Saturday, December 26, 2009

Belated Christmas Wishes to All the Pals!

Hello Pals-
I wanted to log in yesterday to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, but will all the Christmas chaos I wasn't able to. I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating the birth of our Saviour.
This Christmas was extra special because it was the first time I have had my own tree:
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Love In Christ-

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Day...Vicki's Birthday!

tomorrow pilgrim pal vicki's family, will not only be celebrating christmas, they will also be celebrating vicki's birthday!
this verse in the picture is the whole bent of vicki's life and it is kind of small print so here, i am copying it,

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

vicki is a constant encouragement not only to me but to so many others and that is why i am wishing her a very joyful day tomorrow.
happy birthday sweet vicki and merry terry

happy holidays to all of the pilgrim pals.....

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ten Thousand Years

Here's a moving rendition of an old favourite of mine, Ten Thousand Years sung by a trio and the choir at Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Be blessed as you listen, Pilgrim Pals


The first missionary, believer, witness and preacher

"When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit....."Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears the baby in my womb leaped for joy." Luke 1 vs 41-44.
Mary said, "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me - holy is His name...." Luke 1 vs 46 -49

Mary - the first missionary. A missionary brings the Good News to the nations. Mary brought us, (all nations) the Good News - she carried within her the very Word of God - Jesus. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" John 1 vs 1. The angel Gabriel presented this awesome call from God to Mary. Mary gave her yes - "I am the Lord's servant, may it be done to me as you have said." Luke 1 vs 38. She carried the Word first to Joseph, and to Elizabeth and John (her unborn son); she carried the Word from Nazareth, to Judea and to Bethlehem, where the Word was delivered; and on to Simeon in the Temple and Anna, a prophetess. Mary continued to carry the Word in her heart and soul throughout her life - she was at the foot of the Cross which held the Word before all mankind. What a great missionary!

Joseph, the first believer. At first Joseph was wary of the news Mary broke to him. Like many of us, when we first heard the Gospel we may not have responded positively at first. It seemed a foolish message to our human ears - the Messiah born of a Virgin? A King who was born into poverty - born to a carpenter? He would save us, not by force, but by His death on a cross? And then rise from that brutal death? Crazy! Perhaps we hesitated a little because we knew this meant changing many things in our lives - our comfort zone would be disturbed. Our plans and perhaps dreams may have to be altered - we generally don't like change - even good change disturbs us. So, can you imagine Joseph's thinking at hearing this awesome news for the first time from his beloved Mary - a call to be a foster father to God's Son! In his human thinking it was just too difficult to believe. But God did not get angry at Joseph for doubting and pondering breaking the engagement with Mary. God knows that some of us may need to hear the Good News from a couple different sources before we completely surrender and believe. I remember in my twenties hearing the Gospel clearly proclaimed but I didn't respond at that point - God sent another messenger to me - Billy Graham was that messenger (but that story is for another time). God sent a messenger of encouragement to Joseph - another angel comes on the scene! "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name of Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." Matt. 1 vs 20-21. Joseph believed and surrendered to God's plan. What if the neighbours found out that Mary was already pregnant. In that culture - at that time - it would have been a horrible scandal. And, imagine if the neighbours heard that Joseph and Mary believed they were the parent's of God's Son - the Messiah!? It took great trust in God. Oh that I would trust God with even a small measure of Joseph and Mary's trust.

Elizabeth - the first witness. She was the first to proclaim out loud that the Messiah had arrived. She was filled with the Holy Spirit and said to Mary, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"

John the Baptist - the first no nonsense preacher. Presenting a warm and fuzzy message was not his style! Maybe wearing camel's hair made him a bit grumpy - was it itchy? Nevertheless, his message was right on - we do need to repent individually and corporately for our sins. "He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins" Luke 3 vs 3. "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near." Matthew 3 vs 1. "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1 vs 29.

As we get set to celebrate Christmas - the birth of our Salvation - I pray that we would take time to reflect on the trust and surrender shown to us by Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth and John.

Posted by: Julie

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Pilgrim Pals

~I’d Rather Have Jesus

Forty years ago Bev Shea was attending the Bible School in Ottawa (Ontario) where I was teaching. He loved to sing. After more training in New York City he was given an audition at one of the radio stations and was offered a contract.

He asked that he might sing Gospel songs. He was told that he might use one occasionally, but he would have to use the songs on the Hit Parade.

What would he do? His mother was praying.

On Saturday night she placed a poem on the piano. In the morning he composed a tune for it. One verse was: “I’d rather have Jesus than silver and gold: I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame; I’d rather be true to His holy Name!”

Bev turned down the contract.

A short time later he was offered a position with a Chicago radio station where he might use the Gospel songs he loved. While there he met Billy Graham.

The rest of the story is well-known.

—R. Barclay Warren

~I’d Rather Have Jesus

When King George VI and the queen visited Washington, DC, a state dinner was given in their honor. Chief Whitefeather, an Indian, began the program by singing the British anthem. After the applause the chief sang, to the surprise of those present, the hymn whose opening words are, I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold!

Later in the evening, the chief sat near the king and queen. Tactfully he asked the queen, Do you believe on Jesus? The queen replied graciously, He is the Possessor of my heart, and of my husband’s also! The king, smiling, added, I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold!

when i was a child living in my beloved manitoba, my hero was george beverly shea, who we would hear whenever there was a billy graham crusade on tv.
this song in particular i loved.
i just wonder if i will keep as faithful to the lord as geroge beverly shea did and still does.
here he is just a young man singing this song.

and here he is at one hundred years old singing for the same lord.
and my, can't you just see the light on his face that is coming straight from his heart?
i pray that all of the pilgrim pals will be encouraged and that they will all be living for jesus and continue to be praying, affirming, loving and serving!
i will surely be trying terry

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pals...It Won't Rain Always

Janet Paschal is one of my favourite singers. Check out this YouTube video of Janet singing a powerful song, It Won't Rain Always.

I needed to hear this song today. I trust that as you listen to Janet pouring out her heart...your spirit will be refreshed and renewed by His Spirit, the blessed Holy Spirit.

Thank you, Cathy Simpson,(from Melodies and Hymnsongs) for pointing me to this song.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Our Pal On The Far Side Of The Sea Is The Birthday Girl

dear felisol, our beloved pilgrim pal ,
we all want to wish you a very happy birthday!
though we are a sea apart, we are as close as an email and a prayer away and everyone counts you as an encouraging and sympathetic and close always friend!

today is your special day!
here is a norwegian birthday cake for you, googled in fresh this very hour
now we realize that you are sixty felisol, but don't let it worry you none.
you can know from two of us at least, that pilgrim david and me who have reached sixty[and over!..ha!],you will remain young at heart and so this is why this song is specially for you!! from david fisher and his band of pilgrim pals!

ps...isn't it just the greatest thing felisol that we are christians and yet we are not a boring lot at all.
we can have fun, especially on a happy occasion like THIS...your birthday!!
have a happy one!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hope this makes you smile!

A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible, and here it is.....The Children's Bible in a Nutshell.

In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, 'The Lord thy God is one, but I think He must be a lot older than that. Anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did. Then God made the world. He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet. Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden.....Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn't have cars. Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel..Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something. One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check. After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat.Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh's people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable.God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include: don't lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor's stuff. Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother.One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town.After Joshua came David. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me. After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore... There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don't have to worry about them. After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, 'Close the door! Were you born in a barn?' It would be nice to say, 'As a matter of fact, I was.') During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Democrats. Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him. Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount. But the Democrats and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn't stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead. Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.

Posted by: Little Missionary - Julie :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Treasures Unseen

Dear Pals:

Thank you so much for your prayers as I go through this dark valley of depression and despair. In the midst of the turmoil I sense God's touch and His everlasting arms upholding me.

The following post appears on my Pilgrim Scribblings blog and I thought my Pals would benefit from hearing this incredible song.

Be blessed, Pals.

David, the Pilgrim

Here's the post:

Recently our son
Matthew and I attended a Greater Vision concert in Pickering, Ontario. The tight harmonies and godly living of this Southern Gospel trio have endeared themselves to many Christians.

That night Greater Vision sang a song that I hadn't heard before and it really ministered to my tired and hurting spirit. The song entitled Treasures Unseen speaks of those hidden, eternal treasures that the children of God possess even when the riches of this world have evaded them.

Click here to enjoy Greater Vision's rendition of this great song. Gerald Wolfe is playing the keyboard, Rodney Griffin is playing the bass guitar and their great, new tenor Jacob Kitson does a marvelous job hitting the high notes.

Enjoy and let the Spirit of God minister to you.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pilgrim's Update

Dear Pals:

Just a brief update to let you know what's been happening to the Pilgrim and how you can pray for him (me).

This week I began my Day Hospital Program at North York General Hospital (pictured) in Toronto. This is a 3-week long program, 5 days a week, designed to assist those who are going through the throes of deep depression. The first week has been very profitable and I'm looking forward to going back on Monday morning. The group sessions have been particularly helpful.

This deep-seated depression has been affecting all parts of my life and our family's lives. Please pray that we will get relief from this dreadful, debilitating disease.

We continue to change my medication in an attempt to find the correct dosage and medicine. Please pray that we will soon find the best meds.

I'm grateful for the support of all the Pals. Felisol, your scriptures have been very encouraging and the comments accompanying them have been much appreciated. THANK YOU!

Journeying home,


Saturday, November 21, 2009

David, Beloved Pilgrim Brother, This Song Is For You

dear has been such a relief that you have returned and you know, it will not even be easier for you as you live for the lord in the faithful way you have and so i just thought that this song by danny funderburk would encourage you and encourage for that matter ALL of us!
the devil is defeated and the lord is the winner! terry

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thank You, Fellow Pilgrims

Since my explanation concerning my absence from our Pilgrim Pals site there has been a real outpouring of prayer and concern on my behalf.

This battle with depression has been a real struggle...a war that seems to continue unabated. Your prayers, dear Pals, are so vital to my recovery.

, your posts and the scriptures you have shared have been a lifeline. Thank you. As fellow sojourners, pilgrims on this journey, let's continue to bear one another's burdens and thus fulfil the law of Christ.

God's best to each of you!

David, the weary Pilgrim

Praise Report

I went back to work last week for two half days and will slowly work up to regular full time duties over the next 7 weeks (eg two half days this week, then two full days for a couple weeks etc). Surprisingly, most of all to me, it's going very well - God has certainly freed me from anxiety issues around going back to work. This sense of freedom only came in the last few weeks - just before returning to work. I'm in a new department as I won a competition in 2008 before having to go off on full medical disability. So far the new work location and most importantly, the staff seem nice - down to earth and busy enough not to have time for foolish talk and gossip - praise God for that! I just want to do a good job for them and get along. Well that's it for now. I need to rest up - unfortunately I have bronchitis - something I seem to be very susceptible to getting.

Little Missionary

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Be Encouraged Pilgrims

dear david ..we are all glad that you are back.
trust me david, we have all been in the storm the last little while.
we are in the storm together and the lord is with us! terry

Monday, November 9, 2009

An Explanation from the Pilgrim

Dear Pals:

It's been awhile since I posted here on Pilgrim Pals. I've been struggling in a deep, dark hole of depression that has been more debilliating that any past episode. I lost all motivation to write, compose music or to do almost anything. Of course this was the time when I needed my Pals the most but I retreated instead of reaching out.

We continue to share our username and password with the writer's group that I was a member of...The Writer's Crucible. I resigned from the group several months ago due to my hectic schedule and the state of my mental health. This is an excellent group of Christian writers. Due to some internal conflicts with the group, they changed the password in order to maintain the integrity of their blog. Apparently the change was communicated to me but I either missed it or forgot it. Subsequently none of the Pilgrim Pals could log on to our blog any longer.

I now have the new password. The username is the same as before. I'm asking Terry to communicate the new password to each of you. As you can see I have reformatted the blog to a wider style which will accommodate YouTube video clips and other graphics more readily.

Even though I'm still not well, I'm going to post some of my "in the midst of depression" posts with the prayer that these scribblings will be a blessing and an encouragement to the Pals and to other who visit this site.

Thanks for your prayers, dear friends, and please forgive me for my extended absence. I love you all.

Pilgrim David

Let's carry on where we left off...praying for each other and trusting God to do His marvelous work in our lives.


I've gone fishing in the archive pond again. As I battle this present bout with depression I often find solace in things I have written in the past while I looked up from the bottom of the pit. Here's one from 2 years ago:

Long-time friends of the Pilgrim might recall this post from the "dark ages". This dreaded guest, clothed in black, came knocking again this weekend and especially this morning, causing me to recall this post. Through the support of friends and the Spirit of God I was able to right my ship before it hit the rocks. THANKS.

Here's that post:

Lately another guest, or maybe I should call him a predator has been lingering around my "house". The dreaded "D" word...depression... has been lurking. Many of you, no doubt, have had to deal with this unwelcome visitor.

Back in January I penned a brief "post" entitled Dark Night of the Soul. In the midst of our darkness may we experience His deliverance, His delight, His divine presence.

Dark Night of the Soul

Hot Sweats
Cold Sweats

"The peace of God which passes all understanding shall GUARD and GARRISON your hearts, through Christ Jesus our Lord." - Philippians 4:7

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving To All The Pals

Psalm 100:4-5 – "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures for ever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."

wishing all of my pilgrim pals a very joyful terry

Monday, September 28, 2009

Isaiah 45:1-6

".....I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness...."

I have been going through "hell" for a few days. I will return to work in two weeks and anxiety is high in my spirit. I'm being forced into a corner in a sense - my doctor signed off on an insurance form without meeting with me first to discuss the content. He acted very cold and indifferent towards me last Friday. I was supposed to do a trial return to work in November but the insurance company faxed a form with a very different story and the doc signed it. But in all of this "hell" and almost despairing over the weekend I know God is in control - this is all His plan - not the plan of men. God has been allowing a "pressure cooker" to build in me - it's time to make serious decisions. He is saying to me, "whom shall you serve - men or God? It is time to decide little one. Make your choice - security this world offers or the security of serving the Living God who called you to go to my harvest field. Look with spiritual eyes - NOT the eyes of men who do not know me - who do not serve me."

I am in need of much prayer support in the weeks ahead as I return to the job while taking certian steps towards leaving on mission - hopefully by next spring/summer - permanently. I will try and either sell my condo for money or rent it out for a steady "income" as a missionary. Please pray much for me as I make decisions according to God's will.
Yours in Christ,
Little Missionary.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Faithful Man Who Can Find?.. Proverbs 20:6

no words of mine...only words from the lord for felisol's wonderful father.

Jeremiah 6:16
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.

Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

Psalm 89:1
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 90:1
Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations

Psalm 112
1Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

2His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

3Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God

Revelation 14:13
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

love terry

Sunday, September 20, 2009

For Aunt Marion

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17

15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Thank you all my pilgrim pals for all your prayers for aunt marion, for her family and for the golden family these last two weeks.
we know that aunt marion is free from pain now, she can see, she is no longer lame and she is with the lord and we will meet her in the morning
thank you so terry

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Terry's Aunt Marion

Good Morning Pals...

Wanted to let everyone know......

Terry's Aunt Marion had been failing the past
few days, turned 78 yesterday, Sept 11th...
an email was just received this morning...

"Aunt Marion just went to heaven one hour ago."

Let us all keep Terry and her family in our thoughts and


Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Praying Circle

Dear Pals,
Terry saw this video of prayer time in my house and suggested that I post it here on Pilgrim Pals.

Through prayer we unleash the divine power of God to demolish the strongholds of Satan. We come against the darkness of oppression,injustice and spiritual bondage. Here are four Satan ' s strongholds we can demolish through prayer.

1. POLITICAL STRONGHOLDS: Satanic inspired laws. Pray for ungodly leaders to repent or be removed from influence (Prov21;1, 1Tim 2;1-4)
Pray for God honoring leaders to be placed in power and for righteous decisions to be made that will exalt the nation (Prov 14;34)

2 CULTURAL STRONGHOLDS Satan inspired traditions. Pray for people to be free from the aspects of their worldview that are harmful and unscriptural. (1Cor 1: 20-33)

3 RELIGIOUS STRONGHOLDS Satanic inspired beliefs. Pray for people to see the emptiness of religion and seek the abundant life to be found in Christ. (Acts 17: 22-31 , John 10:10)

4 SPIRITUAL STRONGHOLDS Satanic inspired worship. Pray for people to see the foolishness of serving the created instead of the Creator. (Isa 44:9-20, Matt 4: 8-10)

Posted by Amrita

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Presence Of The Lord Is In Amrita's Home In India

this week i visited amrita's blog and looked at this wonderful post that she had created.
i am leaving the url of it here and for sure it is well worth watching and listening to the video she has put there...a video of her own making!
this will bless your soul! it did mine.
have a blessed lords day terry

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pray For Our Teachers!!

HI Pals,

I went to go sign in to post on Pals...and i guess it has been so long i have forgotten the login info because it rejected the password as I remember it! So, some Pal, pls post this for me!!

I am ashamed to say I have not been on Pals for at least a month. I have been terrible busy, too busy for blogs, but not too busy for prayer, and I do think of y'all frequently.

Last week my sister and I started working at our new job...teaching at a small, private Christian school. Our first day of school is Tuesday, but classed begin Wednesday. Last week we just worked on classroom set up, organizing stuff, etc.

I am a little stressed out (actually more than a little, VERY stressed out) because I have to teach Seconday 3 & Seconday 4 Science classes....without a textbook!! I also have to teach ERC (the ever-controversial ethics and religion course), and Journals, and the other subjects the students do online and so my job is much easier in those areas. I could use a lot of prayer, if I may ask for it, as well as for my sister, who is also a little stressed...and while I am at it, my close friend will also be teaching there for the first time and she is also, yes you guessed it, stressed!! We ARE, however, looking forward to working together, and are carpooling three days a week, so there is that time together to look forward to as well.

On the plus side, there is soo much to write about...tomorrow it will be a year since we started attending the church we currently go to, and so much has happened in that year. God is so faithful! Last year I had the honor and priviledge of leading my youth worship team as we did the praise and worship for our church...what a blessing! They did so well, and I am so proud of every one of them! I have pics, if any of the Pals want to see them, pls email me!

Another exciting thing to report is that I was told last week that in my journals class I will be teaching and encouraging my students to as a good example, yes, I have finally opened a blog...a private blog. You who have any of my email addresses (since I do have a few) please email me and I will invite you to read it. I have a new email addy that is right on my new blackberry so its easier for me to respond to...if you know how to spell it, its my first and middle name together But I do check my other addys as well, so I will get your emails either way.

God bless each one of you, keep up the faith, and hope to hear from you soon!

Love and Prayers,

Saturday, August 29, 2009

what a lovely name

have a blessed lords day dear pilgrim terry

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hello friends

I just changed the header photo.
Posted by Amrita

Monday, August 24, 2009

For Our Dear Terry

Happy Birthday dear Terry13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day. (Ps 139 - The message)

Here is a Sheeba look alike
playing a song for you.

And a birthday cake in the shape
of a little red car.
And of course a mountain of Indian sweets.
May God 's choicest blessings rest upon you.
With Love from Amrita

Sunday, August 23, 2009

To The Dear Pals

have a blessed lord's terry

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Book Idea

For months now I've felt a "calling" to write a book. This seems like an absurd idea and a huge undertaking! Now this book may end up being just for me - a kind of cathartic thing to do. But a part of me feels I'd like to try and get it published because I think my journey in the last 4 years especially could help other struggling Christians and it would ultimately have to bring glory to God - for delivering me through an extremely dark time in my life. It was a dark night of my senses, heart, spirit - my entire being in darkness, but by the grace of God I remained faithful to God through it. I know there are a million books probably similar, however I feel this strong pull to write it out. Maybe, just maybe this would be a way to help fund a mission trip and help the poor children! Any thoughts on this Pals? Pilgrim David - any sage advice having been in ministry for years?

J - LM

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dear Felisol and Gunnar

Happy Wedding Anniversary to you

May the Lord add to your blessings
and happiness day by day.
Love from all the Pals
Posted by Amrita

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Where'd the Pals all go?

Noticing an absence of posts. Is it the lazy days of summer? Uninspired? That's my excuse - nothing much to say I guess.
Anyway - God bless.

Little Missionary

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Open Letter to Mike Fisher

Dear Mike,
I saw you on the local news (Ottawa) last night speaking about your mission trip to El Salvador. The pictures of the children warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I'm so pleased you went on that trip - your worldview has changed forever and now you have an awesome responsibility to speak out on behalf of the poorest, most vulnerable ones in our world - that is a great privilege our God has given you. I've been on seven mission trips so far - so I know the heart-change you have undergone. Thank you Mike for being an inspiration and such a giving person. God bless you now and in the upcoming Senator's season!!

Julie - Little Missionary

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009
An Important Relayed Posting

My e-friend Sherri at wrote this yesterday and asked that it be relayed:

This is a photo of my youngest son's friend Tyson Serles. A private first class serving our country in the US Army.

I remember the night of the Senior Awards, My son Jon and Tyson shared an award for their achievements in Art. Tyson was also honored when he and a few other boys from Jon's class, received large bonus checks from the different branches of service as they signed on to protect their country. When he and the others walked on the stage to receive their awards, I said a little prayer for them, for their protection and wisdom and guidance for whatever would lay ahead of them.

I watched Tyson accept his check with that contagious mile long grin of his, and he practically skipped back to his seat and he was applauded by those in attendance.

Last week we received news that Tyson had been critically injured in a roadside bombing. Sadly, his entire group of soldiers he was traveling with, except for his Sergeant, were either killed or critically injured. Tyson bravely tried to pull his fellow soldiers from the wreckage and witnessed one friend take his last breath.

Tyson is 19 years old, and has already lost an entire group of buddies. One soldier who past away asked Tyson to start the prayer chain before he passed on.

What a load for a young man to carry. He is without family , in a foreign land (Iraq) , with no familiar faces to be by his bedside while he recovers and grieves for his friends and fellow soldiers. What if this were your son, or brother or friend?

According to Tyson's father Tim, his condition has now been upgraded to stable. Tim is asking for cards or letters to be sent to Tyson to encourage him as he recovers.

What a small task for us...what a large impact it can make on Tyson.

Would you please send something to this precious young man who has already sacrificed more than most of us will ever be asked to give. He bravely moved out of his comfort zone on behalf of others. Let's do it for him.

It will take 5 minutes for you to fill out a card, and a very small amount of money to mail it.

Please do this small gesture. I'm counting on you. I'm hoping he gets a room full of cards and letters from all over the world!

Feel free to re-post this, pass it along in an email, put it in a church bulletin, or pass along to any other group that would be willing to take five minutes to help lighten someone's load.

Start your weekend off by doing something for someone else. Whatta' ya' say? Can I count on you?

Mail to:

PFC Serles, Tyson
FOBTF Sparta
HHT, 1-40 CAV (ABN)
APO AE 09354

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posted by John Cowart @ 5:12 AM

I found this over at my blog friend John Cowart.
I post it here in hope that any of you Pilgrims might follow the call.
From felisol

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Pilgrim David Fisher

happy birthday david!
now we really hope that you can leave faceook for just a bit so that you can see that all of the pilgrim pals are wishing you a very happy birthday!
don't you worry that you are getting old.
after all for today, at least, you are the birthday boy! from all of your friends, the pilgrim pals!

david this is your favourite group as it is my favourite.
that is how we met on the blog. because of greater vision.
this is my favourite song!
oh for another concert, eh? terry

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

House for Sale

Hi friends: please pray for a friend of mine whose home has been up for sale for about 10 months. If she and her husband don't soon sell the home they will loose a huge amount of money they put as a down payment on a new place. The building company of the new home already granted one extension. They have had some recent offers/interest but not sure if it's going through. It must be very stressful.

Thanks for praying.

Julie - LM

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Dear American Pilgrims

Glitter Graphics -
Here is a song from a Hindi movie in which
young Indians settled in New York are
enjoying the American way of life.

Posted by Amrita on behalf of all Pals

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom Ljung From The Pilgrim Pals

Proverbs 31

10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

have a happy day mom ljung with all of your loved ones...
love from all of the pilgrim pals!

we can't give you flowers on the far side of the sea so we will send you some sunrises and mountains!..

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

True North, Strong and Free

God Bless our country and keep us in thy loving care.

Julie - LM

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Three Things

Three Things I am grateful to God for:
  • a roof over my head
  • food on my table
  • living in Canada - a free and beautiful country

Three Things I like about me:

  • my sense of humour
  • my desire to follow Jesus wherever He leads
  • my God-given courage to admit when I need help

Three Things God is to me:

  • Deliverer
  • Shelter
  • Shepherd

Three Things I pray for today:

  • those who are angry at God because of tragedies in their lives that they see as God's fault - that God would reveal His love to them
  • those who do not have enough to eat, do not have clean water to drink, and are forced to live in extreme poverty in slums around the world - that God would provide for their basic needs through the hands of his servants
  • those who know the Lord but have wandered off track into sin - that they would come to the Mercy Throne of God today

A couple days ago I was writing in my journel and God placed it on my heart to begin daily, (or at least several times a week), to write three things I am grateful for above. The toughest was listing three things I like about myself!!

Peace of our Lord to each of you today.

Julie - little missionary

Thursday, June 25, 2009

This Could Be the Dawning of That Day

Tonight I listened to David Phelp's rendition of this old song penned by Bill Gaither. As I heard the lyrics of the 2nd verse I thought how timely they are for all the Pilgrim Pals.

Click here to view this YouTube video and check out the lyrics for the 2nd verse and chorus below.

Journey on, fellow pilgrims, we're getting closer to home.

Here's the 2nd verse:

All the saints are getting restless,

They're not bound by shackles forged of earthly gold,

Since that day they knelt at Calvary,

They've been pilgrims ever wandering,

Just looking for a place to rest their souls.


This could be the dawning,

Of that grand and glorious day,

When the face of Jesus we behold,

Dream and hopes of all the ages

Are awaiting His returning,

And this could be the dawning of that day

- David, the pilgrim

Note: As a matter of interest, this is post # 1919 since the Pilgrim Pals site was launched. Keep writing, Pals!














Ever feel this way? Join the club! There's only One who can untie our knotted existence and bring wholeness but sometimes He seems so detached. But, take heart, He's not. Cry out to God today!

- the Pilgrim

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jesus, Yo Confio En Ti

"Jesus I trust in You." These are words I often say in my heart - it is difficult to say in the moments when I'm unsure I can trust Him with my entire life. I've been reading a book call "Telling Yourself the Truth" by William Backus & Marie Chapian. Basically, it addresses what the author's call "misbeliefs" that we buy into whether planted by the father of lies himself (the devil) or lies people told us when we were growing up....ultimately the enemy reinforces those lies and tries to paralyse us in our faith walk. I'm really enjoying the book and realizing once again that I (we) have been given a sound mind - the mind of Christ and so we aren't even conscious of the fact that we've put on the mind of the enemy - boy have I ever done that in the past 3 years....but no more....I'm onto the enemy's schemes and I'm taking my thoughts captive to my Lord... Jesus - I DO trust in you! How about you, Pilgrims? Are you aware of your negative thoughts? Do you put yourself down? Stop - you are a child of the Almighty - take those thoughts to the Light of Christ and let Him expose the enemy's lies.

Julie - Little Missionary

Friday, June 12, 2009

Hello Pals

The Lord blessed me with this book
I want to recommend it to all of you.
You can get it free from
Either download it or email
George Verwer and he will send it to you free anywhere in the world.
Posted by Amrita

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sent by God....not man

Blessings to all the Pilgrim Pals! This picture is of a bush in my little back yard patio, which I was admiring yesterday and thanking the Lord for His creation.

As I sat on my patio thinking about the possibility of going on a longer term mission trip, way off in the future, I thought about who would send me (commission me) - my church, pastor, friends? The last time I went on mission for the 7th time, it was the first time I had a low response to raising funds - about 60% came in. The past 6 trips we 100% funded by friends, church...even some family. Something had changed and perhaps God was trying to show me something....was I depending too much on others to "send" me? If they weren't as supportive for a week long trip last November, would they support me for a month, two months....a year!?

I then turned my thoughts back to the Bible and thought, "I haven't read from Galatians in a long time." So I opened scripture up to the beginning of Galatians....and I got no further then Chapter 1 vs 1. "Paul, an apostle - sent NOT (emphasis mine) from men, nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father....." My focus had become primarily on people sending me.

Only God sends us - He gives us "marching orders" - others can support us by coming along side in practical ways.

Little missionary

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Not Forsaken

Dear Terry and all my Pilgrim Pals:

Thank you for carrying on the ministry of Pilgrim Pals so effectively in my absence. I HAVE NOT FORSAKEN the Pals. You come to mind every day and I keep your prayer requests before the Father. The posts, requests and comments from Amrita and Felisol are especially meaningful because you are so far away geographically and yet so the Lord.

Please pray for me/us as we continue to go through a time of transition that isn't easy. It's a year since Carol and I moved to our new home and it doesn't feel like "home" yet. There have been so many problems with the house that have prevented us from feeling settled. Giving up my office on May 1st was also very difficult. We have many decisions to make regarding the future schooling of Matthew and Nathan and we value your prayers concerning that. Please pray for the financial wherewithal to cover the specialized education program that they need. Thanks for your love and prayers and keep on keeping on.

- The Pilgrim

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

In Memory Of Serina's Grandpa

two years ago today, serina's grandpa entered heaven.
he is still sorely missed by serina and her family felisol and gunnar and her grandma and uncle.
here is what serina wrote for her grandpa ljung after the funeral...

serina says,

Mother,this is how I think of Grand Dad, Serina says

Sonnet 18
by William Shakespeare
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Good Report From Amrita

Praise God we returned home on Saturday evening.
Mother Hazel 's laparoscopy was successful.
On the 13th they ran several tests and the surgery took
place on 14th evening.
Several people came to pray and
to encourage us.
My Pastor, his wife and Sonia
were a great help.

Mama has to get her strength and appetite back.
She has to have her sutures removed after 5 days.

Thank you so much for your
prayers and good wishes.
Everyday I read God 's promises from the Bible
and prayed with mother.
He is true to His Word