I admit it. I’ve been holding back on you. 🙂 For some time now, we’ve been discussing making a short term trip to Germany to kind of get our feet wet and get a feel for how things will be when we go long term. The opportunity has finally arrived.
We’ll be leaving the end of June to go to Cologne, Germany for two weeks. There we will be working on a project with Jason Holm and Creative Works. You will find some details on Durand’s blog, but I think Jason has probably summarized it best in his most recent prayer letter:
In an effort to encourage existing churches to plant daughter churches, I have begun putting together a multimedia seminar that I will offer to churches. … I envision a fast paced, creative and modern seminar with video clips, PowerPoint, music and a series of “elevator pitches” on evangelism and church planting. I would like to target 25-45 year old Christians who have a heart for evangelism, are creative and have entrepreneurial gifts like leadership, Apostleship and faith. These people have, for the most part, grown up in a church that has a huddle mentality and has failed miserably in reaching out to its community. They have often been stifled in their faith and expression of their gifts and are longing for a change … These are the people whose hearts I want to capture … I want them to realize that it is their spiritual responsibility to do it – and that it can be done. I am collaborating on this project with another GEM missionary, Durand Robinson, who is very gifted in multimedia. He has recruited a professional videographer, Ted Cox, to come and help. During the last week of June and we will be doing interviews with Christian leaders and with lay people who have been involved in a church plant or have come to faith in a young church. We also want to do street interviews with non-Christians asking them why they don’t go to church. My experience is that … a new church plant has the wonderful opportunity to focus on the answers they are looking for. Please PRAY that God would help us as we work on this project.
As you can imagine we’re very excited. This will be a wonderful opportunity to work with Durand, who will be my supervisor in Europe, and also to impact Europe for Christ! It’s hard to imagine a much better opportunity than that.
One wonders how the addage “Time flies when your having fun” squares with parenting. Is it that the joy of parenting simply all credits as fun, or is it just that time flies when you’re tearing out your hair with worry?
Today Brittany crossed the threshold from the tender young age of eleven to the big twelve. I will confess to being in shock. I can’t believe she’s that old. There is no question, time has flown, all that remains is … was I having fun? 🙂 (Absolutely!)
For her birthday, Brittany planned an outing with several friends to the Zoo. Conveniently, District 11 decided to cancel school (I am convinced for the purpose of honoring Brittany’s birthday). Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. We woke up to a small dusting of snow this morning, a chill in the air, and a nasty biting wind. So much for the Zoo. But the jungle party favors and general theme held.
It has long been the tradition in our family that I decorate the birthday cakes. (Don’t worry, for the sake of our children, I only decorate. Brandy does the baking.) Over the years, I have produced a number of cakes of which I am proud. Today I was asked for a jungle print cake. Not a picture of a jungle mind, an imitation of the jungle print on Britt’s jungle bandana party favors, and I can say without reservation that it was the worst, ugliest cake I have ever had the misfortune of destroying. However, the upside was that I used a lot of frosting… Those of you who have tasted Brandy’s home made cherry frosting know that is a BIG upside. 🙂 But I digress….
What is truly important here is that Brittany has been such a wonderful addition to our family and our lives. Everyone who meets her is struck by her contagious smile, and exuberant optimism. She is truly a joy, and a fine example of the love of Jesus Christ. Would you take a few moments to commemorate the occasion and say a prayer for Brittany?
Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I have been very busy at work, and somehow my best attempts to write a post to sort of fill out the details of that have not worked out. 🙂
Brandy and I are doing some house cleaning today, going through old high school things, and we came across this photo.
I’m not precisely sure where this is taken, but I’m guessing this is in Mengen, Germany sometime in June of 1991. You’ll note three very silly high schoolers in the bottom right corner. They would be Brandy, her brother and myself.
Hope that all is going well. We love hearing from you when ever you have time to send us a note, or leave a comment. God Bless!
UPDATE: I have been informed in no uncertain terms by my eldest brother that the photo is downtown Ulm.
UPDATE: Thankfully it appears the stand off ended without serious injury. Praise God!
Just a quick note… Please pray for these school kids, and for the authorities. This is a hard day for a lot of people. Details are here.
Great news on the Tim front. He has been approved to recover at home. He and Vanessa are catching a plane today for the long flight back from Hawaii to Colorado Springs, but once that ordeal is finished he will get to spend his recovery time in his house with his wife and children and with family around to support him.
At present the doctors are suggesting he will be walking with a cane for a long time, possibly as long as a year, but I feel very strongly that being able to recover here as opposed to alone in Hawaii is a huge blessing. Praise God. Please continue to pray for Tim as his ordeal is not over, but be encouraged. God has worked in miraculous ways throughout this process. Not only has he healed Tim’s body, but I am hearing glowing reports about Tim’s spirts and his relationship with Christ. This experience has moved him even closer to our mighty God and that is a treasure beyond words. Thank you all so much.