Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Good news, bad news and an urgent prayer request

First, I haven't been able to blog recently, because I have been feeling a little under the weather. DH and I found out last week that we are going to have a baby! Yikes! Nope, not kidding, and totally sure. I have been feeling rather pukey. I think that that`s one of the reasons its been almost 10 years since my last preganancy! So, there's the good news.

Here's the bad. I had mentioned that we were bringing down a container. Neil went to the port last week, (thirteen hours away) He got the run-around from one and all. Came back for the weekend, and headed back to the port after church on Sunday night. All was going good until this afternoon when Customs started going through all the stuff. They said that we hadn't been specific enough and that we could not get the stuff liberated because there are a lot of household things and they don't consider that "ministry". Anywho, they threatened to impound and destroy all our stuff and fine us for trying to bring in contraband and trying to deceive them. Oh MY! Neil is a wreck. I told him over the phone that if we lose everything, its just stuff. You can replace stuff. Of course, inside I am trying hard not to fall to pieces. God was good to us on furlough and He gave us stuff. Stuff we thought He wanted us to have.

Neil has a meeting tonight with someone who might be able to help. He has a meeting with the Customs agents tomorrow at 8:30. Please pray that our Almighty God would show Himself strong on our behalf. And if He decides to relieve us of "stuff", pray that we might be gracious in our loss.


Mrs. Christie said...

I will be praying for you & am looking forward to hearing a praise report about your stuff!

A new baby! What a fun blessing!

Tori said...

Oh Rhonda,
First of all, congratulations on your blessed news!! I'm so happy for you.

Secondly, we will be praying about your container, especially today during devotion. I know how stressing that can be. We will really be praying!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your wonderful blessing!

And I will pray about the container too.

Many Blessings,

Rhonda said...

Thank you, Mrs. Christie, Tori and Michele!
I'm still feeling pukey, but I get to write a positive update on the container issue......just as soon as I'm feeling up to it!

Michelle in Mx said...

And you have my prayers around you.
Wow - what a bunch of going-ons!

Carrie said...

Congratulations, what a blessing. I am praying for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Oh my I haven't stopped by for a few days and then you have such news!!


I hope everything went well about the container. I will pray for you both lots.

Hugs and love.

Sis. Julie said...

Congratulations on the baby!! Amen!! How exciting!! We'll be praying for you about this and about your other request. Trust the Lord!! He is faithful...but then I know you know that.

Jungle Mom said...

I am anxious for an update regarding this, but knowing S.A., I may have to wait awhile, huh?

Sarah Joy said...

Hi there! I got a baby brother after eight years of no children, boy were my parents surprised! He was so much fun. What a blessing! I'll be in prayer for your new arrival, and I hope the customs problem worked out for you.

Tori said...

Hey Rhonda,
What's going on with the container? We've been doing some major praying for it. Hope things are going well!

Tori said...

Hey Rhonda,
Just wanted to let you know that your on our hearts. We're praying for ya!

Joe said...

I’m writing this to inform you about a project I am working on something that will help missionaries like you raise awareness and support. I am in the planning and design stages of launching a missionary news website (GodWitness News) and I would like you to be part of it. The purpose of the website will be to increase awareness about what missionaries are doing around the world. It will be missionary related news, by missionaries. The design I’m working on will be similar to the Yahoo News or to the BBC News websites.

I’m a professional Internet marketer, SEO expert and web designer. I have been thinking for some time that there must be a way I can use my skills to further God’s kingdom. After doing some analysis, I discovered that although there are many missionary blogs and websites, there are not many that have been optimized correctly to get a lot of readership traffic. You are probably aware of this, but a couple of the most important ways to get a lot of traffic is by having a high Google (Google, because it gets the most search traffic) PageRank and by having new content – A LOT of new content.

That is were you come in, with the content. Before I launch the news website, I would like to get 100 (eventually, I hope to have even more than this number, but this would be a good start) missionaries around the world to agree to be “news journalists.” If you are interested, I would like you to be one of the 100. If successful, there would be thousands of hits a day on the website. You would benefit by having many thousands of people around the world read about how God is using you, the work you are doing, and the people you are working with. Hopefully, some of the people visiting the website would support you with prayers and/or finances. Maybe some of them would want to volunteer to help with some of the projects you are working on. You could also benefit from having increased traffic to your website (each article you write could have a link to your website).

If you choose to participate, I would like you to agree to provide at least 12 articles in a year’s time. If you don’t want to write that many, you don’t have to feel obligated to do so though. The topic choice would pretty much be up to you. You could write about events in the country, challenges you are facing, tips for new missionaries, how God provided for your needs, and more. The articles don’t even have to be all that long. If you want to write more detailed articles, that’s fine, but if you want to write short ones(minimum should probably about 300 words), that’s fine too. You can also submit videos and photos. I just ask that everything submitted is good quality (you know, dot the i’s and cross the t’s, spelled checked, etc.) and original. It’s fine if it’s been published in print before, but if the content is already on the internet, the news websites PageRank will be reduced if the content has a copy somewhere out there on the web (yeah, the search bots are picky like that). Search engines don’t care about copies of videos and photos, so no worries there. The reason I say a year is because that is the time period through which I will evaluate how well the idea is accepted and whether I should continue the project. Call it beta testing if you want But that is about the necessary time needed to make the website a success.

If you are interested, please contact me by sending an e-mail to joe@josephkolb.info. Please let me know your name, the country you are working in, your missions name, your website, your contact information, your website, and any questions you have. Please provide as much of that information as possible as it will be hard to keep track of everyone if I have so many participants. Sometime after I get your e-mail and once I get the site going, I will send you a user name and password for your publisher account. I may also send updates or more detailed article criteria (good titles, photo sizes, etc.). I will also send a statement of faith that will have to be agreed to. Pretty much Jesus is the only way, the truth and the light and no one comes to the Father but through him.

I think that’s about it for now. Oh, yeah one more thing, I would like participants to add a link from their website (if they have one) or blog to the news website. In-links is another way that Google uses to establish PageRank. Also, I have had some people respond saying that they were uncomfortable with having the articles link to there blogs, if you don’t want to do that, it’s fine. And if you feel uncomfortable giving me some info, then that’s fine, I understand. I won’t sell it of course, but you don’t know me, so I can see why there would some level of distrust.

Along with the news website, I’m thinking of launching a social networking website (maybe part of the news website) for missionaries and those interested in getting connected with missionaries. It would be very similar to myspace’s set-up, but would be geared towards the specific audience that I just mentioned. Before I launch that though, we’ll have to see how successful the news website is. It would take considerable resources to get the social networking site up and running.

If you don’t want to write articles, adding a link on your site directed to the news site would help increase it’s PageRank. If you only can do that, email me and let me know and I will let you know when the site is ready.

So think about it, and most importantly, pray about it! Thanks in advance!

If you have any ideas that would help with the website, let me know!

God Bless You!!


PS. A little introduction to myself: I’m Joe Kolb and I’m from Britton, Michigan. I go to a church called Hope Christian Fellowship and North Ridge Church on weekdays. I’m currently working as a web/graphic design and finishing my second degree. I am engaged to an awesome girl and Lord willing, I will be getting married January 2, 2009.

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