mein missionstagebuch


visa isn't just a credit card

[sorry, mal wieder englisch..]

so today i got up at an hour i usually associate with "oops! i should get to bed!" in order to be at the foreign services office before it opened, to get in line to get on a list to get in another line to get a number to wait to get in to see someone about renewing my visa. then i waited till 11 to get called. could be worse.. the rocky-mountains-hippie-type guy next to e didn't realize that he needed to wait in that second line until after i got called.

so i go in and am met with the question "do you have proof of being a freelance artist in social service??" uhm, nooo.... [she looks cross] "well then, do you have the other paperwork filled out?" [she looks more cross] "do you have insurance?" oh yeah, sure, here.. [me give apropriate paper] "and are you single?"

this was the turning point. "engaged??" noo.. he hasn't been to see my father yet. [she looks at me questioningly] it's important to me that we fly over and he meet my family first, and ask for my hand.. but even though he's alluded to it, he won't say when he's planning to, if at all yet... "ooooh, such a romantic one!" [she looks all shinning eyed] "ja, then it's not an issue how long i make this out for, it it? the two of you will be happily married soon. why don't i just say two years? ja?" [two years is the maximum]


ACL Forum 08

this weekend (starting thursday) was spent at the ACL Forum, as the last weekend of april every year. it's basically a conference of/for people working as christians with the downcast of society. this year there were (only) about 60 people from 22 organisations present.

the overlying topic of the main seminars and the weekend was "meet God in the stillness." the speaker is from a christian community on the north sea, and had some great points to make. there was also a lot of time left to practice what was said- we were asked not to speak till lunch!!

the workshops this year were also pretty cool. the first day i went to "bibliodrama" which combined Bible stories, theater, and counselling... quite cool. i will be implementing it this week at street group. see how it goes! saturday we met as regions.

in the free time i had great conversations, found out alot about the other organizations, was encouraged. also, played frisbee golf and sat at the bonfire.

i feel built up, encouraged, and full of ideas... so now i should go: time to implement!


wort am platz

this weekend i had a lot going through my mind. well, actually, i have been having a lot on mind for a few weeks now.. ok, so i usually do- but i mean more than normal...alot of plan making and speculating. and i was sitting in a place where i can pray really well, thinking and mulling and praying about these things.. and i opened up a book laying nearby, stuck my finger in, and read:

"these things i plan won't happen right away. slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. if it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. just be patient!they will not be overdue a single day! " says the Lord.
habakkuk 2:3 LB

followed by"

"God who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion."
philippianss 1:6 NIV


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