Thursday, September 23, 2010

A LITTLE BIT LIKE HOME

YAKIMA, WA. September 12, 2010
















It's no great secret that the life of a missionary on deputation is filled with introductions, first impressions, and the blessing of meeting all kinds of new people. As we anticipated our visit to Yakima, WA we knew we would experience a whole different kind of blessing. There is something very comforting about familiar faces. 
We spent a few days in the company of Dylan and Aubrey Does and their son Ian. Dylan and Aubrey attended Vennard College with Bryan, but Aubrey and Molly have known each other since their childhood years at Bethel Camp in Minnesota. Aubrey and Molly were also on the same mission trip to Brazil in 2002. One other familiar face that weekend was Shirley Roehl(Aubrey's mom) who Molly and I know quite well as the Evangelical Church Missions Office Manager. 
Shirley was in Yakima anxiously anticipating the arrival of her second grandchild. Aubrey was uncomfortably 2 weeks past her due date and we were all praying for her. It wasn't until the following Wednesday (Sept. 15th) that Xavier Christian Does decided to "discover the world". Molly and I plan to stop back through Yakima on our way back to the midwest so we can meet little Mr. Xavier. 
Dylan and I are not only great friends, but also both native Iowans, both Iowa Hawkeye fans, and both Chicago Bears fans. Being in the Pacific Northwest I had kind of surrendered the idea of catching any games. Dylan proved that you can take the boy out of Iowa, but you can't take Iowa out of the boy. We caught the traditional CY-HAWK game on the Big Ten Network  and saw the Hawkeyes tromp the Cyclones 35-7. Sunday afternoon continued the victorious weekend as we were able to tape and watch the Bears edge out the Detroit Lions. 


SATURDAY SEPT. 11

While Aubrey, Shirley, Molly, and Ian went on an outing to Toys R Us for a "Thomas and Friends Extravaganza", Dylan and I met some of the guys from Yakima EC in the back yard at the church for a game of touch football. After about 15 minutes on the field my muscles and lungs were barking at me. They seemed to say, "You should have gone with Ian to play with the trains". Sure my body was aching, but it was great to make new friendships with some of the guys from YEC. 


SUNDAY SEPT.12
Yakima Evangelical Church is the home church of our dear friend Shelly Fuehrer. As we were anticipating our visit we knew we would get to meet her parents and her brother, Trent. It was so great to make those connections and put names with faces. Trent is the worship leader at Yakima EC and is a phenomenal guitar player. I had the privilege of playing drums with the YEC worship team. I played drums back home at the Oskaloosa Evangelical Church and since we've been on the road I've been missing that musical outlet.  



Molly and I have been sharing the story of how we met and where God is leading us and it is a bit of a different experience when the Pastor of the church is your best friend and heckles you from the front row. We love you Dylan. 


It is amazing how God can take you clear across the country and still use people and experiences to make it feel like home.


Blessings, 
Bryan & Molly






There is a new video section on the right side of the blog. There is a video that Shirley took of Bryan worship painting at Yakima. Thanks Shirley. 


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE YOUR TOWN NAME?

PUYALLUP, WA. September 5, 2010


Growing up in Iowa I am used to different Native American tribe names. I grew up in Oskaloosa and Molly grew up near Sioux City. Both towns named after tribes. Oskaloosa was an indian princess and the daughter of Chief Mahaska. Growing up with this Native American knowledge was no help when trying to pronounce Puyallup, Washington named after the Puyallup tribe. Some say "Pea-y'all-up", while others say, "Puh-wall-op". I don't know if I ever pronounced it right in conversation. The pronunciation I am going with comes from Shelly Fuehrer's dad who lives in Yakima, WA. He told me to remember it this way. "If you aren't sitting in your 'pew' you're gonna get a 'wallop'.". 

Our time in Puyallup was warm and welcoming. We had some great experiences and were able to connect with some really wonderful children of God. Like any good homiletics student I have 3 points, or words, to sum up our time in Puyallup. 

 1) MEMORIZATION
Puyallup Evangelical Church meets in a conference room at the Best Western Hotel. As we circled up the chairs in one corner of the room for Sunday School one of the ladies was bragging on the Sunday School teacher, Phil, and said that he was, "so thorough and really dives into the full meaning of the scripture". The class had been studying Revelation and were in chapter 4. As we studied there were few that had to look down at their Bibles. Most everyone was reciting from memory the entire chapter. Pastor Al Hoenhous talked about another member of their congregation named Norm who memorized the whole book of James and was working on Mark. I know I was challenged. Maybe you're like me and you can recite movie quotes or song lyrics right off the top of your head yet sometimes struggle to pull up scripture in your daily conversation. Lets be challenged together to truly hide God's word in our hearts. 

2) CARPENTER
Pastor Al Hoenhous is more than your typical pastor. With a couple decades of carpentry work and experience in a lumberyard, God called him to full time ministry through a rather drastic way. You'll have to ask Al for the whole story sometime. I observed Al throughout the few days we were in Puyallup and he was always available to the members of his congregation and others in his community. If there was a handyman question he was willing to listen and give an answer. If someone had a project he was more than willing to take his tools and meet the person to help. It made me think about Jesus. I thought of His servant heart of course, but sometimes we forget that Jesus had experience as a carpenter. Do you ever think after performing miracles, the people of the village might have called on Jesus to stop by and help them patch the roof of their house or fix the leg of their kitchen table? These stories aren't covered in the Gospels, but they may have happened and I believe that Jesus would have been very willing to use his skills and serve His people. 

3) PRAYER
Sunday evenings for the Puyallup Evangelical Church are dedicated to prayer. Since they don't have a church building they meet in different people's houses. Molly and I felt this gave a really great family atmosphere to the prayer time. I was so impressed by the spirit in that small group. We shared requests with each other, but for the next hour it was so much more than just reciting a list of requests. There were times of silence that were in no way awkward. We all quieted our hearts for God's voice and felt the spirit meet with us. 

So maybe I'll never pronounce the town name right, but I definitely understand the heart of Puyallup Evangelical Church. These are people dedicated to God's word, devoted to God's work, and listening for God's voice. 


Thursday, September 16, 2010

I FLEW A PLANE!





Thursday September 2, 2010 around 5pm (MDT) the citizens of Spokane Washington, if they looked up in the eastern sky may have caught a glimpse of a white, four-seater, Cessna type plane flying overhead at an altitude of about 5,500 ft. The pilot, Tyler Schmidt, is the husband of Molly’s college roommate, Renae. Tyler attended Moody Aviation in Spokane after graduating from Grace University where both Molly and Renae attended college. Tyler now works for the Spokane Turbine Center and is preparing to be a missionary pilot. We were able to stay with Tyler and Renae and their adorable 13-month-old baby boy, Caleb, for a few days. It was really good to spark up another great friendship with people Molly has known and loved for years. Luckily for me the Schmidts are board-gaming people. We played many games as well as having the opportunity to pick a few fresh peaches at an orchard one morning.

Our whole time in Spokane was a blast, but the highlight was of course the plane ride. We had planned the flight and Tyler reserved the plane for Thursday afternoon. Tyler, Molly, and I climbed into the plane and put on our seatbelts. We slipped on our headsets and listened to Tyler speak in “Pilot language” to the tower. We approached the runway, watched the propeller spinning, and before I knew it we were in the air. After about ten minutes of our ascent, Tyler asked me if I was ready to “take over for a while”. With much hesitation I grabbed the steering device on my side of the plane and Tyler began coaching me. He showed me how to keep it level with the horizon. I didn’t learn any acrobatic maneuvers like barrel rolls or flips, but I sat white knuckled at the controls for about 15 minutes. When Tyler took over again I was relieved yet disappointed because it was fun yet a bit stressful. I pictured flying over remote villages and dropping down supplies or landing on a small grazing land near some cows. I thought about the Wings of Peace ministry in Bolivia and John Trosen. The experience really helped to broaden my outlook on all the different jobs in global missions. As you pray for Molly and me please also remember to lift up our friends Tyler and Renae Schmidt as they partner with Spokane Turbine Center and Proclaim Aviation to follow God’s call for their lives.



Blessings,Bryan & Molly Canny(Missionaries to Bolivia)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Just Checking In.

Hello Canny Followers!


We arrived in Oregon City. We are basing out of a house owned by the Oregon City Evangelical Church. We will be here for the rest of September. We will be posting about our adventures in Washington within the next week. This past week has been rather busy. I (Bryan) have been working on questions for my Doctrinal Exam for commissioning through the Evangelical Church. We visited the Starbucks to get some wireless connection and get this short update out. 


Thanks you all of you for your support and interest in our ministry. 


We Love You, 
Bryan and Molly Canny

Friday, September 3, 2010

BIG SKY COUNTRY

Recently Molly and I were comparing how many of the 50 United States we have each been to. After this trip out west I am creeping up on her 27 and taking my number to 24. One of the states adding to my number is Montana. Montana's official nickname is "The Treasure State", but it is more commonly known as "Big Sky Country". Both are incredibly fitting nicknames. I have found my fair share of treasure in this state. 


Bryan's Top 5 Montana Treasures (in no particular order)
1) "The Bobcat Special": A delicious turkey & roast beef sandwich at Montana's famous Sandwich Shop "The Pickle Barrel" in Billings, MT. Thanks for the free wifi Pickle Barrel.


2) Ellie Grace Jackson: This adorable little 6 week old baby girl is the daughter of Chad & Emily Jackson and she captured my heart. Chad is Molly's "honorary big brother" because the Jacksons ministered in Santa Cruz, Bolivia with Molly for a couple years. It was so good to create  friendships in Billings. 


3) Stockman Cafe:  Rapelje, Montana's premiere eatery. That town is pronounced (Rap.el.jay). This is a very unique "not for profit" restaurant with volunteer community staff. Molly and I were treated by John and Karen Tyra from the Columbus Evangelical Church. Neither one of us ordered the special and I was regretting it when I saw the complimentary dessert with the special called "Chocolate Yum Yum". 


4) Runaway Truck Ramps: I pray I never have to discover the real treasure in this innovation. For a small town Iowa boy, who has not spent time in the mountains, this was quite intriguing. So for those of you as clueless as me...there are signs periodically through the mountain passes that say "Runaway Truck Ramp ahead". The "ramp" is a quarter to half mile stretch of gravel to the right of the road that is supposed to slow a vehicle down to a stop after the brakes have failed. Call me a bit skeptical. 


5) Mountainous Golf Courses: I had to appreciate this treasure from afar. The view from interstate 90 was enough to make me drool all over the mission van window. Rolling hills, deep sand traps, and mountains in the background as you swing for the green just sounds like the perfect setting. 


COLUMBUS, MT August 29, 2010
The second stop on "Summer/Fall 2010 Deputation Tour" was Columbus Evangelical Church. I had seen Pastor Jay Forseth at General Conference, but hadn't put a name with a face until we arrived in the church foyer and had proper introductions. 


Jay told us about a wildfire that had burned through 10,000 acres about 3-5 miles outside Columbus just a week before we arrived. No homes or lives were lost thankfully. The fire was started by a careless welder near some dry grass. The fire had burned for more than a day and fire crews were working as fast as they could, but the outlook was grim and looked to take months to contain this fire. Jay really put it in perspective when talking about how God sent a rainstorm Sunday evening and in 20 minutes He contained the raging flames. 
We had a good service and were able to share the story of Evangelical Church Missions in Bolivia and how it intersects with "Our Story". Following the service we spent the afternoon with John and Karen Tyra. As we drove to Rapelje for lunch we could see the many burnt acres. The fields were covered with ash and the hills appeared to be covered with hundreds of giant charred matchsticks sticking straight up. 
Molly and I have a powerpoint game we sometimes play with congregations. It is called "The Bigger Picture". We zoom in on a portion of a picture and have the people guess what they are looking at. 
This summer our home state of Iowa has seen incredible amounts of rain. There have been records for flooding throughout the state. People have lost homes and irreplaceable items. How interesting it is to be asking God, "why so much water?",on one side of the country and asking God ."when will the water come?" on the other side. Only He knows His full plan. Only He is in control. Only HE knows the Bigger Picture. I was challenged and want to pass that along. Whenever you feel like the small part of the picture you see isn't enough and you just want to "pull back" and see the Bigger Picture remember that it is best in God's timing to reveal His plan. 


In His Hands, 
Bryan & Molly Canny (missionaries to Bolivia)

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