Posted: December 13, 2008 in Uncategorized


It is Saturday morning and I have tried to work things out so that I can spend most of my day alone at home today. I have had to shuffle some things around and ask a couple of people to cover do a few things but I am thinking that it may work. But maybe not. Before 6:00 AM I have had two people come to see me.


Beth is away in Arkansas where she spoke at a school, is hosting two purse parties, has visited Joseph (one of our kids that went home this year) and the Rice family in Missouri and is spending time with her good friend Donna. She will be back on Tuesday morning. I am here with the three big mastiff dogs. When I get up, they get up. Where I go they go. Usually they follow Beth around but now they are slumming with only me here. I have kept them out for the past two nights, which is no easy thing, I mean, try moving a 200 pound dog if he doesn’t want to go. The biggest one, Maguire, is lying next to me snoring away as I type. It can be especially interesting when the dogs snore when we are having a time of prayer and worship with people and things get quiet except for the snoring.


Speaking of animals, it seems that we have some sista (hen) freeloaders. They are supposed to eat, poop, sleep and give eggs. It seems that we have some that are eating and pooping and sleeping and not giving eggs. So Byron is going through the process of trying to identify the eggless sistas and then he is selling them so that they can be________. I can’t even type the word. He says that he is culling them but it seems more like he is selling them to be k—lled and e—tn.


Beth has been away for five days and my hermit/recluse mode has been activated. People have invited me for dinner but why go when I can open a can of corn or spaghetti O’s and just eat from the can. I can’t get away with that when Beth is here.


My plan was to stay home most of the day. Well that hasn’t worked and so I am working on staying home for at least a couple of hours. I have spent some of my time at home working on my truck, which is having some problems starting and with working on the inverter battery bank. The positive terminal on one of the batteries melted and I have taken a sheet metal screw and attached the cable to the part of the terminal that is in the battery. ***WARNING: DON’T TRY THIS ANYWHERE EXCEPT IN HAITI!


I will find out if it worked at about midnight which is when we will get city power. We lost city power today at about noon.


We at our church are emphasizing missions this month. Here are a few quotes that I find challenging:


  • "You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving." — Amy Carmichael, missionary to India


  • "The true greatness of any church in not how many it seats but how many it sends!" – Unknown


  • "Can’t you do just a little bit more?" — J.G. Morrison pleading with Nazarenes in the 1930’s Great Depression to support their missionaries


  • "Sympathy is no substitute for action." — David Livingstone, missionary to Africa



John McHoul

  1. Unknown says:

    I would have invited you over for dinner this past week but I knew better. Do the dogs have any food?

  2. John says:

    Thanks for your sensitiivty. The dogs are all set. Beth comes home on Tuesday at about 10:30 in the morning. At about 10:00 I will fill the dogs with a couple of loaves of old bread so that their stomachs are bulging when Beth gets here,John

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