Sunday, November 30, 2008

a thought - by p. matti

the rock
We need a rock, a foundation that is bigger than our life.Psalm 61:2If we limit ourselves to our own understanding and abilitywe will be frustrated and troubled.From the platform of faith we see further.It seems like God always invites us out from our own circles when we get overwhelmed by our circumstances.He leads us to step into his presence.He somehow encourages us not to worry about thosethings that sooner or later will pass away and be no more.He wants our souls to prosper.Man’s subjectivity gives him a false security. People often speakabout their intuition, their ability to know people at first glance.They trust their own heart and encourage others to do the same.The reason why human heart is described to be more evil thanany other thing is it’s subjectivity. Jer.17:9Most of the endless misunderstandings and other complicated relationship problems are rooted in subjective hearts.Jesus did not come to this world to look for people’s opinions.He took the blame on himselfand became the rock that helps us to see beyond the nonsense all the way to eternity.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

to make you lauh!


That's not right...Sum Ting Wong
Are you harboring a fugitive?...Hu Yu Hai Ding?
See me ASAP...Kum Hia Nao
Stupid Man...Dum Gai
Small Horse...Tai Ni Po Ni
Did you go to the beach?...Wai Yu So Tan?
I bumped into a coffee table...Ai Bang Mai Ni I think
You need a face lift...Chin Tu Fat
It's very dark in here...Wai So Dim?
I thought you were on a diet...Wai Yu Mun Ching?
This is a tow away zone...No Pah King
Our meeting is scheduled for next week...Wai Yu Kum Nao?
Staying out of sight...Lei Ying Lo
He's cleaning his automobile...Wa Shing Ka

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Pete is in heaven

............ WE WILL FOREVER MISS YOU............

Sunday, October 19, 2008

a quote by Albert Einstein ... food for thoughts

"Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But I do not doubt that the lion belongs to it even though he cannot at once reveal himself because of his enormous size."

14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He is best known for his theory of relativity and specifically mass–energy equivalence, E = mc². Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect."[1]
Einstein's many contributions to
physics include his special theory of relativity, which reconciled mechanics with electromagnetism, and his general theory of relativity, which was intended to extend the principle of relativity to non-uniform motion and to provide a new theory of gravitation. His other contributions include relativistic cosmology, capillary action, critical opalescence, classical problems of statistical mechanics and their application to quantum theory, an explanation of the Brownian movement of molecules, atomic transition probabilities, the quantum theory of a monatomic gas, thermal properties of light with low radiation density (which laid the foundation for the photon theory), a theory of radiation including stimulated emission, the conception of a unified field theory, and the geometrization of physics.
Einstein published
over 300 scientific works and over 150 non-scientific works.[2][3] Einstein is revered by the physics community,[4] and in 1999 Time magazine named him the "Person of the Century". In wider culture the name "Einstein" has become synonymous with genius.

Friday, October 03, 2008

week 2

my parents think i have the cutest feetsies
with mamilie Isabelle, tata Melo and mommy

with tonton Seb

a kiss for Kezia and.....

...a smile for mommy

dad's catching up with bible college classes, all in perfect equilibrium...

i sleep next to my parents, and sometimes they take me in their bed when i can't stop crying.

that's me pretending i'm sleeping

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The 2 young men in the orange t shirts got saved with Jediah about 2 months ago and have been at everything ever since. Pray for Brandon and David!

also known as the 'BRANCH MINISTRY'!2 church members, Charlemagne on the left, a pillar! and Charlie
our deaf church member!
we're desperate for a translator for him.
Sweet Susan! amazing soulwinner

Shelly, our faithful monday bible study member,
also a fantastic hairdresser!
BEAUTIFUL MISSIONARY FAMILY! Ben, Susanna, Camden and Levi
this is Hampden too.
Keep this blooming work in your prayers.
Sunday 11AM church in the park
Monday 7:30 PM bible study in different homes
Saturday 10:30 AM outreach

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008





Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The Impact of Coca Cola

I don't know who came up with this information, but it's worth thinking about it even just for thought provocation...

91% of the world's population has heard of Coke.
74% have seen Coke
51% have tasted it

only 10% of the world's population has heard the Gospel.

Friday, June 06, 2008

some news

3 days ago, the founder of the GGWO ministry (of which we are a part of) Pastor Carl Stevens, passed away. What a deliverance for his old and weak body, and all those years of serving God and his people and anticipating meeting his Lord in heaven! We are sad but greatly rejoicing with him!
His 'face to face' service will be held on june 14th at 2 pm in Baltimore. Let's really pray for his dear wife Barbara and the family.

Jediah, along with a large group are headed to Marlboro, MA for the weekend. There's a Missions Conference organized yearly up there. Also Julie Delouis and Andy Lange will be married tomorrow at Rock Point State Park! P. Matti arrived last night. What a treat to see him this morning! Let's keep the exhibition in prayer. The reception / opening night is on the 19th at 6 pm.

Jediah and I moved back in to our apartment last week and are enjoying our little nest up on Frankford Avenue! We've already been given a beautiful craddle and crib. It's nice to have a Father who knows exactly what we need..!

Friday, May 09, 2008

it's a GIRL!! (kiz, fille, bambina..)
mom eating a homemade french waffle,
and look at who's in her belly!!

baby tanguay doing a back flip.... we laughed so hard when we saw it on the sonogram screen!!
18 weeks to go, and the best is yet to come...

Thursday, May 08, 2008

:-D .....or..... ;-)

A lot of you are asking: So is it a boy or a girl?
Come back tomorrow and you might find out. We're going today for a sonogram...!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Family from AZERBAIJAN going to TURKMENISTAN for 2 weeks

Dear friends! Please keep us in your prayers as we are planning to go to Turkmenistan in the beginning of May. Pray that God would cover our trip, give us travelling mercies and keep us healthy. (most of the cities they want to visit are a 5-6 hour drive away from the main city) Also pray for Divine appointments, our ministry there and souls to be saved! Pray for God to cover all our expenses for this trip. Thank you!
Pastor Tahir, Inna, Nathan and Caleb Hudaykuliyev

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

we made it!

so....! Jediah and I arrived in Baltimore safely monday night. Many people were surprised to see us already (some decided that since we were here Convention had already started!) but there wasn't more surprised than Jediah's mom and dad who certainly weren't expecting to see us sitting on their back porch, hiding behind newspapers at 10 pm. It was delightful to see their reaction. Somehow it feels like we never left. Is that why it's called 'home'? Home base is certainly the place for us right now. ABD yesterday was fantastic. Unfortunately I slept through half of it as it was already 2 am for me... P Schaller mentioned P matti's trip to Baku at both the lunch rap and the night class. He seemed so inspired by the testimony of his time there!
So we are staying with my parents for the time being, and boy is that a treat. They are so fun and edifying and caring. We were able to get our car back right away which is an added blessing and allows us to be everywhere for everything.

After a week of packing - my best packing experience ever - and saying goodbye to everyone we know in Istanbul God gave us a sweet travel time and an added blessing. On the second plane from Franfurt to Dulles, we were asked to move to other seats and ended up sitting next to a wonderful man, a minister, with whom Jediah spoke for quite a while. At the end of the trip he handed us some money to 'help get us started' ($100!!!) Needless to say that God is a timely God.

If you live in Istanbul and you're reading this, make sure to write us an email soon. We had such a great time with Niyazi and Irada just before we left, what an amazing couple they are (see for specific prayer requests for them)
Can't wait also to hear from the KURDISTAN team, and specifically from Becky/ pumkin/ mouthful.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

written on a day when the team house seemed to be beyond my capacity! (you will recognize Amy Carmichael's "My Quietness" Poem, slightly modified)

Where is My Quietness ?
By Sarah Carmichael

O Thou Who art my quietness, my deep repose,
My rest from the kitchen, my holy and steep hill,
Fair is The small bedroom, where I hold me still.
Back let them fall from me, my clamorous neighbors,
Languages multiplied;
From crowding meals and meetings of sense I flee, and in Thee hide.
Until this team house be overpast,
Thy hand will hold me fast;
What though the tumult of the storm increase,
Grant to thy servant strength, O Lord,
and bless with peace.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

des nouvelles en francais...

En ce moment le temps nous joue des tours, un jour le vent nous gele les os, le lendemain le soleil nous chauffe la peau, alors les rhumes se multiplient, mais aussi les fleurs et les bourgeons qui ne savent pas trop quoi penser du temps, eux non plus. Les cafes sortent leurs tables sur les trotoires, les criards des minarets semblent etre encore plus forts et envahissants, a travers les fenetres entr'ouvertes, le marchand de legume avec sa camionette de la 2eme guerre mondiale etale ses fruits et legumes en bas de notre fenetre et crie a tue-tete. Mais le printemps, on aime!
Jediah a rencontre un peintre Turque qu'il observe de temps en temps quand il est dans le voisinage. Ma voisine, 'the cat lover' ou 'the lady with the red hair', comme on l'a appele pendant longtemps jusqu'a ce qu'on lui demande son nom (m'enfin!! il etait temps) m'a emmene au cinema avant-hier. Tout en Turque, tabi / 'bien entendu' , ce filme a ete tourne a Istanbul meme. Malgre tout, il ne fallait pas etre trop genie pour comprendre le scenario, dont le hero, a ma plus grande horreure, devient un fervent musulman et enfin un terroriste. Je n'en croyais ni mes yeux, ni mes oreilles. Les gens autour de moi ne semblaient pas etre alertes.. heureusement, les dernieres minutes du film revelent les vraies intentions de chacuns et montrent le soit-disant hero en personnage faible qui s'est fait dupe par une mafia iranienne... ouf. je respire...
Jediah et moi planifions de retourner a Baltimore en Mai et d'y etre jusqu'a la naissance du bebe prevue en septembre.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Istanbul Colors

The above painting was done by a new friend of mine, who happens to be quite famous around these parts; his name is Ahmet Fazil Aksoy. We met on Easter Sunday early in the morning as the church gathered at one of Istanbul's most scenic parks with a great view on the Bosphorus. He was up on the hill catching the moment on his canvas. Across the Bosporus to the right is a silhouette of Hagia Sofia and the blue mosque crowing the hills of the golden horn, to the left the Asian hills of Kadikoy. Follow the water between these two scenes into the mouth of the sea of Marmara, round the Princes' Islands and top it off with a chain of mountains edging the horizon and far side of the sea. What a view! Ahmet has traveled the world during his painting career of 30 years and he believes Istanbul is the most scenic city in the world. You'll have to come and decide for yourself. It's hard to catch on camera but his paintings do quite a good job. He has a website - click on WORKS to see nearly 300 of his paintings. Consider leaving him a comment saying you are a friend of mine. That morning I was privileged to watch him paint for over an hour while he instructed me on what brands of paint, what size brushes, and type of canvas to use. He also gave me numbers for his friends where I could buy discount supplies. Then we made plans to meet again so I could learn more. To my surprise he called me the following Thursday early in the morning and said - I'm over at the park if you'd like to come watch. We had the best time together - as he painted and talked about his trips in the states and I sat on the back of his white mini-van. I had the biggest smile the whole time as I couldn't get over how personal God is to build me up like that. I love to do oil paintings - but it has been so long that I have forgotten how. I don't know if I'll paint again but it was so much fun to think that God may touch this man's life. Pray for him, perhaps there will be much more to the story.

Monday, March 24, 2008


SATURDAY NIGHT: 1st Concert in Onay Sanat Cafe, in the heart of Istiklal Street

Here Jediah and his good friend Faruk. Please keep praying for his salvation!!

Elina flew in from Finland with her violin and her gifts to serve us during this Easter Season. She beautified the choir and added a wonderfully heavenly touch with her music.

My friend Umran (on the R, with scarf) who lives in Kadikoy on the Asian Side came for a little while with her friend, Nur, before heading out to another concert in Taksim. Umran is a fan of Rock music - she plays in a band and so i'm sure our concert was not what she was used to! On top of that she is a devotted muslim and i could tell she was a little uncomfortable when P Matti was preaching; it's amazing she even showed up. She is so sweet. Please keep praying for her.

Our neighboor, Nazife, came to the concert as well, with very little notice.

The next morning at 6:30 am, Nazife and her sister, Aynur, were both waiting outside our house to come with us to the SUNRISE BREAKFAST in a Park nearby.

L to R:
P Matti, a great Turkish man (oops, i forget his name) Jediah, Sarah, Aynur, Zumrad and Nazife. Nazife then attended the church service at 11 am and showed up for the 2cnd concert, sunday night, with her daughter, Shebo. Shebo's both an artist and a flight attendant with the Turkish Airline. She asked me if we could meet to pratice her english and she'd help me with Tukish. Neither her nor her mom are believers.
There was no sun for our sunrise breakfast, but P matti spoke on seeing the invisible; it was a perfect live illustration!!! Later we noticed a famous Turkish painter up on the hill, he was painting the same scene we were looking at but his had a sunrise ;)