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

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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.






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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Another of my cousins has been adopted by Pastor Santono and his family in Indonesia!

They serve a small congregation of 30 people, who are mainly young high school and college students. They are pictured here with Phil Fields, the Bible translator.




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Here is a close up of young Semeia with her mother, Anna.  I know my little pink cousin with dark braids will enjoy her new home with them.  I pray that this cousin will be a useful part of their ministry.

The little book is for witnessing.  It is John 9 written in English and in Plain Indonesian. The title of the book is “Let’s Not Become Spiritually Blind!”

We read John 9 recently in our evening family devotions!  It is the story of a man born blind that Jesus healed.



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 We have news from Indonesia!!

My first two cousin dolls were given to two girls at a seminary in Salatiga, Central Java.

 As one of her assignments, this girl shared in her written testimony about wanting to share Christ with children.


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The card Anna is holding here is the  Manik-manik Penny card Phil Fields wrote telling the bead story in Indonesian, it is also available on this site. 

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Let’s pray that these girls will have opportunities to share!



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Hello friends!

I’d like to introduce you to my cousin Andy.

Here we are hunting eggs together in the barn.






 He loves tractors and it thrilled him to sit on our John Deere 3020.









Maybe he’ll be a mechanic when he grows up.








Ha! A little mechanic that fits into the tool box!









Dreamin’ of someday….






In the meantime, he has been adopted by Mr. Bill Brown of the Fellowship of Christian Farmers International to help with his ministry of sharing the gospel bead story at farm shows and fairs.

This picture was taken last week at the Farm Show in Hamburg, New York.

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Bill Brown and his wife Kathy have worked for 14 years with The Fellowship of Christian Farmers.  He is the Area Coordinator covering all the New England States, and New York.  He travels a great deal in Canada getting the ministry started there, and also works in the South.  He coordinates mission trips to ECHO and Reality Ranch in Florida each fall, and helps with FCFI disaster relief.



When at fairs and farm shows, the Fellowship of Christian Farmers sets up a booth where they pass out these walking sticks with the Gospel Beads attached as they share the precious story of God’s Love.

The card says:

Gold Bead – Heaven     Revelation 21:21b

Dark Bead – Sin    Romans 3:23 and 6:23

Red Bead – Blood of Christ    Romans 5:8 and 1 Peter 3:18a

White Bead – Purity / Forgiveness    John 1:12 and Romans 10:9

Green Bead – Spiritual Growth    Matthew 18:20 and 1 John 1:7

                     You should check out the FCF web site for more information about them  –



On the way home from the Farm Show, guess where Pa Dart stopped!    Oh, yeah!!


These are Amazing Donuts!  After sampling them all, I still couldn’t decide…


Maybe I’ll settle for this one.


Oh, so yummy!  But oh, so Big, I think I can only eat half!!


It was a beautiful wintery day in western New York, here is a picture at sunset.


Blessings to you as you begin your new work, Farmer Andy!

We look forward to hearing more about your adventures in the future!

Hello there, this is Penny the Clothespin Doll writing!  Thanks for visiting my new site!

I can’t wait to share my adventures with you!

The idea for this website began back in October when we had a visit from the Fields.


Phil and Gale are long time friends of the family and have worked in Indonesia for 30 years translating the Bible.  They completed the New Testament in a tribal language and are now working to translate into the national language.   See more about them at  Their daughter Rachel was able to come too.  She is preparing to become a full-time missionary in Tanzania, Africa!   Becky introduced them to me and showed them some of my scrapbooked travels, asking that if an opportunity came, would they take me on a visit to Indonesia, and Tanzania too?


They enjoyed seeing the pictures of my travels and suggested that rather than taking me to Indonesia, Becky could make up a dozen dolls like me who would be my Cousins.  They would travel on to Indonesia and meet the people there and send word back to me about their adventures!  My job would be to create a website where we could collect their pictures and display them for others to see! 

Wow, this is going to be so much fun!!


So I helped Becky begin to make more little clothespin dolls like me…



After painting on their faces and feet, Becky gave them a coat of varnish.  Aren’t you glad you humans weren’t created this way?




Next came the hair and clothing…




I was allowed to help pick out the fabrics and the pretty trimmings of lace and ribbons.




Becky said that my stitching is improving and that I was a good helper! 

To each dress we added the five color beads that tell the Gospel story.  What is neat about these beads is that they can tell the Gospel in any language!  To read the bead story, see Penny’s Beads,  and then check out Manik-Manik Penny to see if you can read it in Indonesian!




Now these cousins of mine will be ready to be little missionaries themselves!




 Becky gave us all a lesson on where Indonesia is by showing us the Atlas and pointing out a large group of islands located on the equator above Australia.  Wow, that’s really on the other side of the world!




Since it is usually about 80-90 degrees and humid down there, I thought I’d give these girls a taste of Real New York Winter before they left.  I was so disappointed that we didn’t have deep snow at the time, but we hauled Becky out with her camera to take our picture together in the bit of snow we did have. 

Now, you don’t know it from this sunny picture, but the temperature was only 5 degrees out there!  With a wind chill of ten below!  Now that’s really cold!!  Becky and her camera were quickly getting stiff, but the temperature didn’t bother us any!  See our snowmen?




And so the time came for them to leave and say “Goodbye”.




Farewell, my friends, God bless you!!