Monthly Archives: September 2008


                               Today we begin a 6 day holiday from Tuesday to Sunday to celebrate the end of the month of Ramadan. Here is a cute email I received from one of my students:

Hello; My best teacher
I m your student in section XX, My name is XX.
I like you when you teaching me in the class. I want to tell you about EID in me village. In EID we wearing new clothes and shoes.
Also, We going to prey in the mousqe at 6:50. And the women go to cook some food such as: haris, rice and kabisa.
I hope you are very happy to know some information about EID in my village.
with regards.
I don’t plan on going on any long trips or anything during this short break. I’m just going to relax, meet a few close friends, spend more time with Che, do a lot of reading and try to organize things that I have neglected over the past several months. How nice to be on holiday!!!

Home SWEET Home!!!

The Living Room

and adjoining bathroom

The Kitchen

Dining Room

The Master Bedroom

and adjoining bathroom

With 2 bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, a lovely living room with new furniture, a dining room and 3 bathrooms, my sponsors have been more than generous in providing my current apartment.
“…do not trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;” (1 Timothy 6:17)
The spare room is not yet “presentable” so it will be shown at a future date…where hopefully family members or friends will be able to stay when visiting in the not too distant future!

Birthdays: Much Ado about NOTHING!

Birthdays are nothing to lose one’s head over.
I had a wonderful birthday about a month ago.

There is nothing more wonderful than being with the love of your life on such a day.

On the other hand, over the years I’ve had birthday celebrations surrounded by people and many gifts and never felt lonelier.

We live in a society/time of “exalting self” where people make a BIG deal about THEIR OWN birthday (inviting others to a party they themselves prepare! or telling everyone they know not to forget their birthday weeks and weeks in advance!)
Me! Me! Me! Me! Mine! Mine! Mine!
But enough about “ME”! What do YOU think about ME?!”
In the Bible, there are only 3 mentions of the word “birthday” describing 2 different stories of birthdays; one in the Old Testament and one in the New Testament.
Pharoah’s in the Old and Herod’s in the New. In both cases, someone “loses their head” because 2 proud men lost their heads in celebrating their own birthday.
“And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharoah’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand: But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.” (Genesis 40:20-22)
“But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger (large platter). And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.” (Matthew 14:6-10) (Also, recorded in Mark 6:21-27)
The point is, “Don’t lose your head worrying about your own birthday. Why not instead try to make an effort to make more of a big deal over others’ birthdays?!”
(Put self on the shelf!)

Sign of the Day

Peering Down the Corridor of Uncertainty