What Google Won’t Tell You About Pine Cove

What Google Won’t Tell You About Pine Cove

In 2014, a Google search introduced me to Pine Cove, and I accepted a job as a camp photographer a few months later.

However, there are a few things that Google did not tell me about Pine Cove, and when I walked onto Pine Cove soil for the first time, I was a little surprised.

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Mango and Sweet Rice Overnight Oatmeal

Mango and Sweet Rice Overnight Oatmeal

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With fall starting later this week, I wanted to throw in one last summery oatmeal recipe.

I have only been to a Thai restaurant one time, but I absolutely loved it!  This oatmeal recipe was inspired by the dessert I ordered that night:  sweet sticky rice with mango.  The name is self-explanatory.  It is sweet.  It is sticky.  It has mango.  🙂

This overnight oats recipe is perfect for rushed mornings before school or work.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cooked rice
  • 1/3 cup raw oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used cow milk, but I am sure that coconut milk would be delicious!)
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs shredded coconut
  • pinch of sweetener (optional)

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a seal-able container
  • Let sit overnight
  • Eat and Enjoy!

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Let the Little Children Come

Let the Little Children Come

Christy is a teacher-trainer for the Baptist schools in Togo.  Every week, nearly a hundred children pile into her yard to sing, play, and learn about Jesus.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2016 in Pictures

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2016 in Pictures

Back in February, I realized that this might be my last summer as a “kid.”  I graduate from college in May 2017, and then I must enter the “real world.”  With that thought in mind, I designed a dream summer, visiting numerous tourist traps, multiple states, and a few countries.  While I would definitely describe this summer as “full,” I can also say that it was wonderful, joyous, and monumental.  Here are…

Ten Pictures that Summarize My Summer (in chronological order)

1.One week at home

During my week at home, I was privileged to shoot engagement photos for friends from college.

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2.Two weeks of training for camp with Pine Cove

When you are the only staff member with a camera, you hear a lot of people say, “Kat, can you take my picture?”  Thankfully, I love that question!

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3.Five weeks as the photographer for Camp in the City

I worked with an awesome team!

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4.(another picture from camp)

…and I took pictures of some awesome kids!

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5.One week visiting relatives in Tucson, Arizona

A picture of Bees Knees ice cream from The Screamery might be a better representation of how I spent my time in Tucson.

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6.Two weeks back at home

One of my favorite things about being home is experimenting with new oatmeal combinations.  This is overnight oatmeal topped with homemade Dole Whip and beautiful berries.

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7.(…and my family took a quick mini-vacation to Gettysburg for a few days)

(Photo credit to my dad)

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8.Three weeks traveling with ABWE Storytellers to Togo (West Africa)

Shortly after taking this picture, I was lightly scolded for leaving the group…but when you see a good shot, you have to capture the moment!

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9.(another picture from Togo)

While in Togo, I created a three minute video about a girl named Djamila.

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10.One week preparing to head back to school

Mom and I play a lot of Scrabble.  Sometimes I actually win…

The Village of Tsiko

The Village of Tsiko

In Togo, we stayed at the ABWE guest house near the hospital in Tsiko.  One morning, I went on a walk through the small village just outside of the compound walls.

 

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My assignment in Togo was to make a short video about a girl named Djamila.

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Djamila is a tenth-grade student at a Togolese Baptist school.  She was born and raised in a Muslim home in Lome, but she eventually moved to live with her Christian mom in Tsiko.

When Djamila moved to Tsiko, she found herself in a struggle between her aunt and mother.  The aunt claimed that Allah is god, and she could get to heaven by obeying him.  Djamila’s mother said that Jesus was the only way to have eternal life.  Djamila could not decide who to believe.

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Two of Djamila’s teachers came to her house to read the Bible to her.  They told her that there is someone who loves her.  She was amazed and asked, “Who loves me here on earth?”

That is when the teachers explained the love of Jesus.  Djamila came to understand that Jesus loves her.  He died on the cross for her sins.  He forgave her.  With the help of these two teachers, Djamila turned to Christ.

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Before Djamila was a Christian, her life was filled with anger.  She said, “If my aunt was not kind with me, I was led to steal…I didn’t care a bit.  And back then, lying also was my life…No one told me that I was wrong.  That was my life.”

With Jesus, Djamila’s life changed a lot.  She learned how to forgive, how to love, and how to accept someone’s mistakes.  She exclaimed, “I have joy deep in my heart.”

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Before I left my interview with Djamila, she stated,

My dream is that God will help me to live for him, to work for him, and to do what he wants me to do….I feel it deep in my heart that God calls me to go back and to… share gospel to Muslims.

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