Abundant Life at CTR

I've had a hard time keeping up this blog up, with all the life that happens here at Christ the Reconciler.  So this blog will have lots of pictures, from the last month (plus a little) ... enjoy!

 Bridge Prayer - what happens here changes the world!

Bridge Prayer - what happens here changes the world!

 My mom's sister Dori and her husband Wright came in from Charlottesville, VA to stay at Christ the Reconciler for several days

My mom's sister Dori and her husband Wright came in from Charlottesville, VA to stay at Christ the Reconciler for several days

 Wright & Dori led us in a night of prayer for China

Wright & Dori led us in a night of prayer for China

 Wright & the land

Wright & the land

 Dori cooking fish chinese style ... yum!

Dori cooking fish chinese style ... yum!

 Geri cutting sweet potatoes in preparation for Thanksgiving

Geri cutting sweet potatoes in preparation for Thanksgiving

 Peggy prepares a perfect pie

Peggy prepares a perfect pie

 Our friend Mark invited two young Chinese students to join us for Thanksgiving dinner ... here we are introducing them to the game Pit

Our friend Mark invited two young Chinese students to join us for Thanksgiving dinner ... here we are introducing them to the game Pit

 Nightly advent prayer was a joy!

Nightly advent prayer was a joy!

 We have trained our cat to blow out the advent candles (just kidding)

We have trained our cat to blow out the advent candles (just kidding)

 Speaking of cats ... Sam received a kitten for Christmas!  He named it as suggested by Steve Hawthorne earlier in the day:  "Magnificat"

Speaking of cats ... Sam received a kitten for Christmas!  He named it as suggested by Steve Hawthorne earlier in the day:  "Magnificat"

 Praying for Sam on his birthday

Praying for Sam on his birthday

 Sam's birthday ping-pong tournament

Sam's birthday ping-pong tournament

 We love it when the prayer room is crowded!

We love it when the prayer room is crowded!

 Siblings

Siblings

 Young aunt & uncle

Young aunt & uncle

 Christmas dinner #1, with lots of family!

Christmas dinner #1, with lots of family!

 Grannie Annie playing Apples-to-Apples

Grannie Annie playing Apples-to-Apples

 The Cogdell tradition of sleeping under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve

The Cogdell tradition of sleeping under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve

 Spinning in a Christmas dress

Spinning in a Christmas dress

 Another Cogdell tradition is the treasure hunt, where clues are left around the house that eventually lead to a present.  Playing in Christ the Reconciler was fun because there were so many great places to hide clues!

Another Cogdell tradition is the treasure hunt, where clues are left around the house that eventually lead to a present.  Playing in Christ the Reconciler was fun because there were so many great places to hide clues!

 Of course, with all the presents, it's still the box that gets played with most!

Of course, with all the presents, it's still the box that gets played with most!

 Christmas dawn

Christmas dawn

 Dawn light through a frosty window

Dawn light through a frosty window

 Light on an ornament

Light on an ornament

 Wise men, lit up

Wise men, lit up

 Jack on the rock wall in evening light

Jack on the rock wall in evening light

 The three archerketeers

The three archerketeers

 Sunset reflection

Sunset reflection

 Clara is enjoying playing the drums during Bridge Prayer

Clara is enjoying playing the drums during Bridge Prayer

 Bridge Prayer with John leading worship

Bridge Prayer with John leading worship

 Another 16th birthday party at Christ the Reconciler!

Another 16th birthday party at Christ the Reconciler!

 Sweet 16

Sweet 16

 Praying for the birthday girl

Praying for the birthday girl

 We had our hay cut and baled, much to the delight of the kids!

We had our hay cut and baled, much to the delight of the kids!

 The league of powerful women of God!

The league of powerful women of God!

 Jason flew in from Phoenix for a multi-day retreat at CTR.  One special day was when we got to pray with him during staff prayer.

Jason flew in from Phoenix for a multi-day retreat at CTR.  One special day was when we got to pray with him during staff prayer.

Whew!  If you made it this far ... pray with us for God's glory to be magnified at Christ the Reconciler!