May Newsletter

We are planning Keepers for Thursday, May 21, at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. We will be tying a quilt for Wendy Brown.  Please bring a snack to share. This will be our final project for the year. 
The 2009 TPA Home School Convention will be held May 29-30 in Wichita. Chris Klicka and James and Stacy McDonald will be the key-note speakers.  Visit www.teachingparents.org for more info.
We rejoice with the Wilkersons at the safe arrival of Timothy Mark on May 4!
We received the following email from Rebekah recently:

    Sorry I haven’t been able to email more, but I am loving it here. One of the translators, Nader, is SO good at animation! He gave me and another guy on our team a lesson in animation. It was so cool! He also showed us animaton he made for a Christian series and it looks like something that would really be in theaters. It was awesome! I really love it here. 🙂 ….
     Everything here has been really great but very busy. People in Egypt are really laidback so they don’t really care about being on time…sometimes they will be an hour late to pick us up. But the Christians are all like a close family…they eat together and talk together every night. It’s really cool. Yesterday we went to a small church meeting with about 20 people. I got to share my testimony and it was translated from Arabic into English. Then they sang a bunch of songs and talked in Arabic. It was so cool to be with them! Then afterwards I talked to a girl who was converted to Christianity from Islam. She told me her testimony and it was so cool. She talked about how she didn’t have love in her heart and then God gave her love. She also said God revealed Himself to her in a dream. Today we went to a really secret church meeting with people who had converted from Islam to Christianity. It was really secretive because if people found out they were Christians the people would get in a lot of trouble. I got to share my testimony with them and it was cool. One of the ladies said she had never met Christians our age (from America) and was really encouraged to see that we cared about Egypt. It was cool! I really love the people here. Tomorrow we are going to the pyramids and the Nile River. I’m excited. I love you!  Rebekah 🙂

     I think she likes it there!  🙂  Rebekah will be in Egypt for another week, so please continue to remember her in your prayers.

News Letter February 2009

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:18


The February field trip to the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita is scheduled for Friday, February 20. Let Kelli (294-5446) know by Monday if you plan to attend and have not already notified her so she can finalize details. We will plan to take a guided tour focusing on ancient civilizations with a walk-through of the entire museum. After our two- hour tour, we are free to explore the museum on our own for the rest of the day. Cost is $6.00/student, $7.00/adult, and children under four are free.

Plan to be there by 10:00 a.m. to use restrooms, store lunches and coats, and pay. After our tour, we will use their banquet room on the third floor for our sack lunches. There is an activity center for young children on that floor as well.

See www.worldtreasures.org for more info and directions.


It’s time to begin thinking about graduation again. Our first planning meeting will be held February 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Simpsons.


Keepers will meet Thursday, February 19, at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. We will be sewing pillows for our bedrooms. We will use Simplicity pattern #5685. You can see it online on the Simplicity site. You will need to decide which pillow you wish to do. We have one pattern and you are welcome to share or you may purchase your own. You will need to get all the supplies for the pillow you choose. If you need help with this, please call Caiti. You will also need to bring your sewing machines, matching thread, and any lace or decorations you want on your pillow. We ask that all moms be in attendance and that you please have your own machine up and running. Please bring a snack to share. Wal-Mart is closing out all of their material and craft department so they may still have the pattern.


EXPELLED: Sunday, February 8, 2:00 p.m., at Medicine Lodge United Methodist Church

FIREPROOF: Sunday, February 15, 6:00 p.m., at First Assembly of God in Med. Lodge


Extreme Spiritual Makeover will be held February 27-28 at Chaparral High School near Anthony. Kris Goertzen will be the speaker. For more info, call 620-842-5613 or visit


Feb. 13 – 4:00 – JV & Varsity (Reno)
Feb. 20 – 11:00 – JV & Varsity (Location TBA)

March 5-7 – Tournament at McPherson


Mark your calendars for April 2, 2009, when we will travel to Grant County and tour the wind farm located near Montezuma, KS. The tour is tentatively scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and will take approximately 1.5 – 2 hours to complete. The tour will begin in the shop, then proceed outside to an up-close look at a turbine. Lindsey Hunt will be our host, and he encourages that participants dress for going out in the field, i.e., jeans, jacket, walking shoes. Pack along a sack lunch.

Then we will continue the day with a tour of the Stauth World Exhibition Museum also in Montezuma. In addition to the many artifacts collected by the Stauths from around the world, there will also be a special exhibit on kites.

Also scheduled is a stop by the Round Barn located south of Mullinville on our way home — provided everyone isn’t too tired by then! This historical barn is an architectural wonder. No tour guide is available, but the barn houses exhibits which tell the story. If you have questions, call Lois Lenkner (620-886-9868) or email rwlfarms at sctelcom dot net. There is no cost to visit any of these sites. Allow approximately 2.5 hours travel time.


Rebekah Bell is going on a mission trip to Egypt this summer with a group of 10 other students from Sterling College. They will be going to Cairo, Egypt, from May 3-18 to serve with a medical missionary. The team will be working with the missionary at his clinic, helping with a children’s ministry, and participating in street evangelism. They will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Muslim culture by visiting a mosque and talking to Muslims about what they believe. The group will also visit the Pyramids and Great Sphinx. Rebekah is very excited about the opportunity to go on the trip and would appreciate your prayers as she and her team prepare. The cost of the trip is $2,750. If anyone is interested in helping financially, please make checks payable to “Global Infusion” and put “Rebekah Bell-Egypt” in the memo line. Her address is: Box 48, 125 W. Cooper, Sterling, KS 67579.

Pumpkin Patch / Diary

On October the 30th my family and I went with the SCFE group to a pumpkin patch and a diary where we were given a hay ride and also we a pumpkin. It was also interesting to see how a diary operates.

A Memory From Summer

A Memory From Summer

A Memory From Summer


  Railroad Tracks

The Hiding Place

Last Friday my family and I went to the Hiding Place play. At first we picked seats near the front on the first level. But then we decided that it would be neat to sit in the balcony. So we moved up top. The view was great! But we couldn’t hear to great from up there, so we decided to go back down to the ground level where the sound was a little better, I had a fun time and I think that every one else did too.

The play was really good. The actors and actresses acted very well. I think that it was really cool when the ex-guard that she [Corrie] remembered from one of the concentration camp came up to Corrie after she was done speaking at one of her meetings and asked her to forgive him. At first she didn’t want to, but she knew that Jesus said that we have to forgive to be forgiven. So she asked the Lord that He would help her to forgive him and as soon as she said that she forgave him she started feeling a warmth start down her arm and into her hand and truly forgave him.

It wasn’t what she had done, but what Jesus had done. I just think that it’s really neat what the Lord can do to change our minds.

By Susannah S.

Hiding Place Play

On Friday the 26th my family went to a play called the Hiding Place. It was very educational. It helped me understand more about the Holocaust. I learned risky it was to help the Jews. Also, how the Ten Boom family still trusted in the Lord and did it anyway, because it was the right thing to do, even though the Germans would be merciless to them if they were caught.


A Kansas Sunset

A Kansas Sunset