Written by: The Bridge on Thursday, May 4th, 2006
It looks like some of the comments on the previous posts have gotten out of hand! Why am I not surprised? I don’t mind people posting controversial or negative comments, after all, we are always learning, and we can always find ways of improving what we are doing. I have only one thing to ask, if you want to post something like that, then at least have the courage to stand up and tell us who you are. I don’t see the point in arguing with people who have something to hide. Otherwise, your comment might not get posted. I don’t think I’m asking too much. I’ll be honest with the post and you be honest with the comments. Am I being fair enough?
One thing that some of you don’t realize is, that when you are writing something, the person who is reading it will sometimes take it very differently then what you had intended it for. Please take that into consideration when leaving comments. If you want to leave me a private message, which is sometimes a better idea, you will find my email address on the ‘Contact info’ page. The link to the info page is on the right hand column. Please keep in mind that it will sometimes take over two weeks to get back to you, so don’t expect immediate replies. That’s just the way things are around here.
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On: 5th May, 2006 at 17:53
I haven’t read anything of the such, I think there have been lots of good words and encouragement throughout all the responds.
Just Wondering said:
On: 5th May, 2006 at 18:56
I haven’t come across any nasty comments…or are they not being published??! I am trying to figure out what is being meant with negative comments being left cause I have visited this space quite regularly.
Markus - Netley said:
On: 5th May, 2006 at 22:12
I guess you folks started visiting the site when they weren’t being published anymore. You’re probably lucky…
Just Wondering said:
On: 5th May, 2006 at 22:56
I visit this site everyday and read the comments.
On: 6th May, 2006 at 13:02
well then let’s all just say you missed it. Cause this post wouldnt be here if there wouldnt be any need for it, right?
On: 6th May, 2006 at 13:20
The reason you haven’t seen them is that they have been removed. Sure you visit this sight everyday, but of course not every hour. Thankfully we don’t need to see it. Thanks to all the moderaters for the time they put in to keep this place representable. Lance I admire the way you are handling this. May God give you wisdom and discernment with whatever controversal issues or questions you may come across. Let’s remember everybody, BLESSED ARE THE PEACE KEEPERS!! That doesn’t mean not take a stand against wrong or that we shouldn’t ask questions if we don’t agree with something, but if our reason is not out of love and concern then we are not working for Jesus, but sadly for Satan. It’s as simple as that. So let’s be careful, especially if we consider ourselves Christians. I have learned the hard way!!
Mark, Decker said:
On: 6th May, 2006 at 13:57
Let’s try to remember that Lance (and the rest of the audiece) prefers if we aren’t anonymous in our posts. It’s better if posts are signed. For one, I believe signing ensures that we carefully consider the contents of our posts and as a result, there will be fewer misunderstandings and fewer incidents of inappropiate commenting. It’s so easy and convenient to hide behind our computer screens, but let’s stand up when we speak. Even the shy ones!
Z Rachel , Silver said:
On: 6th May, 2006 at 20:21
Hi to you all. Yes we are enjoying your posts! They are especially interesting for thoses of us who have loved ones in Palmgrove. They let us keep track of what’s going on and what they’re busy with in their absence (from home). Also I’d like to say thank you to the moderaters for their time and effort. Even if we don’t know who you are, you are quite necessary! May God keep you in His care…
Ruth Parkinson, England, UK said:
On: 7th May, 2006 at 03:53
I wanted to say how much I am enjoying the blog. I live in England and orignally heard about Palmgrove through the Bruderhof and often wondered how it was getting on. Please know that I am praying for you all and it brightens my day to see that are people who are still willing to do God’s work. Maybe one day I will get to vist a Hutterite Colony.
On: 8th May, 2006 at 09:34
Thanks for the comments. If you didn’t get to see some of the negative comments that’s good, leave it at that. I don’t mind Anonymous post, but it means so much more if you can put a person to words. But we also understand that some people are shy about posting, so don’t worry about it. Just be honost about what you say, that way we all get more out of it.
Char, Crystal said:
On: 8th May, 2006 at 09:42
Well…I just got your email TJ, and I’m sure the kids will LOVE it. It was really nice of you to write something that long, cuz I’m sure you don’t have too much time for that.
They’re catching on to everything slowly but surely…(to ME, actually)
…See you soon! Your in our hearts and in our prayers.
and by the way, for interests sake, we were in Windy Bay yesterday at a MASS Choir practice…I thought of you two cuz you’re always along then…buuuut…..this time 🙂 you were otherwise occupied.
On: 8th May, 2006 at 13:44
Hi everyone, Keep up the good work it does not go unappreciated…it keeps us more close to you all down in Nigeria so keep up the special effort…thinking of you alot…
On: 8th May, 2006 at 16:12
Hello nach Nigeria und Canada!
Ich habe erst vor einigen Tagen diese interessanten Berichte aus Palmgrove gefunden und lese nun mit Interesse alle Neuigkeiten und auch Kommentare dazu von der anderen Seite des grossen Meeres.
Liebe Freunde in Palmgrove: euren Mut und eure Kraft, die ihr taeglich in das Projekt in Africa steckt, kann man nur bewundern. Und natuerlich beten wir auch hier in Oesterreich fuer euch, dass eure Plaene gelingen moegen und dass ihr noch viele Menschen davon ueberzeugen koennt, was man mit der Hilfe Gottes schaffen kann.
Und an alle Freunde in Kanada: einen herzlichen Gruss aus Oesterreich und hoert nicht auf Palmgrove im Gedanken und im Gebet zu unterstuetzen.
On: 9th May, 2006 at 13:48
Sometimes people have a way of thinking that negative words are ‘negative’…is not so, cuz sometimes there is still truth in it and we as humans see them as negative, while sometimes we should take into account that there are questions and concerns hidden amongst the negativity that people don’t want to ask straight out or can’t help themselves doing (which would be lashing out)…I am not one who will post negative comments but have encouraged people to ask questions on here (regarding the mission to Africa) if they want answers…understandable ones that we can’t answer cuz we are not in the situation that those ‘abroad’ are in.
On: 9th May, 2006 at 18:16
Well…some of the things that were posted could definitely be perceived as lashing out…especially by someone who is struggling with the Palmgrove situation everyday.
I’m sure it’s very discouraging for our missionaries when people are just being negative without using constructive criticism.
Let’s weigh our words…we will be held accountable for them…
bill kimbro said:
On: 10th May, 2006 at 07:58
criticism only works if the underlying motivation is to help someone see more clearly so that co-operation can flourish. it takes a tremendous amount of energy to build a community. sometimes, it doesn’t work out but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth trying. many things are learned even in so-called failure. i’m thankful that the hutterites are trying to obey the great commission in nigeria. just don’t teach them that they have to learn Hutterisch to go to heaven!!
shalom to you all!
Jonte, Haven said:
On: 10th May, 2006 at 11:59
“To Blog or not to Blog”… Blogs are like your passports to other countries; maybe it should be manditory to attach our identity to our free speech passport as well. There is a lessened degree of interest in articles, poetry, comments or paintings signed by “anonymous”. Also, a note of disappointment for the reader when they read something profound or outstanding only to find that the author is unknown.
To the moderators of this place: thanks for the wonderful work you do on this virtual place. The privilege for Hutterites to have a place on the web that serves as a hub for communication from as far away as Nigeria is phenonomal!
On: 10th May, 2006 at 12:52
The Hutterites, as a distinct cultural group, value the culture of our Nigerian community. Fear not, the Palmgrove community will not be asked to “learn Hutterisch”. We ask nothing more then that our Nigerian brotherhood seek to live by what the Apostolic Fathers asked of the Gentile Christians in Acts 15:22-29.
“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”
On: 10th May, 2006 at 15:10
Who says God does not work in mysterious ways?
I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for you today.
To guide you and protect you as you go along your way….
His love is always with you, His promises are true,
And when we give to Him our cares you know He’ll see us through.
So when the road you’re traveling on seems difficult at best,
Just remember I’m here praying, and God will do the rest.
Chris Gallo said:
On: 11th May, 2006 at 15:09
This is so interesting and oddly very appealing. I really enjoy reading about your lifestyle.
On: 29th Jun, 2006 at 20:29
Answer to bill kimbro bloger # 16, do we teach them hutterisch to enter heaven. I have been asked so many times by outsiders, do you teach them huttrisch, or what do you teach them? The answer is simple. We preach Christ. We teach them Christianity. Actually, if I tried to teach them one of our traditions I could not get one in edgewise, because the have so many of their own that they call culture.