- First, and most importantly, we want to praise God for all the blessings He is pouring out on us. All the wonderful travel advice and suggestions from friends and family. And for making it possible to meet up with some friends of Anna's (the Renners) on our time between safari and leaving Nairobi. We now do not have to sit in an airport for hours but will be graciously picked up from one airport, taken to dinner and then dropped off at the other airport for our red-eye flight to London.
- We pray that we can meet all reasonable client deadlines without going into a state of panic.
- We praise God the presentations have come together thus far but need that last little boost of energy and organization to get all related materials together for the participants
- We ask for all our packing to go smoothly and that we have everything we need.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
When Paul wrote to the Ephesians about putting on the armor of God "so that you can stand against the devil's schemes," he knew that his audience would understand how the Roman army worked. The Roman army had two kinds of soldiers — their equivalent of our Marines, the guts and glory kind of guys and then the everyday foot soldiers. The everyday soldiers stood sentry duty at the guard houses along the wall. They were instructed to stand firm even as the enemy was advancing. They were to stay put and could be put to death if they abandoned post.
Dr. John Kleinig spoke at our church about spiritual warfare and he used Ephesians 6:10-18 to tell us that in our struggle against Satan that our way to stand firm was to pray! Prayer, prayer and more prayer, to stay firm in our faith. Satan wants nothing better than to divide God's people from God and to have us falter in our faith.
This photo of me was taken in September 2005 at Hadrian's wall in the north of England. I am standing in the sentry's gate.
I am posting this photo to remind you to stand firm in prayer, to remind myself to stand firm in prayer. Lisa and I are working hard on our presentations but we feel Satan tugging at us in various ways. Nit picking at our schedules, diverting our attention from the tasks at hand, even picking at each other, even doubt. Lisa and I are going to Africa to support folks who are actively spreading the Gospel. This is our part in Christ's kingdom.
Thank you for your partnership and thank you for your prayers.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The photo is of Lisa and me when we were college roommates at SIU all those many years ago. It was taken at a Design Department Banquet otherwise we would never been this dressed up. We figured if we could room together then, we could survive a trip overseas without killing each other. This should be fun and I'm sure it will be. We always manage to laugh and enjoy whatever we're doing.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
So here's the game plan...
Anna will be leading two workshops at a conference, with me as her co-leader. Or co-conspirator or sidekick, which ever you prefer. All we know is this trip is a dream come true for the both of us. We consider ourselves truly blessed to be able to be doing this together.
The conference we will be at is call LittWorld. More info at www.LittWorld.org . The workshops we will be leading are on Photography (Basically, this is ALL Anna, since I'm rather clueless about the taking photos. I can contribute when it comes to composition but thats about it.) The second workshop is Graphic Design for Non-Designers.
After the conference we will be off on safari. I love the way that sounds. So exotic! We will be visiting Masai Mara for 3 days. I'm so excited that I'm going to get to see Gees (giraffes) in their natural habitat.
After safari we leave Kenya and fly to London. Instead of just changing planes and coming home, we decided to stay in London for 5 days.
I can only imagine what this experience is going to be like, but I know its going to be awesome and a ton of fun because I get to be with Anna. And if there is one thing we do well together, it laugh and enjoy life.
So stay tuned, its going to be one heck of a ride!