Category Archives: Miscellany

Posts on various subjects not related to our three primary topics.

Watering Berlin – With Living Water

We got an unexpected package in the mail last week – a lovely little surprise from a lovely little family.  Nathan and Jenny Fawbush and their children are one of the ministry families God has led us to support, both financially and in prayer. The unexpected package and surprise was from them! German chocolate candy and a new prayer card, which was quickly put in place of their old one on our refrigerator door.

As people review outreach ministries and evaluate which ones to support, it is important to remember that there are people who need Christ literally everywhere across the globe – in America, as well as overseas. Our own family has endeavored to support as many ministries as possible both in our own country and out of it. Watering Berlin struck a chord with us because it is hard to believe that European countries have so few Believers in their populations in this 21st Century.

Christian Mountain Living would like to encourage you to commit to long-term financial support for the Fawbush family and Watering Berlin. We believe in what they want to do – bring the Living Water of Jesus Christ – in their ministry to the people of Berlin, and it is our hope and prayer that they will be fully funded to carry this ministry forward as God has called them to!

Please click on the link below to “get acquainted” with them.

Our People


Many years ago, I wrote a poem titled “Unframed Collage.” It was my first winter in Alaska, and I was alone two weeks out of each month. Homesickness set in; and to combat feelings of isolation and distance, I taped photos of a wide variety of people and happy remembrances on the wall in our spare bedroom. It ended up being about 6′ x 6′, and it got me through that long, hard winter with temperatures to -40ºF and what seemed like endless darkness.

These days, we have a different sort of collage – we call it “our people.” The front of the refrigerator is decorated with prayer cards and photos of the missionaries we support, as well as our Compassion child, Yadira in Ecuador.

Having these faces before us throughout the day helps us to remember to pray for them. Some of them are in very dark places and they tell us they can feel the prayers coming through!

Not everyone wants to “junk up” their refrigerator door, but you might consider creating a collage of those for whom you pray and hanging it on the wall somewhere in your house where it would be seen frequently. Most variety stores carry many styles of already prepared collage frames, or you can create your own.

Whatever you do, please PRAY for “your people.” My husband’s Uncle Jim had a long, long prayer list and he never failed to pray through it daily – while he was doing his morning devotional time, during his daily walk, as he was driving here and there – and I have no doubt that many lives were impacted by his faithful prayer for “his people.”

There may be dark times ahead, but remember the words of Paul to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; 10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, 11 you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.” NASB


 Unframed collage:
it measures six feet wide and six feet tall –
pictorial testimony to the past –
dear loved ones all.

 New friends, old friends,
kith and kin alike displayed – on view
to pass the time and take the edge off
lonesome winter blues.

Places, people,
seasons of the year portrayed bring cheer –
one wall in my South bedroom
filled with images so clear.

 A world of comfort rendered
by these simple photographs
displayed – affixed with cellophane –
prescription smiles and laughs –

 Just what the doctor ordered
to combat the dark and cold;
an inexpensive antidote,
yet worth its weight in gold –

 Unframed collage:
it measures six feet wide and six feet tall –
pictorial testimony to the past –
dear loved ones all.

Unframed Collage is copyrighted and excerpted from Song of the Heart, which is available for purchase on Click on the book picture to go to the purchase page at Amazon.

Song of the Heart: The Complete Collection
Song of the Heart: The Complete Collection

Résumé Writing for FFA CDE Job Interview

FFA Leaders and FFA Job Interview competitors, The WORD Company USA offers the ultimate resource for writing résumés for high-school aged students. The final section covers FFA CDE Interview Competition Preparation tips and information.

Résumé writing for young adults, including FFA CDE
Résumé writing for young adults, including FFA CDE

YRACC(c) For Young Adults is focused on teaching high school-aged students and early college undergrads the art of résumé writing. It is clearly not “just another résumé book.” This text is an actual instructional study course developed from the author’s three-hour group workshop presentation and more than 20 years of experience writing résumés and teaching résumé writing – an in-depth teaching tool that you will not commonly find in most available résumé writing books.

21st Century high school students graduate from school with a portfolio that virtually always includes a résumé and letters of recommendation. It is disturbing how many of those résumés could be described as pitiful! Résumé writing for high school-aged students presents special challenges that most résumé writing books on the market today do not address.

YRACC© is the classroom instructor or home-school parent’s best resource for truly teaching the skill of résumé writing. The short course includes the all-important component of pre-resume skills assessment, including worksheets. Your typical high school student has very little understanding of what skills they actually have. Once skills are assessed and information is gathered, the course enters the next step: the art of résumé writing. Each section has an end-of-section worksheet asking questions to cement the knowledge gained in that section.

A digital version of this edition for classroom use is available at The price is slightly higher, but the buyer has virtually unlimited use for printing worksheets; and the ability to display the lessons on-screen on a SmartBoard or projector.

Homeschool parents may wish to purchase either this edition or the light blue-colored YRACC 2, targeted to résumés for Christian workers.

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks

Yellowstone church service
Sunday morning service on the deck of Old Faithful Lodge

One of the latest “reaching out” links we added to our Reaching Out page is the ACMNP website. During a family reunion last summer at Yellowstone, a number of our family members attended one of the Sunday morning services on the deck of the Old Faithful Inn. One of our cousins took this gorgeous picture with Old Faithful erupting in the background.

ACMNP places approximately 180 college and seminary students across nearly 30 national parks to actively demonstrate their faith each year. Team members led more than 1,400 worship services in the 2014 season.

No government funds are used to facilitate this ministry. Financial supporters from all over the world join in the effort to reach out to thousands for Christ in the beauty of America’s national parks.

Please take a few moments to check them out at or follow them on Facebook at