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We finished up in Nice about a week ago by deep cleaning the Church building and babysitting the missionary kids.  Because our flight wasn’t until Thursday, and left from London, we spread our separate ways for some down time in Europe. 

I headed to Paris, where I had great intentions on seeing the museums and the sights.  However, travel was much more expensive than I expected, and apparently the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.  So, I spent most of my time in the subways,  trying to find my way around, and fasting, because I didn’t have quite as much money for food as I needed.  I did however get to see Eiffel, the Arch of Triumph and Sacra Coeur, and do a 2.5 hour flyover of the Louvre.

We met back up in Heathrow airport, and arrived here in Nicaragua late on Thursday night.  We are working with missionaries who run a sports complex that provides a safe place for kids to hang out in a very corrupt country.

Tomorrow, I’ll get to speak with these kids.  My goal is to cast a vision of how Jesus can not only provide a hope for life after death, but a reason to invest in life here and now.  Nicaragua desperately needs it.

le VBS

Chris —  July 18, 2009

After a tough week in France, I feel very blessed.  I can’t get over the beauty of the place, and I’ve entertained fantasies of disappearing into these hills and cafes with nothing but a moleskin and a Bible, avoiding the uncertainties waiting for me when I get home.

Ministry here is not too different that in the U.S.  Watered down westernized versions of Christ’s message have innoculated people against Christ’s message.  Most times, we have to start by, to borrow a phrase from marketing, rebranding, or from YoungLife, “win the right to be heard.”

When I worked with homeless kids we just treated them like human beings by taking them to movies or pool halls.  In other places ministries it’s taken place over gallons of coffee.  Here, it means knowing someone long enough to get them to tell you their name; convincing them that being a Christian does not mean thinking the world is flat or being a war-monger.

Results aren’t tangible like Bible’s smuggled, orphans who swam or school houses painted.  We herded three dozen kids through Vacation Bible School.  Last night, the missionary here ate at a restaurant ran by the parents of one of the visiting kids.  It might not seem like much, but it’s one relationship that they wouldn’t have formed without the extra momentum stirred up by VBS.

For my faithful readers back in the States, I hope you’ll think about how you can both represent and re-present the gospel to your friends and neighbors and win the right to be heard.

This is Nice.

Chris —  July 17, 2009

We arrived in Nice, France on Monday, evening. From what I’ve read and personally experienced on this trip, it seems that France and Western Europe may be the hardest mission field today. The combination of abuses from Middle Ages Catholicism, the brutal wars that followed the Reformation, the Holocaust, early postmodern philosophers and a number of other factors have left most Europeans pretty burnt out on the Gospel.

While we’re here, we are helping with a VBS and other events in a small international Church. Pray that God will open doors for us and the missionaries here.


Chris —  July 9, 2009

One of the reasons it has been so refreshing to spend this week in Mbale is because it feels so rooted. Although we have many of the comforts of home, this is undoubtedly a developing, agrarian economy. I think that we can learn a lot from this life.

You have to go to the market everyday to by fresh food. Having to boil the milk before you drink it. Raising an animal in your front yard, knowing soon you will eat it. These things keep you rooted.

Life moves slower here, because you see where things are coming from and where they are going. It forces you to live in the present moment. Accomplish what you can now, and be at peace with what you cannot.

Any suggestions on how to remain rooted, when everything is available, super fast, at any time in the US?

A Quick Prayer Request

Chris —  July 6, 2009

Please pray specifically for our team’s health. All of us have been sick at one time or another on this trip. Most have been knocked out for daysat a time. I’ve personally been afflicted only with car sickness resulting in an exciting case of projectile vomitting.

Please pray in all directions: against illness, and spiritual forces working against us.