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Happy New Year!!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Hello everyone!!!

This is another short entry, but all I want to say is…

HAPPY

NEW

YEAR!!

Tokyo Tower 2011

I hope that everyone has had a year filled with awesomeness and I hope 2011 is even better.

Love and miss all y’all so much. Thank you all so much for coming to see our blog. I love doing being able to do this. I try to make it just as interesting on the blog as it was when things actually happen.

That is all I have for this entry. Sorry this one is so short, but I will have at least one more coming up here very soon.

MERI KURISUMASU!!!

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Hello everyone!!!

Well, this is going to be SUPER short but all I wanted to say was…

MERI

KURISUMASU!!!!!


MERRY

CHRISTMAS!!!!!


I hope everyone has had an AWESOME year but most of all I hope this upcoming year will be the best!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

Recent Events

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Hello!!!

Okay, um, in this entry, there isn’t really a specific thing I’m focusing on. I have a few pictures from several different things, so I’m going to just put it all in this entry.

These are just a few pictures from the Thanksgiving fellowship that we had on the 25th of November.

This is Dixon, chewing on his chicken leg.

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And this is just some of the congregation eating and talking.

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And here is Stephen.

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That is all I have from that. I would have gotten more pictures, but I realized AT CHURCH that I had left my memory card at the house. So I couldn’t get many more pictures.

Now, the rest of this will be from the joint service that we had with the Japanese on the 5th of December.

Here is Brother Yokoyama and my dad.

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Here is Sister Yokoyama (far left on the piano), Sister Igarashi (on the Electone organ), Yoshiki (on the electric guitar) and Brother Yokoyama.

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Here is Sister Ikeda, Brother Arai, and my dad.

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And Sister Ikeda.

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My dad and Brother Arai.

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Sister Yokoyama and Sister Ishibashi.

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Brother Arai, Brother Perry, and my dad.

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And Beck took these for me looking out over the congregation.

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And here you can see the lady praise singers.

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Here you can see my dad, Sister Ikeda, and …I don’t know the other brothers name.

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And here is Brother Perry and my dad.

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Looking back over the congregation again.

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My dad and Brother Perry again, both with their hands raised.

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And then we have Sister Yokoyama, Sister Igarashi, Sister Ikeda, Sister Ishibashi, and Brother Arai.

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Here is Brother Arai, my dad, Brother Perry, and Brother Daniel.

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And Brother Kwasi and Brother Yokoyama.  Brother Yokoyama preached and Brother Kwasi translated.

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Brother Yokoyama.

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And the last thing that I have to show you is from the Japanese Christmas service that we went to on the 12th of December. Actually, Brother Yokoyama has asked my dad to preach at their Christmas service while Brother Yokoyama translated for him.

Here is Sister Ishibashi. And then Brother Arai and Brother Sato.

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And Brother Arai again.

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And Brother Yokoyama.

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And then Brother Yokoyama right before my dad started speaking.

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My dad.

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And the two of them.

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And this was during the fellowship afterwards. There was a TON of AWESOME food!!

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And here you can see Hikaru in-between Brother Ishibashi’s oldest son and Brother Sato’s son.

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And here you can see Sister Yokoyama’s mom and dad. They are so cute!!!

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And this is a picture of one of the strawberries that Brother and Sister Yamamoto gave us. Actually, they gave us several containers of strawberries (by the way, thank you so much, Brother and Sister Yamamoto). They are so huge!! Here you can see how big they are compared to Beck’s hand.

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And here is Beck with gold tinsel on her head looking very angelic.

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And here is our little Christmas tree. My parents found this at Aeon Mall so they decided to give us one of the comforts of home and bought us a tree. How cute!!

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Okay, now I am all caught up on all of the pictures. As soon as I get enough pictures, I’ll be doing another entry.

Thanks!!!!

Deep Calleth Deep Conference I

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Hello everyone!!

I have the best entry for you all. Yes, I know I am starting off going 100 miles per hour, but this is going to be one awesome entry!!! So to start from the beginning…

In October, Brother Doan was telling my dad about this really awesome Conference in Singapore/Malaysia. Actually it is held by Bishop Willoughby’s church, Tabernacle of Joy, but the conference was in Malaysia. So my dad started thinking about it and asked us if we wanted to go and we said yes. So he thought about it some more and finally bought the tickets. So on Sunday afternoon, we came home from church, finished packing, then went to pick up Brother Yokoyama, who went with us. Then we started the drive to Haneda airport.

Here is the Rainbow Bridge.

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And here is looking back over across toward the horizon and seeing all the buildings lit up.

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And a really cool looking Ferris wheel.

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When we got to the airport and found our gate and we sat down to take a rest until everyone started boarding. So I snapped these of our plane.

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And here is the escalator that we had to go down to get to the walkway to get to the plane.

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And the cool thing (well, not so cool thing) was that since I was on my crutches, they let us go up in the priority line. And since Brother Yokoyama was with us, he got to go through the priority line with us. A lady came to us in the line and said “You can come to the priority line”. So we all went in there and the lady took us to an elevator so I could get down without having to take the escalator down.

And here is the last thing we saw before we took off.

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And here shows our flight path when we were almost to Singapore.

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And this is the sunrise as we were getting closer to Singapore.

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And here are some of the city lights as we were landing.

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And here you can see the sunrise and the city lights.

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And at this point, I was getting a little nervous. We were going down to land, but we were right over the water. Beck was like, “Um, this is just a little too close for comfort.”

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And here we are half over water, half over land.

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And here we are landing.

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And here is the Changi Airport, the airport in Singapore.

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And here is a little food stand at the airport. Here they have some whole ducks and chickens.

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And here is a little treat thing that they had at the airport. It was like a shaved ice thing but it had different flavors in it. It was called the Singapore favorite or something like that. And then there was some bean type stuff on top. It was good, but I was getting full from my Popeyes that we had for lunch.

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And here is Brother Yokoyama.

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And here is Brother Yokoyama, my dad, and my mom.

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And here is Beck and I sitting at the food court.

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And then my dad and Brother Yokoyama in deep conversation. Well, looking deep in conversation. My mom is just watching them.

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After we ate, we went back downstairs to meet the people who were going to pick us up, which happened to be Brother Jeffery. There was another guy there, but I don’t remember his name. We had landed in Singapore at about 6:30 a.m. then we had to stay there until 12:30 p.m. when Brother Jeffery picked us up.

And this was called Newton’s Circus. This was the meeting place. It was not actually a circus, but just a place where there were some restaurants were.

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So after chilling here for a bit, we got into the bus and headed to the the immigration stations, and Malaysia.

Brother Dabbs had some of the ministers get up and introduce themselves. This is Brother Doan. And then Brother Allen Shalm. Sorry the second picture is blurry.

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And this was in the middle of no-man’s land. No, I’m serious. We were in the middle between Singapore and Malaysia.

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And here is the Malaysian skyline.

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Brother Harvey, a missionary to Australia, also spoke, but the road was so bumpy, I couldn’t get a good picture. Brother Dabbs also asked my dad and Brother Yokoyama to speak. I can’t remember if anyone else spoke or not.

Also, here is another tall tower that was standing out above all the trees.

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And some more buildings.

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And this was right in front of the Thistle Hotel. And then the actual Thistle Hotel itself.

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And here is Brother Yokoyama speaking.

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And here is the drop-off in the front of the Thistle.

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And this cute little building across the street.

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And looking out from mine and Beck’s room.

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And this is the road that actually leads to nowhere. Or the bridge rather.

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And these are all the pools out front.

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And still looking out.

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And someone said that that yellow-ish building across the street was like a mosque or something.

And this is looking at the other side of the Thistle.

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That is all I’m going to put on this entry. Please come back for the next entry, which will show all about all the services.

Thanks so much!!

DCD Conference II

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

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Okay, so here is the second part of the Deep Calleth Deep Conference (DCD Conference). This will show from the start of the first service Monday night till the last service Thursday Night.

Well, before I get started, I would first like to say to Bishop Willoughby, in case if you ever read this, I would like to say thank you for your vision for Asia. Thank you for everything that you put in your book.  And last of all, thank you for allowing us to get our picture with you! I will always keep those pictures.

This first picture is just looking out at the congregation.

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And some of the praise singers. Sorry this is a just a tad blurry. The girl in the blue dress in Meghan, Bishop Willoughby’s oldest daughter.

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This is looking up at the platform.

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The girl on the far left is Vijaya. She has a sister named Nalani. Then is Meghan and then Sister Samantha in the white shirt and black shirt. I don’t know the girl’s name on the far right. And just a FYI for everyone, they can ALL sing REAL good!

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And this is Reverend Lee Stoneking. I will not tell you much about Reverend Stoneking except for the fact the this is the man that 7 years ago, fell dead at the Airport in Sydney, Australia and was dead for about 45 minutes. But this last week, he was alive and well in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. For more information, you can check out his website at http://www.leestoneking.com/My%20Miracle.htm. This takes you to the page where Reverend Stoneking tells all about his story from when he died and when God raised him from the dead. It is so awesome. And it is kind of weird to hear the words, “7 years ago, I fell dead of a heart attack in Sydney and was dead for 45 minutes.” But it’s so cool.

So here is Reverend Stoneking.

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And here we are at the end singing “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord”. This was on Monday.

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And this is Pastor Timothy Lee, or just Pastor Tim. He was also a really nice guy.

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And here is Reverend Raymond Woodward. He did all the morning services. It was really cool. I learned several things from his lessons.

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And this is what Reverend Woodward taught about on the first morning, Tuesday morning. He was talking about the different types of words that God can give us: a logos and the remah word. This was his title.

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And here is Pastor Tim again.

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And this was at the City Square Mall about a 5 minute drive from the Thistle.

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And here is my mom picking off the shell of a shrimp with the eyeballs still in it.

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And here we are with some of our new friends at breakfast one morning (I think it was breakfast. It might have been lunch).

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And here we are with Bishop Willoughby. It was funny because I REALLY wanted to talk to him. I have read Bishop Willoughby’s book “Entering the Restricted Zone” and I loved it. So I wanted to talk to him. And I really wanted to get my picture with him. So I was waiting in line while other people were getting picture with him and talking to him. Then everyone left. So I took that 2 seconds to hop over to him and I said, “Hello, Bishop Willoughby. My name is Rachel.” Bishop Willoughby said, “Rachel. Nice to meet you.” I said, “I’m Mark Pounders daughter.” He said, “Oh. Ok.” Then someone else came over to get their picture with him so I had to take a step back. Then there were a couple more seconds of no one being there, so I hopped back over there and said, “I read your book, Bishop Willoughby.” He said, “And…..” and was moving his hand in a circular motion like, “Keep going. Tell me more.” So I told him how much I loved it and how I couldn’t put it down till I was done. How that we all loved it. (Oh by the way, if you do not have the book “Entering the Restricted Zone”, you most definitely need to get it).  Then my dad came over and we talked to him for a little bit longer and he introduced us to his youngest daughter, Mikayla. So we talked for a few more minutes, then we all went upstairs. But anyway, before my dad got over there, and we had been talking about Bishop Willoughby’s book for a few minutes, I asked  “Bishop Willoughby, would you mind if we got a picture with you?” He said, “No. Of course not. I don’t mind.” So we gave my camera to Carl, the 23 year old guy that helps Brother Willoughby, and he took these pictures.

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I am SO glad that we got to speak to Bishop Willoughby.

Next, we have Reverend Woodward.

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And then looking out over the congregation.

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And here is Pastor Tim’s back and Reverend Woodward.

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And one of the girls praying. I don’t remember her name. I met so many people, I don’t remember all of their names.

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And here is one of the other sister’s praying. And the guy praying for this lady, his name is D.B. He is from America, I think from the north-east somewhere (I don’t remember exactly where). But what is cool is that he lived in Japan for a while and speaks very very good Japanese, but now he lives in Singapore and attends Tabernacle of Joy.

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And here is one of the brothers, I think from Korea, praying with Bishop Willoughby.

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Some of the women praying.

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Looking out over the congregation.

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And here is Sister Shalm, Brother Lynden Shalm’s wife, praying for one of the sisters.

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And here is a Korean brother and a brother from Pakistan praying for another brother from Pakistan.

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And here is Prophet Archovio praying for a brother who I think is from Korea.

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And here is Reverend Woodward again. And then Reverend Woodward praying/hugging Reverend Stoneking.

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Here Prophet Archovio praying for Brother Dabbs, who is there with his wife and son, as missionaries to Singapore. I thought it was funny because he called me Cassidy from “the old western character, Hop-along Cassidy”.

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And here is Pastor Tim again. Sorry it’s blurry.

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And here are the musicians. Barak Willoughby, Bishop Willoughby’s son, is on the far left. D.B. is in the middle in the pinkish looking shirt. And I don’t remember the rest of the names. Oh yes, Rachel is sitting down in the blue shirt. She wasn’t one of the musicians, but I still got her in the picture.

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Here are a lot of the Filipinos that were there. And in the second picture, I think there might be some people from India and Pakistan over there.

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And then Pastor Tim talking to Wen Qi and a couple other people.

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And Pastor Tim and Wen Qi again.

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And some more of the musicians. Bishop Willoughby’s oldest daughter is in the middle in the purple skirt. And then D.B. playing the piano.

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And here is Brother Allen Shalm, speaking at the ordination service.

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And here we have Brother Allen Shalm’s brother, Brother Lynden Shalm. Brother Lynden Shalm was in Tokyo, Japan in October for the Northern JUPC Campmeeting.

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And here is Bishop Willoughby praying over Brother Curtis and Sister Amanda Scott.

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And the praise singers on Wednesday night. In the second picture, Rachel is in the blue shirt, Wen Qi in the jean jacket and brown skirt, and Mikayla, Bishop Willoughby’s youngest daughter is in the navy blue.

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Some of the people at altar call.

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This is one of the ministers praying for Brendon.

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At altar call Wednesday night.

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And here is Brother Lynden Shalm talking with Bishop Willoughby.

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Brother Stoneking. Oh, I have to tell you something. Brother Stoneking walked by Monday night at altar call and touched my head. Later, when I told Beck about, she was like, “DON’T WASH YOU HAIR!!” She was just kidding, of course, but we were just joking about it all night till we fell asleep.

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And here is Brother Stoneking and Brother Shalm praying for someone. I think it was Brother Phil that came with the Okinawa group.

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And here is Brendon and Pastor Tim.

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And here my dad is praying with someone.

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Altar call again.

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Okay, I’m going to stop here for this entry. The next entry will hopefully have the last of the pictures in it.

DCD Conference III

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

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Ok. Here is hopefully what will be the last of these three DCD entries. I’m trying not to make them all too long.

Before I continue, I would like to ask everyone if they know what this is.

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And maybe this will clue you in just a bit more.

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I will tell you at the end of this entry.

Now, I’ll be telling about when Brother Woodward was teaching on Thursday.

Brother Woodward didn’t title this message (I don’t think) but he basically talking about the name of Jesus.

This is what Yahweh, which is the Old Testament name for God, looks like in Hebrew. This name was only reserved for God.

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And that the Hebrews read from right to left. And these are how to say the Hebrew letters.

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So moving those switching those around to read like we read in English and doing the switch from the “V” to the “W”, which was applicable, gives us this.

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And this is how the word was pronounced.

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And when you pronounce that, you get Yahweh.

And when Jesus was put on the cross, and Pilot wrote, “This is Jesus King of the Jews”. But he also said that what the Jews did was tell Pilot to change the wording to, “This is Jesus, who says he is King of the Jews”. But Pilot said basically that I have written what I have written and it is not going to change. And this is what “This is Jesus King of the Jews” looks like in Hebrew.

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But what made the Jews mad was what they saw and what stood out to them from that phrase that Pilot had written down. They saw the name that was reserved for God only. That was why they wanted Pilot to change it. They did not want that up there.

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Yes, we all learned so much from Brother Woodward in his sessions that he did.

Moving right along, this was taken at the altar call Thursay evening.

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And here is Pastor Tim. Sorry Pastor Tim. Between the times that I had zoomed in and when I snapped the shot, Pastor Time had pulled his phone out. Sorry!

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Altar call. Barak is on the far left in the striped shirt.

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In these pictures, Brother Allen Shalm is on the far right.

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And this is where Brother Woodward was telling about his trip to the Rome. He started out by showing some picture of the biggest Colosseums in Rome and that that was where many of the emperors had all of the gladiator fights (is that what they are called?) and ended the story by saying that where the emperors used to sit to put their thumb down for people to die, many, many, many Christians died, that now a cross stands, put there by Pope Benedict XIV. This website tells a more detailed story about it, http://www.sacred-destinations.com/italy/rome-colosseum.

Anyway, here is where the cross stands; where the Roman emperors once stood.

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And this is where the Mamertinum prison where both Peter and Paul were imprisoned.

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I don’t remember exactly what this is.

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And this is what some people think Peter look like. And he is holding two keys in his rights hand. The tour guide told Brother Woodward that is was the key of political power in Rome and spiritual power in Rome. Brother Woodward said he wanted to laugh because he knew what the keys were, but he didn’t. But he did say, “We know that the keys were not the keys of political and spiritual power of Rome, but the keys of the kingdom.

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And this is a statue of Peter.  Brother Woodward showed us that, where the feet are supposed to be, they are not there anymore because people rub them and kiss them so much, that the feet are rubbing away.

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And this was at the altar call.

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And one of the brothers praying for Bishop Willoughby.

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Looking out over the congregation.

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Several of the brothers praying for each other.

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Here Brendon is praying for Barak.

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And several of the sisters praying for each other.

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Pastor Tim praying for one of the sisters.

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Sorry this one is blurry. it is of Bishop Willoughby talking to Prophet Archovio.

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And here is a close up from the ordination service the night before.

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And this is just a close up of Bishop Willoughby from when we got our picture with him.

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And Brother Stoneking again.

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And this is Brendon. He is from Canada. And then D.B.

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And here we are with Mikayla. I don’t really care for the first one as much, but Beck likes that one best so I’ll just put both of them on here.

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In this picture, I don’t know if Mikayla didn’t want her picture or if Barak was just messing around with her, but in here (from left to right) is Mikayla, Barak, Celinda (not my mom, although is does look like it is my mom), and then Meghan.

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And here we have Beck, Mikayla, Barak, Meghan, and me. I really like this picture. I have this picture for my background on my ipod.

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Ok, now this is kinda of funny. Everyone thought that Brendon and Barak looked JUST alike!! And they really do. Someone had the same glasses on that Brendon wore most of the time at DCD and then someone let Barak put on a pair that looked very similiar to Brendon’s. And when they both put them on…WOW!! They look just a like. Almost like twins. Even Brother Woodward got them confused. I looked at them after I took this picture and was like, “Brendon, Barak, y’all look so much alike, it is almost scary”. And they don’t even know each other. They just met this last week.

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And here they are again with the serious face on.

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And here they are doing the “Rapture Stance”. It is something that Brendon and some of his class mates from, I think, Bible College. Brendon wanted to teach it to Barak, and we wanted their picture in the middle of them doing it. Yeah, it was hilarious. We were all laughing.

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And here is Mikayla and Beck.

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And then me and Mikayla.

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And this was the last night, during and after eating Domino’s pizza.

In the first picture, Bridgett is on the far left, then Beck, Mikayla, and the Sister Angie Clark.

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In the second picture, you have D.B. and Hannah. And you can see a little bit of Meghan.

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And here you can see Meghan, Celinda, and half of Barak. Sorry you can’t see Brendon. He was sitting right next to me. I tried to get a picture of Barak and Brendon, but all I ended up doing was getting Barak looking at me while he was taking a a bite like, “Are you taking a picture of me eating?” and then Brendon had his head hidden, accidently, by a cup.

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And here is a close-up of Mikayla, Barak, and Meghan. This was Thursday night after the service, but before the pizza.

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And this is a little different. Something I have never seen before, but this answers my question to you in the beginning of this entry. You know how, like, the Muslims I think, once during their lifetime have to travel to Mecca. Well, also, every day when they pray, the have to face toward Mecca, sort of how Daniel faced toward Jerusalem to pray. Anyway, in all of the rooms, there is an arrow pointing toward Mecca, so that everyone will know in what direction to pray.

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And this is the prayer rug. There is a story behind this. My parents walked into their room and opened the drawer and my mom saw this really pretty rug. My mom was like, “Oh, what a pretty bathroom rug.” And when Beck and I walked into our room and Beck opened the drawer and and was like, “Oh!! Look at this really pretty rug!!” So we put it in the bathroom in front of the tub. The next day, our housekeeper took it up, and put it back into the drawer, while at the same time, my parents housekeeper took theirs and did not even put it in the room anywhere. So, that is the religions of the world lesson for the day!!

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And this was leaving Malaysia entering into Singapore again after we passed through the immigrations building.

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And this was once again in no-mans-land in the middle of the river.

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And this was at the Changi Airport.

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And here you can see where we were at in Johor Bahru for the conference and then where the airport was. Johor Bahru is up toward the upper left  and the Changi Airport is where the red letters are in the center of the screen.

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And this is pretty much the last thing that we saw of Singapore.

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And here are just some of the pretty clouds.

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And here is the sunset that we were flying into.

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And here you can see some of our flight path (the total flight was about 6 hours, 30 minutes).

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And here is what we saw coming into Haneda Airport.

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Here are a couple more picture that I got today as I was finishing this entry up. Instead of trying to remember when they were taken, I’ll just put them all here.

This was at Haneda Airport.

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And this was at the Changi Airport in the cafeteria. This is what we look liked after being up for 46 hours with only about 2-3 hour nap during that time frame.

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And this is Nalani (in the red shirt) who is 18 years old, Beck who is 14 years old, and then Nalani’s sister, Vijaya, who  is 23 years old. Then there is a close up of the three of them.

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And this Sister Selvi with my mom.

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And this was at the Changi Airport as well. I really didn’t want to put this on here, but my dad is going to if I don’t so….I really have no choice. So we are walking around the Changi Airport (well they are walking, I am hopping) and finally they ask if I want a wheelchair. My leg was real swollen by this time after being up on it for most of the days the rest of the week, and I first said no, but I took a few more steps, trying to be brave and just make it to the gate, and I am getting slower and slower. Finally after about 3 steps, my mom says, “Rachel, let us get you a wheelchair.” So I agreed and let me tell you, that sure beat walking. It felt so good just to sit and relax. Before we got to the actual gate though, we had to put the wheelchair up, and I just hopped the short distance to the gate. After sitting down for about 10-15 minutes, they told the 4 of us and Brother Yokoyama we could go ahead and get on. That was a lot easier since I didn’t have to dodge feet and bags and people getting back to our seats. My dad was able to ask an attendant if they could have a wheelchair waiting for us at Haneda airport since my leg was so swollen. Anyway, this is what my parents and Beck wanted. I really tried to protest, but since I was the weaker one at that point, I really didn’t have much of a choice.

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And that, my friends, is all that I have for this DCD entry. Actually that is all I have for the whole conference. Until next year!!! Or at least until LTD!!!

To all of my new friends, I would like to say that it was so awesome to meet you all. I loved every minute and enjoyed myself so much during the time that we got to spend with each of you. I can’t wait to come back.

To Bishop Willoughby, Meghan, Barak, and Mikayla, I would also like to say that it was absolutely so awesome to meet y’all, too. I will never look at Bishop Willoughby’s book the same now that I have actually met you. Y’all most definitely set the example that many others need to follow, including myself. Thank you.

Please come back again to read more entries. I’ll do another entry as soon as I possibly can!

Tama Zoo

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Hello everyone!!

I have to say starting off that this entry is just a little late. Actually, it’s a lot late. Like back from August late. Well, it’s not really THAT late…just a couple months. Actually, I sort of forgot about writing about all this, till just the other day while we were at Yokosuka and my parents mentioned this. So here is a late entry on the Tama Zoo.

This is at the entry of the zoo taken across the street.

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And here are some of the Japanese kids. They all look so cute in their little hats. My mom says they look like little ducks all in a row the way they just follow the teachers.

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And here is one of the big elephant statues right outside of the gate.

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And here we are in front of the elephant. What is funny is that we have a picture from almost 10 years ago, sitting in front of the same elephant. Talk about bringing back memories.

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And here is a group of school kids. Aren’t they SO cute!!

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And a lion and some cubs. All fake, of course.

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And some stuffed pandas that were in the main information building.

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And this huge giraffe that you could walk under.

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And here is Beck posing as the tiger. And then her posing as the little kangaroo.

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And a koala.

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You can tell Beck likes to pose as all the animals.

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And here is the lion kingdom.

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And the giraffes in their little pen (actually it is kind of big, but you get the point).

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Man!! Look at that face!!!

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And this was all in the lions den.

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And look how close we were to this lioness. If the window would not have been there, we really could have reached out and touched her head.

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And some more of the lions.

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AHH!!! Look at this face!!!

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And in the lion pen again.

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And a zebra. We got to see several of these eating some of their hay. It was funny because they would drop like half of the hay and then try to look down at it like “hey, (no pun intended) how did that get there?”

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My, what a big head you have Mr. Giraffe.

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Here are all the giraffes trying to eat all the grass out of the basket.

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And some more zebras. The second picture is of a zebra going berzerk scratching its back. It sort of reminds us of when our basset hound, Buford, scratches his back.

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And then the chimpanzee area. We liked the way the chimpanzee stuck the sticks into the ant nest or termite hill to get sticks.

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And here was this huge chimpanzee that was cleaning its finger nails. We laughed at this chimpanzee for the longest time.

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And here are two babies that were playing.

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And this chimpanzee was super smart. Well, I have heard that all chimpanzees are very smart. Anyway, this one was putting a stick into a hole trying to get some fruit out. He (or she) did very well considering that there was not very much fruit in there and the stick was very flimsy.

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And here he (or she. I don’t know which is was) is sitting contently eating their piece of fruit.

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They then decide…”hmm, I think I want some more fruit to eat.”

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And a pretty waterfall. It wasn’t big, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t real pretty.

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And here is a big rock…tiger maybe. I think it is a tiger. It almost looks like it is drinking from the pond.

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And this was when we made it over to the Orang-Utang house.

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We liked this orang-utang. It blew Beck a kiss.

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Then he got a little upset that we didn’t give him anything after he held his hand out like, “Can I have some food?” He walked over to their little play area and started shaking it real hard. It looked like it was going to collapse.

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And this was taken in a little observatory thing off to the left from where the last couple pictures were taken.

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And here we are with this orang-utang. I don’t know if he was putting on the serious face for the picture, or if he was upset that we were getting our picture with him.

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“My, what big ears you have, Mr. Orang-Utang”. “All the better to hear you through the glass, my dears.” Or maybe, “My, what big ears you have!” “Did you just say that I have big ears?”

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And this…I must confess something…I gave/received my first kiss here. I was kissed by a big ape in jail. Okay, it was through the glass. And it wasn’t an ape. It was Mr. Orang Utang. And I puckered up first! And right now, I don’t have the picture of Mr. Orang Utang kissing back, but he did do it!! I promise!!! There was the four of us, and a Japanese couple, and another Japanese man all in there. We all laughed and laughed and laughed. It was so funny!!

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And here is the blue wolf or something like that.

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And here we are with Momma Koala and Baby Koala.

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And this is the view that we had…real pretty.

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And here is this really cute clock that was up at the top of the mountain.

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Ok. This is real funny. My mom wanted to do this. Well, Beck did, too. Momma kangaroo and her joey.

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Now, this next picture was just a little difficult to come by because I was just a LITTLE too big for it. I got in with some struggling and I’m trying to figure out how I am going to get out.

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And I thought this was realy cute.

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What a shot!!! Perfect timing on this, Mom. Look at that joey in the process of jumping into its mom’s pouch.

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I think this is a reindeer.

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And a rhino.

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OH!! The Beck egg is hatching!!!!

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And I wasn’t going to do this one, but…well,…I gave in to the temptation…and the egging on of everyone else.

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Aw Mom!! You should have spread your wings out!!!

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There she goes!!! Off…off…and……AWAY!!!!

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WHAT?!?!?! Dad, too?!?!?! He only wanted one picture of him.

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And the rhino in the water, just chillin’. It was pretty warm that day.

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“Hey, who is taking my picture?”

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“Ahh, just forget it. Just hurry up and take it.” “You like the profile best…..or my best side?”

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And Mr. Elephant after his self-given shower.

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Awe!!! Look at the monkey…chimpanzee…orang-utang…I can’t tell the difference.

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This snow cheetah is so pretty. I love it. Well, as long as it stays in the cage.

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A water buffalo!!! For the longest time, I thought these were a made-up creature. It just didn’t sound like a real animal.

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And here we have Mr. and Mrs. Water Buffalo.

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And look at this real pretty parrot. This is for you, Sister Diane!!!

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And here is a black bear, standing next to his throne. Then scratching his back against the wall.

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And here he is standing next to his smaller chair, the tire. It looks like he might have tried to soften it up a bit by clawing at it.

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And I don’t know if this was taken to show the traffic blockage, or to show that we were getting ready to go through a building in the middle of the expressway.

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Okay, that is all I have for this entry. Please come back to read all the other fun things that we have going on!!!!