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Fun Friday Photo – Pencils Bring Joy?

India: Orphans and Vulnerable Children receive school supplies from Bright Hope

I remember taking this picture so well.  I asked the children what they were excited about receiving from their Hope Packs, and they held up their pencils.  “Pencils”, I said, “No Way!” and they all shouted back “YEEAAAHHHH”.   A moment I’ll never forget!

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Rev. CH Dyer

Winter Borscht Recipe

I found this recipe on the Food Network.

I love cooking and making special ethnic dishes.  I made this for my wife’s birthday last month.  Anne loved the borscht we had in St. Petersburg Russia, years ago, while in the process of adopting our two youngest children.  So we compared this to the real deal and this recipe measured right up there.

I recommend a few modifications: add string cut carrots and some diced, fully browned, beef to the soup.  I pureed about 3/4 of the soup once it was fully cooked.  A dollop of sour cream is a must.  ENJOY!!

Ingredients

Directions

Put the broth, beets and potatoes in a large heavy-bottomed pot and bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until the vegetables are just tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover and stir in the cabbage and red wine vinegar. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper (taste for sodium levels in the broth before salting). Simmer for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Ladle the soup into serving bowls and serve warm.

Fun Friday Photo March 2nd

Slip ‘n Slide African style.

Fun, laughter and smiles are universal blessings from God.

The Extreme Poor Take a Leap Forward

CH jumping with the Maasai tribe.

In an article from Yale Global Online, Laurence Chandy and Geoffrey Gertz make the claim that the number of extreme poor fell from 1.37 billion in 2005 to 820 million, over a six year period.

This is great news, but why did this happen? Chandy and Gertz credit these trends: the rise of globalization, the spread of capitalism and the improving quality of economic governance.

“The poor countries that display the greatest success today are those that are engaging with the global economy, allowing market prices to balance supply and demand and to allocate scarce resources.”

If these trends seem to be working so well to help the extreme poor around the world, shouldn’t we also focus on them to help the needy in our country?

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Fun Friday Photo – Contest Winner

Winning Photo

During my recent trip to India our team had a contest of who could spot, and take a photo of, the most people on a motor bike.  Mark Cushman spotted this family, Julie Montgomery snapped the photo. I love the great smiles.  By the way, I don’t recommend trying this at home, if you do, wear helmets.

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