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

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Paddy and Mary traveled this fall to India, with their host, Don Stauffer.

This is at the Dubai airport after their breakfast, now waiting for the connecting flight to Hyderabad, India.  Dubai is in the Middle East just east of Saudi Arabia.  It is an extravagant modern city full of amazing sights.

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Ah, the lovely green countryside outside Hyderabad, India.   8 million people live in this 5th largest city in India, the state capital of Andhra Pradesh, rich in history and culture.

Mr. Stauffer has a full schedule of meetings in this area.  He was fascinated by the deep red soil.  The thin, slow moving farm animals.  The unique shapes of trees and shrubs.  The children playing in the dirt and chattering away in a language unknown to him.  The birds floating silently in the deep blue sky.  The hills off in the distance.

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India is a vast colorful array of life beaming from vegetation struggling through hard earth to individuals struggling to make a life.  He found it impossible to express the smells, flavors, emotions and quality of life that surrounded him there in that strange land that still held a sense of home to him.

In Hyderabad, their hosts were Dr. Mano & Dr. Shoba Paul in their lovely home. They were so filled with hospitality.

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Mr. Stauffer spoke to groups of pastors, yet felt that he had so much to learn from them!

India’s greatest asset and its greatest need must be the vast amount of people.  Everywhere you turn, people are everywhere!  Needy people.  A people who need God!  How much we miss when we do not see our own great need for God.  We have so much at our disposal, so many avenues to meet our own needs.  Yet many of these believers live on just a few dollars a day, or less.  Their prayer is truly for their daily bread.  Their example of faith in a living God was very refreshing.

Here, the poor are very poor, yet, there are many who are reaching for a higher economy to acquire greater “stuff”.  Many are left behind in poverty.

Look what they have in Nagpur! Hmmmm!!

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Traffic in India is quite wild.  Each driver desperately racing toward their destination.  Its a wonder they ever arrive in one piece!   The roadsides offer a great variety of shops.  A standard favorite is a cup of chai tea with plenty of sugar and milk!

“How can we best proclaim the living Christ in this place?”, Mr. Stauffer asked himself.  At a large youth gathering he shared how God led him in his Christian walk over the years.

Another highlight of his time in India was visiting the boy’s and girl’s Christian hostels (orphanages) where he shared Bible lessons about the love of God on the lives of Abraham & Isaac, and Ruth.  Such bright smiles those children had.  What a thrill to hear them say “Hello” in their limited English.  What hopelessness many of them were born into.  In the time of innocent childhood, a time which is to be a carefree and happy time, they have gone through so much hurt and disappointment, some just wanted to die even before the age of 8.  Now they are surrounded by the love of their guardians and many believe in Jesus.  Hope now gleams in their eyes.  “They stole my heart!”

 

Here, Paddy and Mary are pictured with the Bansod family in Nagpur.  “Great family and a great time was had in fellowship and ministry. The blessing was mine!” said Mr. Stauffer.

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Below is a fellowship lunch at church, after a 2 1/2 hour service in Nagpur, India.

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What an honor to connect and identify with believers on the other side of the world in an entirely different culture and see their heart for the love and service of the Lord Jesus Christ.  What a lesson on how we must beware the materialism and consumerism that surround us here in North America.  How we long to be more open to allow God to be God in the daily routine of our lives!

 

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These little clothespin dolls, named Paddy ‘n Mary, have been adopted by Mr. Don Stauffer.  Mr. Stauffer spent many years as a missionary in Ireland.  Today he continues to work with Global Outreach Mission, but is now based in Ontario, Canada, serving as a Mobilizer.  As a mobilizer he helps those who want to get involved in missions to find a place to serve that fits them best.   There are many options in areas of medical, spiritual and practical work.  Most of all, workers need to be committed to Jesus Christ as their personal Lord.

Don says, “My Mission in life: Along with all creation to bring glory to God, through Jesus Christ, with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.”

 

The picture above was taken at the Winona Peach Festival in Winona, Ontario, at a car show.

Don writes:  “Great afternoon at the Peach Festival yesterday. HOT though!  While I placed the two on the bonnet, (hood) the owner was near by.  She inquired and I told her about you and your Penny dolls. I shared the colour story of the Gospel and she was intrigued very much…”

 

 

Paddy ‘n Mary are enjoying some Canadian hospitality.

Eating a chicken dinner in St. Catharine’s, Ontario; the table is a perfect fit, and the food delicious!!

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 Now on to Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA,

Visiting the Aquarium.  Nothing to be scared of here, is there?

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Wow, the shark show was fun, now lets see those stingrays!!

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 Then we head to Buffalo, New York, as Mr. Stauffer checks in at the Global Outreach Headquarters.

 Here, Paddy ‘n Mary consult with President Dr. Brian Albrecht &  Greg Constable.

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On to their next assignment….

 More adventures are ahead for this traveling team, stay tuned!

 


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Introducing Penny’s cousin Evangeline!!

Evangeline was privileged to travel with Rachel to Yosemite National Park in California recently.

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Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains just across the state from San Francisco.

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Pier 39, in San Francisco, has been “owned” by these sea lions since 1990.  After a large earthquake, they took up residence here and refuse to be sent away.  I think they like being a tourist attraction.

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 Evangeline saw the San Francisco City Hall from her perch on a double decker bus, very impressive!

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She was glad to have Rachel along for the walking tour of Chinatown.

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A lovely clear day and a grand view of the Golden Gate bridge.

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Running on the sand in bare feet, what a delight.

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Yosemite National Park – wow, the size of those trees is immense!

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The giant sequoia trees are not as tall as the redwoods up north, but the trunks are wider!

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The famous Bridalveil Falls off in the distance.

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Wading in Mirror Lake.

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A campground nestled in among the giant trees.

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These trees make full-sized people look as tiny as clothespin dolls!

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Many of these trees were growing long before the birth of Jesus.

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“Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty,

give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name;

worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

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The voice of the Lord is upon the waters:

the God of glory thundereth:

The Lord is upon many waters.

The voice of the Lord is powerful;

the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

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The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars:

yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

He maketh them also to skip like a calf;

Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

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The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.

The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness;

The Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve,

and discovereth the forests:

and in His temple doth every one speak of His glory.

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The Lord sitteth upon the flood;

yea; the Lord sitteth King forever.

The Lord will give strength unto His people;

the Lord will bless His people with peace.”

–Psalm 29–

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May God bless you all!!

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To celebrate their local Founders’ Day, the Attica First Baptist Church took part in the town parade.  Their float included a model of the church and a sample pew.  Church members dressed in matching red shirts and invited children to come to Vacation Bible School.

 

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Thank you, Wayne and Darlene (pictured here on the right), for using Penny’s cousins in this project.  And thank you for all these great pictures!

 

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 The Attica First Baptist Church

 

 

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Here is the church’s booth, where church members shared the gospel with visitors.  A pair of  clothespin dolls went along to help tell the bead story.  Those who stayed to listen were given a bracelet with the Gospel Beads to keep.

 

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Below are some special pictures of the dolls checking out the model church.  How fun to find a church building just your size!

 

 

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In the early days, this side entrance welcomed horse drawn buggies.

“How do you do, Sir? What’s your horse’s name?”

 

 

An update from Wayne says:   “We had a Record number pre-registered for VBS AND a record attendance!  Many heard about Jesus and many were saved from eternal separation from God!”

 

The WORD of God is living and active,

“The WORDS that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.”   John 6:63

“Jesus answered and said, If a man love me, he will keep my WORDS:  and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”   John 14:23

 

Spread the Word!!

 

 

 

 


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This Penny doll is now at the UKRIM seminary at Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

Anote is the girl holding the doll,
the other girl is Christine, they will be sharing this cousin.

Both of them minister in Sunday School and activities like Kids Klubs.

 

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This is Lestari with her doll.

 

The three girls in the picture below are students at STTII in Jakarta.
The one holding the doll is Lestari,
and the other two are Judika (left) and Dewi (right).
All are involved in ministry to children, like in Sunday school.
The STTII is a very evangelical seminary encouraging their students to actively spread the Good News of Christ.
 

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Phil Fields is standing here with the students as he encourages them in the Lord.

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