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Creative Tuesdays – Around the World

Creative Tuesdays – Around the World


Freehand watercolour painting of the world in a low-error map projection by Janis Cox

I mulled over the prompt from Creative Tuesdays for these two weeks. The theme is Around the World.

The watercolour was produced free-hand using a low-error map projection. I looked at globes but you could only see some of the countries; I looked at the mercator projection and countries are all skewed.

When I first heard the challenge I thought of travel. Where have I been in the world. I came up with; Canada, United States, France, Belgium, Poland, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Venezuela , The Czech Republic, Netherlands and Cuba.

My next thought was missions. Where have I supported people around the world? I came up with: Philippines (our child in the Philippines), Sierra Leone (we support an orphanage and are trying to help with sustainable farming), Poland (I have visited on a mission trip five times), Haiti (God led us to a mission during the time of the hurricance). As well we support our local missions and others I can’t think of.

Jeo- Philippines web

Jeo from the Philippines


Then I thought of the Internet and I realized how we are getting closer to one another – through blogging, Twitter, Facebook etc. Even my book, Tadeo Turtle, is now around the world – Ecuador, Poland, Kenya, Nepal, USA, Canada. And other places I don’t even know of.

Tadeo in Nepal

Tadeo in Nepal



Tadeo in Kenya


A class in Poland enjoying Tadeo Turtle activities after reading the book.

So my drawing today is to represent connections we are making around the world.

I belong to a Network of Christian writers called John 316 Marketing Network. We have members from Canada, the United States, Australia, Cuba, New Zealand, Scotland, Malaysia and the Bahamas. Sorry to those I might have missed.

We read in the Gospel of Matthew:

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14, NIVUK).

And in Revelation we read:

And then I saw another angel flying in mid-air, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth – to every nation, tribe, language and people (Revelation 14:6, NIVUK).


These are exciting times. We are being connected around the world.

Please tell me in the comments where you live.


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What’s It like in Poland?

What’s It Like in Poland?

new-Warsaw.Marriott Hotel

Marriott Hotel – in Warsaw Poland 2013


Bombed completely during WWII – Old Warsaw restored to show what it was like before 1945

Every other Tuesday I write at Family and Faith Matters. This Tuesday I talked about my trip to Poland with my husband. I have been on 4 mission trips to Poland but never had a chance to see the country. We visited Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Gorzow, Malbork and Gdansk. We also went for a few hours by the sea in Stegna.

You can see my post at Am I Listening to God?


Five Minute Friday – Beautiful

Five Minute Friday – Beautiful

Taking just 5 minutes before I head out to work at the Pregnancy Care Centre in our town to write on the word – beautiful.

Beautiful friends in Poland

This scripture immediately came to mind:

And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15, MSG).

I have been a short-term missionary for International Messengers for 2 weeks, each of the past 4 summers. I participated in an Evangelical English Camp, where we teach English but also show the love of Christ.

The first words I saw in 2007 when I asked for an application were these from Romans 10:15:

 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (NIV).

This summer I am not going on the trip (many reasons) but I know I will miss seeing the beauty of God in action. That’s what happens on a mission trip. We leave behind safety, family and regular routines – instead we go and follow where God leads. It is exciting, adventurous but very beautiful.

Indescribable – that’s what I would say in how people learn to trust in Jesus. Lives are changed – both the campers and the missionaries. We will never be the same.

I will never be the same. (click to tweet this)

Time’s up.

Have you gone on a mission trip? What were your feelings?
How did you grow in your faith?

The words: I will never be the Same reminded me of this praise song-

“For All You’ve done” by Hillsong

My Saviour, Redeemer
Lifted me from the miry clay
Almighty forever
I will never be the same

‘Cause You came near
From the everlasting
To the world we live
The Father’s only Son

You lived and You died
You rose again on high
You opened the way
For the world to live again
For all You’ve done

For all You’ve done

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here (to Lisa Jo) and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

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Playdates: playdatesTaking a Break  from Teaching What is Good.


WHY IS PRAYER IMPORTANT? – Poland Thoughts – Part 1

Why Is Prayer Important? – Poland Thoughts –  Part 1

by Jan Cox

All the prayers of our team pray-ers.

I went to Poland much calmer and in better health this summer than last. Because of my allergies – airborne and food – I tried hard to work within my limits.

I took an small pillow which I had made from a foam insert with a sewn pillow case over it. They have feather pillows where I stay and each year my allergies had been bothering me.

A Homemade Foam Pillow – even Snowball likes it.

I took an antihistamine each day.

I watched what I ate.

I came home much healthier – thank You, Lord.

This year I was not given responsibility for the children’s programme. That was an energy saver for sure. I stayed up later and had time to socialize with the Polish adults and my team members.

Being in charge of a daily Bible study not only enlightened and encouraged the nationals but also God’s Word spoke to me. I loved my group’s enthusiasm and openness when answering the questions.

Bible Study Class in Poland

Our early morning team time blessed us all. With most of the time given to prayer we prayed for everything that the Holy Spirit brought to our minds and laid on our hearts. I could feel a strong web in our circle as we prayed – pulling us closer together and to God.

I continue to pray back here in Canada. Using a gifted picture frame, I can now look at my Bible study group and pray specifically for each member. Even as I walk by the frame – it is a reminder to lift them to God.

Much thanks to my special prayer team back home. Being UNDER THE COVER OF PRAYER made all the difference to each one of us. Each team member had their own personal team of pray-ers. Multiply that by our member and we could sense the power of God as we moved through our days. Strength, peace, comfort, healing, compassion, love … just a few of the marvellous gifts we received from your prayers. Thank you so much.

great memories – check out my Gratitude List from last week

Returning Home: Gratitude List – counting to 2000

      • My IM Bible Study helps me smooth out my rough edges and the homecoming
      • Jet lag is improving
      • I fell – but no major hurts – just ached and scraped my knee (like a kid!)
      • Boat ride and swim to relax
      • It rained!!
      • Great joint church “sizzling service in the park” but held in the church because of the rain
      • stirring sermon by Pastor Doug (Gospel Lighthouse)
      • awesome music by a joint band
      • excitement about family gathering at a cottage
      • pictures in my mind of my Polish friends
      • learning to text on my IPOD
      • time to think, study and read
      • awesome summer weather
      • talented actors from our town played “Steel Magnolias”
      • cooler nights – fall is just around the corner

Jan Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator
Janis Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive will be publishing this story and it will be available later this summer. See more about Tadeo at Jan’s Website.