The longings of the heart

The longings of the heart

19.05.2015

François Botes spoke (and sang) about the longings of the heart at Kristen Tjeneste last week. A very interesting topic. I’ll list the topics he mentioned here. You’ll have to lookup the verses and wrap your thoughts around it yourself, or you can download his message. Our hearts long for: Assurance of being enjoyed by […]

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James 1

19.05.2015

ISV: “From: James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus, the Messiah. To: The twelve tribes in the Dispersion. Greetings.” I didn’t get very far in James before my thoughts spread out far enough to stop and think them through. James is the half-brother of Jesus, which affects the meaning of “servant of”. […]

Barnehagebagen som planleggingsverktøy

Jeg drar på ferie og tar med ..

18.05.2015

Som regel tar jeg med for mye, men ikke denne gangen. Det er masse plass i Bingel Am sin ‪#‎barnehagebag‬ som er kjempeflott som reisebag. Det er lett å ha den på ryggen, f.eks. Så nå har jeg til og med plass til overs, og da kan jeg snike med meg noen smågaver til ungene! […]

Find your Passion

Passion and Purpose

18.05.2015

After a discussion with my friend this morning, I found my way to a website that kickstarted some thoughts about my passion – and purpose. It’s a bit much “me”-focused, but to identify my passion, that would seem to be necessary :-). The rough outcome of it, for now, is as follows. When my life […]

Walk aroun the mountain

The power of repetition: a walk around the mountain

08.03.2015

Driving to a new place usually takes more time than driving back. So many new impressions and your mind has a lot to work with. Repeating the same route will initially bring confirmations “I’ve seen this before”, and eventually you’ll get bored bored bored. To the point where you don’t remember anything of the entire […]

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A blessed Christmas!

24.12.2014

We celebrated Christmas 2013 in Palau, and it’s quite the contrast with this year’s celebration. Very different, on a number of levels. Since we got back to Norway, a few things have happened. In no particular order: Marthe finished 10th grade with an A+ in English and enjoys her new school and friends hugely Maria’s […]

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#WeAreN

09.08.2014

Det arabiske tegnet for N, ن, blir brukt av IS i Irak/Syria-området for å markere hvem som er Nazarene – kristen. I Mosul er det nå ingen kristne, Yazidi, eller Shia-muslimer igjen. De har blitt henrettet eller har flyktet, til Qaraqosh eller Sinjar. Etter at også disse byene ble angrepet flyktet de til fjell-områdene rundt. […]

Palau

Angaur four

29.01.2014

Hearing God’ voice In week 2 of our DTS in Kona, Donna Jordan taught about hearing God’s voice. It’s amazing when the infinite God who created the universe, also is the personal God who reaches out for me in love, and cares about me. Jesus talks about that in John 10. If you look for an […]

Angaur

Angaur One

22.01.2014

Angaur is a very very small place. In total, some 100 people live here, which means the population is declining very fast (january 2014). The island itself is a beautiful place, but after the last typhoon, two years ago, many trees were toppled, houses destroyed, and since then weeds have mostly taken over the place. […]

Monkey

Angaur 2

13.01.2014

We now have another pet. According to Matt it has approx. 36 hours of life left. At the most, he adds, but that is easy to find out. Time will tell. We will see, but it seems baby monkeys have a limited “use before” date. They’re pretty much the only kind of pet monkeys: the […]

Mice are nice

Cockroaches the size of mice..

06.01.2014

Disclaimer: This story is not for the faint hearted! Or at least.. well, you know, it’s fun anyway, so go ahead, but put your smily-glasses on! :-D

Christmas

It’s a new day, a new year.

06.01.2014

January first, 2014. A new year and we were among the first to experience it. Palau’s timezone is way ahead of Europe, and of Hawaii. Palauan local timee 7 am meant it was still 2013 back home. Strange. Today, we were supposed to leave for a place called Choll, to pray over the land that […]

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Palau Four: Thanks for the fish.

30.12.2013

Today we’re having a day off with the family. We promised the kids a day with dolphins, that is to say: the sea creatures, and not The Dolphins TM. When planning to go out on a trip like that, or any trip with the sun out, make sure you bring water and plenty of it. […]

Palau Three: Christmas in Palau

30.12.2013

After a full season with beautiful weather every day (thank you, state of Hawaii!), I anticipated Palau would offer even better weather, with an ocean breeze. Instead it offers rain. More rain. And more rain. And even more rain. Not entirely true, because today, when posting this post, it actually is ‘even better’. If you […]

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Lederskapsstil, gruppedynamikk

30.12.2013

Oppstarten her i Palau her ikke vist seg være veldig enkel. Såklart: endring er aldri lett, og krever tid. Jo mer brått og stor en endring er, jo vanskeligere. For meg fra vest Europa 2013 betyr faktisk ikke omstendighetene like mye som jeg ville forutsett, men vi har dusj (kald vann), vanlige toaletter som man […]

Koror Jail

Palau One: Prison ministry

30.12.2013

Palau has one prison with both male and female inmates. At the moment there is only one female inmate, which is vey difficult for her. The inmates have a ‘storyboard’ thing going on: a traditional way of storytelling where they carve images in wood, paint or oil that, and then sell those. It’s really well […]

Honolulu-stopover

16.12.2013

Honolulu. Sunday, December 15th 2013. It’s 21.41 now, which means in just a few hours it will be December 16th. Nothing special. However, it’ll be December 17th in Palau by then. In just a few hours, too, we’ll be boarding a plane to Taiwan, and that’ll mean we get to cross over to Tomorrow. We’re […]

World view

21.11.2013

Less than a month to go and things are still hugely interesting here. Not ‘even more so’, but on a different level. This week’s teaching is done by the amazing (drumroll…) Joseph Avakian. Yes, in a Christian environment it’s often not considered proper to call people for what they are (in both good and bad […]

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Pains, Plumb line and Palau

17.11.2013

Wow, only 1 month left and we’ll be on our way to our outreach in Palau. Crazy to think how fast our time here in Hawaii is flying by :-( Our last weeks have been packed with teaching, activities, but also illness unfortunately. Both Herbert, Marthe and I have been sick and I am in […]

YWAM Belief Tree

Belief Tree

14.11.2013

YWAM’s Belief Tree is a model that is currently being taught – and thought about – at some discipleship training schools. Let’s see if I can get down the basics of it in 5 minutes WITH you remembering something useful about it (let me know if that worked, by the way). Soil: your worldview Basically: […]

My Miracle Story

02.11.2013

Are you ready to hear about the miracle God did in my life? OK… here’s my story (the long version ;-) ) : Yesterday, Oct 31st 2013, started out rough. Herbert and I had a little disagreement, really nothing big, but I felt that because of all the amazing blessings here, the small (not so […]

Parent-teacher meetings

31.10.2013

Today we had the parent-teacher meetings at the Foundation School, the kids’ school. We had all 4 in a row, so ‘ran’ from 1 to another. Here are the teacher’s comments: Bente: Strong-willed (oh, really?), but sooooo funny. Very social, playing with all kids, above average smart, will probably be a great leader when she […]

Tippy Tap

Tippy Tap

29.10.2013

Always something fun and practical going on with the guys from JusticeWater.org: Today we looked at the procedure of how to create a tippy tap.Kr

Rus pump

The Rus Pump

22.10.2013

Appropiate Technology. Simply water. If you – like me – just LOVE the fusion of high-knowledge and low-tech… then you’ll most likely LOVE this article about the Rus Pump.

Week 2 and 3

18.10.2013

Wow, time is flying – and I don’t want it to, because I don’t want our time here to come to an end :-( We are now almost at the end of week 3. The first week was mainly about getting to know each other, and these 2 last weeks have been filled with teaching, […]

School

04.10.2013

We’ve had our first week of school – and it was great! This first week was mainly about us students, who are we? Introduction week. We got to know our 60 fellow students quite a bit more, and they are a great bunch of people from ‘all over the place’ ;-) The kids also started […]

Aloha Ohana

04.10.2013

It’s been a week since we arrived in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. We have been welcomed by the staff, into our new Ohana (which means ‘family’). The Ohana is all students of our class and the staff and all kids that came with their parents. We spend every day together in class and often our kids as […]

Culture and conflicts

29.09.2013

“People from the south of Norway can be really mean: they lie to you in your face and then laugh at you,” somebody said to explain the difficulty she had with understanding irony.

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Big Bear Lake

25.09.2013

Monday 16th we went on a trip to Big Bear Lake – for us (coming from Norway) the lake itself was not as interesting as the desert road leading to this lake and village. Following road 18 from Apple Valley to Big Bear Lake we saw some pretty nice views! The village and lake are […]

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Route 66

18.09.2013

Staying that close to route 66, we just HAD to drive part of it ofcourse :-) Today, 18th of September, we took a trip up north to Calico Ghost Town, following the route 66 up to Barstow. It took us about 1 hour. Driving with kids, we didn’t want to make it to long of […]

Turning Point Church - sept 14, 2013

Turning Point

17.09.2013

Sist lørdag besøkte vi en happening med fokus på dåp, hos Turning Point Church i Victorville. Mye musikalsk talent, mye is, og mange (65!) som ble døpt.

Saying like it is.

En dag i California

14.09.2013

Idag har vært en fin dag. Vi har badet i bassenget, sett litt tv, lekt med hunden, slappet av og spist is. Jeg fikk også være litt på Skype med noen av vennene mine, men det var ikke alt for lenge for det er en veldig stor tidsforskjell mellom Norge og California. Et lite stykke […]

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California

14.09.2013

Hello world! As some people maybe know, we are in California right now, and if you didn’t, then you know now! We came tuesday, and we are staying here about two weeks. I was very fancied by the size of things here, as it’s the first time! Everything is so huge!! Except the box of […]

Coyote

Caninus Nervous Rex – aka Overconfidentii Vulgaris

14.09.2013

Spoiler alert! Coyotes win, rabbits loose.

Freeway California

Jet lag

13.09.2013

‘All the physical inconveniences with your body responding to the later timezone can be circumvented,’ they said, ‘by taking a later plane’. If it only were that easy :-).

GMT – Ghanaian Maybe Time

27.07.2011

1. In Ghana people need to have a warm meal 3 times a day, because they work harder. 2. Eating chicken bones is healthy for you, it gives your body calcium which makes you stronger. 3. A good friend has heart problems and difficulty breathing sometimes. After some scans, and (luckily) not being able to […]

Visit to a cacao plantation

15.07.2011

Thursday July 14th – a trip to a plantation. Since Herbert is in the coffee- and cacao business, it is very interesting to talk to the workers at the cacao plantation, see the process and take some pictures. Through a very muddy bush road we arrived in the center of the plantation where the 10 […]

On the road

07.07.2011

Friday July 1st at 8pm we arrive at the airport in Accra, Ghana. We pass the waiting crowd and look forward to get out of the warm airport and into the fresh air. That was before we looked up and realized we already were outside!! The air at the south coast of Ghana is very […]

Stress & Bless

04.07.2011

A dutch expression for someone stressing too much is a «stresskip» – translated: «stress chicken». A good example is…. me! I stress to much, because I often want to keep controll, organize everything and get everything right. Making my life much more difficult than it has to be, but that’s just the way I am. […]

Some Bente things ;-)

01.05.2011

Here’s some funny things Bente has been saying lately. Translated from what she said in Norwegian: “Mom! Krister just hit me!” “Did he now? Well that is not nice. Did he do that on purpose?” (which in Norwegian would be WITH purpose) “No, with his hands!” :-) While driving home, Bente points out the window […]

London monopoly tour :-)

22.04.2011

Together with some of my friends, I have been visiting London. No husbands, no kids, just a couple of days with the girls! We had a great time together! Some of the highlights: Musical “We will rock you”, afternoon tea @ the Savoy, nice lunches and dinners together, picnic in Hyde Park and shopping @ […]

God’s birthday

21.02.2011

Krister (6) came home from school announcing that it was God’s birthday! ‘Everybody’ had their flags out, so obviously there was some kind of party going on in Norway :-) In school, the teacher had told the kids that the reason for flags out today was because it was the king’s birthday. She didn’t say: […]

I seriously need to teach this girl some manners…

07.08.2010

A few days ago Bente was outside in the garden playing and when oma and opa (grandma and grandpa) walked out in the garden, Bente ‘kindly’ told them to get lost (!!!!) For the dutch people, I have to tell this in dutch as well, because what Bente said to oma & opa was: “jullie, […]

Stolen Cup

Jesus and the stolen cup

11.07.2010

Yesterday Krister suddenly asked me: “Mom, when is Jesus coming back?” “Ehm… I don’t know darling. Why? Do you want Him to?” Krister: “Yes, we should give Him a call”. I then told him that he could talk to Jesus if he wants to, it’s called praying :-) The stolen cup is a different story: […]

Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton – Bermuda

29.02.2008

Dear friends and family, We arrived safely in Bermuda! Yesterday, thursday, we left from Schiphol airport in Holland to London Gatwick. Our plane was supposed to leave at 11.55, but left finally at about 13.30. Arrival in London around 13.30 local time ;-) (around 1 hour flight to London). Our plane to Bermuda left at […]

Van-Vliet Family, Freeport

Logos II – our story

10.02.2008

How did we get the idea of packing up all our stuff and do volunteer work on board a ship for 4 months with 4 kids age 0-10?? Most people think we’re crazy, we think we’re just blessed getting this oppurtunity! :-) Herbert is a board member of OM Norge, the Norwegian department of OM […]