Mobile Matters

I feel a little silly at this point, talking about the importance of mobile technology and the role it plays and will play. A few years ago I felt a bit like it was still “out there” and not totally known. I often found myself telling people “soon…” Quicker than I could have imagined even myself, soon has arrived. But I guess it never hurts to remind oneself of the fundamental realities that shape the landscape. What got me thinking about it, specifically today was a report the CEO of Sony Ericsson gave on the status of the company. One simple statement I think says it all, “We will continue to invest in the smartphone market, shifting the entire portfolio to smartphones during 2012.”

I used to say, “Some day all phones will be smartphones.” If you are a Sony Ericsson customer, that some day is just months away. More people have accessed the web via the phone than other methods for years now. So even someone as dense as I am could put this together.

The practical ramification is that it is now possible to reach more people than ever before with the Gospel. But if we want to take full advantage of the internet we need to do it by making sure our content works well on mobile devices. If we do that, we can get Christ’s redemptive message in front of people world wide, 24-7.

When I was a kid Sunday School teachers used to ask, “Who was the fastest runner ever?” The right answer was Philip, based on the account of him meeting up with the Ethiopian eunuch. The world’s fastest runner bit was fun when I was a kid, but I don’t think that’s what the text actually says. But right now, we can be virtually alongside a person riding high speed rail in china, a young person with no hope or framework for hope on a ferry in Scandavia, or any number of other people the world over.

This is an unparalleled time because as quickly as the powers of the world move to close the doors of communication and control the message, new doors open. And right now, just like it was two thousand years ago the harvest is ready and we just need to step out into the fields. If you’re on our team, thanks for stepping out with us. If you aren’t – I’d encourage you to join in. It’s exciting what God is doing.

Answered Prayer

Immigration called and we are supposed to pick up our residence permits next week – which is awesome. Thank you to everyone who prayed – it made a difference. Not only will this make my travelling to Thailand possible but it also will allow us to get back a deposit we had to give to customs to bring in our container when we moved. Good day.

October Newsletter

The October newsletter is on it’s way out the door. If you don’t feel like waiting on it arriving in the mail, you can download it right here. It is also available at our Newsletter Page. In all the craziness of getting support raising done and moving I did not get a couple letters up. They are there now, so if you missed them you can check out June/July and August. I usually miss 1 a year, this year I’m up to 2. We’ll do our best to finish strong. God is doing great things through us and for us every day and we want to be sure you too can praise him and engage fully in our ministry.

No Papers for You!

Does it date me that I relate a lot of life to Seinfeld memes? When the answer is not yes, I tend to think about the soup nazi. But moving back to reality – we do have a prayer request. When we arrived in Hungary the five of us were given 90 day tourist visas. (The stamp in our passport.) As soon as we had the proper documents together we applied for our residence permit that allows us to stay longer. That is supposed to take a maximum of 30 days.

Unfortunately due to heavy work loads the immigration department is running behind and we are outside the maximum window. This wouldn’t be the biggest deal but I need to go to some meetings in Bangkok at the end of the month. If my permit hasn’t come through before I’m scheduled to leave I may not be able to go. Leaving the country would be easy, but getting back in could be challenging.

So please pray that our residence permits come through soon. It would be a huge help in a few ways, my trip being the one that is the most urgent.