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November 25, 2018

When we look around us, nearby and throughout the world, we see many things that are cause for discouragement or alarm, but it is good to keep a God-centered view of things so as not to despair.

One writer said something like this: every culture is far from God because of sin, and every culture is near to God because of his love.

God is at work in human history, often in ways we cannot recognize at the time. So, because of God and his promises in the Bible, we have hope.

Some day, the song expressed in the Book of Revelation, chapter 11, verse 15, will be fulfilled:
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our God and of his Christ,
and he will reign for ever and ever.”

Photo of our friends
April 21, 2013

I have mentioned several times that we spent time in Johannesburg in order to be with our friend Angeline and her daughter Melanie. At last I have a photo of them.




A Community of Faith
May 29, 2012

Sunday, May 7, 2012

Today we went with Dave and Patti Miller to their church service.

Well, “church” is not the term he and his group prefer. They talk of themselves as a community of faith, to distinguish the nature of their fellowship as being different from a mere building or ritual.

The Intersection is the name of this new “church.” It is a ministry of the Mennonite Brethren, so Dave is here because we are (or he is) in partnership with the Mennonite Brethren in this ministry.

They meet in a really nice reception hall in the basement of this center for senior citizens.

Here is a view of the meeting hall, with Dave and another fellow practicing music for the service.

Prior to the service people enjoy refreshments and connecting with each other.  JoLene doesn’t know quite how it happened with the language barrier, but she ended up untangling a tiny hair band from a doll’s hair for this little girl.

In the service the children sang “Our God is a Great Big God” with vigor.

Dave preached today, although he regularly has others from the group share in doing the teaching/preaching. This being Pentecost Sunday, he spoke on Acts 2 and the coming of the Holy Spirit then, and the fact that God’s promise of the Holy Spirit is for us today as well.

With my limited French I was able to follow much, but not all, of the service.

After the service we and a dozen others from The Intersection walked to a nearby restaurant for dinner and conversation. We learned so many stories of broken lives and failed dreams, but then of God’s redemption and restoration.

Lilacs are in bloom and fragrant here. We are seeing many of the “lacy” variety.

To Montreal, Quebec
May 26, 2012

On Friday, May 25, 2012, we left for the Montreal area to spend time as regional administrator with Dave and Patti Miller.

We drove 3 hours to the New York border, 3 more to the Canadian border, and 3 1/2 more to the Millers’ home in the town of Blainville in the greater Montreal area. Montreal proper is an island in the St. Lawrence River. Blainville is on north shore of the river.

Here are the Millers.

And here is a plant in their yard.

They call it tthe Dr. Seuss plant! It is very sensitive. If the Millers pinch a tip off the top, the whole stem will wilt and die. This was all new to me. Do any of my readers know what this plant is?

The Millers have been here since 2004 (they were in Quebec City earlier) and have planted a church in partnership with Brethren in Christ World Missions, the Canadian Conference of the BIC Church, and the Mennonite Brethren Church.

Today, Saturday, May 26, the Millers took us to Montreal to see some of the sights there. As you might imagine, en route we talked about many aspects of their ministry and church.

We toured  St. Joseph’s Oratorio of Mount Royal.

This is a basilica, a functioning parish, and the largest shrine to Joseph, the husband of Mary and the earthly father of Jesus. The complex edifice sits on the highest point on Montreal Island. It was the dream and project of Brother Andre Bessette, who died in 1937 at the age of 91.

Then we walked around the Old City.

Had lunch. Saw five wedding parties!

And various other sights.

And now it is time to…

Guatemala – Monday, November 15, 2010
November 17, 2010

I keep checking my email messages when I can because there are a few missions issues that need some attention these days, but for the most part this is a true vacation, which we thoroughly enjoy.

In the morning we all went shopping for a few Christmas gifts. In Central Park we saw several women, dressed in traditional Indian clothing and holding large white candles, having their photos taken. Because of the candles we guess that they were on their way to the cathedral, but that is only a guess.

We went to a restaurant for early lunch. The decor included old photos and memorabilia. Note the fountain and fresh flowers.

Many of the bus drivers (or owners) give expression to their Christian faith through a message printed on the bus. Here you see the message “Cristo vive,” Christ lives.

Toward evening I went to the cathedral to meditate and pray.

God is far above all things, but he also condescends to meet with us and live in us.

A summer flower
July 25, 2010

A few years ago I learned about Acidanthera, or the peacock orchid. One is blooming in our back yard right now.

The species seems to be little known. I am not aware of any of my friends or neighbors who grow it.

St. Paul’s Cathedral
June 15, 2010

Each day of this extended stay in London I worked on missions work, keeping up with my emails, sending some slides and a text to New Vision Church (for whom I had to cancel my coming as a speaker for their missionary conference) and related duties.

I spent time with Paul, working on a 3-year plan for planting a church among a specific people group in London. I am pleased with the vision Paul has for this, with the learning that he is doing in this year of internship, and with the relationships he and his wife have built with families in the people group.

On available time off we continued to explore the glories of London, including time at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

A few words
June 6, 2010

A friend reminds me that I never reported whether we arrived home!

Yes, the return flight took place on schedule, on April 26. The plane was only two-thirds full, much to our surprise.

Since our return I have been exceptionally busy with missions work and my duties related to Roxbury Holiness Camp, and, as you have seen, I have made no new posts until now. Perhaps in the next week or so I can yet report on some of the experiences we had in our last week in London.

Things Keep Changing
April 19, 2010

This is Monday morning, 7:45 AM in London.

Well. we did not fly home on Sunday.

We got re-booked for Monday, but all British Airways flights have now been canceled for today (Monday). We will have to wait until 1:30 PM London time to call our travel agent in US to see what the options are.

It is not likely that we will get home soon.

Today, as a cost saving measure, we will move in with our friends Jay and Judy.

To add to the adventure, at 4:45 AM today water started pouring into our hotel room from the room above. We personally had just vacated the room when the whole middle portion of the ceiling fell in. Most of our belongings were still in the room, so I had to pick my way over plaster and debris to collect our clothes and suitcases. Thank God we are unharmed.

Now, isn’t your life dull and ordinary compared to this?!

The Lowest Place on Earth
December 27, 2009

As we rode in the West Bank towards the Allenby Bridge for the crossing back into Jordan, we got a brief glimpse of the northern end of the Dead Sea. The Sea is 1,385 feet below sea level.

Hank told us that recent dry weather has caused the Sea to shrink, so it now consists of three smaller lakes, with dry ground between them.

Who knew?