Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Samm I Am

If you grew up reading Dr. Seuss, your mind seems to be forever primed and the slightest thing brings back of flood of verses. And when I looked at this picture of the SAMM cake, one of Dr. Seuss' poems came to mind. "Sam I Am" and something about not wanting to eat green eggs and ham!

Actually, there's been a lot of SAMM stuff going on this week besides the commemorative cake that was made for the annual banquet.

Who is SAMM? Well, in short, it's a mission made up of many people who love and care for people. Some of those people live in Canada, some live overseas. But we're all part of a large, cooperative effort to love and serve other people. I won't go into much more of that, but if you'd like to know more, click the SAM Ministries website link on the right of this blog.

SAMM I Am-ers had a busy week.

First, SAMM's AGM (annual general meeting) kick started the week. Lots of prep went into the reports and there were many good reports!

Then it was time to prepare for the banquet. There were to be 160 in attendance this year, up from 100 last year, so we needed a larger dining hall. Our home church offered the use of the main auditorium. We felt very honored, and it looked so nice.

But first, there was lots of moving of chairs and tables into position.

There were a few glitches along the way. But nothing that Patti, Cheryl and some duct tape couldn't fix.

Dad pauses to check the presentation on his laptop. It always pays to check things before hand. You KNOW how technology can let you down at the worst possible moment.

This is the display table with Amanda (our daughter) and Carole (Child Sponsorship coordinator).

All set up. So nice.

Dwight with his brother, Steve, who MC'ed our evening.

My mom sharing about the work in Brazil.

Carole, sharing about the sponsorship program, with the beautiful handmade quilt, that she and some ladies made, behind her. What a labor of love and a beautiful gift!

Two young ladies who are passionate about missions. Janette (front) receives a framed picture of an African elephant. Erin, on the right, has been involved in raising resources in a number of ways.

Some of the lovely people who came.

After the main program, Dwight's parents celebrated their 80th birthdays.

With the banquet over, it is now time for a few days of strategic planning meetings (talking about plans for the next 1-5 years).

This was also a Lagore I Am week since we all were here together.

It doesn't happen often that the entire family is all together at once, and when it does happen, it's picture time! You better believe it. Here are the A. Lagores (+1 on the right: Rodney Naude. But he's family too :))

Left to Right: Allen, Dwight, Arthur, Gladys, Steven, Rodney

The whole family!

We have under 2 weeks left in Canada and still many things to do, so I'd best be off for now.


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