Saturday, March 12, 2016
Anyway, we are doing well and are enjoying the journey God has placed us on. I still post things online mainly on YouTube. You can check out my channel if you're interested at www.youtube.com/bensahlstrom. I post mainly about how to fix random stuff I come across as well as a few house updates here and there.
Thanks for stopping by! I've mentioned it before but you can also check out my wife's blog at www.naomisahlstrom.com if you'd like.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
That's all for now. Take it easy!
Sunday, June 09, 2013
So, without further to do here is the video on turning your android device into a Wi-Fi hotspot:
And here is how to tether your iPhone 5 without jailbreaking:
Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I will live with integrity and strive to lead and encourage my family, coworkers, friends, and neighbors to follow my Savior Jesus Christ above all else. I will work in a way that surpasses the expectations of my employers and reflects my faith. I will love and lead my family spiritually and financially and raise my children to value education and work. I will run my finances God’s way and live and give with an open hand. In everything I do I will live with the knowledge that my life is for God’s glory and should reflect to others the hope that I have found in Him.
Going through and really thinking about who I am and why I'm here has been an amazing process for me. If you haven't already I'd encourage you to think about a mission statement for yourself. It is powerful.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
So I’m up late. Really late actually. Should I be up this late? No.
You see, I’ve had a lot of caffeine today and it seems to have taken hold of me somehow. Anyway, I kind of got into catching up on a bunch of random things that I needed to update on my computer and the other day I had installed Windows Live Writer but hadn’t finished setting it up yet. I guess it is supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread (What was the best thing before sliced bread?) for blogging so I’m giving it a try. I don’t know about you other bloggers but I always have MAJOR issues with my text size when I save/edit my blog posts with Blogger! I’m a little bit OCD about having things uniform sometimes so this bothers me. I’m hoping that Writer will help me make the posting process a little more streamlined. Hey! That’s a good excuse for not posting frequently! I have problems with text size! :P
Today was crazy. I got home from work past midnight. Working for my dad can be very unpredictable. I don’t mind it much though. It’s pretty exciting!
So, here goes post #1 with Windows Live Writer!
P.S. The beta for Internet Explorer 9 is pretty sweet! It is much cleaner and has Chrome-like speed. Awesome.
P.P.S It is cold outside…
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
So here it is; today I officially have SP with Naomi Sue Nelson! I’ve wanted to tell the world about this for a long time now but without the permission of having SP nothing was truly official until now. I really can't believe this day actually came! It was a long hard road to traverse but we made it!
Okay so some of you are like "What in the world is SP?" and I'd like to explain. SP is something that Operation Mobilization has crafted in order to help keep interaction between people of the opposite gender restrained so that you can stay focused on serving God and be efficient in your work. The rule restricts all relationships for the first year of serving with OM and then after a year you can apply for something called SP or Special Permission.
So the problem is this; I joined OM and the Logos Hope in January. I've been informed that a typical year has 12 months (I tried to convince them that my culture believes in 1 month years but they didn't buy it...) and therefore I would have never been allowed to get SP while on board. That is the basic explanation of the ship policy on relationships.
I met Naomi about 10 days after I walked up the gangway in Aruba as a STEPper during the sail to Jamaica. It was my first sail and one evening while up on the upper decks of the ship I started talking with her and we hit it off! It turns out she has a big family too! The things we had in common were crazy and within two weeks we both knew that there was something different between us. We knew that it wasn't allowed during my first year (Her first year was already up.) and so we had to go talk with Personnel. They gave us good guidelines with how to act and where and how we could see each other. No time was allowed to be spent "one on one" at all.
Since then we've had ups and downs working with the frustrations of hiding all of the emotion and things we wished we could do for the other. We kept in contact mostly via email, chat, and phone (As if it was already a long distance relationship while literally in the same boat!) which worked but was frustrating knowing that the person was only a few steps away from being able to talk in person but it wasn't allowed. You can see how this would be trying at times.
After talking with Personnel multiple times they have decided to grant us “Leaving SP” for two weeks before I leave because we can never get SP because I can’t stay for an entire year. Even if I was able to stay for a year she would leave right before my year was up! The grace that they are showing us is one of the most amazing things that has happened while on the ship. The very best thing about all this is that God has been at the center from day 1. God has provided me with strength and perseverance to endure and excel in my work on the ship.
She was born in Indiana and when she was 1 her parents moved to Hong Kong as missionaries and moved to China when she was a junior in high school. She is the oldest of 9 kids and they were homeschooled. After high school she became interested in the ship after the Doulos (Now retired) visited Hong Kong and after some prayer decided to apply to work on the ship. On the ship she has worked in two departments. For the first 7 months she worked in Accommodation. Her passion wasn’t for vacuuming and cleaning though and really wanted to work in Deck with Marine Operations and would spend her free time learning all about sailing and all sorts of things I would never care to know! She knew more about the department than most of the people serving in Deck knew! She finally was able to move to Deck which was a miracle because they don’t normally take many girls into the department because of the nature of the work. She is hard working though and probably gets more done than others that are much stronger than her. Everything went well for her until I showed up and turned everything upside crazy! :P
She has a blog that she maintains if you’re interested in checking it out.
So we now have 14 days before I leave. 14 days of SP. 14 days where we can sit and talk and not worry about being in a group or the people around us. 14 days before we embark on a long distance relationship that will be trying and rewarding. I believe that God has made it work thus far and I believe He will continue to guide us as we move forward.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
“And that’s all I have to say about that.”
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Every Thursday is prayer night. Last Thursday they put on something very different than normal that was supposed to give us a picture of what it is like to be truly poor. We reenacted what one family in Africa does for a living. They make paper bags all day every day and struggle to even pay for what they need to stay alive let alone think about sending the children to school or affording other such "luxuries" that we take for granted every day. We got into groups and we had to make paper bags and sell them. We had limited time and had to do our best to meet the minimum payments for food, water, housing, and trying to send a child to school. You could also choose to work for one of the shopkeepers and make money outside of the home and one of the options was to send our sisters into prostitution just to make enough money to live.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Anyway, I only have a little under 2 months remaining on the ship and I know that it is going to probably go faster than I want it to. It's been awesome so far. Thanks for your support and prayer as I keep things "flowing" on the Logos Hope.
Friday, May 07, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I just got in from a morning run with the LIT group that goes running at 5:45am every morning so I decided to join them. It was great fun actually although tiring. I'm going to try to keep doing this every morning while here in Bermuda.
LIT stands for Logos Intensive Training. It is a program where about 20 people who appear to have a lot of motivation and have been doing well on the ship are challenged to do a month long program that involves physical exercise, spiritual growth, and the opportunity to establish good habitual activities in their lives. The program starts every day at 5:45 with running and from there they have the entire day planned out for them. No extra time to socialize. This is just another one of the sweet opportunities that a person can take advantage of on the Logos Hope!
This coming Sunday I am also going to be leading a church team here in Bermuda! It's really exciting to be able to do this and at the same time it is going to be challenging. As a project worker I wasn't really expecting to be leading a church team! Pray that God will give me the strength and inspire me to be an encouragement to the fellow believers here in Bermuda.
Again, I'm sorry that I don't have pictures for you but like I said my hard drive is bad. I got most of my pictures saved because I have an external hard drive but it still isn't comforting.
Thanks for your patience with my posting schedule! :P
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
We were in two different ports during our nearly 2 month stay in Jamaica. The first port was Montego Bay which was the nicer of the two. Things were a little neater because of the cruise liners and touristy mindset. Here are some of the numbers from Montego Bay
Dates in port: January 20th - February 15th 2010
Total number of visitors to the ship: 83,474
Number of books sold: 213,064
Number of Bibles sold: 7,381
Number of free evangelistic items given out: 72,044
View from deck 9 in Montego Bay.
Kingston was our second port. When we arrived and saw the berth that we had to tie up to many of us were very surprised. Not only was the quayside small with many obstacles making it difficult for the arrangement and placement of the gangways but everything was covered with coal dust because coal ships would come and unload coal for the nearby cement factory. Dealing with this much coal dust was a huge challenge for the accommodation team and now that we’re not at that port any more they have been shampooing every carpet in the entire ship. This is a lot because the entire ship (Except for a few areas) is carpeted. Even with the difficulties, Kingston was such a great opportunity to serve the people of a country with the third highest crime rate in the world. God used the Logos Hope in Kingston. Here are the statistics:
Dates in port: February 16th - March 23rd 2010
Total number of visitors to the ship: 135,758
Number of books sold: 341,666
Number of Bibles sold: 14,150
Number of free evangelistic items given out: 118,672
HDR of the cement factory. It was tricky making it look beautiful for you guys! ;)
Today is Good Friday and I just want to take time to really reflect on what Jesus did for us. Without Him I wouldn’t be here today and you wouldn’t be reading this. If you haven’t already just take a moment to thank Him for the sacrifice He made that we may be saved. Praise the LORD for all He has been able to accomplish through the Logos Hope. Thanks for your support and prayers.