This is the flight board from Frankfurt airport. The letters and numbers flip and chatter in kind of an old school way (forget those digital monitors...old school IS new school).
I love to stand in front of it and imagine what it's like in all the places listed. It makes the world seem very small and the possability of the Great Comission (Matthew 28:18-20) being fulfilled seem very real.
It made me laugh...hard. But after giving it some more thought it seems very human effort centered. Perhaps its perpetuating (or being perpetuated by) the undercurrent of "I have Christ in my life....but I think if I work a little harder he might love me more" mentality.
The Croatia STINT team (and us!) The parade of nations at the Area of Affairs conference. 19 countries represented...over 1000 staff. It was awesome. Jon (MSU grad on STINT in Croatia) and me enjoying a rainy day in Budapest.
Going through security in the Frankfurt airport resulted in my backpack getting tagged with a suspicious looking item. Rummaging through my bag the security guy pulled out the suspicious item...my Bible.
Friendly German security guy: "Is this really a Bible? I'm going to have to do some extra test on this...follow me."
We proceeded over to the special area where another security agent joined us and began to rub my Bible with some chemical sensor thing. The security guards seemed to get a kick out of it. I was still wondering if I was going to have to buy a new Bible. One security agent actually looked to see what version it was (NIV...in case you were wondering).
Thank goodness my Bible passed the test and got to come back to America with me.
We wrapped up our conference with STINTers from all over Eastern Europe and Russia. These recent graduates who have taken a year of their lives to invest in the lives of students in distant lands are heroes of the Faith to me. What a privelige it was for Jody and I to serve them all communion and give thanks to the Lord together. It's a been a busy time for us as we've done our best to bring encouragement and blessings specifically to the STINT team in Rijeka, Croatia.
The last two day we went to another city in Hungary where we gathered with over 1000 staff from 19 different countries for two days and now we head back to Montana (via Oregon to pick up Jenna). We had a great time meeting with Brooke and Hrvoje and talking through the Northwest partnership with Croatia.
Continue to pray for safe travels and that Jenna would have a great time with the Grandparents. So far everything is going well on the homefront with our daughter. We're excited to see her though!
Tomorrow we're headed to the land of the Maygars, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and goulash.
We'll be hanging out with staff from all over eastern europe and Russia at a conference. Should be a rocking good time. We have a duffle bag full of stuff (peanut butter, etc.) for our fellow Campus Crusade staff...it only weighs 46 lbs.
I've been to Budapest (pronounced Budapesht), but have not flown into Budapest before. So it should be a little bit of an adventure getting around the city. I'm also determined to partake of a Hungarian bath this time, but only if Pete Zagorda is with me.
We haven't dropped off the face of the earth. We've been on the road. We drove the 12 hours to Oregon right before Christmas. Jenna was a saint. She didn't cry once the whole way (although she's crying as I write this).
We had a great Christmas. It's way more fun with a kid.
We then drove to Portland for the annual Northwest Winter Conference. It was a rocking good time. In fact 3 girls from our campus turned their lives over to Christ while we were there!
Finally, I took two classes at Western Seminary in Portland January 2-5. They were so good and will probably mean I'll take some more in the future. By the time I'm 45 I might have a Masters degree.
All that to say, it's been a little busy lately and it's not done yet. Today we're headed back to Prineville for a few support appointments (and hopefully some good rest) and then Jody and I are flying to Budapest to meet up with stinters from all around eastern Europe and Russia.
Oh, and tomorrow is Jenna's first birthday!!!
Please continue to pray for safe travels for us. Also, pray for us as we leave Jenna at the grandparents while we're in Budapest.