Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
beep beep behind me
what can't open a house door?
Yes, this happened today. I stood at my front door, went to open it, and heard a beep beep beep beep behind me. Yes, you guessed it. My spirits are high enough though that I did let out a little giggle. Please pray for my sanity level. It's been neglected for insanity. I'm staying awake at night with thoughts like "How much contact solution do I need to take to last 3 years?!" This may be serious.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
yet beloved child i am
A dear friend reminded me of this incredible truth. When I am tempted to put my trust in others' impressions of me, this will continue to be a reminder. Before God, I am both, and His love matters infinitely more than others' incomplete impressions.
These words are credited to my unnamed friend.
Friday, December 05, 2008
I received a letter yesterday with the above letterhead. It was an invitation from the President of the Lutheran Church of Nigeria to be a Language Development Adviser. The office, Nigeria LBT missionaries, and I have been working through the details of my assignment. It is definitely becoming more "real" as I prepare and begin communicating with the nationals in Nigeria.
I've been checking things off my "to do" list, but I end up putting a few more things to do on the list for each one I take off. Aargh.
This weekend I'll be sharing at a church in Fargo. I've been looking forward to this for quite a while. I pray that the awareness of the need for Bible translation would spread. Please pray that God will be honored at this and other upcoming meetings.
Within this next week I will be staying in 4 (possibly 5) different states!
I have gotten to know my car VERY well.
Monday, December 01, 2008
If you've been paying attention to the news, you've probably heard about the riots in Jos, Nigeria due to local election results.
"Soldiers recently wrested control of the streets from armed Christian and Muslim gangs that had roamed the city, in the worst religious violence Nigeria has seen in four years." -NY TIMES
I have co-workers living in this city, and it is a city I will be visiting often while in Nigeria. Please pray for peace there and for the entire country. The country is divided religiously between Muslims and Christians (and animists). Several hundred have been slaughtered by both Muslims and Christians. Homes, churches, and mosques have been burned. Thousands are seeking refuge.
Some have asked me how this affects my upcoming assignment.
I don't know yet.
Please pray that I will be able to leave in January for my first term. Please pray for the nationals and expats working to make the Scriptures available in the languages of the people. There are over 5-600 languages there. Also pray for the Nigerian people who have suffered greatly from these riots and from the unrest in the south due to oil.