Tuesday, March 29, 2005

 

Part of the Process

If I haven't mentioned this already, I am studying to become a pastor. I have mentioned before that the purpose of this blog is to bring to light the good work that is being done by Christians throughout the world.

I have not been quite as faithful to this as I hoped for in the beginning. A lot of it has to do with what I alluded to in the previous post: I am a full-time daddy and a full-time student. The latter of which is occupying my time currently.

I am taking a quick "Red Bull" break in order to keep my eyelids from drooping. My daughter kept me running all day today; then I had meetings from 6:30-9:15. Now I am working on some assignments and studying for a test tomorrow.

This is all part of "The Hands and Feet". I have already stated what the original purpose of this blog was; I am thinking I might adjust it to journal about the life of a candidate for ministry. I will pray about this.

Please keep me in your prayers so that I can fulfill the commitments I have made and not get too worn out.

In order to get me through the long days and nights, I always keep this Scripture near my heart: Philippians 4:13-"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (NKJV).

Friday, March 18, 2005

 

Life

Greetings everyone!

The last couple of months have been quite busy. I am a full-time student at Northwestern College and I also take a class at Normandale Community College. This takes up quite a bit of my time.

My primary job, though, is that of a full-time daddy to my beautiful little girl. She is 20 months old and quite a handful!

Our family was at the Minnesota Zoo two weekends ago and Evelyn (our daughter) threw her first temper tantrum in public. I just happened to be about 10 feet away when it happened (my wife was with her). We had decided long ago when this inevitable time came that we would let her finish and realize that she was not going to get her way.

So there she was, crying and laying on the ground, when a woman walked by and said to her friend, "That is why I am never having kids." My first thought was, "but then you miss out on the 95% of stuff that is so incredible and precious!" How many other ventures in life give that kind of return? 95% good; 5% difficult? I would not trade a single day or experience that we have had with Evelyn for anything!

God bless all of the parents out there! Please pray for parents who do not see the joy in their children, but rather that they are a burden.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

 

Gone This Weekend

I will be gone for several days this weekend. I am serving as part of the team on a Walk to Emmaus Weekend. I encourage you to visit the Emmaus site by clicking on the link.

Please pray for me and for the pilgrims attending this life-changing event!

Blessings!

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

 

UMCOR stays course in mega-disaster relief

What happens after the headlines die down? Are there still relief efforts after the newspapers no longer write about it? Do we really still remember, or care, about what is going on in the disaster stricken areas of the world? The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) answers with a resounding and faithful "YES!"

I applaud the Red Cross and United Way, and the hundreds of other organizations dedicated to helping people in need. However, they are dedicated to more of a "first aid" approach; which is absolutely necessary! UMCOR takes part in the initial relief effort of natural disasters, plus stays until all people have been taken care of.

Another reminder,100% of the money donated to UMCOR reaches those who need it!

Just because we don't read about it in the headlines anymore doesn't mean there aren't still thousands upon thousands of people still in need of our help!

Friday, January 14, 2005

 

$20

The Rev. John Hopkins, the previous bishop of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church challenged the congregations of the state to help raise money for congregations in Minneapolis and Russia. He distributed $20,000 in $20 bills and asked people to multiply it.

These kids are doing their part. It is always heart warming to see children taking part in Christ's ministry.

I worked a job as a security officer this last summer. I tithed the money I earned in those three months and used that to help my church respond to the challenge.

All of the money will be turned in after Easter so I will update the total amount brought in.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

 

Happy Anniversary

Today is my parent's 30th wedding anniversary. What a blessing they are in the life of our family!

I can never tell you two how much I love and appreciate you.

I could not be doing what I am without your support.

Love,
Shawn
 

Indonesia and Phoenix?

I have a good friend that is a native of Indonesia. He had not been back to visit his family for eight years before he left Minnesota last November. It was a long five weeks for his wife and daughter.

My friend left Indonesia just hours before the earthquake occurred that caused the terrible tsunami. By the grace of God, he came back to his loving family and friends. I picked him up at the airport and he did not even know anything had happened. What a difference a half day makes!

We are witnessing a massive humanitarian outreach from around the world. One of the most unique, and inspiring, is happening in Phoenix, Arizona.

God bless the citizens of Phoenix, and may their future efforts not be tainted by secular and political motivation.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

 

Freedom

Many of us in the United States take our freedoms for granted. This is especially clear when it comes to religion and our freedom to openly practice our faith.

We are free to meet in our church without fear of being persecuted or even killed. This is not the case around the world and I believe we would be well served to realize that.

The janitor at our church is originally from Russia. He once gave his witness to our congregation at River Hills United Methodist Church in Burnsville, Minnesota. What an amazing story it was! On Sundays he would take different busses around Moscow to avoid being followed. Finally he would arrive at the worship site out in the woods.

They would worship all day, many times until it got dark; and then repeat the process of many bus changes in order to get home. People would be baptized year-round, even if they had to break open the ice in the water.

What may be most incredible is the way in which they stored the Bible. It would be broken into the different books (Genesis, Exodus, etc.) and each family would keep one book for a week. They would then exchange books the next week. The reason for this was to not risk losing the entire Bible in case their family was found with it. The families would store the bible underneath the furnace. The heat, traveling up, would not affect it, and the KGB would not look there.

Give praise and thanksgiving for the ease of how we can worship and study and praise our Father! Amen!

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