October 15 2012
Welcome to BlogEngine.NET 2.7
If you see this post it means that BlogEngine.NET 2.7 is running and the hard part of creating your own blog is done. There is only a few things left to do.
To be able to log in to the blog and writing posts, you need to enable write permissions on the App_Data folder. If your blog is hosted at a hosting provider, you can either log into your account’s admin page or call the support. You need write permissions on the App_Data folder because all posts, comments, and blog attachments are saved as XML files and placed in the App_Data folder.
If you wish to use a database to to store your blog data, we still encourage you to enable this write access for an images you may wish to store for your blog posts. If you are interested in using Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, SQL CE, or other databases, please see the BlogEngine wiki to get started.
When you've got write permissions to the App_Data folder, you need to change the username and password. Find the sign-in link located either at the bottom or top of the page depending on your current theme and click it. Now enter "admin" in both the username and password fields and click the button. You will now see an admin menu appear. It has a link to the "Users" admin page. From there you can change the username and password. Passwords are hashed by default so if you lose your password, please see the BlogEngine wiki for information on recovery.
Configuration and Profile
Now that you have your blog secured, take a look through the settings and give your new blog a title. BlogEngine.NET 2.7 is set up to take full advantage of of many semantic formats and technologies such as FOAF, SIOC and APML. It means that the content stored in your BlogEngine.NET installation will be fully portable and auto-discoverable. Be sure to fill in your author profile to take better advantage of this.
Themes, Widgets & Extensions
One last thing to consider is customizing the look of your blog. We have a few themes available right out of the box including two fully setup to use our new widget framework. The widget framework allows drop and drag placement on your side bar as well as editing and configuration right in the widget while you are logged in. Extensions allow you to extend and customize the behaivor of your blog. Be sure to check the BlogEngine.NET Gallery at dnbegallery.org as the go-to location for downloading widgets, themes and extensions.
On the web
You can find BlogEngine.NET on the official website. Here you'll find tutorials, documentation, tips and tricks and much more. The ongoing development of BlogEngine.NET can be followed at CodePlex where the daily builds will be published for anyone to download. Again, new themes, widgets and extensions can be downloaded at the BlogEngine.NET gallery.
Good luck and happy writing.
The BlogEngine.NET team
October 4 2012
N. Ireland to Ecuador
Editor’s note: Thanks to OMS UK for the reprint of the article from Nicola Brown, from Portadown, N. Ireland. Nicola is in her final year at Edinburgh University. She spent the month of July in Ecuador, helping out with various projects, including English camp, youth work and generally helping out wherever needed. She writes…
My first few days were spent trying to recover from jet lag, getting to know the Pazmino family who were hosting me for most of the trip, learning Spanish and exploring the wonderful city of Guayaquil. There was another girl called Whitney, from California, who was in Ecuador for two months with OMS, and it was a joy to have someone of my age to travel around with, and also someone who spoke Spanish as well! The city of Guayaquil itself is pretty crazy. It has 3 million people packed in (I live in Northern Ireland which only has 2 million in the whole country so it seems like quite a lot of people in comparison.) It’s very beautiful, the incredible architecture in the city centre, colorful favelas on the hillside, and the massive iguanas roaming freely in a public square all added to the experience!
I finished my first week in a city high up in the Andes mountains, Cuenca, where I was lucky to meet most of the OMS missionaries serving in Ecuador, and see a bit more of just how diverse socially and aesthetically Ecuador is as a country! You don’t have to travel too far to go from coastline, to mountain terrain, to Amazon jungle, which is incredible. Cuenca is very modern and so beautiful, about 12,000 feet up in the Andes and is also reported to be the second most popular city to retire to in the world. The Stiles family that hosted Whitney and I were a joy to spend time with, as they taught us a lot about the Saraguro tribe that were the main workforce for the markets selling fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as traditional jewelry. It was such a blessing to be able to see how some of the missionaries minister to this people group in particular, building up good rapports with the Saraguro people, by spending time with their children ourselves, and hearing stories of how God is doing much work in the woman’s prison there.
After one week in Ecuador, I moved to Pallatanga with Whitney, and we stayed with the Orellana family, who live there full time and run camps all throughout the year! Campamento Evangelico Pallatanga is OMS’ camp in Ecuador, and is used for a variety of different events such as pastor training camps, mother and daughter camps, marriage counseling and English speaking camps. There was another family and single woman there from the USA, and we were straight into preparing materials to begin teaching the following day. I was a bit nervous at first as I’ve never taught a language before, but those nerves didn’t last long as I was allocated my first class. Despite a few funny moments with Ecuadorians finding it hard to understand my Northern Irish accent, the classes went incredibly well. The idea was that they would have full immersion English-speaking to get the most out of the weekend course. There were two weekend English camps in a row, and the days in between were mostly spent reading, getting to know the families there, going on walks to find waterfalls, and painting the new building at camp!
In my final week in Ecuador, I was reunited with the Pazmino family and we moved to the coastal town of Anconcito, where we were helping a fairly newly formed church there by doing practical work to their new building, putting up a large bamboo fence around the perimeters, and running holiday bible clubs in the afternoons for around 70-80 children from the local primary school. Again, it was incredible to see more of the country itself, and I especially loved going to their beach baptism on Sunday, and hearing the testimonies of those who had recently come to faith because God spoke to them so clearly, and how His people in that church were being so wise and faithful in serving the people living in their town.
It’s difficult to describe just how incredible my time in Ecuador was. I loved understanding more of the internationality of God, experiencing such a warming culture, trying new food, seeing a small amount of the incredible work all the missionaries are doing out there, broadening my understanding of what it is to be a missionary, and most of all what it is to be in Christ and to love one another. It was refreshing that the less that I culturally and socially had in common with people, the less that seemed as important a factor as it sometimes feels at home. It was so much greater to enjoy worshiping God together with people in the same body of Christ, in the knowledge that wanting to serve and love others is founded in and sustained by our love for God foremost.
If you are interested in participating in a short-term mission trip, please contact Paul Cox today at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 317.888.3333, ext. 317. You can also visit our website at www.onemissionsociety.org to learn more about One Mission Society.
October 2 2012
My Call to India
By Elmer Kilbourne, OMS Missionary and Grandson of OMS Cofounder, Ernest Kilbourne
Editor's note: We thank the Evangelical Church of India and its Church Planter newsletter for this article. In it, they introduce this article with: "One of the greatest missionaries of our time, Dr. Elmer Kilbourne and his wife Ella Ruth Kilbourne ... This month, we are featuring Elmer Kilbourne who spent his life as a missionary to China, South Korea and India. We are focusing on God’s call to Elmer as a missionary to India after his retirement from Korea."
Although I am a third generation missionary kid, I decided early that I did not want to be a missionary. It was too hard. I would have no money and would have to leave my home, my country and my family and friends to go to a strange people and a strange land. I was determined to be a lawyer—not His will, but mine. When I was 20 years old and a student at Asbury College, I fell under terrible conviction. I awoke at 2 a.m. early one morning and finally surrendered. God said one word, “China.” From that moment on, I have said, “Lord, I’ll go where you want me to go.” I am now 93 years old, still following God’s leading and believe that no one has had a better life than mine!
I spent nine years of preparation to serve as a missionary—college, seminary, graduate school and pastoral ministry. In 1947, I finally left for China. I studied for one year at the College of Language Studies in Beijing. Soon thereafter the terrible Communists’ takeover of China began. All missionaries were forced out. We left Beijing on the last plane. We flew to Canton, (now Guangzhou), South China, to hopefully reopen our seminary. But again our plans were altered. In three months, we had to flee. The Lord led both my older brother and me to relocate in Korea. My question at that time was, “Why Korea?”My grandparents and my father had been missionaries there and had helped plant a strong church. “Isn’t there some other field that needs me more, God?”
Upon arrival in Korea, we found the church had been totally destroyed by the Japanese in World War II. This presented a tremendous challenge and much work to be done, with rehabilitation of refugees. Even with all of this, I was still asking, “Why, Lord? Why Korea?” Korea was known as “The Hermit Kingdom,” willingly isolated from the outside world. However, after 25 years, Korea’s economy was sufficiently strong to permit their citizens to travel overseas. In and through suffering, the Korean church multiplied and grew strong. Yet, focused on their own need, they had very little missionary vision. God showed me that this was one of the main reasons for my being in Korea—to help give the Church a mission vision. The best way to do this was to take pastors and church leaders to literally see other needy Asian countries.
I decided to take these Korean men to India first. Since we were visitors, we needed to take a gift according to Oriental custom. I suggested we build miniature churches before we went and dedicate them upon our arrival, as a symbolic act of commitment to help them build churches. After two weeks in India, we returned to Korea. I asked them what God had been saying to them. Their reply was that God was telling them to build 100 churches in the next two years. And they did! That was my introduction to India. My father had helped start the first OMS work in Allahabad and leased the land for the seminary there. But all that had no effect in my young life.
Upon my retirement from Korea after 40 years of service, I asked God what he now wanted me to do. “I want you to go to India,” He said. I replied, “No, I want to go to the land of my calling, China.” He replied, “You cannot do that, the Communists will not allow it.” My reply was still, “No, I don’t want to go to India. It is too difficult.” But God insisted, “Go to India.” I finally surrendered and said that I would go for five years and no more. Afterward, I felt certain that He would let me to go China. Thus, late in my life, I finally learned: Don’t argue with God.
I am a goal-oriented person, so I asked God what He wanted me to do in India. He replied, “Build 2,000 churches and 25 Bible schools in 10 years. Of course, I knew that one cannot build a church without a pastor. God was very good to me. He led me to the greatest church builder I had ever known, Bishop Ezra Sargunam of the Evangelical Church of India.
In those 10 years, together, we were able to raise the money for those churches. Bishop Sargunam, along with national workers, planted the churches as well as 10 Bible schools and a seminary in Calcutta. One of the greatest privileges of my life was to work with the church leaders, such as Bishop-President Sargunam and Bishop Sundar Singh.
During my 20 years in India, God also led me to work with Samaritan’s Purse and its director, Franklin Graham—a fervent, gifted man and wonderful boss. My activities in India finally stopped due to my wife’s Alzheimer’s. I became her round-the-clock caregiver for eight years. How wonderful it was for God to give me that precious time. Although I was not able to go to India physically, I was able to go in the Spirit through prayer. That continues to be my joyous ministry to this day.