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house still standing after roasting marshmallows with six boys

Alternate title: celebrating Evan’s 11th birthday Last weekend, we had a low-key birthday celebration for Evan’s 11th birthday. He invited a few friends over for dinner, roasted marshmallows and general boy silliness. I’m so proud/relieved that six boys age 11 and under were able to simultaneously roast marshmallows without burning down the house. Unfortunately, the […]

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Ah yes, Sweden

Dear friends & family, Thanks for those who have taken interest in my ministry in Sweden. Many have asked for ways to pray for me and others from my church who have come to serve alongside our Nordic brothers and sisters. Here are some requests/updates: – Training Week complete; thank the Lord. I have given […]

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hey did we mention Sweden?

Hi friends! I’m popping in to ask for prayer as e is away on another mission trip. This time he is in Sweden training, speaking and ministering to the Chinese from Nordic countries. This trip is very much like the last couple trips. If you didn’t hear about them before, this post will give you […]

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Summer Camp–pondering culture

We are finishing up the first full day of Summer Camp here in Sweden. It is strange to type that as it seems so much longer than that. We now are sharing the campus with a total of 400 people. Ethnically, the attendees are Chinese, Nordics married to Chinese and the kids of the adults. […]

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always something new

Greetings from Sweden. We have had a fruitful few days here. Training week seems to be going well. The kids and I are learning and praying for missions together. No matter how much (or little) I planned, there is no way I could have prepared for the stomach pains and vomiting the three kids experienced […]

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Sabbatical Goals #2: REFLECTION (Part 3)

I’m doing a series of entries on my sabbatical goals. This post concludes my entries on my second sabbatical goal of REFLECTION. I have written about my three primary reflective activities. My first entry was on Scripture reading & prayer. My second entry was on journaling, and verbally sharing. Today, I share about putting into […]

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Sabbatical Goals #2: REFLECTION (Part 2)

I’m doing a series of entries on my sabbatical goals. This post continues from first entry on my second sabbatical goal of REFLECTION. I wrote yesterday about the first of three reflective activities I did, which was Scripture reading & prayer. Today, I share about the other two activities I did to reflect during sabbatical: […]

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Sabbatical Goals #2: REFLECTION (Part 1)

I’m doing a series of entries on my sabbatical goals. The second of the four sabbatical goals is REFLECTION. REFLECTIVE PROCESS My reflective process involves three primary activities: Bible reading & prayer, journaling, verbally sharing with others. After serving in the same local church family for a decade, I hope I have learned a few […]

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Sabbatical Goals

A while back I posted about my sabbatical. With less than four weeks left of this sabbatical, I’d like to share and reflect about what I’ve done and (hopefully) what I’ve learned. To start off, let me provide background on two issues. First, our church’s sabbatical policy. Second, my sabbatical goals. Our church has a […]

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Ask these people about my sabbatical

Yesterday I wrote about how I respond when someone asks me, “How’s your sabbatical?” I ended that post musing on how perhaps the best people to answer that question are other people. Here’s a list of people you can ask. (OK, maybe not bombard them with questions. Pray for them instead. If you do ask, […]

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