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As many of you may already know, I am a big geek. I gravitate to all things nerdy, particularly anything involving Apple computers. I’ve been a Mac user for years and I could give you 100 reasons why OSX is a better operating system than Windows (but I’ll restrain myself).

If you happen to be a Mac user also, and currently running any version of 10.4 (Tiger), I have a gift for you. I’ve been developing a couple widgets for your dashboard that are available for download as of right now.

First, Countdown to Parenthood

This is a little widget that simply counts the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds until our baby is born. It assumes that our doctor is right on the money and Gretchen will deliver at exactly 12:01 am on August the 18th, which is unlikely. It is exciting to see the numbers get smaller every day though, and I thought that some of our friends and family (who use Macs) might be interested. Download the file here.

Second, The Evanses Blog Reader

If you are a regular reader of this website (who happens to use a Mac), you might find this widget useful. It checks our website periodically and displays the most recent updates automatically. So, rather than check our site a hundred times a day to see if I’ve posted any fascinating information within the last five minutes (like I’m sure you do), just let this little guy do the checking for you. Download the file here.

To install these widgets, first download the .zip file, then double click on it to extract the widget, then drag the widget to the widgets folder in the library folder on your hard disk. Email me if you have any problems.

I hope that these simple offerings are useful to some of you Mac users, and maybe that some of you PC users will see what cool stuff we get to play with on our pretty Apple computers and consider getting one for yourself. If not, I sure had fun indulging my geekiness in making them.

Gretchen had another sonogram last week and we noticed this:

Now, you might notice something odd about those images. Our little girl has a penis, and consequently is not a little girl at all. So, I retract my post on Tuesday, March 14th and make this new one:

We are having a boy!

If anyone needs a whole lot of tiny dresses and pink paint, please contact me…

My wife stood in for me at english class this week so that I could attend a meeting at church. From what she communicated to me, things went well. English was taught and learned but thats about all I know. So, to fill the void left by the absence of real information I’ll post some pictures. Here we are at a wedding a few weeks ago, and a bonus shot of Kaylee, our friends cute baby:

I met with Jolet again during class yesterday. As I’m spending more time with her and getting to know more about her language skills I can see that reading is by far her weakest area. She is actually pretty proficient when it comes to listening and speaking, but her ability to read and understand simple English words is far behind. My own experience with foreign language has been the opposite. My education came almost exclusively from books, so reading and writing came first. I remember being in Spanish class in high school, passing tests and quizzes easily but terrified that the teacher might call on me to actually pronounce something. Jolet, on the other hand, has learned all that she knows of our language through conversation and television and as a result can speak well but barely read.

I was hoping that our big cook out last weekend would rejuvenate our student and volunteer base, but we had to cancel it because of rain. We’ll take another stab at it in early June.

On a side note, I wanted to point out this recent story on CNN: Minorities getting closer to the majority. It would be good for us to take this sort of thing into account as we’re seeking God’s heart in evangelism and prayer. Do our churches reflect the growing number of non-caucasion people in America? Would my prayers for the lost be different if I weren’t a member of America’s dominant race? Would our evangelistic efforts as a church be different if the majority of Americans were hispanic?

I just wanted to direct your attention to the online audio from our recent missions conference. Pastor Pizzino from Trinity Church did a fantastic job. Give one of his messages a listen if you have the opportunity.

Mary Lee was still feeling ill last night, so I met with Jolet again. After discovering last week that she had some experience with the Bible, I decided it might be good to try and read through a simple story she would be familiar with. We spent most of the hour working through Noah and the flood. She did very well and it was definitely a help that she had read the same story before in Arabic.

I was surprised by how different the story seemed when I was forced to read it so slowly. Taking it one word at a time, stopping to consider each sentence, really brought out some of the details I would otherwise have skimmed over.

After we read through the story Jolet told me that she was applying for a job at a nursing home this week. She said it would be a good job but that it was sad for her to see older people pushed aside and neglected like that. I told her that I agreed and we talked a little about the difference between our attitude toward the elderly in America and that of the Sudanese. She didn’t understand how so many people in Sudan could be so violent and ruthless to each other, and yet still have more respect for their elders than we do here in America.

It’s a sad commentary on our culture that a woman who knows the hardships of living in a refugee camp and witnessing genocide first hand would be brought to tears by a visit to an American nursing home.

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