Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

As we prepare for our Christmas celebrations, let's take time to stop and reflect why this is a special time of the year.

About 2000 years ago, over in the Middle East, a baby was born. This baby was special. He was the Son of God. God sent His Son to us to be born in human form in order to save us from our sins. Jesus is fully God, yet He became fully man, in order to live life on earth and then die in our place and for our sins. Christmas is the celebration of His birth.

The birth of this baby brought hope to the world. Hope of life. Hope of freedom. Hope through our Savior.

So, as you gather with your family and friends to exchange gifts and eat Christmas cookies, take time out to reflect of the true reason for this season.

Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

In loving memory...

My Gramma went home to be with the Lord this weekend. While I will miss her greatly, I know that she is in a place that I long to be and I know I will see her again sometime in the future. I thank God for this, that He has provided a way so that we will be united again in the future. I love you Gramma. Margaret B. Miceli
Oct 4, 1913- Dec 15, 2007

The Heartland Ice Storm

I have spent the last week in Chelsea, Oklahoma, arriving just after what is being known as the Heartland Ice Storm. This ice storm caused high amounts of damage to surrounding areas in Oklahoma. The ice caused tree limbs to break off, caused power lines to come down, and water lines to break. The family I stayed with had no power for 3 days (before I arrived) and no water for 3 days as well (2 of which were days I was here). Many people still do not have power or water from the Dec 10 storm. After seeing the damage done here, I know I am grateful for what God has given me and the people here are grateful for the little things, like the ability to take a shower or turn on the light.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

What time is it??

Venezuelans woke up today not knowing the answer to that question. "Why didn't they know what time it was?" you might ask yourself. They didn't know what time it was because the time changed today. That's right. For the first (and possibly the last) time, Venezuela observed their own version of Daylight Savings Time. Chávez had the clocks moved back 30 minutes. This will allow the students to walk to school in a little more daylight.

Because of this, Venezuela now has its own time zone. Also, when the United States is on Daylight Savings Time, the Eastern time zone will be 30 minutes ahead of Venezuela, even though Venezuela is further east.
This time change was done with little or no advanced warning, which left many Venezuelans wondering what time it really was. There was some confusion but things seem to have transitioned well.
Welcome to the world of Daylight Savings Time Venezuela!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Election Day

Today is the big election day in Venezuela. The Venezuelan are voting on a reform of the constitution. President Chavez has initiated many changes to the constitution and the people are voting today if they agree with the changes or do not agree. If you want to see what they are voting on, go here... http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/2889

While I try not to get involved with Vzlan politics, I can't help but pay attention to what is going on in Venezuela. This election will cause major changes in several areas of government if it passes.

Even though the people of Venezuela are voting for their country's future, God is in control of all that is happening. The only things that will happen in Venezuela is what God permits to happen. It is all under His control. Amen

UPDATE: Just in case you haven't seen the news, the reformation in Venezuela did not pass and the constitution will not change in Venezuela. May God bless Venezuela.