Saturday, May 21, 2005

Thunder Bay ONTARIO

I don't have time to write anything at the moment, so I will give you my MSN website address and you can check out some great photos of our day yesterday, and since the beginning of the trip!
Check it out!

Friday, May 20, 2005

In Kenora Ontario!

We spent the night in Caronport Saskatchewan, and then headed on to Winnipeg... after having supper at a great Chinese restaurant we continued on to find a hotel. We reached Kenora by 1 AM and found a Super 8 to spend the night in. Now it is almost 10:30 AM and I have just popped out of bed, and we have to check out at 11 AM!

It has been a safe trip thus far. The trailer is heavy but hauling very well (although the Saskatchewan roads made us feel like we were on a four-wheeler going over a field full of gopher holes). Perhaps it was just getting us prepared for the roads in Angola!

This is all I can write for now, I must get everyone up and ready in a half an hour!
Just wanted to let everyone know that we are doing well and still on the road. We will ship the container from Toronto on the 24th of May (Tuesday), so now that we are in Ontario we'll need to find a place to camp out for a few days.

I can't really think at the moment, so I will write more later!
Keep Praying!
Charlene for the gang!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

In Calgary!

Here we are at friends in Calgary. We are on our way! We had a great day of travelling through the mountains today (I slept most of the way, after popping a gravol... I was feeling a bit sick, probably more from being SO tired than anything else). The truck pulled the trailer through those mountains nicely. The kids travelled alright on their first day (we'll let you know how that is going on day 10).

Just thought I would write a quick blog and let everyone know that we made it safely! We'll keep you posted!


Tuesday, May 10, 2005

We are back in Kamloops...

...And yes, we have a truck. PRAISE THE LORD! He is good to us. It has been a very long day, but I have to say that God has a way of working things out for good, even when we are not sure! I will tell you more about it when I am awake and can type! I am way too tired after driving all the way back, part way in the car and the rest of the way in the truck! I will give a better post later, but for now, we want you to know that we found the truck!
God Bless and thank you all for your prayers.
PS... remember the time is set for Angola already! Currently it is midnight in BC!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

In Calgary!

For those of you checking in on how we are doing... We are in Calgary. We had a very unsuccessful day yesterday, traveling about 500 km's around Calgary, north and south looking for the right vehicle. We know it is out there somewhere, we would ask for prayer in helping us find it! God is faithful and in control of all things, even finding the truck that we need for Angola! We had a great time yesterday traveling around, looking, talking, bonding... :-) We aren't even feeling stressed out over the whole thing. We realize that our plans change like the wind, but God is steadfast and stable, so we look to Him for our strength. He has been SO good to us, and we praise Him.

Last evening we went for dinner with friends. We are staying with Linda, Sean and little Jordan, and they are treating us GREAT! Linda, Pete and I met Gary and Tammy for supper. We had a great time of fellowship together.

This morning we attending Linda and Sean's church, First Alliance in Calgary, the worship team was wonderful, the sermon was pointed and very encouraging, and we enjoyed looking over their map of missionaries that they support afterward in the foyer!

Now we are going to make some calls on some trucks that look interesting and are in the ballpark money-wise! Oh that we will be faithful stewards of what God has given us and trust Him for the rest!

Happy Mother's Day to both of our MOM's... Marge has our boys in Cranbrook... Thanks Mom! My mom is in the hospital in St. John, NB getting ready for her open heart surgery! Please pray for her this week, she will be opened up on Tuesday to fix the hole in heart! Love you Mom!

Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts during this time! We will keep you posted!
God Bless,

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Please Pray!

Hello everyone.

Time is getting short before we leave Kamloops. We are looking today at leaving in 10 days, Lord Willing! We have experience many blessing along the way, and also many set backs. We are learning once again to TRUST the Lord to supply all of our needs, including the need for sanity! We are getting down to the wire, and have been searching endlessly for a vehicle. We know that God has one available for us, and we just need to stop and listen for His voice, so He can show us where it is. We are going to Calgary to look this weekend. I believe that He has something for us there, but I would ask you all to pray that we trust in Lord and not the power of our own strength. This has been a difficult process, but God has been, is and will be faithful! I believe!

My verse for the day is what I read in Hebrews this morning in my time of devotions:
Hebrews 4:16, "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."

First of all it is a time of NEED and secondly during all the madness we have to take the time to DRAW NEAR! And not just drawing near for the sake of drawing near, but with CONFIDENCE knowing that you will receive mercy and grace! We have an awesome God, and He is SO good to us!

So the agenda for today is to find out how much our tickets are going to cost and to compare prices and hopefully hold them, until the money from the house comes through. Pack some more, look into finding someone who would like to drive back east with us who has a pick-up truck and can haul a trailer back here to Kamloops, meet a friend for lunch, pick Pete up, meet another friend for a quick coffee on the way to the Doctor (where I will hear him say "your headaches are due to STRESS"), I guess I just need to hear it! Then the evening will be spent packing the boys for a visit with their grandparents in Cranbrook (we will meet them in Golden on the way to Calgary tomorrow), pack ourselves, and the girls for their weekend with Jackie!

One other bit of information for those interested... we have found some water pumps and generators for a MOST EXCELLENT price, if anyone wishes to donate money to that cause let us know, the more we can take the better. The farm could use a couple more for sure (it is 350 acres and in need of irrigation). Also I found mosquito netting at JYSK for $8.88, if you would like to donate some just drop them off in the next week so that I can get them packed into our luggage or in the supplies for the container.

We thank you all for your prayers and friendship! You have been a blessing!
God Bless,
Charlene for the Knightly's

Monday, May 02, 2005

13 days, but who's counting?

13 Days... but who's counting?

Ok, I am counting. I have so much to do and so little time to do it in! I am sure it will all get done, but it can be a bit stressful at times!

Friday night Katherine P. came over for a visit (can't wait until she comes to visit in Angola ). Saturday in the evening we went for a BBQ at the Marlow's, we had a very relaxing evening, and enjoyed the visit! Tavis almost broke his nose on the trampoline (go figure), but he is fine, just a bruise, and perhaps he will develop a couple of black eyes!!! Better than the last time when he busted his teeth on a tramp.

Sunday after church we had a BBQ luncheon, it was great! Nice to be fed (meals have been pathetic in the Knightly household as of late), however going out has been GREAT! We go to the Gill's tonight for some GREAT East Indian Food! Always look forward to that!!!!

Last evening (we have Telo, from Zambia staying at our house until she heads back to her home in Africa) Binyam popped in for pictures (he is headed to Prince George to tree plant for the summer) it will be our last time seeing him before we head to Angola... it was a tearful goodbye, we will miss him and his constant smile! As we will miss Telo and her constant smile! We love you both!

That's it for now, I must make some phone calls and see what I can organize for today!
Keeping you posted!
PS... check out the other blog, as there are MANY great photos posted there! hope you enjoy!!!

Tavis at Thompson River

Leslie D. took the boys out for the afternoon on Sunday... they had a great time at McArthur Park... feeding the marmots, and playing in the water!


Tavis and his BIG slush!


Trevor with his walking stick!

Trevor at Thompson River

Trevor at the river!

Feeding the Marmots!

Feeding the Marmots

All Smiles