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I run into things that turn my mind towards God’s truth all the time in all kinds of places. I was at the gym, sweating and in general feeling miserable. I heard a song that contained the following line,
If there’s discretion that you’ve not abandoned, now’s the time.
I really have no idea what the idea is that the song is trying to convey, but that one line just jumped out at me. In most situations it would be inappropriate. I’m all for discretion, Ingrid would back me up on this. I’m that way to a fault at times. I really like when everyone has a decent sense of propriety.
But there are times when discretion isn’t just unnecessary, it’s counterproductive. I’ll go as far as to say that there are situations where discretion is wrong. And I doubt many would disagree. I can remember a time talking with my brother and father in my parent’s back yard. The three of us were chatting near the pool while my niece ran around us. As she orbited our legs, one circle went wide and she went right into the pool. I can picture her hair spread out like a halo in the water. She was in well over her head.
My brother didn’t pause to think about if it was proper (or even smart) to get into the pool. He didn’t empty his pockets or think the situation over. He hopped straight in and had her up and out of the water in a second, maybe two. He beat dad and I to it by a breath and by virtue of having been closer to the pool.
Good for him (and my niece) but what does this have to do with God’s truth?
There are a number of emergencies taking place in the world right now. They are on-going but the window of opportunity, from an eternal perspective, is short. Imagine my brother looking at his daughter in the pool and then stating, “That’s not good at all. I ought to do something about it and as soon as I feel prepared I will.”
Sometimes people tell me I’m brave or imply that I’m good on some different level because I serve as a missionary. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Everything I do that has significance or weight is because God is awesome, good and loving. On my own I’m incapable of real good. That’s important to convey because we are all of us, every follower of Christ, in the same boat. None of us is inherently right and it was our realizing this that was key to our entry into the family of God.
That same God has given us all the Holy Spirit. When we live our lives walking in the Spirit, we are everyone of us capable of serving as conduits for God’s kingdom work. None of us are somehow more spiritual or better in some way that makes us more valuable in His work.
This means external circumstances are not what matters. I’ll go live in and work in Eastern Europe. You’ll live and work wherever God has put you. Both of us will be in the middle of a world full of lost people who need to hear the Good News. And it’s nothing to sit and think over, spending years of our short life waiting for some sign or breakthrough before we get engaged.
Might we look foolish or stumble? It’s almost certain.
Do we know enough to answer all the questions or how to fix all the problems? No.
Does it matter?
Now is not the time for discretion when it comes to passionately following our Savior.
When it comes to living a life that displays Christ to a dying world I would say, “If there’s discretion that you’ve not abandoned, now’s the time.”
God continues to move things forward with our support raising. We are at 92% of our monthly goal and are making plans based on the assumption that we’ll hit 100% by July. There is a lot to do when moving a family of 5 to another country. My brain has a hard time getting around all of it but we just keep trying to tackle one thing at a time.
We’ve started meeting with team members already in Hungary via Skype. This is a great tool as we can get good advice and guidance from them as well as getting up to speed on what is going on in the office.
Thanks to everyone who is praying for us. It is awesome to see how God is providing and how he keeps moving us forward.
Every 3 years the Eastern Europe- Russia area of Campus Crusade for Christ has a conference. The last one was this past January in Slovenia. JR and I were unable to go, but we were able to watch some of the spotlights that highlighted each country in that region. The video that highlighted Hungary was exceptional. It is a bit graphic, so be prepared and I wouldn’t watch it with little children around. God is doing great things in that part of the world and we are excited to join Him in that work. We are hoping for a departure date this summer, preferably July! Pray with us for a summer departure date.
We strive to impact everyone our ministry encounters in such a way that they become life long followers of Christ that seek to share God with others. Here’s a great example of how that is working out in Romania.
As Ingrid and I sat at breakfast today, she mentioned that this is our fifth Thanksgiving in Florida. It is hard to believe. (On a related note, it occurred to us the other day that Eddie has lived longer in Florida than he did in Arizona. Kind of strange.) We are really hoping this will be our last Thanksgiving here for a while. Not because we don’t like Florida but because we are praying and hoping that we will spending our next few in Hungary.
But in the middle of looking back, and forward, we have so much to be thankful for. God is so good to us, and has really lavished his love on us in too many ways to count. He allowed his only son to die in our place, providing for the forgiveness of our sins. He gave us a beautiful world to live in. He has given us work to do that we enjoy and allows us to share in the joy of people coming into a personal relationship with him. It’s nice to have a day to pause and think about all that we have to be thankful about.
It’s our prayer that you are also able to think about all that God has provided for you. Sometimes it’s hard to see due to the day to day circumstances that can cloud our view of his goodness. But it’s there if we look.
“…globalization, the process, represents the greatest challenge to the Gospels since the apostles and the greatest opportunity for the Gospel since the apostles.”
Os defined globalization as, “The process through which our human interconnectedness has now reached truly global proportions.”
This leads him to discuss what drives globalization and he concludes, “But the deepest driver today is information technology.”
This was all part of an introduction to further material that is captured in a 15 minute video where Os talks about why he thinks this is important. (I would have embedded the video here but there is only one size available and it’s way too wide for our blog.)
Being a missionary that deals primarily with information technology I was pretty happy to hear this from such a high profile leader. Especially when he says things like,
“If we had longer we could see how what’s happening in the global revolution centered on information technology has been described as significant as the rise of the wheel or the invention of the alphabet and of human writing.”
Very motivating to me and I hope to others who are interested in reaching the world with the Gospel.
He makes a statement later in the video that also really caught my attention, though it has nothing to do with tech. I agree with it, though I wont opine at length about the implications but rather repeat it here for any who read to consider. Os says, “The church in the west is in profound cultural captivity.”
Is it? And if so (like I said, I do think so) what can we do about it?
A full page advertisement was run in the New York Times today that was pretty simple. The top half of the ad, in bold letters reads, “Burning the Qu’ran does not illuminate the Bible”. There is a web address, www.FaithandRespect.com and below that, a list of people supporting the statement. That list includes the president of Campus Crusade for Christ Int., Steve Douglas. Steve also released the statement below.
September 10, 2010
Campus Crusade for Christ, President
Statement on Uniting with Christian Leaders of the World
In response to Possible Burning of the Qur’an
The burning of the Qur’an contemplated this week is inconsistent with the response to Islam of mainstream, biblical Christianity. The advertisement published in
today’s edition of the New York Times affirms that this act would not represent my personal views, the views of our organization, or, in my opinion, the position of the vast majority of the leaders of the Christian World.
With any faith, an extreme stance of one person does not necessarily reflect the position of the larger group.
I commend Pastor Terry Jones for the decision that he made not to burn copies of the Qur’an. I pray that he will stick with that decision. Burning copies of the Qur’an will needlessly place many lives in danger.
I don’t really have anything to add of my own. I agree that burning the Qur’an is wrong and does not reflect the teachings of Christ or the leading of the Holy Spirit.
We watched this at our commissioning. It brought tears to my eyes.
Today we finished X-Track, our training to serve cross culturally. It’s been an amazing five weeks of learning and interacting with others. Last night all of us that have finished the program were commissioned. It was a beautiful service that included those of us being sent out being prayed over by the others. We grouped up by area of the world, we were charged, prayed over and then there was a prayer said in one of the languages spoken in the area where we were going. For us that prayer was in Russian.
At the end we sang praise songs and it was wonderful as well. Unknown to me though, my wife was experiencing something a bit difficult. We had the kids and the whole program ran about two and a half hours so we had them in our laps, close by, etc. Rachel was sitting on Ingrid’s lap as we sang a song that included the line, “If you want me to go, I will go”. Rachel looked at her mom and asked, “Do you think God want’s us to go?” Ingrid answered yes and Rachel replied, “But I don’t want to go.” and began to cry. We know parts of this move will be tough for the kids, though we also believe they’ll be very glad later when they can look back on it all. But it can still be tough right now.
There was of course a reception and food afterwords. We were talking to friends, and the kids were playing together. I began to look around to make sure I knew where all the kids were. I found Rachel sitting on a chair next to a young woman.
The young woman next to Rachel, had grown up in Budapest, where we are headed. She had gone to the school our kids will attend. She loved it so much that after college, she returned to the school as a teacher. Last year she taught the 4th grade. Her class will be Rachel’s class mates. She had her camera out and was showing Rachel pictures of all her class mates. She told Rachel each of their names, where they were from and a bit about them. She wont be there as a teacher next year, because she’s following God’s call to a very difficult place. She will be a team leader in a part of the world that may ask all of her, including her life. But last night God put her in the gymnasium of a church in Ft. Collins Colorado to minister to my daughter.
This is why we are going. Not out of obligation or because we think we have anything to offer of ourselves. We are going because there are people in Eastern Europe who have not met our Father who loves us like this. He’s given us more than we can imagine, and as if that wasn’t enough continues to lavish upon us more and more love. We just want everyone to have a chance to experience that love.
Today our Global HR department informed us that we are now officially IRs. (International Representatives) This means we have met the organizational requirements to serve outside the US full time. We still have a lot to do before we move, but this is a very exciting milestone in the overall process.
Now we need to work on setting our support goals. One for the cost of moving our family and another for our cost of living in Hungary. We’ll set those goals and start working on raising the needed funds. You can start praying now for that process as it will probably be the primary factor in determining when we can leave.
God is so good! We are so excited about this.