September 27, 2006
“Faith is living like God is telling the truth.”
I’d written it inside the front cover of a book and my friend just returned it to me. She said it was the best quote of the whole book. Perfect timing – the truth reminder, that is, not the return. 🙂
I didn’t attribute the source and forgot where I’d found it. Praise God for Google; the quote came from my friends at Lifetime Guarantee ministries.
September 27, 2006
Well…we’re a start! Here are the six of us communicators who represent four different areas of the world: Western Europe, Southern Africa, Eastern Europe and the U.S./global communications.
The trip went so well. Thanks for praying! Here’s a bit about how God answered:
- Divine appointment with railroad-engineer, weight-lifter Coleman (can you picture him?) on the flight from Budapest to New York. He was in Budapest with his mother, an 80-year-old Hungarian-American who hadn’t been to Hungary since she was a girl. We had a great conversation about spiritual life as he was raised in a legalistic church and had rebelled seeing that there wasn’t life in the rules. The neat thing is that the row of seats we were in was vacant, so we both moved from other seats to that row! I love when God does that!
- My energy level was really good. Those knots in my neck from sitting too long were another story, though.
- The networking aspect was amazing. There were actually more like 100 of us there. A taste of heaven with the different languages and skin colors!
- We brainstormed the beginnings of some exciting next steps to help grow and train more communicators in each area!
September 25, 2006
I’m back from Hungary and catching up on breath and life today.
I read something this morning in Strong Women, Soft Hearts that challenged my thinking anew:
What difference would it make in your life if all your losses – all the disappointment and aggravation life can throw your way – were, in your mind, only the cover and title page to your real story? Wouldn’t trusting God be something your heart would absolutely run toward? (p. 181)
She’s referring to C.S. Lewis’ conclusion of his Narnia series:
But the things that began to happen after that [the children die in a railway accident – hope I didn’t ruin the ending for any of you who hadn’t read it yet] were so great and so beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories…but for them it was only the beginning fo the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read, which goes on forever, in which every chapter is better than the one that came before.
September 23, 2006
After our 2-hour final communicator’s meeting, we walked to the office (great 45-minute walk) and caught a bus to see the city.
Our tour guide gave us an overview of Hungarian history. One person especially intrigued me: Saint Stephen.
The first king of Hungary, King Stephen (pronounced a saint later) made a key decision during his reign right before 1000 A.D. [Read more about him and his right hand that did well in mumification and is on display at the church in town that bears his name.]
He chose to align the country’s religion to that of the West (Christianity) instead of the East. Sadly, one thousand years later, the culture is still shaking itself from the numbing results of communism. The removal of religion led to many–Monica our tour guide included–growing up with virtually no spiritual input. Most Hungarians haven’t met Jesus. Yet.
Click on the photo of St. Stephen to catch a glimpse of the rest of our day. Off to bed and last-minute packing before heading home tomorrow!
September 22, 2006
My new little South African friends: 18-month-old Monica and her 3-year-old brother, Kenneth, have been delightful to have as young staff members here.
Their mom, Marie, serves in communications for the area and their dad works (I think) in technology. Marie has been in the role only 2 months. I think she’s feeling like she jumped into the deep end of the pool. It’s been great to have time with the six of us in communciations to talk through the opportunities and challenges in front of each of us.
(See our communicators group photo as well as others from the past day or so by clicking on the photo of little Moncia.)
September 20, 2006
This was my view during our lunch break, walking the neighborhood next to the office. There are flowers everywhere, like a ambitious painter threw her paintbrush all around her.
Click on the photo on the right to see more photos.