Archive for October, 2008

Saturday, October 25th, was a busy but good day. We started the day by all of us piling into the car, and heading off to Great Falls to see a movie.  It was not an ordinary movie, but the movie “Fireproof”.  “Fireproof” was made by Sherwood Baptist Church and starred Kirk Cameron. They are the same people that gave us “Flywheel“, and “Facing The Giants“.  If you are married, or contemplating on getting married, you NEED to see “Fireproof”.  It was an extremely good movie, and had us in tears for a good part of it.

On the way home, we took the Recreation Road along the Missouri River between Great Falls and Helena.  We rounded a corner, and came face to face with seven mountain goats.  What a beautiful site.  We snapped a bunch of photos; click on them above, to see larger images.

Once back in Helena, we stopped off at the historic Kleffner Ranch where there was a fund raising benefit for Tressa, a friend of ours who is battling cancer.  Visit their web site HERE for information on how YOU can help out.  The turnout was great, and we are glad so many friends and relatives showed up to give support, both moral and financial.  May God bless and heal you Tressa!

Yes, it was a busy day, but a good day!  John

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Here is a good reason not to use Google, or buy Apple products:

Google, Apple Openly Support Fight Against ‘Proposition 8’

posted by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Oct 2008 19:26 UTC, submitted by SK8T on OS News.
IconIn a rather unusual move, both Google and Apple have publicly backed the fight against “Proposition 8”, both by words as well as by donation. Proposition 8 is an initiative measure in the state of California that would ban same-sex marriages in California by amending the Constitution of the state to include that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”. Both companies gave out their reasoning for supporting the fight against ‘Prop 8’.

Google, whose headquarters are located in California, was first to object to banning same-sex marriages. The company’s founders have donated USD 140000 to the ‘No On 8‘ campaign. Sergey Brin explained:

While we respect the strongly held beliefs that people have on both sides of this argument, we see this fundamentally as an issue of equality. We hope that California voters will vote no on Proposition 8 – we should not eliminate anyone’s fundamental rights, whatever their sexuality, to marry the person they love.

Apple, also headquartered in California, joined Google by also supporting No On 8 by donating USD 100000. The company released an official statement in support of the fight against Proposition 8, with reasons along the lines of that of Google.

Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of USD 100000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights – including the right to marry – should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.

As Apple notes in the statement, it was among the first companies to offer equal rights and benefits to its employees’ same-sex partners, so this move should not come as a surprise from an ideological standpoint. However, for both these companies it is very unusual to speak out so openly on such a – in most countries, at least – controversial political issue.

Californians will be able to vote on Proposition 8 during the US Presidential Elections, held on 4th November 2008.

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If you frequent McDougallsHome.net, you may have seen the widget displayed above. What is this “Ubuntu 8.10” thing?
Your computer, that you are looking at right now, has an “operating system” that controls the computer and runs the programs you want to run. On your computer, the operating system is probably Windows XP or Windows Vista. Ten percent of computers have an operating system called OS X. Those computers are Macs. Besides Windows and OS X, there are many other operating systems out there. One such system is called Linux. A few percent of personal computers have Linux on them. Ubuntu is a type of Linux and the computers in our house all have Ubuntu on them.
A new version of Ubuntu Linux is about to be released. It is version 8.10, meaning 2008, and the 10th month. This version representation is very nice when trying to determine what version of Ubuntu one has.
The neat thing about Ubuntu and most other Linux version, is that it is FREE. And almost all the programs that run on it are FREE. It is also EXTREMELY EASY to install new programs and to delete old ones. With the help of a free program called Compiz, the Desktop environment (what you see on the screen) is WAY COOL, with multiple desktops, that rotate from one to another. It has many special effects that are just plain neat!  Click the picture of my desktop above to see what it looks like.
Linux is also a safer operating system. Mostly because only a percentage of computer users use Linux, it is not a big target for virus’s and other bad stuff that happens so often on Windows computers. Our kids love it too.
So, I am excited about the new version of Ubuntu that is about to come out. If you are tired of expensive software, and bad malware, and want a cool looking desktop, try out Ubuntu.

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Montana is a beautiful state.  I have the opportunity to travel all across this wide state; and I always bring my camera.  Here are a couple of pictures that I have recently taken.  Click the photos above to see larger views, or click HERE to see pictures from all around the beautiful state of Montana.

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From Nancy Raatz’ Blog “The Journey: Soon.” Saturday, October 18, 2008

Soon

This past Thursday we met as a Home of Hope staff with staff of another group that takes in trafficked women on a short term basis. They had 3 women to refer to us. Next week we’ll go to their shelter, meet the women and then arrange for when they will come to the Home of Hope.

The first women is 27, a twin and has one daughter and also is the caretaker for her niece, daughter of her twin. She was trafficked with her twin sister, who is still abroad.

The second woman is 22 and has a two year old. She is one of several in her family who was trafficked.

The third is 17 and was trafficked within Moldova.

Please pray for us as we begin to work in the next week with these women and children. The need is so great and we need God to lead us in a mighty way. We need His hand upon us and we need to show these women His hope.

As I’ve been in the home I’ve been praying that the peace of God would envelope those who enter and live there. I pray that they would see who He is. The work won’t be easy, but we do want to see lives changed and we believe we will.

Thanks for praying with us in this time.

Posted by NancyR at 9:15 AM


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My little treasure from Moldova.

I recently went to Moldova on a short term missions trip. While there, I found a nice 24 hour clock for sale.  It is very large with the digits nearly two inches high, and the digits are very bright.  Although, it is wired with a European 240 Volt plug on it, it works fine on our 120 Volt, 60 Hz power.  It is a nice new addition to the Ham Radio Shack.

The 240 Volt European style plug will have to be changed.

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Carol works as a Kindergarten Teacher’s Aide. She missed almost two weeks of work because of our Missions Trip to Moldova.  Her kids obviously missed her and greeted her with this big poster.  Welcome Back Mrs. M.

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Click this picture to see photos from our trip home from Moldova.

The Long Day, Home, and SNOW???

Today we left Moldova for home.  We had to get up about 4:00 a.m. Moldova time on Monday, March 13.  This was 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening in Montana.  Reva and Brianon left on Sunday for Romania, to do some visiting there.  Jerry and Ruth traveled from Moldova to Frankfurt with us where we left them to do a little vacationing. This left eleven total to return to Helena out of the fifteen members of our team.  On our trip TO Moldova, we had several multi-hour layovers, on our trip back to Montana, we RAN from one flight to the next.  It kept up awake if nothing else.

We were blessed to have Anne Graham Lotz on our flight from Moldova through to Cincinnati.  She had a womens conference in Moldova while we were there.  How cool is that?  When we were waiting for our flight in Salt Lake City, we were blessed to come across Helena’s own Cissy Padget who was just coming back from Texas.

We arrived back in Helena about 9:30 p.m. after more than 24 hours of flying.  Monday ended up being about 30 hours long for us before we found our own beds.  We were even able to sleep considering our bodies were still on Moldova time where it was about 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

We heard that we had a lot of snow at home while we were away.  We had about 18 inches of snow.  Thank you Renee for taking care of our children while we were away and through the snow storms. Thank you to Dave and Hoss for taking care of and repair our vehicle that we left for Renee.  Thank you Dave and Bob for plowing our driveway so Renee and our children could get home during the snow storm.

We also thank everyone for their prayers and messages while our team was in Moldova, as they were such an encouragement.  Now that we are back, I will go back and correct all the spelling and grammatical errors in the posts for the past twelve days.  Our children were quick to point them out to me.  When Jerry and Ruth get back, I will post some of their pictures since they took many of them.  Andy Raatz also has many on his web site and I will put a link to them on our main Moldova page at http://McDougallsHome.net/moldova .

We had a blessed time in Moldova, but it is very good to be back home.

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Click this picture to see photos from our last day in Moldova.

Good Bye Moldova

Today we said good bye to our new friends at the church in Orhei where we worked at the first part of the week. There were a lot of hug, tears, and kisses. Our time here has gone by quickly in one sense, and in another, it seems like we have been here forever. It is very mixed emotions since we long for home, our church, and our own beds, but in another way, we are saddened to leave our very good friends that we have worked with, prayed with, ate with, and lived with.

We had some time in the after noon free so Carol and I (John) went down to the open market that is about a block away from the Pentecostal Union, and were utterly amazed.  I had in my mind that it would be kind of like the straw market in the Bahamas where people would be selling their crafts, and touristy stuff.  This was not so here.  This was the Wal-Mart of Moldova.  There are hundreds of little shelters that open up for business everyday selling anything from car parts, to toiletries, to food, to clothing of every kind, and believe it or not, furniture like beds, and couches, to plumbing, to custom kitchen cabinets.  Each one puts everything in their little box at night and locks it up.  In the morning, they haul everything out again.  We spent a couple of hours there and barely scratched the surface.

This evening, we had church service here at the Pentecostal Union.  It was called, International Church and was in English.  People from all over the area attend, some from the American Embasy, Convoy of Hope, Missionaries from different denominations, to visitors in the area that speak English.  It was nice to worship in English again.

We are now packing up to leave.  We leave at 5:30 tomorrow morning and will take a day to fly back home.  Thanks to all who have been praying for us and the team, and for your notes of encouragement.  We appreciate them.  Tomorrow, we will have to say good bye to the rest of our friends.  It has been a good trip, and the more we tried to bless others, the more we got blessed.  Good bye Moldova, we will miss you!

P.S. I did not have time to edit the photos because we were busy packing.  What you see is what you get.  When I get back home, I will clear out the junkie ones, delete duplicates, and take sideways ones and put them upright. :)

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Our Moldova Missions Team

Our Team Leaders - Sharon and Ron

Our Team Leaders - Sharon and Ron

Andy and Nancy Raatz - A/G Missionaries to Moldova

Andy and Nancy Raatz - A/G Missionaries to Moldova

Wendell & Patty McClung - A/G Missionaries to Lithuania

Wendell & Patty McClung - A/G Missionaries to Lithuania

David and Jan H.

David and Jan H.

Brianon and Reva

Brianon and Reva

Craig and Courtney

Craig and Courtney

Jim

Jim

Steve and David F.

Steve and David F.

Jerry and Ruth

Jerry and Ruth

John and Carol

John and Carol


Click this picture to see a lot of photos from today.

Good Bye Bubieci

Today, we worked once again at the future church at Bubieci.  We gained good ground in our work, and we gained good ground on developing relationships with the Bubieci church.  The teamwork was amazing, from the youngest children to the oldest adults.  We were not quite to the point of pouring cement, but it is setup up so with not to much further work, cement can be poured.  Click the picture on the left to see a lot of photos for the day.

The church gave us another wonderful lunch.  After lunch, we all (Moldovans and Americans) gathered around Sasha (sp?) the pastor and prayed for him and the church there.  Prayer time was very powerful, and we know that God has good plans for them.  We are excited to see the finished church.  We then continued to work until quitting time which was at 3:30 today.  There were a lot of tearful good-byes, hugs, and kisses.  We truely developed good relationships with them.

Today, was our last work day in Moldova.  After we got back to the Pentecostal Union, we got cleaned up and dressed up for a very nice dinner at a fine restaurant.  It was a good night.

After we got back from dinner, we once again played cards.  We also celebrated Brianon’s 18th birthday, and Sharon’s birthday.  Happy birthday Brianon and Sharon.

The day was filled with good things, and it is good to settle down for a good nice sleep.

Click the picture above for a lot of photos from today.

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