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

Archive for March, 2013



 Hello folks, this is Penny!  I have returned from my great trip to Oklahoma.  It was very special, and I look forward to when I can gather the pictures together here for you to see.  I was glad to find that after my absence the farm was a little more advanced toward springtime.  And now in celebration of Easter, I would like to share with you some pictures of the early flowers I found.

Easter is the celebration of the Giver of Life!  The triumphant resurrection of Jesus after He poured out His life in love for us on the cross.  I like to celebrate Easter with sunshine and the grand old hymns that tell our Savior’s story in poem.  Let me share some with you…      Now, if only I could include the swelling music!! 



 In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see; 
For twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died
To pardon and sanctify me. 
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross….
( The Old Rugged Cross,  by George Bennard)
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e’re such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
(When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,  by Isaac Watts)
“Man of Sorrows”, what a name,
For the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim!
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
(Hallelujah! What a Savior!,  by Philip Bliss)



 Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
(Jesus Paid It All, by Elvina M. Hall)
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,
But He made something beautiful of my life.
(Something Beautiful, by Bill and Gloria Gaither)


 Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign.
He arose!  He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!
(Christ Arose!, by Robert Lowry)

Is there a dark domain in your life?

Lives again our glorious King;   Allelujah!
Where, O death, is now thy sting?   Allelujah!
Dying once, He all doth save:   Allelujah!
Where thy victory, O grave?   Allelujah!
(Christ the Lord is Risen Today, by Charles Wesley)


 He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?  He lives within my heart!
(He Lives, by Alfred H. Ackley)
I know that my Redeemer liveth,
And on the earth again shall stand;
I know eternal life He giveth,
That grace and pow’r are in His hand.
(I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, by Jessie B. Pounds)
Let every kindred, every tribe,
On this terrestial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all.
(All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, by Edward Perronet)




Soar we now where Christ has led,   Allelujah!
Following our exalted Head;   Allelujah!
Made like Him, like Him we rise;   Allelujah!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies.   Allelujah!
(Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, by Charles Wesley)
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain,
All sufficient grace for even me;
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame;
O magnify the precious name of Jesus,
Praise His Name!!!
(Wonderful Grace of Jesus, by Haldor Lillenas)



Mrs. Kathy Brown sharing the bead story using Farmer Andy at the NY Farm Show in Syracuse, NY.

Mr. Bill Brown sent us some pictures of Little Farmer Andy at work!
The Fellowship of Christian Farmers shares the bead story at farm shows and fairs,  here are some of their recent activities. Read  The Bead Story.
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Syracuse, NY  

In this picture is Mrs. Kathy Brown sharing the bead story with two young gentleman using Farmer Andy at the NY Farm Show in Syracuse, NY – 2500 people heard the story at the show – over 100 made a commitment to follow Christ as their Savior.  – Feb 21-23, 2013


Feb 28-Mar 1 – Farmer Andy travelled to Wauchula, Florida and Pioneer days.  The picture was lost but 2,000 heard the story.  Several accepted Christ (50)
Below is a picture taken when Farmer Andy visited FCFI Board member Dave and Judy Porter, snowbirds from Adams Center, NY, in their Florida home, Venice, FL.  Judy is having health problems so the visit.  Part of Mr. Bill Brown’s job is encouraging folks.  The Porters are long time supporters of FCFI.
Farmer Andy will be travelling next (Mar 21-25) to exhibit at the Bluegrass Festival hosted by the Sertoma Youth Camp located in Brooksville, FL.  I hope to get a picture for you.


Farmer Andy visited FCFI Board member Dave and Judy Porter in Florida




 These shells came from Florida.

The sand dollar is a special illustration of the story of Christ.

Notice the five slits, that could represent the wounds of our Savior, in his hands, his feet, and the fifth slit as the sword that pierced his side.

The legend of the Sand Dollar

There’s a fascinating story
That I would like to tell
Of the birth and death of Jesus
Shown in this lowly shell.

If you examine closely,
You’ll see that you find here
Four nail holes and a fifth one
Made by a Roman’s spear.

On one side the Easter lily,
Its center is the star
That appeared unto the shepherds
And led them from afar.

The Christmas poinsettia,
Etched on the other side
Reminds us of His birthday,
Our happy Christmastide.

Now break the center open,
And here you will release
The five white doves awaiting
To spread Good will and peace.

This simple little symbol,
Christ left for you and me
To help us spread His Gospel
Through all eternity.




Penny first began her adventures with an amazing opportunity to travel to Australia with our friend, Andrea.      Here are the pages we created for the scrapbook.  We added interesting pictures found online that feature some of the wonders of Australia.  It was fun to research the unusual critters that live there.



Dear Penny,

Remember when we traveled to Australia, the world’s smallest continent, in 2005? You sat in palm trees and met kangaroos, koalas, and kookaburras, birds that make a noise that sounds a bit like a person laughing. At night, we could see the Southern Cross, a constellation that isn’t visible in the Northern Hemisphere.

We took pictures when we visited Cape Byron, the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. We loved how clear the water was and how we could see the ocean floor beneath the sparkling waves.









 After Penny returned home to New York, we sent two dolls to live with Andrea’s relatives and become citizens of Australia.   They probably have picked up a good Aussie accent by now, eh?  Here they are pictured in Penny’s bedroom before traveling.



This is Becky writing, because Penny isn’t here, she has left on a new trip!

The last I heard from her was when she was traveling through Illinois.   She was passing through Abraham Lincoln Country where so many things there are named after that famous President of the United States.

Penny was heading toward the big city of St. Louis where she would be crossing the Mississippi River.

DSCN2283This is not really the car she is traveling in, but this is Penny’s little copper music box car from home.

I took these pictures on our driveway to show you how the farm looks now without much snow.  The grass is flat and brown, but the birds are busy singing the arrival of spring!  I wish you could hear them sing so joyfully.  The snow is melting away and there is mud everywhere.  I wonder how much greener the farm will be when Penny returns?  I can’t wait to hear about her newest adventure!!




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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