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Abba Walk-a-Thon

Oct 23 2011

Yesterday, Rose and I juggled at this year's walk-a-thon for Abba ministry, a crisis pregnancy center in Portland.  As we were setting up, one of the coordinators asked if Rose wanted to walk.  We asked if she could collect pledges after the fact and still send them in, and we were told this was fine.  So, while I did 45 minutes of 'walk around' juggling, Rose walked 10 laps of the soccer field, and has been busy collecting pledges since.

When she was done, we did a 30 minute show for the crowd that was there.  It went very well, and I even tried out a brand new trick with dental floss.  I trust what we did was an encouragement to the faithful people working and walking at this event.

But for me, the best part of the day was the time spent with Rose.  We went to Friendly's for lunch, and it gave us the opportunity to talk about what Abba does and why.  she was given a plastic 'fetus' about three inches long, and she read that this was the size of an unborn baby at five weeks.  She picked up something else that had the word 'abstenance' on it and wanted to know what that meant.  It was a very natural teachable moment to talk about the vital issues of sex, preganacy and life with my 10 year old, and I'm grateful for that.

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The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I  wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

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