My friend Sandy sent me a “Thanksgiving prayer” over e-mail this week from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, Arthur Bennett, ed.  Thanks Sandy!  I really enjoyed taking some time to respond to it and put some of the ideas in my own words.  I hope you indeed feel thankful as I do today! 

I thank You for the soul You have created in me,
for designing it and making it complete with Yourself,
though it is rooted in dry soil;

I thank You for the body You have given me,
for giving it life and strength,
for providing the senses to enjoy delights,
for giving eyes to see You in this world,
for giving ears to hear Your shepherd voice,
for hands that can fulfill their calling,
for arms that can embrace others,
for a mind that can comprehend truth,
for a heart that can feel sorrow and joy,
for legs that can follow You closely.

I thank You for being active in my everyday life,
and for everything that You are to us.

Increase my thankfulness and love, O my God, through time and eternity. 

Debrecen English Camp

We’ve just finished five amazing days.  Five friends from North Carolina came to help us with an English Camp.  A couple hours after landing in Budapest, this jet-lagged team was hanging out with university students at English Club.  Over the course of the weekend, Donnie shared 10 thoughts on how to live a better life.  Five of them are:

  • Be intentional with your thoughts
  • Be thankful
  • Be accountable to someone
  • Tell those you love that you love them
  • Be Quiet

We spent Saturday morning at an orphanage in Debrecen, and we almost had too much fun.  I’d say that was a pretty significant time for all of us.  A highlight for me was when one of the young girls found the courage to sing a song for all of us.  Wow. 

After Valéria’s awesome scavenger hunt in the city center, had a Hungarian lunch, some English small groups, life-story sharing, and lots of games.  I won’t mention what time people went to bed.  🙂  This was an outstanding group of Americans who came to visit.  They brought so much fun, they shared their hearts, and they were real with us.  (Thanks Adam, Jill, Amanda, Adrien, and Donnie!!!!).  Personally, I feel refreshed and excited about life.  Here’s some pictures:

Africa, Blog, Debrecen

Wow, I think this is my fourth post in three weeks.  I’m on a roll!  I want to mention that my buddy Chris is going to Zimbabwe today.  You can read about his travels so far on his blog and then pray…it’s a bit dangerous. 

Also, I would to announce that this blog,, is ranked the 2,910,025 th most popular blog on!!!   

5 friends from North Carolina are coming to Budapest today.  The next week is going to be full and fun.  We have a four day English Program starting today, and we’ll spend a couple days in Debrecen.  The forums and life-story times should be great, and everyone’s looking forward to our time at the orphanage on Saturday morning.  I’ll post some pictures and thoughts next week.

First Snow

Yesterday we woke up to a sunny day….the first we’ve had in a while.  Later, we went to Margit sziget with some friends and played soccer with the kids.  An hour later it started raining.  Then sleeting.  Then Snowing!!  I don’t believe the boys saw snow last year, so they were EXCITED.  We got out our three-kid sled, and I pulled them in circles.  Yes, my arm is soar today.  The kids built a snowman and named him Feri.