Penny the Traveling Clothespin Doll shares her adventures at home and abroad.

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In September, Penny and I had a neat project to work on together.  We got out lots of  stamping supplies, ink, and pretty papers, to work on making some Scripture cards in Spanish.  Our friend Christine and her family were headed to the Dominican Republic to visit some orphanages.  We worked together to make these cards for the orphans.

This verse, Philippians 1:6, in English says, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”




This is Penny’s friend, Violet, who is helping to make the cards, she will be the one to take the colorful cards to the children in the Dominican Republic.

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23





 On each card we also put the five colors of Penny’s beads. (The Bead Story.)

“Walk in love, as Christ loved us, and gave himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” Ephesians 5:2




John 10:4  “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.”

Psalm 31:3  “For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.”

Romans 11:36  “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”




Together with Christine’s help, and that of Penny and Violet, we made 100 Spanish verse cards.  I hope the children will enjoy these pretty cards.




We also made 40 cards in French for a school in Haiti that they would visit as well.

Philippians 1:6  “Je suis persuadé que celui qui a commencé en vous cette bonne œuvre la rendra parfaite pour le jour de Jésus-Christ.” 

In English: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

 It was an exciting project, and I had so many favorite designs.  I wondered about the children that would receive each card; what was their favorite color, did they like animals or flowers best, trains or teddy bears?  Would they hang the card on the wall by their bed?  Each child is gifted by God for special things in their future.  I wonder what they will become?  May God bless each one!



I enjoyed hearing recently about another Penny Doll at work.  Here she is in Papua, Indonesia posing with Kristi and Regi.  Regi plans to use the doll to share the Gospel story with a group of children at a church on Sunday.


“Without faith it is impossible to please God. 
The man who approaches God must have faith in two things,
first, that God exists and secondly, that
it is worth man’s while to try to find God.”
Hebrews 11:6  (J.B. Phillips NT)




Maria is a new clothespin doll who got to travel to the Dominican Republic this winter with my friend Mary.  “Maria” is the Spanish form of the name Mary.  The purpose of the trip was a medical mission with a team from SCORE International.


DR map


The team visited several towns and took part in a variety of work.  I hope you enjoy these slideshows of the beautiful scenes and beautiful people of the Dominican Republic.







“For by Him were all things created,
that are in heaven, and that are in earth…”

Colossians 1:16








Miss Mary is enjoying herself with her new friends.



Cocoa bean pods are 6-10 inches long and hold 20-40 cocoa bean seeds.

They are harvested, roasted, and ground to make chocolate.

Cocoa beans are one of the major crops of the Dominican Republic.






Children at the orphanage.




Juan Dolio beach








Time to say farewell to the Dominican, what a great experience this has been.  Mary has gone on these trips several times and is drawn back again and again to share life with these people.





Here’s a spectacular view out the plane window as they take off for home.





Phil Fields is working in Indonesia on a Plain Language version of the New Testament, to be easily read in the general language of the people.  This month, March, there are many celebrations afoot to celebrate the completion of this New Testament.  It is now published and ready for distribution!  To read more about the Fields and their work, see their website at .   This girl, Dewi, is a seminary student who was given one of Penny’s clothespin cousins with the beads to use in sharing the Gospel.

Here she is pictured using the doll to tell these children the precious story of Jesus and His Love. To read the Bead story written in the Indonesian language, check this out – Manik-manik Penny.




Gold – O – stands for God, the Almighty, the King of Heaven and Creator of the universe.

Black – O – stands for mankind who fall short of God’s glory.  Sin separates us from God.




Red – O – The color of the blood of Jesus, God’s Son, who took the punishment for our sins when He died on the cross.  In doing so, He bought us back from sin, so that we could become God’s children.

White – O – The color of a clean heart made to be the dwelling place of the God of Life and Love.

Green – O – As trees grow tall and green, and bear fruit, so we as Christians should seek to know God and have His likeness fill us.  In prayer, and by studying God’s Word we will grow closer to Him, and live fruitful lives.




Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world…

they are precious in His sight!!

♥ ♥ ♥

Farmer Andy 1

Farmer Andy 6


Farmer Andy, the clothespin doll that works with Bill Brown of the Fellowship of Christian Farmers has had a busy fall full of big events.  The Applefest took place in Brewerton, NY in September.  The above pictures show Dave Iamele and Ric Rosario from Cassville Community Church helping to share the Gospel bead story with the 1.000 folks who visited the FCF tent.  Each visitor is given a walking stick with 5 colored beads attached and told the story of the Gospel.  Over 100 people prayed to receive Christ.  Click here to read The Bead Story.


Farmer Andy 2


A special week (October 27- November 2) was spent at the ECHO Global Farm & Research Center in North Fort Myers, Florida.  ECHO is “a global Christian organization that equips people with agricultural resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor.”  Their goal is to honor God through sustainable hunger solutions.  See their site here:

Nineteen FCF members from across the US and Canada helped to prepare the research farm for a missions conference in December, when 250 missionaries from underdeveloped countries from around the world were coming to learn about the research being done at ECHO to equip them to better help in their own countries.  A fascinating place!


Farmer Andy 3


IPM – 100 years?  What is that?  the International Plowing Match up in Ontario, Canada!

Here 8,000 people stopped by the Fellowship of Christian Farmers tent.  400 people prayed to receive Christ after receiving a free walking stick with the beads.

The last day of the show was cancelled because of 5 inches of rain falling the night before.  It took two days for things to dry out enough to pack up the tents and equipment!  Phewy!


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November 3-9th  found 21 members (pictured below with Farmer Andy), at Reality Ranch in Zolfo Springs, Florida doing mission work.  Shown here is Pastor Randy Johnston (in wheel chair) – owner and founder of the ranch.  Reality Ranch offers rodeos, bull-riding, calf-roping, Cowboy Church, and a therapeutic riding program for those with disabilities.

The FCF team helped with lots of building and repairs.  2013 was the 4th year of mission work at the ranch.  Pastor Randy hosts rodeos and always shares the gospel before each event.  Several contestants have prayed to receive Christ this year.  “That’s why we help,” says Bill Brown.

There is an interesting article telling Pastor Randy Johnston’s story of his diving accident and his heart to help others on his Ranch at:


Farmer Andy 5

This I copied from Pastor Randy’s site:
Cowboy’s Ten Commandments
  1.   Just One God.
  2.   Honor yer Ma & Pa.
  3.   No Tellin Tales or Gossipin’.
  4.   Git Yerself to Sunday Meetin.
  5.   Put Nothin’ Before God.
  6.   No Foolin’ Around With Another Fellow’s Gal.
  7.   No Killin’.
  8.   Watch Yer Mouth.
  9.   Don’t Take What Ain’t Yers.
  10. Don’t Be Hankerin’ For Yer Buddy’s Stuff.