Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Iwas at a party the other night when I listened to someone at our table tell the rest of those seated at our table that essentially nothing but bad happens in Waterloo.
Blanket stereotypes are not helpful as we seek to grow a more unified, reconciled community. Perhaps identifying, concentrating on, and celebrating the bright spots (assets) in both adjoining communities will help to bring about a healthier perception of the entire Cedar Valley. What bright spots do you recognize?
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I am a white female who, apart from attending church in a downtown
My white, American, suburban context and lens affects the way I think about everything.
p.s. Soong-Chan Rah's plenary talk at the ccda conference later that week drove this lesson home for me. You can listen to it at: http://www.urbansermons.org/f/audio/soong-chan-rah-alexie-torres-fleming-saturday-7pm-evening-plenary-ccda-conference-2008-audio. You just have to fast forward several minutes into the audio to the place where he speaks.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
A few numbers for you. Since we’ve arrived in Mozambique we have worshiped with 7 churches, visited 8 sponsored children and their families and received 4 live chickens as gifts. Two Chestnuts fell in the water. We attended 2 birthday parties and eaten in 4 homes. We dug 2 latrines and saw 2 elephants up close and personal. We squeezed
16 people in 1 very mini-van. We’ve walked through 4 markets. We provided 26 hours of training for 92 people (nurses, pastors, women, staff, volunteers and Sunday School teachers). We’ve eaten in 5 local restaurants and consumed at least 168 chickens and 55 lbs of rice; we lost count of the bottles of Fanta. Elliot alone has taken over 4000 pictures. We’ve been gifted 3 straw hats. Barb was called momma by 1 sponsored child. There’ve been 2 flat tires. We’ve watched the USA lose 1 “football” game as we played 6 vuvuzelas. We danced (some of us badly) with about 200 children in 2 Bible clubs. One unnamed female staff employed by OHC lost 1 skirt after 1 relay race. We found 1 Southern Cross in a field of billions of stars on 1 sort-of clear night. Alyssa& Ellie attempted to teach 300 kids to play kick ball. We’ve given 200 backpacks, 40 soccer balls, 10 dodgeballs,165 wash clothes, 1 parachute and a whole bunch of other gifts to the local Food for the Hungry. One heel is healing. One box of cheez-its was not shared. Jenny took 1 motorcycle ride. Patty sent 1 email successfully. Owen has shot 3 hours of video. Doug, Neil& Karla preached 230 minutes total. And we have grown to love the people of Mozambique the weight of an elephant.
We love you all and appreciate your prayers and thoughts. It’s hard to believe that tomorrow (Sunday) is our last day in Gorongosa.
On behalf of the Moz Team,
Pastor Del (Doug)
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
I journaled notes about each of the successive chapters and thought I'd include some observations and questions to consider as we seek to live on mission in Christ and for Christ. In chapter 2....
- Nehemiah is deeply troubled and burdened by the condition of Jerusalem. I took wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before; so the king asked me, "Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart. What has God burdened your heart about? Sometimes we call it a holy discontent..what is your holy discontent?