Monday, October 31, 2005

Back from Aruba

I'm back from Aruba after three long bus rides, one short one, five taxis and two airplanes. The weather gave us a little of everything and we enjoyed every bit of it. Now we're starting a week on The Heart of the Artist and sound technology.

[A palmy plant with beautiful color]

[Not the recommended way to carry children and plastic bags]

Monday, October 24, 2005

Contact info

Okay, surprise surprise but it turns out that the channels of communication are a little inconsistent here. First off, I gave you all the wrong phone number. Secondly, the phone only sometimes works. I've found it strenuous to try to keep up with personal contacts alongside the busy schedule, so ...drumroll please... I've treated myself to a USA phone number.

1 (360) 450-5231

Now you can call this number just like any other Whatcom county number and my computer will make a fun ringing sound. I will almost never have the microphone at the ready, so I won't be able to answer right away but you can leave a message and I can call you back as easy as that.

~Starting next Sunday (30 Oct) our clocks will be four hours ahead of PST. That means I'm starting my day when the pacific clocks say "3am" and I'm hitting the hay at 7pm PST.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

A group picture!

Finally, after a month and a half, we took this picture and you can see all of us in one glance.

This includes the 14 students, 7 long-term staff, 3 short-term staff, and the three kids: Jeffrey, Michelle, and Rachel.

Two pictures

I came across these flowers last weekend when we climbed the hill near the Posada. They're two of my favorite photos.

Friday, October 21, 2005

News and talk

Wow, well... life continues at a ferocious pace and I'm trying to keep up with it all. I've been out of touch with you for a couple of weeks (and by that I mean a general "you" and the individuals "you") but I hope to be surfacing from that, now.

We've been learning about Relationships this week and it has been some of the most rich, insightful, and impacting teaching yet. I hope to get the lectures online this weekend but the cool part is how many connections I've been able to make between the teaching and experiences I've had with many of you. And I've already begun to apply the new stuff along with the last section that was on Conflict Resolution. I've run into conflict this week, taken it head-on, and come out of it with both parties knowing that we've reached resolution and our friendship is stronger.

I've been convicted this past week about my role in a number of my friendships. I hope to write some letters in the next couple of days. If you're thinking that there's something between you and me that needs to be resolved and you haven't heard from me by Monday then please, drop me a note and mention it. You know how to reach me.

here we go...

News Flash:
We will be in Aruba one week from today.
We're in the country on tourist visas and need to leave overnight to renew those. Aruba happens to be the closest, least expensive country to get to (excluding Columbia as per the recommendation of the US government) So we leave next Thursday for an 8hr bus ride, a 20 minute flight, two nights and one full day in Aruba, then another 20 minutes in the air and 8 hrs rolling. If all goes well, we'll be back in time for a new lecture week on Monday with shiny new visas good until after we've left for outreach. Which reminds me of something...

News Flash:
We've heard more about what the outreach phase will look like.
We will split into 2 teams. One will go to Mendoza, Argentina and the other to Montego Bay, Jamaica. The international outreach will last for one month and most of what we will be doing is "concert evangelism". Each team will be hosted by a local YWAM base and they will take the responsibility of following up our work with long-term discipleship.
The staff has recommended that we begin asking God where would have us go and we will talk about it together next Wednesday. So far, I'm thinking Argentina but there's no confirmation on that.
After the month is finished we will return to Venezuela for 1 week of domestic outreach with our two separate teams and finally, one week of debriefing back at the base before we head home. It's amazing to me how fast this is going.

Tonight we're all dressed up and headed out the door for a fancy dinner as a group. Gotta run!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Report finished

Ahh... now that the report is done I have the time to catch up on some things. Yesterday I finished an audio project for last week's speaker, Ron. (hey, I could post it! That'd be fun.) and after church today, Almut and I started the reading for the next book report. The next book is a doosey of a volume called Heart of the Artist. It's thick with character-building prose that can be hard to read. The plan: 2 chapters per week for 5 weeks, then a project to sum it all up.

In other news, the mountains were beautiful the other day...

Saturday, October 08, 2005

An excursion

If you're checking this to see how I'm doing, I'll say right away that I'm doing fabulous. If you're curious to see what I've been up to, read on...

This is my new favorite picture that I've taken. And where did I find it? Way back in the jungle outside of Merida. DTS staffer John Henry and I went hiking today and it turned out to be quite an adventure. If you'd like to see more pictures (75 in all) mosey on over to my photo site and select the photo set called "Jungle Adventure". I tried to tell the story bit by bit through the captions so I hope you can follow along. There aren't any big plot twists, but certainly some fun sights along the way.

I have loads of fun audio recordings of lectures, music, and lightning that are ready to upload and share with you all, but my book report that is due this Friday will have to come first. It'll be something to look forward to.

This book report is regarding the book called "Is That Really You, God?" by Loren Cunningham about both the roots and beginnings of YWAM and at the same time about learning to hear God's voice when he speaks. It made me re-examine where I've been and where I'm going. And how the tinsey bit that I have heard from God may play out in my future.
..That's very vague, but it will have to do for now.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Video online

Our "Hospitality Commitee" looks after our guest professors through the week, but it's also their job to make birthdays special. Carla (from Australia) turned 24 recently but because she was on the hospitality commitee, I was asked to come on board to help with her gift. During our free time through two short days we managed to pull this video project together. (Sorry if the 46mb file is too big for some of you to download)

I decided to post it in the hopes that it help you get to know not just Carla, but become familiar with almost all of the people here on the YWAM base.

Click here to see it: