The sailing ship Dumfries was to be the home of Hudson Taylor for the next six months. It was September 19, and the seas were calm as the ship made its way from Liverpool down the Mersey River headed for the open sea of the Atlantic, then onward to China. The year was 1853, when no one could predict the weather. Hudson’s ship was surely headed to a watery grave.
“We cannot live half an hour now” said the captain shouting over the howling wind and pelting rain. The ship had scarcely left the Mersey when a violent “equinoctial gale,” as Hudson called it, caught them by surprise. The gale steadily increased and for twelve days the ship was battered and torn. Barrels rolled like projectiles across the deck and they feared all was lost.
Imagine facing the unknown like Hudson Taylor? Today, we have sophisticated satellite coverage worldwide that can spot a typhoon or hurricane from space and give warning to sea captains and airline pilots. I am glad we do.
Join my group to find out what happened to Taylor and why I am writing about Typhoons!
Back in 1981 I was a young sales clerk at Berean Christian Store in Santa Ana, CA. Our youngest daughter was just born our oldest was 3-years-old. An artist named Rick Dressler sold this print to our store and I liked it so much, I bought one. I remember meeting Rick and him telling me how he shot the photo; “The bread was very dry” he said.
Over the years my children and eight grandchildren, at very early ages, have loved this print. We pointed out and exaggerated the “Breaaad” and “Biiiible” to them. We would say, “Where’s the bread?” and “Where’s the Bible?” and even at 1 year old they would turn and point to it.
Little things in life have impact.
This week I had the print re-matted and re-framed. Most of our grandkids are older now, but still love the photo. Recently I found the artist online.
I wanted to thank him for bringing a lot of joy to our family over the last four decades!
I was disappointed to come across a step-by-step five-point list (it says only four) of how to be saved. Isn’t salvation by grace alone through faith alone? Before reading further ask yourself if you believe that. In fact, here is the actual verse:
Ephesians 2:8 (NASB95)
8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
Do you believe that?
One of my favorite things to do in Phnom Penh is hit up the Cambodia Bible Society. They sell an awesome little bi-lingual gospel of John. We can never have enough of these and one of my goals this trip is to hand out as many as possible to deportees and locals. Read more about it by joining my Faithlife group,
Because the Internet is a dangerous place to hang out, I am compelled to use caution when posting more sensitive information on my website. The site you are on now is WordPress. I like it since it is easy to use and relatively inexpensive. I pay about $100 per year to keep it going. But like any place on the Internet, it is not totally secure when it comes to who reads my posts and their motives for doing so (FYI: There is nowhere on the Internet with complete security).
Weekly, I receive strange notices from people ‘following’ this site. Most of them are legit. The problem is, I have no way to controlling them. I have communicated with WordPress and their response is, “What harm is it?” Well, so far no harm no foul, but I believe in caution. Don’t you?
troll2 | trōl | noun 1 a person who makes a deliberately offensive or provocative online post. • a deliberately offensive or provocative online post.
The Internet is not a static place to live. It is not a good idea to plop down anywhere and stay there. Do not get lulled by it. You do not “put down roots” on the Internet. Bad people lurk and strike. To be safe, one has to be alert and moving. (And keep your kids AWAY from it).
I will continue to post on this site. I will include narrative and photos here, but more sensitive stuff, like travel dates, etc., I am moving and will be linked to my Faithlife group “Roger that!”–a place I have control over who joins my ‘group’.
Faithlife. It is Christian based (they have a great Bible study app too!). At this time there are no ads and no spam. While things can always change, it is a pretty good neighborhood. Trolls have a harder time getting under the bridge.
I invite you to join my group at https://faithlife.com/rogerfeenstra/activity. A login and password need to be created, so it will take you a few seconds to do it. If that kind of stuff annoys you, you can stay here. I will keep you updated, but you will only get crumbs (joke).
I would like you to join. If a troll joins my group (which probably won’t happen), unlike WordPress, I can quickly delete and block.
Sounds like a plan to me! I hope to continue seeing you here, or on the other side!