveel mense my liefhet. Dankie.
Ek wil net vandag sê, EK IS LIEF VIR JOU & AL IS EK VER, IS JY NA - AAN MY!
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Stella Bella stayed with Martin & I this weekend. She is our friends Monte & Amy's doggy. We had so much fun having a puppy at home. She is so well mannered, and almost to easy to doggy sit.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
He can talk!!! NO REALLY Presley can say HALLO, I LOVE YOU & PINEAPPLE!
Presley was not a planned pet. He found us, he traveled with the Believe Team for over a year & Sara was his keeper, his mom as we like to call her. I'm sure he will never again have such a devoted keeper. I know you are leaving a hole in her heart.
This picture was taken at Sara & Jon's Christmas Party in December. Sara with Presley on her shoulder with one of her guests Debbie.
We will miss you feather friend!
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
If God is for us, who can be against us
I sat at my desk today, tears running down my face for I love these two so much. I can see the love they share & that is just so amazing. Elzette looked like a PRINCESS! I never doubted in her bridal ability. :) Ek is so trots op jou meisie.
Daniel, so handsome! Guys, know that being married is a gift. Love each other, EVERYDAY with EVERYTHING in you.
Lief vir julle outjies.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
This little guy can not get enough of water. On new years eve, Luan & his dady were going to town with the hose pip!!!
Luan LOVES water, & being on the beach the entire day, did not satisfy his need to be wet.
How fun little man!
Thursday, February 23, 2006
I'm on my way to work, 1/2 day though... That is always more fun than working 8 hours!
that's all from me friends :) Have a great day!!!
Monday, February 20, 2006
Believe Weekend in Cincinnati - REMIX
Thursday night after setting up for the Cincinnati Believe we all got in a van & drove over to the UNDERGROUND for a time of worship with the Believe Band.
Jason's mom Jamie came to help us out in Cinci & she is so adorable!!! They look so much alike...
Joia & Aaron could not pass up jumping up & down on the dance challenge...
Penny & Mike was busy with their own challenge playing pool.
Here is my beautiful friend Amber with Johnny & Jen Scotts youngest - Finn
Yes how could we not make our parents worry with a family to be pic... The Bravenboer Future...(not happening very soon!!!)
Monday, February 13, 2006
Well our friends got a dog today... Martin & I are a little blue over this matter. She is a Beagel/Rottweiler. I will get to meet her next week after our Cincinnati weekend.
This coming weekend, Believe will serve over 5000 junior high students in OH... Wowie.
Enjoy your LOVE day tomorrow!!!
Sunday, February 05, 2006
This weekend was according to me, one of the best Believe06 events (I know it was the first one of our spring events, but the best of the tour, OK).
Our weekend in Tulsa was a huge blessing. Not only did we have over 1400 attendee's we had about 30 volunteers to help us out!!! That was amazing! Here are some fun green shirt volunteer pics!!!
The theme is 50 Days From Now. March 26th will be the Tulsa Conference Mark. Every student was challenged to tell one person about Jesus, on that day (or by that day). This is revolutionary!!!
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
In the state of getting ready, my blog is now really last priority...
Please pray for our events.
More news & pictures to follow.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Friday started 5am, travelling to Kansas City for work. We got back at 10pm.
Saturday, was a rainy day - GREAT!!!! We slept in & I got to visit with Amber & scrapbook at Lueda, who has more scrapbook stuff than JoAnns... Martin & I watched Red Eye, & yes I did yell really loud at one point.. (like useally).
Sunday, church, lunch with friends, a nap & WalMart trip.
We are travelling again, so the blog is getting pushed back more & more.
May you have a great week. Remember to put Jesus first, above ALL. J
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
There’s not a lot of new news! My brother in law is getting married May 6th, 06 in South Africa Cape Town. We are so excited for them!!!
We recently got some pics from home & I wanted to brag with my beautiful mother in law! She is adorable & I just love her sooo much!
May you experience our extraordinary LORD in this normal day!
Saturday, January 21, 2006
13thFloor's South African visit
We invited some of the South African's to come enjoy a 'Pannekoek & Malva Poeding' night at our apartment, on Thursday night after truck pack. Oh how great it felt to hear a house filled with Afrikaans speaking people (Jennifer can say Oupa & Ouma sit op die stoep, so she counts too).
Christian, Anel and Jennifer & Waldi with Martin before dinner. Lizanne made 8 cups of coffee before dinner (yea for that African tradition!!!), therefore the white mugs.
Waldi & Andre, with Martin in his studio... talking music - how can they not. We could only house one person, and Waldi was the lucky one. It was as if we had a reletive visiting us... (We wanted him to stay). It was really sad when he got in the van on Friday morning.
Here is one of my new favorite American friends. Jennifer (Stasia you are nr 1)... She is from Mt. Vernon IL... & was in C-Kruis for a year. Jennifer is so cute, & her passion for life is addicting. You want to know her...
Steyn, my dearest 'school friend' or the closest Youth Minister... so passionate about life. We attendended dozens of Christian Conserts in our day... So many life changes during our 12 year friendship. God has blessed me with a friend, I will always call FRIEND. Steyn is one of the most gifted servant artists I know. Lief vir jou vriend.
I thank the Lord for sending this team to Joplin, it was a blessing to our community and to Martin & I. Life without friends is like a life in the desert.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Monday, January 16, 2006
WE JUST CAN'T HELP IT!
These are my cousins little girls, in Peth! Elisha who is 4 & Anemi who is almost 2.
Pieter, Elita & the two girls just moved to Perth, Australia before Christmas.
There you have it ~ THE SMALL WONDERS OF MY LIFE (& they live on our fridge, for now... Ne my Man?!).
Sunday, January 15, 2006
A total GOD thing ~ 13thFloor (C-Kruis USA) is coming to Joplin, tomorrow!!!
Please pray for save travel & lots of oppertunities!
We get to house some of our dear friends, and talk Afrikaans for a week!
I'll keep you posted! J
Friday, January 13, 2006
I came upon some very interesting facts in my bible study we are doing on the Patriarchs by Beth Moore. Martin & I are also reading through the Bible this year, so these facts just made the Old Testament even more interesting.
In Gen 12:1 God said to Abram, who at that time was working for his father, selling gods, leave your country, your people... & go to the land I will show you! Abram packet his belongings & moved... with only God's word, that He would make him a great nation.
Now my revelation ~ during their travels they were on their way to the Negev (included desert regions in Southern Canaan), it means 'dry' place.
We sometimes experience emotionally what Abram experienced logistically. Realizing that you had met with God & that He has spoken a word over you or perhaps has made a promise is a spiritual high. (My time @ Passion was like a new fresh meeting place with our God.) Nothing is like a fresh realization that the God who created the universe, knows that we are alive & that the voice that spoke the planets into orbit has spoken to us. However the spring time we experience sometimes followed to the desert... Jesus experienced this in Matt 4:1, after His baptism. It doesn't stop here though, God strengthens our FAITH during 'dry times'!
May God be Glorified through your life in whatever season you find yourself.
Enjoy the journey!!!
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Today is my dearest Dad's birtday...HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAREST DAD!!! or like we say in afrikaans ~ VEELS GELUK PAPPA!!!
My dad is a very special man, he loves the Lord, his wife, his children, grandchild & mother-in-law! My dad is an amazing farmer & is not scared of any challenge... You know when little children would say:"My dad is stronger & bigger than your dad..." Well that is my dad. My dad is not a big man, but his heart is like a South African Taxi, there is always place for one more!!! Thank you for loving all of us...
I love you Pappa!
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Our Passion Family Group!!!
How amazing, all strangers (except Martin & I), had a divine appointment last week. I have to say I was very skeptical at first... I don't really do good with meeting new people & throwing myself into deep conversations... but with this group, it wasn't that hard. I know one thing, God is with every one of us. May we seek Him in everything.
Hey you guys, have a fab week.