Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rhinos Poached

Rhino Poaching is a huge problem in South Africa. The number of Rhinos killed recently is unbelievable. In 2008 - 83 rhinos were poached. In 2009 - 122 rhinos were killed. Last year the number stood at 333. To date - 5 have been poached this year.
According to The Times (27 Jan 2011) they are worth a lot of money.
"The price of rhino horn has reportedly increased to R400, 000/kg, making it more expensive than gold at around R300, 000/kg."

Saturday, January 15, 2011


With all I have shared so far you can imagine it would take something spectacular to be the greatest experience I had in 2010. Lausanne 3 in Cape Town was such an experience. It was more than amazing! To be a part of such a historic event was a huge privilege. I didn't go as a participant - I went as a servant to the media team. I was so blessed to sit in on dialogue sessions, media presentations, speeches and sermons. To be among some of the greatest theologians, missionaries and pastors of our time was an unbelievable experience.
The greatest part of Lausanne 3, by far, was the worship. I honestly cannot describe the blessing it was to worship with brothers and sisters from 199 countries! I can't imagine worshipping with such a diverse group again until I do it in front of the throne of the King of kings.
May Lausanne 3 spur many of us on so that heaven is so full no one could possibly count the number worshipping there!

Thursday, January 13, 2011


October of 2010 marked a very special ocassion for my family as my mom and dad celebrated 50 years of marriage! The whole family gathered together in TX to honor them. My sister (and others) planned a great party which was attended by many of their friends. A lot of fun and fellowship.
In this day and age where over 50 percent of all marriages fail - it is an honor to know my parents have been married for so long. I am grateful for their commitment to each other and the LORD. I pray that they have 50 more! OK maybe not that long - but a continuation of the love they share!
BTW: Pretty good looking family if I do say so myself.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I have already blogged about my trip to Japan (see 10 Septembers blog) but I had to put it in my Top 10 for 2010. I was so blessed by the people I met and the baseball I saw and the food I ate and all the memories I was given. I love Japan!
The picture is of Mr. Ito san who played SS with the Leaves (I was a late replacement at 2B). He is a good friend and a hero to play so well at such an age!
BTW: He also played SS for Zimbabwe against me when I coached the Lesotho National Team in Nigeria.
Really, since the late 70's early 80's I have wanted to see my Ham Fighters play in Japan and although I didn't see my team play in person I did see them on TV. And, I was able to see the "World Champion" Marines play. It was a great trip filled with great memories. I can't wait to take JK with me one day soon.

Friday, January 7, 2011


The 20th of August was one of the greatest days of my life and yet one of the worst days of my life.
It was the day my little girl (punkin' pie) left me to go to the States to finish her SR year and prepare for College.
I joined the ranks of parents who realize how hard it is to admit your children are mature enough that they don't need you (as much) any more! Honestly, it also makes you feel old. Like I said it was a very difficult day.
But, it was also a day of celebration - because it signified (some) success as a parent. We realized that we really did raise of daughter well. She doesn't need us because she has matured. We have done something right - there is growth, maturity, and a need for more independence. All of these things are good.
Well done to my daughter, who in 2010 turned from punkin' pie into a young woman!
We celebrate all that you are and have become as we pray for all that you will be and do.
We miss you but we love you more!

Thursday, January 6, 2011


It is impossible to rank these games so I grouped them 5-7.
World Cup 2010 was such a memorable event for our family and our country.
I will never forget the Opening Match RSA v MEX. I was watching in a community hall in Soweto with over 500 fans. When RSA scored the opening goal the joy and enthusiasm and out of control excitement - it's impossible to explain. WOW! I can almost hear now that the vuvazelas have been silent for 6 months!

I saw my second favorite team the Netherlands beat Denmark. Go Orange! And, I saw the USAs greatest game - beating Algeria 1-0 in extra time to win the group. My personal highlight was going to a game with my wife and my children.

Josh wanted to see Ghana play because his soccer coach is from Ghana.
We went and they won!

RAH wanted to see Italy play because she saw them play Brazil in the Confederations Cup and though they lost they were "hot."
We went and they didn't play so well. They lost, but, I guess they were "hot."

I was able to go to the round of 16 with Janna Kay and cheer on the USA!
Wow what a memorable night! OK we lost but it was a brilliant match.
It was so cool to be a part of that evening!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Number Eight is a tie!

I was really blessed to minister for a week with 3 professional baseball players. They
represented UPI a great ministry partner. Mickey Weston, Bill Curtis and Brent Lillibridge did a great job of teaching baseball skills and sharing the Good News. They worked with U10, U12, U14, and U16 teams as well as a couple of club teams. They played kickball in the inner city and taught baseball skills to a club in Alexandria (a huge township). They also gave instruction to some of the National team players who live in Gauteng. We had a lion scare us pretty bad one day but that's another story.

Our church, Ridgecrest Family Church, has been meeting in a pre-school classroom since it was established 6 years ago. We own property but never had enough money to build. This year, by faith, we started the building project. On Christmas Day we worshipped in the church! It is not finished, but it was exciting to worship in the new building. I was given the opportunity to preach last Sunday before we moved back into the classroom. God is good - the building is coming along nicely.

Please pray that the church members are build up even more than the bricks!
We need to be a light in our community!