Monday, August 30, 2010

PIRATES & INFOMERCIALS

Greetings Canny Followers, 
The day has come. Molly and I have officially started our time of deputation together. The past few months, since our marriage on May 29th, we have tried to stay busy. We pulled double duty as both missionary speakers and youth counselors at Red Rock Camp (United Methodist) in Paynesville, MN in June. We also had opportunity to be a part of General Conference in Minneapolis in late June/early July. It was great to visit with many people from all over the Evangelical Church denomination. Camp Zion was  another highlight for us. Last year at Camp Shiloh I (Bryan) led the young adult group. Camp also marked the anniversary of our meeting. It was so exciting to have a partner (Molly) to lead the young adults at Camp Zion this year. The Y.A.P.P. (Young Adult Pirate Program) was a lot of fun. Life size game of Sorry, miniature golf with an eye patch,  and classic Davey and Goliath claymation videos were just a few of the highlights. 


KIRKSVILLE, MO August 22, 2010
The first stop on our "Summer/Fall 2010 Tour" was Bethel Community Church (BCC) in Kirksville, Missouri. Pastor Marvin Cross has been a long time friend of ours and it was so exciting to be able to visit his "home turf". Each year the BCC has a Sunday morning service at the local lake. We were fortunate enough to participate in this annual event. Missouri in August felt almost like Santa Cruz, Bolivia. It was humid and pretty toasty, but the real warmth came from the hearts of those in attendance. Did I mention the service at the lake is also a potluck? Happy church people and food, what could be better?


A Few Highlights of the Day
1) Dustin Cross (Pastor Marvin's youngest son and  a good friend of Bryan) helped Bryan simulate the making of "chunos". Chunos are really a Bolivian way of preserving potatoes where they harvest the potatoes and leave on top of the ground to freeze over. Then after thawing the next day the villagers will stomp the potatoes with their bare feet. They continue this process of freezing, thawing & stomping for several days. This process helps to preserve the potatoes for long periods of time until ready to eat at which point they are boiled, seasoned, and ready to serve.  


2) We sang a duet. Molly and I sang together about a month ago at her home church in Moville, IA and she agreed to it again in Kirksville. It is a real joy to share in the experience of musical worship with your spouse. We sang "Our God" by Chris Tomlin. 


3) THE INFOMERCIAL. For months I had heard about when Shelly Fuehrer visited BCC. Marvin made an offer to his congregation they could not refuse. For each share taken in Shelly that person would receive a knife set autographed by Shelly Fuehrer (Missionary to Brazil). Marvin kept with this theme for our visit and really outdid himself with his marketing prowess. For each share taken in The Cannys there was a "Canny Juicer" & Bonus "Canny Can Cozey" adorned with an engagement picture of us with our names. Marvin and Bryan put on  aprons, cut & hand juiced oranges, and talked about the evil chemicals in "Hillybilly Mountain Water" (as Marvin called it). 
All in all it was a great weekend. We had a good time sharing at the lake as well as back at the church on Sunday evening. 


Deputation is taking us Westward toward Montana, Washington, & Oregon. We look forward to sharing our story many more places & seeing how God blesses. 


In His Service, 
Bryan & Molly Canny 
(Missionaries to Bolivia)

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