Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Humble Beginnings: by Joy Olson

Humble Beginnings:
The Development of Amia
By: Joy Olson
Long before Amia was a global powerhouse of trade and commerce; before it was an empire; before a thriving society, Amia was just fourteen people who wanted a better life. People who could no longer accept being in service to a terrible master. They wanted freedom. They wanted to live their own life, and they would soon discover how difficult the road is from a small colony to global powerhouse.

 When the original fourteen members of Amia decided to flee from their master, they traveled to continental Europe near what is modern day Great Britain and established a colony named Amia. They decided on the name Amia because it means beloved. The fourteen members consisted of nine women and five men, all in their late teens to early twenties. Due to the imbalance of males’ vs females, the women became the natural leaders of the colony as well as the home. Unlike many other communities during that time, the men of Amia were completely content to support the women in their new role. As time went on and Amia grew into a society consisting of several families, the need for a more structured government became apparent. The nine women who founded Amia decided to elect one women who would act as the Head of the Council. The Council would then consist of the other eight women plus the Head. When one member died, she was replaced by a blood relative to one of the nine women. No outsiders were allowed to hold any seat on the Council. The Council made all laws and decisions regarding Amia. They were also in charge of putting other women into positions of power to help run everyday life.

Life in Amia was challenging and creating a society that would withstand the test of time was almost impossible, but the Amians had the Guardian Spirit on their side. The Guardian Spirit was the official religion in Amia for a very long time. They believed she protected and provided for them by bringing the rain for their crops. She also brought forth new life and took away spent life. The Guardian Spirit helped the people of Amia to understand the world around them and gave them a sense of purpose and belonging in the world.

There were many natural advantages to the region in which they had started to build Amia. Fresh water streams were abundant throughout the land and they flowed with several different kinds of fish. Amians learned to navigate the waters and bring in massive amounts of fish. In addition to fresh fish, the people of Amia gathered berries and fresh fruit that were also native to the region. After some time, Amians learned to cultivate the land and grow crops. They grew wheat, beans, and potatoes as their main sources of food. Many dense forests surrounded Amia and allowed the hunting of fresh meat to be bountiful. Amians were very careful to store everything they could not eat immediately. They dried and smoked meat, sundried fruit, and preserved anything they could to use during the winter. Whatever was not saved or eaten was traded in the thriving market place in the heart of Amia. As Amia grew into a society, trade also developed. Soon a marketplace was opened to facilitate that trade. Farmers, business owners, and families all traded their goods and services at the market. Word spread and soon people from neighboring regions and societies would travel long distances just to do trade with Amia. The need for a trade network was soon discovered but did not come into existence for several hundred years.

Amia went from fourteen people in search of a better life, to a complex society with a bustling marketplace of trade in a relatively short amount of time. The Council and the Amians were content to stay within their region and not extend their authority, however this complacent outlook could not last forever. While life in Amia was simple and good, change was on the horizon.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

We remeber our vets

Remember all our vets on this veterans day.  Those who served and those who died while serving, and especially those who still suffer.  I think you for your sacrifice.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy Birthday Kaleena

Today is my second daughters birthday.  Happy Birthday Kaleena

Home at last

My Mom is with Jesus, celebrating her new body! I miss her dearly, but am happy she is now whole once again.
For I know our separation is only temporary!
I am on my way to TX as I write, for the funeral is Sunday, 2pm.
I will stay for 5 days after that to help my Dad, now 86. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last Feb. And this has hit him very hard. Plz pray for us all, for my Dad needs Jesus as his Savior. 
Please understand that I must return to Moz. By middle of Nov. And will not be able to visit any churches.
Layla and Capena are "holding the fort", but the rains have begun early, and the last food distributions have not been done yet.
Layla is showing great courage as she has been in Balama only 5 weeks and has spent the last week and now this coming week without me being present. She is happily teaching English, helping Capena with daily programs, and studying Portuguese with our staff.
She is a rare and jolly camper for sure! I love and appreciate her very much.
I no longer have the same USA phone number, but will send that out once I can organize a new phone.
Your prayers for us are greatly appreciated. 
Hugs, Brenda

Monday, November 9, 2015

Lone fisherman on Corpus Christi lake

My husband took this picture at dusk last evening at the Corpus Christi Lake.
The deer were out feeding also.  We must of seen at least 30 of them.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Happy birthday Joy

Yesterday November 3rd was my third daughter's birthday.  She is such a joy just like her name.

Happy birthday Joy.  I thank God for you.

Monday, November 2, 2015