Monday, February 25, 2008

A Hike Near Perkiomenville Mennonite Church

This afternoon I went hiking near the Perkiomenville Mennonite Church near and along the Perkiomen Creek. It was a beautiful, sunlit day and good to be out. :)

Tracks in the snow

The Perkiomen Creek

An evergreen twig

One of the many paths in the woods

A fern leaf in the snow

A beam of light

Red berries

seed pods against the sky

Saturday, February 23, 2008

A Visit to Chile, Part 4

While in Chile in January, my wife and I also got to enjoy some of the natural landscape and sights in the vicinity of Viña del Mar. Viña del Mar is about an hour and half drive North of Santiago, Chile. Some of the many enjoyable views we saw are pictured below.

At the sand dunes near Viña del Mar
Pastor Alfredo (on the left) and myself

At the sand dunes near Viña del Mar
Pastor Alfredo's wife (on the right) with my wife

Some of the plant life and rocks along the Pacific coast

Note the contrasting color segments of the rocks

Waves crashing in

Note the pelicans and other birds on the rock

On the left and top center, there are sea lions

An aerial view of the Andes Mountains near Santiago, Chile

Saturday, February 09, 2008

A Visit to Chile, Part 3

During our trip in January to Chile over twenty teenagers and adults from the Tabernacle of Christ Church in Viña del Mar went to assist with a Summer Bible School in the mountains near Frutillar, Chile. Throughout the whole Summer Bible School I was impressed how enthusiastically our Chilean brothers and sisters in Christ (both young and old) sought to share their relationship with Christ with others. They shared their faith joyfully from the heart. Below are a few pictures from the Summer Bible School.

Singing from the heart with joy

SBS worker interacting with the students

Bible story lesson

A teaching session

Watching a video

A student asking my wife a question

SBS staff meal time

SBS staff playing soccer

Saturday, February 02, 2008

A Visit to Chile, Part 2

During our Chile trip in January, we spent one morning at a fish market in Valparaíso along the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean. Below are some photos from that experience.

Seafood on display at the entrance of the fish market

More seafood for sale

Behind the seafood stands, the boats loaded with their catches of fish are brought in from the dock further out in the ocean pulled by a tractor.

There are many of these boats with their fish catch behind the seafood stands. And it appears that many people buy their fish fresh and uncleaned directly from the boats.

Here the fish are being cutted and cleaned.

A statue of Saint Peter who is the the patron saint of fishermen

Sea Gulls line up in a row along the fish boat tow path

Pelicans waiting for fish scraps

As we left the fish market, a pottery stand was being set up