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

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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.








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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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.




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















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!!








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!