Tuesday, December 6, 2016
"There really are reindeer in Bolivia,"
said Abby to her sisters, Ellie and Olivia.
"They seem to me just a little bit strange.
Aunt Peggy says it’s because they’re open range.
I’ve seen them and they are strange indeed
Because their funny antlers are red and green."
Many kids walk far to go to Rumi Rancho to play
They hear stories of Jesus and always want to stay.
They heard that Jesus was born a long time ago
His birthday is on Christmas day and He loves us so.
Missionaries travel the whole world wide
To tell the Good News that Jesus is alive.
He was born in a manger on Christmas day
So that we might learn of all God’s ways.
The way to heaven is still the same
Believe in Jesus, He knows us by name.
We know we celebrate because you are the reason
So Happy Birthday, Jesus, this Christmas Season.
From Rumi Rancho you can hear the kids cheer
Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!
Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.”
And before you go, check out this recipe all the way from Bolivia!
BOLIVIAN BUÑUELOS RECIPE:
Buñelos are a popular snack throughout Latin America. While they can be eaten at
anytime, Bolivian tradition sees them eaten on Christmas morning with syrup and hot
Buñuelos are a soft doughy sweetbread that is deep-fried in the same way doughnuts are
made, with a similar flavor but a slightly more chewy texture, traditionally served
drizzled with a syrup or honey. The buñuelos are often puffy with a crispy crust and air
pockets on the inside.
2 tablespoons fresh yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon anise
2 cups flour
3 cups butter
Molasses to taste
1/2 cup sunflower oil to moisten hands
In a bowl, dissolve the sugar in water, add the fresh yeast, let it stand for about 7 minutes,
then add the salt, anise, eggs and flour, mixing it slowly with your hand until you obtain a
watery dough. Let the dough stand and rise twice before you start frying in hot butter or
To fry, first spread oil over your hands, take a handful of dough with the fingertips and
stretch it into a 4-inch round; rotating the dough occasionally to form a circle. When
about to fry, poke a hole in the middle, and put in the frying pan with a stick or the back
of a wooden spoon through the hole. Let it acquire a golden brown color on both sides
before retiring and leave in a colander to drain away excess oil; then put all in a bowl to
Serve with a jug of hot sugar cane syrup, molasses or honey for each person to add the desired amount on the buñuelo. Note: Some Bolivians prefer to eat their buñuelos covered in sifted powdered sugar.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Thanksgiving was a traditional family gathering at my in-laws. The siblings came from near and far with their families. Entering the snowy driveway, we'd see the house with seven gables high on the hill. The roar of snowmobiles could be heard coming from the fields nearby––nieces and nephews enjoying Grandpa's toys. Beautiful horses galloped in the fields near the red barn. Approaching the house, we'd be engulfed by a whiff of the turkey; then Grandma opened the door and lavished us with hugs. As we'd sit down at the beautifully set table with its china and crystal, the golden turkey was the centerpiece, and the pumpkin pie was a sweet ending to the feast. It was truly a Norman Rockwell scene.
I miss those gatherings. They are but treasured memories now that many family members have entered eternity. The memories cause me to be thankful for the times past, and they make me conscious this Thanksgiving of how short my time is on earth. Psalm 107:1 says, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever." (NIV)
This Thanksgiving Day, I'll give thanks to the Lord for providing a way for me to have eternal life and for good health, family, and friends, and so many other blessings. And yes, good memories too. God is so good––enjoy His goodness––Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Have you ever wanted to run away to a faraway exotic land to escape the stress and frustrations of life? I can assure you that even there you’d find stress and discontentment. How do I know? Because I live in a faraway exotic land.
My mission base is nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains where I’m a missionary to the Quechua people of Bolivia, S. A.. The views from my windows are breathtaking––snow capped mountains reaching 17,000 feet and valleys with wildflowers and bustling cities. Fairytale like––hardly! Exotic lands don’t escape the real world. Only through God can we reach a life of peaceful mountaintops and eternal purpose in our faith journey.
A few years ago, my husband suffered from a bout of shingles that left him in constant pain without relief. Where was God? In my new book, Dancing Like Bees, I examine God’s intricate creation of the honeybee and how it speaks direction into our need for living peaceful, productive lives regardless of circumstances. Through the honeybee, I learned of God’s ways and His faithfulness. I found God’s peace.
“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness;” (Psalm 86:11 NIV)
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