Life has been pretty crazy around here recently. Final shifts at work, final meetings with Oxford friends, family, and partners, and our final night's sleep in our incredibly lovely bed for the next month.
Tomorrow morning we take off to Georgia in a final push to raise our support percentage to 50% by the end of the month. We'll drive down for a two week sprint of meetings and visits before flying up to Minneapolis for about a week. There we'll take a class given by ReachGlobal: Multiplying Churches Globally. We're reading the book for it now (as time permits, and other interests don't interfere), "Global Church Planting" by Gene Wilson. The first chapters were a little dull and filled with 'Christianese' (made up words and terms relevant to the select few who knew what was meant by them to begin with, because their usual definition is not usually what was originally meant anyways), and some of the scripture references were textbook eisegesis, both of which drives me crazy, but after the third chapter it's gotten better.
After our days of church planting training (which I really am looking forward to) we head back to Georgia for one more week. We'll return to Oxford for a week or two, and then it's back to Georgia to live full time. For the first time in almost 20 years, I will no longer be a legal resident of Ohio (no feelings either way; just an interesting fact). I'll be looking for part time work, and hoping to get involved in ministering to this hurting world in a tangible way as we continue to develop ministry partners for our soon to be new life in Costa Rica.
But I can't leave you tonight without the briefest of comments of what the Lord has me thinking on which is summed up in these two verses:
1 Peter 4:10-11: As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Colossians 1:28-29: Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
Goodnight readers, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere.