Friday, April 30, 2010

Extra Pictures

Here are some miscellaneous pictures recently taken.  Some are from our trip to a maple sugar farm, some from a visit to a covered bridge and some just from walks in the local park.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Round Barns and Covered Bridges

Saturday April 24, 2010

We went on a countryside tour of covered bridges and round barns with our conversation partners Ray and Kay Lesperance. They have been a true blessing from God.  They have helped with the language and other things. Ray used to work for Quebec Hydro and knows all the country roads and where they lead.

We started by going into the U.S. to have lunch at a favourite restaurant of Ray and Kay. It was a beautiful day and we were able to sit on the deck beside the lake and have a good lunch and time of fellowship. After lunch, we started touring the Quebec countryside. Rather cool going to the U.S. for lunch before touring the Canadian countryside.

Below is a picture of Ray and Kay.

Below is a slide show of some of the things we saw.

Time Out

Thursday, April 22, 2010

We, and another student couple went out to celebrate the end of the second semester of French school.  The couple that joined us is from Missouri.

We went to Boston Pizza and then went for a walk around the Hydro plant dam site, on the river, and strolled past some murals.  The falls are lit up at night and have well developed walking trails.  The murals display exquisite art work.

Here are some of the photo's from that evening.

The picture below is of a garage door.  However, the glass pains have been painted to represent a reflection of the building across the street.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Awesome God

What a great week.  Yes, I (Orest)  had an inner ear infection and was feeling pretty miserable.  However, we put out a couple of issues to prayer and, praise God, they were answered.

First of all, our vehicle was on a lease which comes to an end next Wednesday.  We now needed to find inexpensive wheels to handle our futures travels.  Travel which includes driving from Quebec to Alberta, with numerous side trips for visits and support raising.  We talked to people in the Church about praying for this item.  Very shortly thereafter, a man from the Church comes up with a used van that is perfect for our needs.  He reduces the price by over 20 %.  He is a mechanic and proceeds to put new tires, fix some electronic problems and make sure the brakes are alright.  He also says we can call anytime there might be a problem.  Now that man, named Christian, is a man who looks after others.  He is a true blessing from God.  He is an older gentleman who has been a Christian for only 4 years.  He also speaks very minimal english.

Second, we were planning our travels across western Canada and praying about our journey.  We prayed that some specifics would come into play, such as where to stay.  Again, within a couple of days we find out that a relative has a house in Calgary and was looking for a missionary couple to house sit during the fall.  This allows us to see friends and family and to do support raising in the area.

God does indeed answer prayer. Praise God.

One more thing.  Here it is a beautiful morning on April 16 and there is a beautiful heavy snowfall.  I love it.  I am not so sure that some of our U.S. friends are as excited.

Blessings to all of you.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

God's Grace

Grateful for the grace extended me yesterday.   Also the blessing of a friend calling us from Burkino Faso. Felt so loved, how great is our God.

We have started our last series of immunizations, which is for rabies, in preparation for our departure to Africa.

Hard to believe that in approximately 2 months we are finished our French studies.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

French French French

Yesterday we enjoyed an awesome speaker Tony Anthony, author of Taming the Tiger.  Yesterday there was cause for the angels to rejoice!  The event was in english with a french translator.  Always impressed by the individuals who translate from one language to another, sentence by sentence, at such events.

I hope we both just experienced 'the Click' people having been talking about in language learning.  Last night  Orest was reading our English Bible but started speaking all the words in French.  This morning (I) Grace woke up thinking every thought in french, and when Orest spoke to me in English I translated it to french.  How strange! Pray this will continue.

And we celebrated Orest's birthday yesterday by going to class, despite getting permission from fellow student to take the day off.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


                                       About Easter

Jesus Christ died on a cross on a Friday almost two thousand years ago. Christians believe that on the following Sunday, Christ rose from the dead and, in doing so, proved that He is the Son of God. The day Jesus died and was buried is known as Good Friday. The following Sunday is Easter.

Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Son of God each year between March 22nd and April 25th (the first Sunday after the vernal equinox).

Religious celebrations include family gatherings and special Easter church services.

                          Jelly Bean Poem (Jelly Bean Prayer)
                          written by Charlene Dickerson

• Red is for the blood He gave.
• Green is for the grass He made.
• Yellow is for the sun so bright.
• Orange is for the edge of night.
• Black is for the sins we made.
• White is for the grace He gave.
• Purple is for His hour of sorrow.
• Pink is for our new tomorrow.
• An egg full of jelly beans, Colorful and Sweet
• Is a prayer, a promise, A loved one's treat!!

Charlene Dickensen, 1997

We then put a jelly bean of each of the above colors in a plastic egg to take home and tell of Jesus' love!

Grace Loves Baking Bread

Look at the happy expression on her face.  She was having fun baking with a friend.

It was a good break from studies.

Friday, April 2, 2010

DaySpring E-Cards

DaySpring E-Cards  Happy Easter everyone.  This takes a minute or two


This past monday morning Grace had the opportunity to do some special baking.  She was invited by a friend from the Church to go to a local elementary school.  There they baked bread with some 23 grade 2 students.  She had a great time.

This Wednesday she decided to bake some paska.  She made a full recipe which is a lot of paska.  However, she did share it with others.  In addition, it will be well used this Easter Sunday when we host a Seder supper for about 20 friends at the school.

Here are some pictures from the school baking