Saturday, April 24, 2010

Summertime Giveaway

We're getting ready to take the team who's been with us the past week to South Africa to catch their flight back to the States. To see all the videos and photos of our week, be sure and visit the team's facebook page.

While our family is in South Africa, we'll be spending two days as a family at Kruger for some much needed rest, as well as visiting the doctor and dentist for check ups and cleanings. So while I'll be off line for a while, I thought it might be fun to do a Beach Bag & Book giveaway as many of you head into summer.

The bag I'm giving away, was made by Dela Afakule, a wonderful Christian woman from Ghana living in Togo, West Africa. Along with her husband and their three children, they share their hearts and home to 8 other orphans and extended family in need. Dela hand-dyes fabric and sells these market bags, along with other products, to help support their family and ministry.

To learn more about Dela's ministry in Togo, please visit her facebook page.

The winner of this giveaway will receive one basket similar to the ones in this photo, and a copy of Blood Ransom.

To enter the contest, leave a comment sharing what you plan to do this summer to relax (or winter, depending on where you live :-)) along with a way to get ahold of you! I'll draw a winner on or around May 8th.

Be blessed today!


Giveaway is limited to U.S. Addresses Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.


  1. I am planning on going to a ranch in Wyoming with the youth group kids. I think it will be relaxing - but probably not!

  2. You're right, probably not relaxing. :-) But you'll be a huge blessing!

  3. I'm planning on having a relaxing summer, hopefully. There may be some house hunting involved and perhaps a trip to Boston to see my brother. I hope you enjoy some rest.

  4. I work out in my flowerbed and take walks with my family.

  5. First I plan to do my spring/summer cleaning. Then not much.
    The end of July we go to church camp

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  6. What a delightful prize package! Your book along with a lovely, handmade basket from Dela Afakule!
    She sounds like a remarkable woman with a lovely family! I would be honored to win this fabulous prize. My husband and our youngest son are going to Ireland on a trip they have talked about for years! Alex will be starting college this fall
    and this is a trip they will remember all of their lives! I am going to add drought resistant perennials in new flower beds. Have a lovely summer. Many thanks, Cindi

  7. As of right now, I may be moving to Japan this summer! We are a military family and are waiting on orders for the family so we can all go with my husband. :)

  8. I'm really enjoying reading your comments! Planting flowers, quiet walks, and even spring cleaning sound wonderuful.

    Ireland is a place I really want to visit one day. And blessings on your move to Japan, SoldiersLove! We visited there once with plans to move there to do mission work. God had other plans for us, but I still have fond memories of our time there.

  9. Dont enter me as im an aussie,
    Cant say im looking forward to Winter but will enjoy reading infront of the fire. will probably take a weeks break not sure where yet, it depends where I can get some free accommodation.
    love the look of the baskets.

  10. Lisa,
    I haven't stayed in touch as I ought but I'm SO proud of you and all the writing you've done. What an amazing accomplishment. Lord willing, we'll be picking up our baby girl, Osburn little #5, from Ethiopia this summer. We are SO excited. Love you. God's blessings on your sweet family.

  11. Heading to Alaska to take care of my nephew while his little brother is being born... Missing Dela and you!

    pkslack at gmail dot com

  12. I wish I could open the contest for everyone, Jenny, but thanks so much for commenting. We're going into winter as well, but it will never get cold enough for a fire place. Sounds wonderful!!

    Congratulations Julie and Patty with the new babies in your families! How exciting. I'll be looking for photos. :-)

    Blessings, Lisa

  13. I'll be planning some celebrations this summer--my parents 60th wedding anniversary and a good friend's retirement party. But to truly relax, I'll escape in a good book.

    Lisa, I have really enjoyed your website and blog since I accidently discovered it--your family's service to the African people is wonderful. Enjoy your "mini-vacation."
    Blessings to you.

  14. Anonymous3:08 PM

    what a beautiful bag...thanks for the 'giveaway'

    i plan to relax/read during my 'summer vacation'

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  15. Because of my husband's health problems,we've not been able to go on vacation in almost 4 years. This year, we are believing that we will be able to go to the beach for a few days R&R. Would love to have the bag and the book to take along.


  16. Anonymous9:12 PM

    We plan on going to the beach often, we have a place at Atlantic Beach, NC. A very small place, but we enjoy it, my husband loves fishing and so do the the grandchildren. I would love to be entered for your contest. I am looking forward to reading Blood Ransom, as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. Blessings.

  17. Fun contest! Our plan (prayer) is for a boring summer. I know we are weird. With all of my daughter's hospitalizations, we have had our fill of drama.

    We plan on doing arts and crafts, going on family walks and being with friends.

  18. We are planning on spending lots of weekends at Silver Dollar City this summer. We splurged and bought season passes for the family (about the same price as a 2 day pass). We haven't had a vacation in several years, so I'm looking forward to these mini vacations.

  19. Thanks so much for stopping by! Love reading your comments! Praying for your family Michelle in the midst of a difficult season. We're hitting the road today, so I'll look forward to dropping back in soon.

    Blessings all!

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  21. Lisa, our family summer is going to be a hard one for the most part. My oldest (22) son died Dec. '09. So we keep going thru "firsts" without him. His birthday is in June. So I know that will be a hard time to get thru.

    But my hubby wants us to take a family vacation in August to get away for a little bit. It will be me, my hubby and our youngest son (21). We are going to head west and drive till we find somewhere interesting to stop.

    I enjoy reading your blog and posts on facebook. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I would love to win it.

    Here is my info.

    b(dot)werts (at) sbcglobal (dot)net

  22. I'm taking a journalling class and purpose to write and pray. To take time to meditate and listen to the Holy Spirit. To trust more. I will pray for you and your ministry. Thank you for giving your all for Christ.
    I read and reviewed Blood Ransom on my blog! Great book!

  23. Hi,
    I pray you enjoy your time away.
    We plan to go to a wedding this summer.
    I'll be going to a friend's house for some R`n`R while hubby holds down the homefront, for 1 week.
    That's about it for us.

  24. We are going on a cruise to Alaska in July with our 3 grown children and can't wait! We are missionaries in Barbados and don't have nearly enough time with them!

  25. Anonymous5:50 AM

    No specific plans for the summer, but I am confident there will be plenty of trips to the St. Louis zoo and Magic House with the grand kids. Heading to San Antonio next week to spend some time with my dear friend Marie.
    Debbie Davis

  26. I just realized I forgot to include my email address in my earlier comment--just in case I happen to win :) Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks.


  27. Thanks so much to each one of you who have stopped by. I've enjoyed your comments and reading about plans for the summer with friends and family. Praying for you Bev and an extra measure of God's peace as you navigate through the coming weeks and months.

    We hope to drive home on Saturday, a day or two later than we'd hoped, but have to have some repairs done on our car. Thankfully, we've not only got a lot of work and errands done, but have been blessed to get some rest and see some friends.

    Blessings to each one of you!


  28. Hi Lisa,
    My summer this year will be a lot of day or 2 day trips. My son turns 4 at the end of May so we are having a birthday/cookout party for him to start. On top of having a almost 4yr old son, I have 6 granddaughters,ages, 11,9,6,2,2,& 6 wks old,.There are to many for us to handle on our own, all at once so thats why we do lots of day trips. (I also have 3 grown daughters)
    Also my husband takes our son to a lot of tractor shows ( and Mom always has to go along)Believe this will keep me busy all summer. That bag would be great for all those little trips we have planned, with so many children you always have to have something,like cups, wipes,toycars,crayons & paper,Bubbie(his blanket)and lets not forget books for Mom to read and my notebook for my writing. My older granddaughters,Kaela,9,Lacie,6 and John,(my son) are also collecting shoes this summer for "Soles for Souls". Each summer the girls pick one charity and we collect something for them.
    I hope sometime in there I get a chance to just relax.
    Do they happen to have a store or site where you can buy those bags? They are beautiful and I wouldn't mind having a few.